I'd like to type a citation within the text and another citation inside the parenthesis for the year, something like this:

The work of Author 1 (year; cited by Author 2, year)

For this, I've tried different options of the \textcite command but without results. Also I saw the solution posted here, which works for multiple citations within parenthesis but not for in-text citations.

Any suggestion?


2 Answers 2


Nested citation commands are not allowed, but one can simulate them (using the appropriate punctuation commands to ensure consistency with other citations):





  author = {Author, A.},
  year = {2001},
  title = {Alpha},
  author = {Buthor, B.},
  year = {2002},
  title = {Bravo},



The work of \citeauthor{A01} \mkbibparens{\citeyear{A01}\postnotedelim cited by \cite{B02}}



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  • 1
    I was about to post nearly the same answer. Just an addition: you can or course put this together into an own command like \mycite by \newcommand{\mycite}[2]{\citeauthor{#1} \mkbibparens{\citeyear{#1}\postnotedelim cited by \cite{#2}}}. Commented Feb 4, 2013 at 16:48
  • Please note, that \citeyear does not create a link to the bibliography. Is there a workaround for this issue? Commented Aug 21, 2014 at 13:27
  • @SebastianWerk I don't know. Perhaps try a search for questions tagged with biblatex and links or hyperref.
    – lockstep
    Commented Aug 21, 2014 at 14:34
  • With standard authoryear- and authortitle-like styles one can use \cite* instead of \citeyear to make things a bit more portable. (This will also create a link with the standard styles, while \citeyear does not, by default.)
    – moewe
    Commented Mar 7, 2017 at 17:28

Citation commands generally can't (and shouldn't) be nested, but you can get around this rule with \nocite.




\textcites(See)()[cited by \postcite{companion}]{knuth:ct:a}[10]{markey}

Data for the nested entry here isn't accessed until the second biber/BibTeX run. You can avoid additional biber runs by linking nested entries to their parents using cross references, entry sets or related entries.

  • While this mostly works for me, it gets a bit funky. with the usage \autocite[\pno~XX (citing \postcite{work:yy})]{work:xx} it comes out fine, but if I do \autocite[\pno~XX (citing \postcite[YY]{work:yy})]{work:xx} it gobbles basically all of the work:xx data, excluding the page number
    – hanetzer
    Commented Mar 24, 2023 at 20:47
  • specifically, the later ends up with Work yy, p. XX , (citing YY. (note that XX/YY are page numbers)
    – hanetzer
    Commented Mar 24, 2023 at 20:49

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