# \renewcommand{\refname}{} does not remove “References”

I have a file of class "article" with bibliography style "nature" Since I want to have the references in the table of contents with a section number, i have set a section with the references inside and now want to hide the automatically set title "References"

As far as I know, \renewcommand{\refname}{} should do the magic, but it doesn't. What am I missing?

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Please, a minimal example with the necessary packages is needed. For example, the natbib package changes the definition of the bibliography section. –  egreg Mar 16 '12 at 23:25
thanks, egreg. packages was indeed the problem because of the order of commands. –  stefan Mar 16 '12 at 23:41
@stefan -- which packages are you loading? –  Mico Mar 17 '12 at 0:33
I resolved that same issue with \renewcommand{\refname}{} right after \bibliographystyle –  doed Jan 17 at 3:04

If you are loading the package natbib, then
\renewcommand{\bibsection}{}

after \usepackage[<options>]{natbib} will get rid of the section automatically provided (and also of the blank space you'd get by only redefining \refname or \bibname).