# Change font size and indentation in reference section

I am writing a paper for a conference. They provided the a LaTeX style file however the compiled reference section is different from their own requirement. They require font size 8, no indentation, and the index number should have a square bracket like [1] xxx

My compiled output on the other hand, is font size 10, has indentation, and no square bracket, so it's like 1. xxx.

Could some one take a look in the style file and tell where I fix this problem? I couldn't find anything that's related to font size, or indentation, or the bracket. I don't know much about the LaTeX style file.

I can't upload file so I'll have to post the entire style file code here:

%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
%                   File: osameet2.sty                %
%                  Date: March 21, 2007               %
%                                                     %
%       (c) 2007 Optical Society of America           %
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%

\NeedsTeXFormat{LaTeX2e}
\ProvidesPackage{osameet2}[2007/03/21 LaTeX package for submission to OSA's conferences]

%% packages
\usepackage{cite}
\RequirePackage{geometry}
\usepackage{color}
\usepackage{graphicx}
%% fonts
\usepackage{mathptmx,courier,textcomp}
\usepackage[scaled=.92]{helvet}

\parindent1em %% em tied to font
\parskip0pc
\pagestyle{empty}
\sloppy

%%Title page elements

\newcommand\MEETtitle[1]{\LARGE \bf \hskip2.25pc \parbox{.8\textwidth}{ \noindent%
\LARGE \bf \begin{center} #1 \end{center}\rm } \vskip.1in \rm\normalsize }

\newcommand\MEETauthor[1]{\hskip2.25pc \parbox{.8\textwidth}{ \noindent%
\normalsize \bf \begin{center} #1 \end{center}\rm } \vskip-1pc }

\footnotesize \it \begin{center} #1 \end{center}\rm }  \normalsize \vskip-.2cm }

\newcommand\MEETemail[1]{\vskip-.3cm \parskip0pc\hskip2.25pc \footnotesize%
\parbox{.8\textwidth}{\begin{center}\textit{#1}  \end{center} } \normalsize  \vskip-.2cm}

\newcommand\url[1]{\textcolor{blue}{\underline{#1}}}

\newcommand\homepage[1]{\vskip-1pt \parskip0pc\hskip2.25pc \footnotesize %% CHANGE 8-3-99
\parbox{.8\textwidth}{\begin{center}\it \textcolor{blue}{\underline{#1}} \rm \end{center} } \normalsize\vskip-.2cm}

\newcommand\ocis[1]{\vskip-2.75pc \begin{center}\parbox{.8\textwidth}{\footnotesize\bf OCIS codes: \ \rm #1 \hfill} \end{center}\vskip3pt}%

\let\title\MEETtitle
\let\author\MEETauthor
\let\email\MEETemail
\let\pacs\ocis

\renewenvironment{abstract}%%
{\vskip1pc\noindent\begin{center} \begin{minipage}{.8\textwidth} {\bf Abstract: \ } }
{ \\ \vskip-.75pc \noindent \small \copyright \, \number\year \hskip.05in
Optical Society of America \\ \hfil \end{minipage}\end{center}\normalsize\vskip-1.75pc}%

%%Various customizations

\renewcommand\maketitle{\vskip0pt} %%deactivates \maketitle in LaTeX
\def\onlinecite{\citeonline}
%Fig. and Table Labels

\renewcommand\figurename{Fig.}
\def\fps@table{h}%\def\fps@table{!htbp}
\renewcommand\tablename{Table}

%% New caption command
\newcommand\@MaxCapWidth{5.5in}
\setlength\belowcaptionskip{.1in}
\setlength\abovecaptionskip{.15in}
\long\def\@makecaption#1#2{%
\normalsize
\vskip\abovecaptionskip
\sbox\@tempboxa{#1. #2}%
\ifdim \wd\@tempboxa >\@MaxCapWidth
\hskip.5in\parbox{5.5in}{#1. #2}
\else
\global \@minipagefalse
\hb@xt@\hsize{\hfil\box\@tempboxa\hfil}%
\fi
\vskip\belowcaptionskip\normalsize}

%%References

\renewcommand\refname{\normalsize References \rm}
\setlength\bibindent{.3in}
\renewenvironment{thebibliography}[1]
{\section*{\refname
\@mkboth{\MakeUppercase\refname}{\MakeUppercase\refname}}%
\list{\@arabic\c@enumiv .}
{\settowidth\labelwidth{.25in}%
\leftmargin\labelwidth
\setlength{\parsep}{0pc}
\setlength{\labelsep}{0.5em}
\setlength{\itemsep}{0.05pc}%{-0.06in}
\setlength{\listparindent}{0in}
\setlength{\itemindent}{0in}
\setlength{\leftmargin}{.3in}
\setlength{\rightmargin}{0in}
\@openbib@code
\usecounter{enumiv}%
\let\p@enumiv\@empty
\renewcommand\theenumiv{\@arabic\c@enumiv}}%
\sloppy
\clubpenalty4000
\@clubpenalty \clubpenalty
\widowpenalty4000%
\sfcode\.\@m \normalsize}
{\def\@noitemerr
{\@latex@warning{Empty thebibliography' environment}}%
\endlist \vskip.2in}
\let\@openbib@code\@empty
\newcommand\OSAJNLReferences{\thebibliography{}}
\newcommand\References{\thebibliography{}}
\newcommand\references{\thebibliography{}}
\let\endOSAJNLReferences\endthebibliography
\let\endReferences\endthebibliography

%%Section parameters
\renewcommand\thesubsection{\thesection.\arabic{subsection}}
\renewcommand\thesubsubsection{\thesubsection.\arabic{subsubsection}}

\renewcommand\section{\@startsection {section}{1}{0pt}%
{-2.5ex plus -1ex minus -.2ex}%
{1.3ex plus .2ex}%
{\normalsize\bfseries}}
\renewcommand\subsection{\@startsection{subsection}{2}{0pt}%
{-2.25ex plus -1ex minus -.2ex}%
{1ex plus .2ex}%
{\normalsize\itshape}}
\renewcommand\subsubsection{\@startsection{subsubsection}{3}{0pt}%
{-2.25ex plus -1ex minus -.2ex}%
{1ex plus .2ex}%
{\small\upshape}}

\frenchspacing

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\def\opex{ Opt.\ Express }
\def\ao{ Appl.\  Opt.\ }
\def\ap{ Appl.\  Phys.\ }
\def\apa{ Appl.\  Phys.\ A }
\def\apb{ Appl.\  Phys.\ B }
\def\apl{ Appl.\ Phys.\ Lett.\ }
\def\apj{ Astrophys.\ J.\ }
\def\bell{ Bell Syst.\ Tech.\ J.\ }
\def\jqe{ IEEE J.\ Quantum Electron.\ }
\def\assp{ IEEE Trans.\ Acoust.\ Speech Signal Process.\ }
\def\aprop{ IEEE Trans.\ Antennas Propag.\ }
\def\mtt{ IEEE Trans.\ Microwave Theory Tech.\ }
\def\iovs{ Invest.\ Ophthalmol.\ Visual\ Sci.\ }
\def\jcp{ J.\ Chem.\ Phys.\ }
\def\jmo{ J.\ Mod.\ Opt.\ }
\def\jon{J.\ Opt.\ Netw.\ }
\def\josa{ J.\ Opt.\ Soc.\ Am.\ }
\def\josaa{ J.\ Opt.\ Soc.\ Am.\ A }
\def\josab{ J.\ Opt.\ Soc.\ Am.\ B }
\def\jpp{ J.\ Phys.\ (Paris) }
\def\nat{ Nature (London) }
\def\oc{ Opt.\ Commun.\ }
\def\ol{ Opt.\ Lett.\ }
\def\pl{ Phys.\ Lett.\ }
\def\pra{ Phys.\ Rev.\ A }
\def\prb{ Phys.\ Rev.\ B }
\def\prc{ Phys.\ Rev.\ C }
\def\prd{ Phys.\ Rev.\ D }
\def\pre{ Phys.\ Rev.\ E }
\def\prl{ Phys.\ Rev.\ Lett.\ }
\def\rmp{ Rev.\ Mod.\ Phys.\ }
\def\pspie{ Proc.\ SPIE\ }
\def\sjqe{ Sov.\ J.\ Quantum Electron.\ }
\def\vr{ Vision Res.\ }
\def\cleo{ {\it Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics }}
\def\assl{ {\it Advanced Solid State Lasers }}
\def\tops{ Trends in Optics and Photonics }

%% end osameet2.sty

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You need to redefine the thebibliography environment as defined in the style file (I find somehow odd that the very own file they provide doesn't fill their requirements); a complete example including the necessary redefinition:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{osameet2}

\makeatletter
\renewcommand\@biblabel[1]{\fontsize{8}{9.6}\selectfont[#1]}
\renewenvironment{thebibliography}[1]
{\section*{\refname
\@mkboth{\MakeUppercase\refname}{\MakeUppercase\refname}}%
\list{\@biblabel{\@arabic\c@enumiv}}%
{\settowidth\labelwidth{\@biblabel{#1}}%
\leftmargin\labelwidth
\setlength{\parsep}{0pc}
\setlength{\labelsep}{0.5em}
\setlength{\itemsep}{0.05pc}
\setlength{\listparindent}{0in}
\setlength{\itemindent}{0in}
\setlength{\rightmargin}{0in}
\@openbib@code
\usecounter{enumiv}%
\let\p@enumiv\@empty
\renewcommand\theenumiv{\@arabic\c@enumiv}}%
\sloppy
\clubpenalty4000
\@clubpenalty \clubpenalty
\widowpenalty4000%
\sfcode\.\@m\fontsize{8}{9.6}\selectfont}
{\def\@noitemerr
{\@latex@warning{Empty thebibliography' environment}}%
\endlist \vskip.2in}
\makeatother

\begin{document}
\section{Test Section}
\cite{A}
\begin{thebibliography}{9}
\bibitem{A} test A.
\end{thebibliography}
\end{document}


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This is amazing! Thank you so much!! –  LWZ Apr 30 '13 at 22:35
@LWZ You're welcome! –  Gonzalo Medina Apr 30 '13 at 23:13
I just realized that the reference weren't ordered in the order of appearance. They were simply in the same order that I typed them in the bibliography environment. –  LWZ May 2 '13 at 23:20
@LWZ if you want them to appear in the order of appearance, you'll need to use BibTeX and the unsrt style, –  Gonzalo Medina May 3 '13 at 0:07