How can I use biblatex commands in a Markdown file (instead of Markdown's native cite commands) and have pandoc output a .tex file that preserves those biblatex commands unchanged?

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My question is distinct from one that may sound similar, where the issue was how to use Markdown's native citation format (e.g., [@mycitation, 23]) and have pandoc produce .tex output that converted those to biblatex commands (e.g., \autocite[23]{mycitation}).

Also, to be clear, I am not asking how to have pandoc format the citations for me. In other words, I believe that the answer to my question should not involve pandoc-citeproc.


I would like to be able to write in Markdown but take advantage of the range and flexibility of biblatex-chicago cite commands, which are far more flexible than Markdown (which, for example, does not have a way to reproduce \volcite{...}[...]{...} natively -- that is, without doing it manually as in @mycitation, vol. 1, p. 23). I would then like to convert those Markdown files to LaTeX that can be processed with xelatex and biber.


Markdown input:

This assertion *must* be cited.^[See \volcite{1}[23]{mycitation}.]

Output using pandoc myfile.md -o myfile.tex (note the escaped curly braces and square brackets):

This assertion \emph{must} be cited.\footnote{See

Desired .tex output:

This assertion \emph{must} be cited.\footnote{See \volcite{1}[23]{mycitation}.}

1 Answer 1


No need to use Pandoc, you can use the Markdown package:

This assertion *must* be cited.^[See \volcite{1}[23]{mycitation}.]

The hybrid package option enables the TeX commands, inlineFootnotes add support for the footnotes. It supports many of the Pandoc extensions, see the manual.

This is the result:

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It is also supported by tex4ht, so you can convert your Markdown + LaTeX document to HTML:

make4ht -us filename.tex "fn-in"

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