I use Jabref for my bib files and even in Biblatex mode, the journal title is still saved under journal. Since updating Biblatex, it no longer supports this backwards compatibility so journal titles are not appearing in my bibliography.

I could find+replace journal = to journaltitle = in my bib file but then Jabref doesn't recognise the title and I can't manage the journal abbreviations using the built-in functions.

So I would like to make Biblatex recognise journal as an alias for journaltitle. I tried


in the bbx file but this didn't work. Does anybody have any ideas?

Edit 1: MWE

Here is an example of what I mean. Change journal to journaltitle and the journal title appears in the references. Otherwise it doesn't.

    author = "Elvis Presley",
    title = "Turn Me One More Time",
    journal = "Jail House Books",
    year = 1963,


Here is a citation by \textcite{elvis}.


Edit 2

I have biber 1.4 and biblatex 2.3 rather than 2.4... I've tried updating but the MikTex package manager says everything is up to date. Could this be the problem? Also during the build, a warning appears saying Found biblatex control file version 2.1, expected version 2.2 Could this also be a problem?

Also, I'm using MikTex 2.9

From my last update log (which is when this problem arose), four packages were updated,

extracting files from glossaries.tar.lzma...
extracting files from miktex-biber-bin.tar.lzma...
extracting files from miktex-misc.tar.lzma...
extracting files from miktex-texinfo-base.tar.lzma...

So it seems something in biber was updated.

closed as too localized by lockstep, Kurt, Stefan Kottwitz Jan 4 '13 at 12:40

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  • journal has always been an alias for journaltitle. You'll have to provide some details so that we can help troubleshoot. – Audrey Dec 16 '12 at 17:27
  • Biblatex automatically maps journal to journaltitle when creating bbl files from bib databases. So using \iffieldundef{journaltitle} and \printfield[titlecase]{journaltitle} instead of \iffieldundef{journal} and \printfield[titlecase]{journal} should solve your problem – Guido Dec 16 '12 at 20:05
  • Thanks very much for looking at this. Unfortunately it still doesn't work. I've added an MWE that reproduces the problem for me. Fyi, all my packages are up to date. – J-P Dec 16 '12 at 20:35
  • @J-P We'll need more than an MWE, unfortunately. Your example shows no issues on my end. I tested with biblatex 2.4 and biber 1.4. – Audrey Dec 16 '12 at 21:27
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    @J-P biblatex 2.3 won't work properly with biber 1.4. The biblatex manual gives a list of compatible versions. The MiKTeX site indicates that the latest package repo should have biblatex 2.4. – Audrey Dec 16 '12 at 22:18

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