Bibliography Style Plain Abbrv For Arkansas

I don't deprecate any testing ;-) -- all standard styles are available as biblatex styles here: trad-biblatex

The following remarks requires biblatex 2.0 or newer!

The aim is to setup standard bibliography styles which allow all modifications provided by BibLaTeX. In the first step the implementation of the entry types , and are on focus. The implemented styles are marked by a green check mark ;-)


The traditional BibTeX styles are providing the following fields and entry types.

Entry types:

article book booklet inbook incollection inproceedings conference manual mastersthesis misc phdthesis proceedings techreport unpublished


address author booktitle chapter edition editor howpublished institution journal key month note number organization pages publisher school series title type volume year

All traditional fields and entry types are provided by BibLaTeX too. However BibLaTeX offers more entry types and fields. So I recommend by using BibLaTeX to change the bib entries related to BibLaTeX.


The basic order and settings for all standard styles are equal. So I am providing a file which yields the standard settings. The extra settings are done in the required files.

First I collect some details of the style:

  • the sorting is chronological by then then
  • Names are printed as: Firstname (no initials) Surname
  • all names are printed; et~al. is set as a replacement of in the field
  • the field is printed with emphasis for the entry types:

  • the field is printed as normal for the entry types:

  • all other fields are printed as

  • the journal title isn't introduced by a string , excluding
  • ordering of entries can be seen in the examples



  • equal to the style
  • sorting scheme is none.


NOTE: requires


  • equal to
  • usage of abbreviation


This current development branch can be found at github: biblatex-trad

All traditional bibliography styles can be loaded via options by the package :

This method allows the using of all options provided by . Available styles will be (not yet):

  • which emulated
  • which emulated
  • which emulated
  • which emulated

I hope I didn't forget any traditional style

Some technical hints will be collected in the documentation.


A small documentation is available at biblatex-trad




  1. BiBTeXing -- btxdoc.pdf
  2. -manual
  3. Testfiles ;-)

Based on the example given by lockstep here the required result:

Choosing a bibliography style

A large proportion of people are satisfied with one of Patashnik’s original “standard” styles, plain, unsrt, abbrv and alpha. However, no style in that set supports the “author-date” citation style that is popular in many fields; but there are a very large number of contributed styles available, that do support the format.

(Note that author-date styles arose because the simple and clear citation style that plain produces is so awkward in a traditional manuscript preparation scenario. However, TeX-based document production does away with all those difficulties, leaving us free once again to use the simple option.)

Fortunately, help is at hand, on the Web, with this problem:

  • a sample text, showing the sorts of style choices available, can be found on Ken Turner’s web site;
  • an excellent survey, that lists a huge variety of styles, sorted into their nominal topics as well as providing a good range of examples, is the Reed College “Choosing a BibTeX style”.

Of course, these pages don’t cover everything; the problem the inquisitive user faces, in fact, is to find what the various available styles actually do. This is best achieved (if the links above don’t help) by using xampl.bib from the BibTeX documentation distribution: one can get a pretty good feel for any style one has to hand using this “standard” bibliography. For style my-style.bst, the simple LaTeX document:

\documentclass{article} \begin{document} \bibliographystyle{my-style} \nocite{*} \bibliography{xampl} \end{document}
will produce a representative sample of the citations the style will produce. (Because xampl.bib is so extreme in some of its “examples”, the BibTeX run will also give you an interesting selection of BibTeX’s error messages…)

This question on the Web:

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