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Biber is a {bibtex} replacement for {biblatex}. It is functionally a significant superset of BibTeX, allowing more customisation by the user of, e.g., sorting, label generation, inheritance, and data source stream manipulation. It also supports advanced auto-disambiguation of names and name lists.

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Biblatex with Biber: Configuring my editor to avoid undefined citations

Running the minimal example \documentclass{article} \usepackage{filecontents} \begin{filecontents*}{\jobname.bib} @ARTICLE{example, author = {Other, Anthony Norman}, title = {Some things I did},...
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bibtex vs. biber and biblatex vs. natbib

I've heard of many different bibliography-related packages/platforms/?. What's the difference between the following, which is good for what tasks, advantages/disadvantages, which one is the most ...
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Biblatex/biber fails with a strange error about missing recode_data.xml file

I'm trying to use biblatex and when I compile my document I get an error like the following: Windows data source C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Temp\par-5061756c\ cache-...
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Troubleshooting for biber

I'm trying to switch from BibTeX to biber and ran into the problem that biber does not produce any output file. I noticed several questions about problems with biber e.g., Biblatex/biber does not ...
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Very strange error suddenly appeared running Biber

I am on a Mac with MacTex 2020 and ran into a strange problem with Biber. Working on a document all was fine, I did not change the bibliography (says my git) and only fixing typos (not even adding ...
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biblatex: multiple bibliographies categorised by different .bib files

biblatex supports multiple bibliographies by looking up the 1) entry type, 2) keyword, or 3) category. This is all fine, but in the use case of primary sources and secondary sources: 1) the 'type' ...
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How to use biber

Simply put I want to know what steps I need to take to start biber with biblatex. I haven't been able to find any proper tutorials or guides showing how you go about using it instead of BibTeX. What ...
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Literature with Biber generates strange citations: firstnames appear erratically

I had been using bibtex and then biblatex for quite some time. For the newest edition of my book I moved to biber. I happened t notice that firstnames are sometimes generated and sometimes not. Has ...
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Remove Quotation Marks from Style

I use the standard style in latex and want to override it, to remove the quotation marks from Conference Type. In my bbx file I use: \RequireBibliographyStyle{standard} I thought I could use the ...
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Input encoding error after upgrading from Biber 1.9 to Biber 2.1

Under biber 2.1 my biblatex produces input encoding errors. The same procedures worked smoothly under biblatex 2.9a/biber 1.9, now that I upgraded to biblatex 3.0/biber 2.1 I get the following message ...
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Highlight an author in bibliography using biblatex allowing bibliography style to format it

I am writing my thesis and I want to highlight my name in the publications using the \fullcite{} while keeping the main bibliography untouched (if not possible, the name can also be highlighted there)....
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Texstudio + Biber + build folder

I used this tutorial to export my auxiliary files into a different directory. Basically i just add -aux-directory=build in Options -> Configure -> Commands and added the build folder into ...
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Is there any advantage to using \addbibresource over \bibliography?

I've always used \bibliography to tell BibTeX where my bibliography is, and when I moved to biblatex, I didn't change. I see a lot of biblatex answers use \addbibresource instead. What is the ...
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Bibtex/Biber: how to cite an author using Ethiopian conventions?

In Ethiopian naming conventions, a person has a given name followed by their father's given name and their grandfather's given name. The person will generally be addressed by their own given name, ...
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Biblatex + Biber + Texmaker + MiKTeX

Will someone please help me to both configure Texmaker and use it so that I can use the backend=biber option with biblatex package. I am using MiKTeX 2.8 and Texmaker 3.1. Please do not simply tell me ...
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Biber 2.14 - Puzzling repeated error : "Invalid format '2020-01-01' of date field 'date' - ignoring"

I'm having exactly the same issue as here, also using Biber 2.14, albeit I didn't upgrade, downgrade, change TexLive version, change encoding or (seemingly) do anything. It's like Biber suddenly quit ...
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Install Biber in MiKTeX on a 64-bit version of Windows

Update: As of summer 2015 Biber is also included in the 64-bit repositories for MikTeX. There is no need to install Biber manually any more, it can simply be installed via the Package Manager just ...
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What characters are allowed to use as delimiters for BibTeX keys?

Surprisingly, I wasn't able to find the list of symbols which can be used for separating fields in BibTeX keys. Many programming languages have their own lists of exceptions, but it seems there is ...
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Bibliography tools that are compatible with biblatex and biber

I’m currently in the process of reconsidering how I do bibliography management. It seems to be most sensible to use biblatex with biber. I’d like to know what tools are available on which I can build ...
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Using BibTeX keys containing parentheses with Biber

I am trying to move to using biblatex with Biber rather than BibTeX. unfortunately, nearly all of my BibTeX entries have keys that include colons and parentheses. like, @BOOK{Chambers+Hastie:(92), ...
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In TeXShop, is there a directive to select biber or BibTeX on a per-document basis?

As in the title, I'd like to be able to select whether TeXShop uses biber or BibTeX in the document rather than using the command line or changing the default in the TeXShop preferences. For TeX ...
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Biblatex: how to automatically sort citation by year (sortcites=ynt) when references are sorted by name (sorting=nyt)

I want to sort in-text citations by year, but bibliography by name. It sound exactly like this question. However, suggested solution (using \usepackage[sorting=ynt]{biblatex} and \printbibliography[...
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Keep lowercase in biblatex

I have a little issue, my bibliography (using Biblatex, biber) is written in upper case while I did note specified anything (I think), and I'm not happy with this. Here is a little example : \...
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\nocite{*} for single bibdatasources with biblatex/biber

Several bibliography resources are used in one single tex-document. They resources have been added using: \addbibresource{}. Now I'd like to use the \nocite{*} command to print all references of one ...
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Use bibentry with biblatex

I want to use biblatex (with Biber) to produce my reference list, and I also want to use the bibentry package to print individual citations in the text. However, it seems that I can't do both. In the ...
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Error with percent sign in bib entry field when using biblatex/biber

I'm trying to use biblatex (v1.5a) with biber (v0.9.3) instead of BibTeX but I am having a problem with bib entries, where the abstract contains a percent sign. In that case, in the bbl file the ...
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Exclude \fullcite{...} citation from bibliography

Is there a way to exclude a citation specified in the text by \fullcite{Doe2013} from the bibliography? (I'm using biblatex+biber.)
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Is it possible to add entries to the bibliography based on keyword using Biblatex/Biber and within the document code?

I would like to print a bibliography which includes all entries with a certain keyword (and possibly some additional entries). I know that I can filter by keyword when I print the bibliography using ...
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Prevent `biber --tool` from removing non-standard fields in .bib files

This question was about a side effect encountered in this answer. One way to avoid this side effect is to not use biber but bibtool -biblatex as stated in this answer. I'm using biber --tool to ...
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How to create multilingual (English, Japanese) bibliographies with biblatex, biber and polyglossia

I would like to update my bibtex file in a way that allows me to create multilingual bibliographies. Since I publish in English and Japanese, I will need this to work in a way that: In an English ...
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Are comments discouraged in a BibTeX file?

biber complains about "junk" in what should be seen rather as commented-out lines in a BibTeX file. I was wondering if comments are discouraged in BibTeX at all. \documentclass {article} \...
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Engines of Tex-Editors and Biber/Biblatex

Today I detected that biblatex, biber or whatever is responsible for citations and bibliography does not work correctly on my tex-files. I can think of two reasons for it: Maybe my engine-file (I am ...
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Bibliography with citations in tabularx and defernumbers=true only prints [0]

In my document, I need a lot of citations. However, my bibliography stopped working all of a sudden. All the citations in the document and the bibliography are [0] (instead of the excpected [1], [2], ...
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Biblatex footcite: customizing biblatex and bibliography style

To built up my desired citation style (Biblatex: Footnote Citations independent of Footnotes, Citation Style) using biblatex with backend=biber, I followed moewes advice and looked for similar ...
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Bibliography with BibLaTeX: Do not abbreviate first given (first) name and abbreviate all further given names

The first given name of an author or editor in my bibliography should be written out, but all further first names should be abbreviated (initials with a period -- and space if there are multiple first ...
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Dummies Guide to Biber

I've spent a good deal of time searching the forum and couldn't find a user-friendly guide to citations with biber using TeXShop or TeXworks on a Mac. I'd like to successfully reproduce a slightly ...
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How to disable percent-encoding in URLs?

I try to add a unicode URL into the bibliography and LaTeX automatically converts the cyrillyc letters into percent-encoding. I found that hyperref is responsible for this, but I found no way to ...
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! Paragraph ended before \name was complete

I recently upgraded my texlive packages at home and I cannot compile my document anymore due to the references. I googled for it for several days already and I cannot find anything recent about this ...
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Two or three letter initials in bibliography with Biblatex (again)

In French and some other European langages, given names should be abreviated keeping digraphs and trigraphs. John should be abreviated as J. Clare should be abreviated as Cl. Charles should be ...
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What is best practice re. handling legal sources with Biblatex/Biber for disciplines other than law?

This is partly a 'before I reinvent the wheel' question and partly a question about best practice. Do any existing solutions handle legal sources appropriately in documents using Biblatex/Biber which ...
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How can one install biber on miktex 64-bit? [duplicate]

Update: Since summer 2015 Biber is also available trough the repositories for 64-bit MikTeX. There is no need to install Biber manually, it can be installed via the package Manager. I am using MikTex ...
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Compatibility of bibtex and biblatex bibliography files?

In the answer to bibtex vs. biber and biblatex vs. natbib the advantages and disadvantages of Biber vs. BibTeX (and of natbib vs. biblatex) were explained. However, one point was omitted: The question ...
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Biblatex, Biber, and LaTeX: citations undefined

I get "There were undefined references" errors and can't fix it after two days of trying. I have tried switching editors from Sublime Text 3 to TeXStudio on a Mac, then trying both on a PC. I am ...
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Why is biber so slow?

I have a simple document, about 20 pages long with some mathematics and a couple of tikz diagrams. I use biblatex and biber (0.9.9 MacTeX 2011) to compile my references, of which there are currently 2,...
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Customising emacs to use biblatex-biber instead of bibtex

I use biblatex, but I still go through running bibtex on my .bib files, rather than biblatex-biber, which is/will be preferred. How do I arrange for C-c C-c to run the relevant biber command, rather ...
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biblatex biber to \bibitem

I am a LaTeX really entusiastic newbie. Thus I am writing all my reports and articles using this wonderful tool. Unfortunately the editors of scientific review do not all have the same entusiasm ...
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How to automate using biber in MiKTeX-TeXworks

I have MikTeX 2.9, 32-bit, Windows 7, all the latest updates are there. I'm using TeXworks ( pdflatex + makeindex + bibtex). When I use biblatex package with option [backend=biber] I have no ...
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Which biblatex/biber version produces BBL format 2.8?

I try to submit an article with citations to arxiv.org, and the TeX output says Package biblatex Warning: File 'main.bbl' is wrong format version - expected 2.8. Okay, so my local biblatex/biber ...
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Show journal abbreviation in reference list with biblatex/biber

This question was previously asked by Yotam who got an answer from Andy Thomas saying he should edit the biber.conf file in order to use biber's regular expressions capacities. I tried this with my ...
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biblatex, biber, is it possible to \printbibliography between two years?

With biblatex and Biber, is it possible to print all the bibliography (\printbibliography) from (let's say) 2003 to 2008 in one section? And then in another section print all the bibliography from ...
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