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I have been writing a scientific paper il Latex for an IEEE conference.

The paper style is in 2 columns, and the last page of the paper contains a part of bibliography references. These last references are all on the 1st column, leaving the 2nd column empty. I would like that these last reference lines were equally divided into both columns, as shown in the attached image: image

I hope the image is clear...

The bibliography style I've been using is {thebibliography}

I knew there is a Latex command that allows me to separate the reference this way. How could I do?

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It would be useful adding a MWE; the bibliography style you're using and the class are important data. – egreg Mar 29 '12 at 10:38
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You can use balance package. Put


in the preamble and some where in the first column of the last page put


Following is a screen shot from the manual of balance package.

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Disclaimer: This solution may work depending on your class and bibliography style or (worst) may not work. To have an accurate answer, pl provide a MWE.

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many thanx! It's right what I needed. Points to you ^_^ – DavideChicco.it Mar 29 '12 at 12:26
Another option is the package flushend. With flushend, it is not necessary to manually add a balancing command on the last page of your document. It handles the balancing for you. – TedPavlic Dec 16 '13 at 2:48

You can use the flushend package. Just add


in your preamble. It will then take care of the balancing for you. There is no need to add a special macro on the final page of the document.

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