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**Question**

How to format bibiliographies in a more visual way ?

**Context**

I am trying to get out of the standard (boring...) bibliographies as you noticed.

It’s a “figure imposée” and there are standards for publication, of course. But what a pity, all these information lost in a rebarbative listing...

![BibLAteXAbstract2.png](/image?hash=525dcf06cde3451c2003476fea52787523b8d98873b2f778699413b1acbc781c)

Reusing the abstract in the text as in https://topanswers.xyz/tex?q=1491 has already given me loads of positive feedbacks from both profs and students !
The only other piece of information (I see... maybe you have ideas) that could be used is the date of publication.

And it seems natural to link a date with a timeline.

A chronology of references could be both informative, accurate and would give actually a visual temporality. In one glimpse you get the proximity or distance in the research cited. It would not work for too long bibliographies but for short ones.

I am conscious that bibliographies can be very long and a timeline would lose its visual effect with too much information on it.

Version 0 would probably be something like
(http://sordinaproductions.blogspot.com/2010/09/simple-timelines-in-latex.html)

![Timelinev0.png](/image?hash=b531bf465d7898a8b43d247f71e295b7e235fcaffc4722a419677e93aa35c21d)


\documentclass{article}
\newcommand{\foo}{\hspace{-2.3pt}$\bullet$ \hspace{5pt}}

\begin{document}
\begin{tabular}{r |@{\foo} l}
DateRef1 & Title of the article 1 \\
DateRef2 & Title of the article 1 \\
... & ... \\
DateRefn & Title of the article 1 \\
\end{tabular}

\end{document}

Instead of title for Ref1, we could input the full list of field as in a normal bibliography or just a sublist (Title, name, editor for instance).

Of course TikZ provides fancier Timeline as in https://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/462984/fancy-vertical-timeline

![TimelineTikZ.png](/image?hash=66bac63128db5a599f15f7c6bce0fb9c0082ecb40d1d9100fd771f5e28313289)

or

https://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/196794/how-can-you-create-a-vertical-timeline

![TimelineTikZ2.png](/image?hash=af0db508ca384be192b6451a246c234e5e1ff279af00c81e1de7db7615b9c644)
As for other visuals, I was not very inspired until I found https://venngage.com/templates/infographics/timeline

**Other element in mind for future questions**
Create a mini  horizontal timeline in the text.


samcarter
To give you something to start with, here a horizontal timeline using the chronosys  and usebib  packages (the latter as a workaround to get an expandable version of bib fields):


\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{biblatex}

\usepackage{chronosys}
\usepackage{usebib}
\bibinput{/usr/local/texlive/2020/texmf-dist/bibtex/bib/biblatex/biblatex/biblatex-examples}

\newcommand{\chroncite}[1]{%
\chronoevent{\usebibentry{#1}{year}}{\citeauthor{#1}}
}

\begin{document}

\begin{chronology}[startyear=1950]
\chroncite{doody}
\chroncite{sarfraz}
\chroncite{kullback}
\end{chronology}

\printbibliography

\end{document}


![Screen Shot 2020-11-11 at 16.04.41.png](/image?hash=68e3a101268a6f30f7a8f2796d561493773a14d044dac80f4fb1e573010a8aa3)

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