i used all possible options for the figure placement [h], [!h], [ht], [htb] and the figure always appears in the middle of the bibliography, since the figure is near the end of the paper.
is there an option to "flush" everything before the bibliography?
So it would even look something like
[NEW PAGE] bla bla bla [some vertical space] [NEW PAGE] [figure] bibliography
because now it looks like:
[NEW PAGE] bla bla bla bibliograhy [NEW PAGE] [figure] bibliography (continuing)