When one want to do a manual hyperlink to a \label target one can use \hyperref[label]{text}.

But what if one want to create a link pointing to an item in the bibliography, with a user defined text and the same color as \cite

I would rather not have to use \citealias all over the place (which might be the right answer, but we are a bit late for that in this project)

Any ideas?


The hyperref anchor for key is named cite.key. It is an anchor, not a label, so you have to use \hyperlink instead of \hyperref, but that doesn't use the correct link border color etc. In the following, I have instead provided \hyperlinkcite for that, for which you just supply the cite key and the link text as arguments:


  author    = {Goossens, Michel and Mittelbach,
               Frank and Samarin, Alexander},
  title     = {The LaTeX Companion},
  publisher = {Addison-Wesley},
  location  = {Reading, Mass.},
  year      = {1994},

\newcommand*{\hyperlinkcite}[1]{\hyper@link{cite}{cite.#1}}%\hyperlinkcite takes 2 arguments: #1<- cite-key, #2<- link-text

\citep{test1}, \hyperlinkcite{test1}{test!}


(example bib file borrowed from elsewhere!)

Be sure that the citation actually gets \cited properly somewhere (or \nocited etc), or it may not show up in the bibliography.

  • Slight modification, then it works: \newcommand*{\hyperlinkcite}[1]{\hyper@link{cite}{cite.#1\@extra@b@citeb}}, thanks. Without the \@extra@b@citeb, I did get the color right, but the target was wrong – daleif Dec 12 '12 at 14:51
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    Thanks @daleif. As you say, it does seem to be needed if using certain styles, but I am not entirely confident about the appropriate time to expand \@extra@b@citeb (to ensure it expands to the same thing as it did when the anchor was set). Therefore, I will not yet incorporate it into the answer, but assume that anyone for whom the above doesn't work will see your comment! – cyberSingularity Dec 12 '12 at 15:05

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