I'm quite new Latex so excuse my ignorance. I have translator set in my .bib file however when I use \printbibliography no translator is printed. So currently my reference looks like this:

Surname, A. (2018). Article Title. Journal,10(3),92–101

When it should look like this:

Surname, A. (2018). Article Title (B. Translator, Trans.). Journal,10(3),92–101

Does the apa style in Biblatex allow for the translator option?

As an aside I found using the apacite package would output a translator to the bibliography, however I couldn't find a way to output a full reference (such as what would appear in the bibliography) for my list of figures. I tried using \caption[{\fullcite]{Figure text} but I quickly learned apacite doesn't have a \fullcite equivalent. This prompted my switch to biblatex - that and I read the apa style for biblatex is supposed to be the 'correct' way to cite apa in Latex.

Many thanks!

Edit: full example, thanks to samcarter


\documentclass[a4paper, twoside, 10pt]{report}
\graphicspath{ {images/} }
\usepackage[toc, acronym]{glossaries}

\chapter{Chapter 1: The Problem}
\section{The Reference}
Here is some writing with a citation \parencite[p.6]{reference1}


    title={The Works of John Smith},
    author={Smith, J.},
    translator={Peter Holmes},
    journal={Science Journal},
    language = {german},
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    Welcome to TeX.SE. It would be helpful if you composed a fully compilable minimal working example with bibliography (MWEB) including \documentclass and the appropriate packages that sets up the problem. While solving problems can be fun, setting them up is not. Then, those trying to help can simply cut and paste your MWE and get started on solving the problem. Nov 6, 2018 at 22:04
  • Thanks samcarter for the typo corrections! Example added. Nov 6, 2018 at 23:34
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    biblatex-apa uses translator information for entrytypes book, inbook, incollection and inproceedings. But not for other entrytypes, as far as I dug. You have there an article entrytype for "The Works of John Smith", are you sure you are using the right entrytype for your actual case?
    – gusbrs
    Nov 6, 2018 at 23:56
  • Yep, I can confirm it is a journal article which I've had translated. Nov 7, 2018 at 0:11
  • If you've had it translated, then aren't you referencing the translation (which is unpublished), rather than the original published article? Nov 7, 2018 at 0:15

1 Answer 1


You can make a new macro to output the translator for an article and then patch the article driver to include it.

  author = {Surname, A.},
  date = {2018},
  title = {Article Title},
  translator = {Translator, B.},
  journaltitle = {Journal},
  volume = {10},
  number = {3},
  pages = {92-101}

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