The following MCE shows that a declaration command of setspace as biblatex's \bibsetup gives a spurious blank line at the beginning of the bibliography. Do you know why?



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    Unless you want to clear out all of \bibsetup's other settings, it may be better to do \appto\bibsetup{...} instead of \renewcommand*{\bibsetup}{...}.
    – moewe
    May 31, 2020 at 23:09
  • @moewe I also checked with \appto but I wanted to be sure anything else could interfere with the behavior I noticed. BTW, is there a way to check what are the \bibsetup's other settings? Jun 1, 2020 at 8:25
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    You can find the initial definition of \bibsetup in biblatex.def, but you can always say \show\bibsetup in your document and get the current definition sent to the log.
    – moewe
    Jun 1, 2020 at 9:07

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The definition of \singlespacing in setspace.sty is

% setspace.sty, line 345:
  \setstretch {\setspace@singlespace}%  normally 1
  \vskip \baselineskip  % Correction for coming into singlespace

which should be self-explanatory. In this case use


instead of \singlespacing.

  • In your opinion, is this \vskip \baselineskip what one would expect? Isn't it just a workaround ("Correction for coming into singlespace")? Jun 1, 2020 at 8:23

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