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4tn82bnME
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Random references appearing in the bibliography

Postby 4tn82bnME » Wed Feb 03, 2021 9:01 pm

From time to time, authors submit papers to our academic journals and errant references appear at the end of the intended reference list. For example, an author may have a bib file with the correct # of references but somewhere along the way they must be pulling in extraneous references from another source - NOT uploaded as one of their submission files - so that when they compile the pdf, a multitude of odd references appear at the end and they can't find the source.

Is this due to a command error pulling in a file with the same name on their computer or an extra command not needed or ? I know a workaround is to paste the bib into the latex file but hoping to help my authors figure out why this happens.

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Ijon Tichy
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Postby Ijon Tichy » Thu Feb 04, 2021 9:31 am

You can add every kind of text files (and bib files are text files) into a TeX file using filecontents environment. The environment is a kernel feature of LaTeX and works without extra package. See a good introduction to LaTeX for more information. Since LaTeX 2019-10-01 it also provides optional overwriting of existing files. See ltnews30 for more information.

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Postby 4tn82bnME » Thu Feb 04, 2021 3:21 pm

Thanks very much! I'll try to put this into "author help language" - much appreciated!


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