I'm having an unexpected problem with the authoryear-comp style in Biblatex. See this MWE:

\usepackage[autostyle=false, style=british]{csquotes}

    Author = {Joe Doe},
    Title = {My article's title},
    Journal = {My journal's title},
    Editor = {Ben Editor},
    URL = {http://webpage.com},



When I compile, instead of getting Doe 2012 when citing, I get the article's title.

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Is there something (obvious) I'm forgetting here?

  • I don't get any errors. If I remove firstinits=true, I don't get the warning you mention, but still get the citation wrong. I'm using Biber.
    – NVaughan
    Oct 31, 2012 at 0:38

1 Answer 1


You're missing the year/date field in your bibliography entry.

  • 1
    That's right! As Biblatex's documentation explains, authoryear-comp requires both the author and the year field; otherwise it default citing the title. Thanks for noticing.
    – NVaughan
    Oct 31, 2012 at 1:33

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