# How to print only year (no day/month) with Biblatex

I would like to have Biblatex print only the year of a publication in the bibliography. Currently it shows the year, month and day.

The "date" option (e.g. date=iso8601) can't do that.

• Please add a minimal working example (MWE) that illustrates your problem. It will be much easier for us to reproduce your situation and find out what the issue is when we see compilable code, starting with \documentclass{...} and ending with \end{document}. – Benedikt Bauer Jan 8 '13 at 11:42
• But the situation is really nothing special. Biblatex ALWAYS prints the full date (if provided) in the bibliography. This is not an error or something. I think a MWE is rather elaborate here, since citations are involved... – HWende Jan 8 '13 at 11:46
• Maybe date=iso8601 can't do it, but date=year seems to work fine for me. That option might be relatively new. – Rob Kennedy Jun 6 '14 at 15:08

In analogy to Disable month in biblatex bibliography? you can just disable the month and day fields with the commands

\AtEveryBibitem{\clearfield{month}}
\AtEveryBibitem{\clearfield{day}}


For a short moment there came to my mind that there could be a caveat with the urldate field that declares when a URL has been checked, but biblatex even takes care of this. The urldate is still printed as full date. Compare the MWE and its output below:

\begin{filecontents}{test.bib}
@BOOK{test,
author= {A. Author},
title = {A Title for a Book},
date = {2012-10-08}
},
@ONLINE{test2,
author = {A. Author},
title = {Some title},
url = {http://example.com},
urldate = {2013-01-08}
}
\end{filecontents}

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{biblatex}

\AtEveryBibitem{\clearfield{month}}
\AtEveryBibitem{\clearfield{day}}

\begin{document}
\nocite{*}

\printbibliography
\end{document}


Is this what you intend to do? If not, please provide a MWE to work with.

• Perfect! I was not aware of a "\clearfield" command. Thank you so much! (Also, you proved me wrong on the 'elaborate' MWE!) – HWende Jan 8 '13 at 12:18
• The basic idea behind the MWE is to be only as elaborate as necessary. In many cases (I have to admit, not here) one finds the source of the problem by oneself or can at least limit it to a much smaller amount of code which makes it easier to ask the right question then. – Benedikt Bauer Jan 8 '13 at 12:41
• This solution creates a problem for me, where some references (which have a non-empty month field in the .bib file) have their month replaced by the Issue number (or maybe just whatever the previous field is). – level1807 Aug 30 '18 at 12:05
• @level1807 Are you sure that it is caused by this solution? Can you prepare a minimal working example (MWE) and post it as a new question -- maybe referring to this one? – Benedikt Bauer Aug 30 '18 at 20:00