## LaTeX forum ⇒ BibTeX, biblatex and biber ⇒ References in Text replaced by Question Mark

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amiruw
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### References in Text replaced by Question Mark

Hello,

I have a bib file (References.bib) with elsarticle-harv style:

\bibliographystyle{elsarticle-harv}\bibliography{References}

With elsarticle document class, that is:

\documentclass[authoryear,review,12pt]{elsarticle}

all the references in the body of my paper is nicely shown but with "report" document class, that is:

\documentclass[12pt]{report}

I run into many problems. Thus, some of the references are shown properly but for some of them I just see "?". For example, the following reference is shown in the body of the document:

@BOOK{lable1,   title = {book name A},   publisher = {AAA},   year = {1991},   author = {FamilyName1, T. M. and FamilyName2, A. P. and FamilyName3, D. S. and others},}

(however, I don't get space between "T." and "M." or "A." and "P." in my reference list)

but the following is just cited with "?":

@article{label2,   title={Paper name},   author={FamilyName3, A. B.},   journal={Journal name B},   volume={23},   number={12},   pages={76--79},   year={1990},  }

I noticed that the problem gets down to the author's name; for example, if I replace "FamilyName3, A. B." with only one letter "G", it will be shown in the body of the document but with a little bit more sophisticated name, I just get "?". I spent hours on this and tried tons of approaches but all ended with failure. I am just wondering if there is a way out of this problem. Your help is greatly appreciated. I also included the tex file I run.

Last edited by cgnieder on Sun May 26, 2013 11:30 am, edited 1 time in total.

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amiruw
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Joined: Wed Mar 17, 2010 8:59 pm
I just want to let those who may run into similar problem know that the problem gets fixed by replacing the bibliography style from "elsarticle-harv" to "elsarticle-num-names". The citations in the body of the document are the same; however, the format of the references in the end of the document is somewhat different. For example, based on "elsarticle-harv" we get:

Family Name, First Name, Year. Title Vol (Number), Pages.

While "elsarticle-num-names" results in:

First Name, Family Name, Title Vol (Number), (Year) Pages.

How to make documentclass "report" work with "elsarticle-harv" style is still an open question, and I appreciate those who find a solution share it here.

Thanks,

amiruw

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