[Tex/LaTex] Can one “manually override” BibTeX’s choice of citation keys by adding a field to the entry


Normally, I'm basically OK with BibTeX's choice of citation key (by which I mean, the short symbol it shows in the final document, like [2] or [Hil05], not the one one types in the tex file), but every once in a while there's a paper that cries out for a particular key (such as the paper of Freyd, Hoste, Lickorish, Millet, Ocneano and Yetter in which the HOMFLY polynomial is defined clearly should have the key [HOMFLY], not [FHL+95]), or BibTeX picks a particularly bad one.

In these cases, is there a field one can insert into the bibtex entry to override the key choice, or something one can do other than editing the .bbl file?

Best Answer

Using biblatex, you may add the shorthand field:




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






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