Is there a way to set up the bibliography so that bibstyle is a "superposition" of the phys and alphabetic styles? In particular, I would like to:

  • Have alphabetic codes, like [Doe98], pop up in front of the bib entry, as they do when bibstyle=alphabetic;
  • Set up the rest of the entry like it appears when bibstyle=phys, i.e. non-italicized journal name, boldface journal volume number, parenthetical date, etc.

I have ingenuously tried using both options style=phys and bibstyle=alphabetic when calling biblatex, but it didn't work as expected.

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You can combine different styles by selecting them with bibstyle and citestyle, but in this case you additionally need to copy a few things from alphabetic.bbx in order to get alphabetic labels also in the bibliography. We also explicitly a sensible sorting for an alphabetic style (sorting=anyt,).


  bibstyle=phys, citestyle=alphabetic,






[SR98; Wor02; Gee85; Nus78]

  • Thank you, it works! I would upvote but for some reason the website does not let me (even though I have more than 15 rep)
    – giobrach
    Commented Jul 13, 2020 at 18:31

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