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Biblatex style for ISO 690 standard

biblatex is a bibliography and citation tool for . This project provides support for citations in ISO 690 style. As the standard is a little bit ambiguous in some details regarding formatting of records, we largely follow requirements of Czech interpretation, as it is required form in many Czech universities. The style can be used in other languages as well, of course.


The package is included in Mik and Live distributions since 2016, so it could be shipped with your installation.

It is also available on CTAN as biblatex-iso690:


Install from GitHub

Open the terminal and find location of your TEXMFHOME directory with this command:

kpsewhich -var-value TEXMFHOME

Open this directory and check that the directory $TEXMFHOME/tex/latex exists. If it doesn't exist, you must create it. You can do this from the command line or using a file manager. Open the $TEXMFHOME/tex/latex directory and either run the command

git clone git@github.com:michal-h21/biblatex-iso690.git

or unzip the file


here. You should be able to use biblatex-iso690 now.


\usepackage[english,czech]{babel} % the main document language is the last one
  backend=biber,        % if we want unicode and many other features (biber is already by default)
  style=iso-authoryear, % or another iso-<style>

Citation and bibliography styles

biblatex-iso690 provides the following styles (both for citations and bibliographies). You can select one with style keyword in the package options of biblatex.

  • iso-alphabetic
  • iso-authortitle
  • iso-authoryear
  • iso-numeric

Custom options

Above and beyond the scope of package options provided by biblatex itself, here are also some more. Default values are in bold.

  • spacecolon add space before colon in publisher and title (and also title and subtitle):
  • pagetotal print out total number of pages as an additional information in the notes section:
  • shortnumeration visually distinguish numeration and pagination section:
  • thesisinfoinnotes print out thesis information in notes section
    • true Available from: <...>. BP. MU, FI, Brno. Supervised by Petr SOJKA
    • false BP. MU, FI, Brno. Supervised by Petr SOJKA. Available from: <...>
  • doi enable or disable printing of the DOI number
  • isbn enable or disable printing of the ISBN, ISSN and other standard identifiers
  • eprint enable or disable printing of the eprint field
    • true Available from arXiv: 1905.10545
    • false
  • url enable or disable printing of the URL (this option also affects the printing of [online] medium designation for electronic resources other than @online entry type)
  • articlepubinfo enable or disable printing publication information (location and publisher fields) for an @article entry type
    • true Journal of Money, Credit and Banking. Ohio State University Press, vol. 38, no. 1, pp. 119–140.
    • false Journal of Money, Credit and Banking. Vol. 38, no. 1, pp. 119–140.
  • currentlang print localization bibliography strings in the currently selected language
    • true context dependent
    • false context dependent
  • noenddot enable or disable printing an end dot at the very end of bibliography entries
    • true ... ISSN 1082-9873. Available from DOI : 10.1045/july2005-lynch
    • false ... ISSN 1082-9873. Available from DOI : 10.1045/july2005-lynch.

Bibliographic fields

Some fields have a different meaning than in plain , as compared to biblatex.

1. If the publication is written in a different language to the main document, it should have a filled langid field.

langid = {czech},

2. Publications with online versions should have a urldate field. It is the date when you last checked the publication online.

urldate = {2011-01-12},

3. If the publication has more than one ISBN or ISSN number, preferably use just one of them. Otherwise you can separate multiple numbers with comma in the respective field.

4. Publisher and place:

location = {Praha},
publisher = {Academia},

Some fields are added on top of the fields supported by biblatex and are valid only for this package.

5. Supervisor of thesis / dissertation:

supervisor = {Petr Sojka},

6. Date specificities, anything that doesn't fit into the date field:

dateaddon = {\mkbibbrackets{16th century}},

For more details see the example bibliography file biblatex-iso690-examples.bib.



This package comes with the extension of the localization files (.lbx) to their standard versions shipped with biblatex. The naming convention for these files is <langid>-iso.lbx, where langid is the name of the language known by Babel.

If the <langid>.lbx is already included in biblatex, adding a <langid>-iso.lbx is as easy as adding this single file to the root directory of this package. Otherwise, please consider a contribution to the biblatex package first.

If you also aim to add new localization strings, you have to define them via \NewBibliographyString command at the beginning of the iso.bbx file.

A quick translation guideline for the additional strings is available at the wiki page Translation Guideline.

You might want to see also some already existing translations, e.g. english-iso.lbx or slovak-iso.lbx.


Copyright (C) 2011–2020 Michal Hoftich 2015–2020 Moritz Wemheuer 2016–2020 Dávid Lupták

This work may be distributed and/or modified under the conditions of the Project Public License, either version 1.3 of this license or (at your option) any later version. The latest version of this license is in http://www.latex-project.org/lppl.txt and version 1.3 or later is part of all distributions of version 2005/12/01 or later.

This work has the LPPL maintenance status maintained.

The Current Maintainer of this work is Michal Hoftich.

This work consists of all files listed in manifest.txt.

The package is available on CTAN https://www.ctan.org/pkg/biblatex-iso690 and is included in Mik and Live 2016 or later as biblatex-iso690. The development version can be found on GitHub https://github.com/michal-h21/biblatex-iso690.

Download the contents of this package in one zip archive (306.0k).

biblatex-iso690 – Bib style for ISO 690 standard

The package provides a bibliography and citation style which conforms to the latest revision of the international standard ISO 690:2010. The implementation follows Bib conventions and requires Bib ≥ 3.4 and biber ≥ 2.5.

Bug trackerhttps://github.com/michal-h21/biblatex-iso690/issues
Version0.4.1 2022-03-20
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2016–2020 Dávid Lupták
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