# custom horizontal space between entries and their corresponding labels in bibliography

I would like to define the horizontal space between entries and their corresponding labels in my .bst bibliography, obtained with `makebst`. I tried with:

``````\newlength\biblabelsep
\setlength{\biblabelsep}{0.7cm}
``````

but it doesn't work.

Could someone suggest me a solution?

-

Something like this should work (type it in the preamble):

``````\usepackage{etoolbox}
the width of the label isn't defined in the `.bst` file, but (usually) in the document class or bib style package (e.g. `natbib.sty`). look in the `.cls` or `.sty` file that you're using for the `thebibliography` environment. the width of the indent will be set with `\leftmargin`, but the exact components will vary depending on the particular style being used.
in all styles i'm familiar with, this setting is done within a `\list` within the definition of `thebibliography`, so any resetting will depend on either a redefinition of the entire environment, or (if you're lucky) of a subcomponent that can be redefined separately.