My problem is this: I use one biblatex-file as a source for a number of documents. In the biblatex-file I used shorthand in every entry. The problem is that in some documents I need to cite the references fully rather than the short form. My question: Is there something a command that I could add to my preamble in order to suppress the shorthand entry and to get full title output?


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If you simply want to suppress the use of shorthands in citation commands for all entries, adding


to the preamble should do. If you have more specific requirements, please add a MWE to your question.


To completely clear the shorthand field use

      \step[fieldset=shorthand, null]

This also works for numeric styles, where the shorthand is used instead of numeric labels, and enables proper disambiguation for authoryear styles.


If the problem is to remove display of shorthands in the reference list, use:


(I don't quite get the question as to whether shorthands are to be removed from citation keys or from reference list. Combining it with Lockstep's answer this is useful.)

  • That will remove the shortands in the bibliography. With some styles the shorthand it not used in the bibliography anyway.
    – moewe
    Apr 13, 2017 at 14:30
  • Yeah thanks, i clarified in the answer: I think sometimes one wants to combine both to remove shorthands from citekeys and reflist. Apr 13, 2017 at 14:33
  • In that case one should probably use a source mapping that removes the field completely to avoid problems with disambiguation features.
    – moewe
    Apr 13, 2017 at 14:35
  • Maybe you would like to post this as an answer? Cause I get the original question the way that shorthands are to be completely removed from the document. :) Apr 13, 2017 at 14:39
  • I guess the OP got what he needed, but on the off chance that someone is interested in a full removal of shorthand I have added an answer.
    – moewe
    Apr 13, 2017 at 14:46

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