# biblatex: Inconsistent behavior of citetitle (quotation marks vs. italic)

• Observation: It seems like the \citetitle command formats the title differently depending on the entry type.
• MWE: In the example below, an article is formatted as "Title" (I assume \enquote{Title}) and report is formatted as \textit{Title}.
• Question: (1) Is this intended? (2) Can I force (in a clean non-hacky way) the same formatting (I prefer "Title" or \enquote{Title})?

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{biblatex}

% See https://ctan.org/tex-archive/macros/latex/contrib/biblatex/doc/examples

\begin{document}
\begin{description}
\item[Article] \citetitle{baez/article} % @article{baez/article,
\end{description}
\printbibliography
\end{document}


## Related

• The citetitle field format mirrors the normal title field format, which is type-specific and formats titles of different types differently. See tex.stackexchange.com/q/462133/35864 for a more thorough discussion of the title field format. Feb 16 at 7:26

It seems like the \citetitle command formats the title differently depending on the entry type.

Indeed. From there to the "inconsistent" in the title, it is a step though... I haven't done the setup, but to me it seems that it is different for each entry type precisely to be consistent with how the title is formatted elsewhere (bibliography, etc.).

But, as usual, with biblatex you can have it your way. The starred version of \DeclareFieldFormat* allows you to override all type-specific settings for a particular format:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{biblatex}

\DeclareFieldFormat*{citetitle}{\mkbibquote{#1\isdot}}

\begin{document}
\begin{description}
\item[Article] \citetitle{baez/article} % @article{baez/article,

• +1: (1) Great, thanks! (2) What does \isdot do? (3) I will wait a bit to see if maybe user moewe will add an additional comment/answer. (4) I do not remember seeing you around, nice to meet you! Feb 16 at 2:54
• \isdot makes a period be interpreted as an abbreviation dot. It is used in biblatex.def for titles between quotes, thus I included it too, I presumed it is there to ensure a title with a final period is dealt with correctly. And nice to meet you too! Feb 16 at 9:40