Many of the books I use are parts of series. biblatex gives you more fields to add bibliographic information to than BibTeX does, but it has no fields appropriate for the editor of a series. If I use the EDITOR field, the bibliography will (by default) print edited by, which doesn't give the right impression of what the role of the series editor is.

I'm wondering if there is any easy way to add a new field SERIESEDITOR, which will make biblatex by default print its content preceded by Series edited by or make sure that whatever is in SERIESEDITOR gets printed directly after the name of the series, such that is says something like [Name of series], edited by [series editor]. In other words, is there any way I can do this in the preamble of my document, without having to venture into writing new bibliography styles?

  • I guess there is some reason not to do it the obvious way which (I take it) involves adding a few strings to a biblatex.cfg and then using editor with editortype or the a b or c versions of same? (Maybe this wasn't available when this was asked?)
    – cfr
    Sep 17, 2015 at 23:57
  • @cfr Obvious to whom? :) I know nothing about biblatex.cfg, plus I'm skeptical of messing with the internal files of biblatex.
    – Sverre
    Sep 18, 2015 at 9:22
  • Well, it's a config file. I just use the standard interface for it. That is, Biblatex is designed so that certain things can be extended according to need because nobody could anticipate, say, all possible relations between entries or all possible roles. At least, that's how I understand this bit of what my *.cfg does. (It does some other things which might count as messing with the internals, but not this, I don't think.)
    – cfr
    Sep 18, 2015 at 11:42

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biblatex 2.0+ and biber 1.0+ allow you to define additional fields and entry types, but this is intended for style authors and can't be used in the document preamble.

With biber's source map feature you can however use the field serieseditor and map it to a field defined in the default data model, such as namea. This existing field can then be printed in the bibliography macro that sets the series field.



Since version 2 (and in combination with biber, version 1 or greater) biblatex allows you define any kind of additional field. Check out chapter 4.5.2 of the biblatex manual.

  • I did look there, but I didn't, and don't, understand what I need to do to make biblatex parse a field I've added to my entries.
    – Sverre
    Jul 31, 2012 at 19:01
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    To have biblatex parse it you must of course adapt the style files. For example, if you add a field serieseditor, you must look which parts of the .bbx/.cbx should handle this field and write the needed adaptation.
    – Simifilm
    Jul 31, 2012 at 19:26

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