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{biblatex} is a complete reimplementation of the bibliographic facilities provided by LaTeX. It has its own backend {biber} which can be used instead of {bibtex} and which supports, e.g., full {unicode}, highly customisable sorting, data source filtering, and customisable field inheritance.

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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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Guidelines for customizing biblatex styles

Suppose I've just made the switch to biblatex. I have chosen one of the built-in styles (numeric, alphabetic, authoryear, authortitle, verbose) or of the custom styles available at CTAN, and I've ...
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What to do to switch to biblatex?

Because of the great answers posted around in the site, I'm finally considering to do the switch and move to biblatex. So, the question is what do I have to do? To give the question some focus, ...
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biblatex in a nutshell (for beginners)

Is there a 'biblatex in a nutshell' guide out there? I'd like if someone explained to me the essentials on how to use biblatex (what lines I have to write in my document, which files I have to have, ...
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Suppress "In:" biblatex

How do I suppress the "In: " before the journaltitle? Like so: In: Journal of Applied Physics
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Using BibTeX/biblatex to make a list of references without having citations in the body of the document?

Is there any way to have BibTeX or biblatex insert a bibliography without having citations in the body of the document itself? Maybe a way to hide the in-text citations, so that BibTeX still sees them ...
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Question mark or bold citation key instead of citation number

I've browsed the forums and found a number of posts that have addressed this issue, but none of the solutions seem to work for me. I have the following script that I just copied from the bibtex home ...
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biblatex: displaying all authors of multi-author works in the bibliography

I'm using the biblatex package to add citations and a bibliography to my LaTeX document. I've noticed that only the first author plus "et al." is displayed for works with more than three ...
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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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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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What is the difference between bibtex and biblatex?

I've been reading about biblatex more and more on here. What is the difference between it and bibtex? Why should I switch to biblatex? Seeing the documentation doesn't seem too mature (or accessible ...
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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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Biblatex citation order

I'm facing a problem with biblatex citation order. Using this configuration: \documentclass {article} \usepackage[brazil]{babel} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} \hyphenation{es-ta-bi-li-da-de} \...
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Biblatex: submitting to a journal

Suppose that I moved from BibTeX to biblatex. With BibTeX I just copied the content of .bbl file into final version of my paper before submitting it to a journal. What should I do at same stage having ...
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Biblatex: Get rid of ISSN, URLs and DOIs in references

My .bib files are generated by Mendley desktop and usually contain URLs, ISSN and DOIs, but I don't want those to be displayed in my list of references. How can I get rid of them (short of deleting ...
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Set limit to one author when using "et al." in biblatex

In the header of my document I set the maximal author names to 2: \usepackage[style=authoryear-icomp, maxbibnames=9, maxcitenames=2, backend=biber]{biblatex} Now, when I cite texts with two authors, ...
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Showing the bibliographic entry in a popup when you hover over the citation key

I thought it would be useful to have bibliographic entries displayed as a tooltip so readers are not interrupted by following hyperlinks or trying to find the Bibliography, so I created the following ...
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Make specific author bold using biblatex

I am writing my CV in LaTeX. I am using biblatex and want my name (and only my name) to be bold for every reference. Is there a magic way to do this? A similar question Make one author's name ...
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Comment out sections of text in bib file

What's the correct way to comment out sections of explanatory text (included for humans to read) in a .bib file? I would like biber/biblatex to simply ignore this text. When I put in text like ######...
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How to split bibliography into "works cited" and "works not cited"?

I need two bib-like sections: a "References" giving works explicitly cited in my text, and a "Bibliography" (or "Further reading" if you prefer) giving everything from my bibfile that didn't already ...
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Citing a range of papers using numeric keys as in \cite{a, b, c} -> [1-3]

How can I cite a range of papers, the output is a range of numbers, instead of a list of numbers? In other words, when I type ... some dummy text here is due to me \cite{me1, me2, me3, me4} ... I ...
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Bibliography not in ToC when using biblatex/biber

I just managed to switch from using BibTeX to biblatex with the biber backend. My references now appear how I want. However I have two new issues. 1) How do I change "Bibliography" to references? The ...
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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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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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How can I put more space between bibliography entries (biblatex)

My bibliography (made with biblatex) has all items close to each other. I would like to introduce some space between them, e.g. half a line. How can I do this?
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With BibLatex, how do I make the fontsize of the bibliography smaller?

I use biblatex and \printbibliography to add a bibliography at the end of my document. I would like the references in a smaller fontsize than the document's default. {\small \printbibliography} does ...
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Multiple citations with pages using BibLaTeX

How can I do multiple citations with page numbers using bibLaTeX/biber? I have tried \cite[2,3,4]{ref1,ref2,ref3,ref4} but it doesn't work.
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How do you cite conference proceedings?

This might be a little far fetched for this site, if it's inappropriate, close it, but please direct me to where I could ask this question. My bibliography is growing quite huge and the time has come ...
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Line breaks of long URLs in biblatex bibliography?

I have some long URLs which doesn't contain special "line break characters" like "-" or "/". How can I automatically break these URLs? \documentclass{scrreprt} \usepackage[ngerman]{babel} ...
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.bib library file in a different directory, how to use? (Mendeley centralised .bib file)

problem Hello All, I have the possibility of a centralised, updated .bib file using Mendeley Desktop. This file will stay updated with all the changes I make using my Mendeley citation software. I ...
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How to emulate the traditional BibTeX styles (plain, abbrv, unsrt, alpha) as closely as possible with biblatex?

This question led to a new package: biblatex-trad I'd like to use biblatex while at the same time maintaining the bibliography format of the traditional BibTeX styles (plain, abbrv, unsrt, alpha). ...
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Omit heading in biblatex with printbibliography

Is it possible to omit the heading when I use the \printbibliography command? I want to print two different bibliographies one after the other and need to add some text between the second heading and ...
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hyperlink name with biblatex authoryear

I am using biblatex with the authoryear styles. So far I've been able to find everything I need easily in the excellent documentation, but I'm stuck on one thing. With my current settings (below) ...
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Is there a WYSIWYG editor for biblatex styles?

Does anyone know if a WYSIWYG editor for biblatex exists, where I simply can enter some kind of template (e.g. regular expression or whatever) and the needed commands to produce this style would be ...
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Get full name twice in Bibliography

I use biblatex with style=authoryear and when there are two references of the same author in the bibliography there is just a dash. How can I get the full name in the second entry too?
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Workflow for managing references?

What is your workflow for managing references? How does this workflow scale? Do you use programs like zotero, mendeley, jabref? What are their pros and cons? Does it allow easy integration of ...
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biblatex: make title hyperlink to DOIs, URL or ISBN

This is a follow up question to biblatex: Make title hyperlink to doi url (if available). My reference database contains some DOI codes, but mainly normal URLs and some ISBN/ISSN codes. What I would ...
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Is it possible to suppress a specific field from bibtex .bbl in biblatex?

I'm using biblatex, and am still very new at it. I can't figure out how to suppress certain fields automatically generated from my bibtex file into my .bbl file. For instance, for all of my entries, ...
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Reduce spacing in bibliography using biblatex

How can you control (in my case reduce) the spacing of the bibliography in biblatex? I used to use \begin{spacing}{0.9} \bibliographystyle{plain} \bibliography{refs} \end{spacing} and \setlength{\...
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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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Biblatex, author-year, square brackets

I need to customize the author-year citation in biblatex for a template at work. Right now biblatex cites like this: Ruschmeyer u. a. 1995, S. 123 They way I was told it needs to cite is: [...
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Disable month in biblatex bibliography?

Currently my bibliography items are printed like this: R. B. Griffiths, Nonanalytic Behavior Above the Critical Point in a Random Ising Ferromagnet, Physical Review Letters 23 (July 1969), pp. 17–...
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How to get title of a citation?

Is there some way to get the title of a citation shown in the normal text instead of the key? I need the titles of some papers I cite in the normal text, so typing them by hand seems to be superfluous ...
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Can I count the number of times each reference is cited?

I am writing a paper, and I would like to be able to find out automatically how many times each reference is cited. This could either be appended to the references in a printed version, or outputted ...
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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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Overfull hbox in biblatex

I just ran into a problem using biblatex with a long author and title: The output extends past the right margin of my text, because biblatex does not insert a linebreak before the date. Please see the ...
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biblatex: Make title hyperlink to doi url (if available)

I'm using biblatex with the standard bibliography style. How or what should I modify so that the title is turned into a link pointing to a suitable doi url? (of course only if the doi is available)
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biblatex: Abbreviated author names?

When using biblatex, how can you obtain abbreviated first names for authors in the bibliography (i.e. like the abbrv bibtex)? I've been trying to look everywhere in the manual, but so far no luck.
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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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BibTeX or biblatex/Biber 'private communication' entry

What is the correct way to cite "private communications" and similar sources that seem not to belong into the .bib database. I am using biber and biblatex with TL2016
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