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I get a warning every time I run bibtex on files using revtex4-1. The warning is

Warning--jnrlst (dependency: not reversed) set 1

This even happens with files revtex supplies as examples, but I've cut it down to a (nearly) minimal working example: SimpleTex.tex is

Refer to Ref.~\cite{ArticleKey}.

and SimpleBib.bib is

  title =    {Cited work},
  journal =  "Awesomeness",
  author =   {Annie Author},
  year =     1999

Then, latex SimpleTex followed by bibtex SimpleTex gives me the warning. Interestingly, it appears to be using apsrev4-1.bst. But by explicitly giving the bibliographystyle (uncommenting the line in SimpleTex.tex), the warning goes away.

I realize that this is just a warning and could be ignored, but my automatic compilation scheme (emacs) complains that there's a warning every time, so I'd really like to get rid of it. Is it safe to just use the \bibliographystyle statement? Any idea why that appears to work?

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Indeed it's just a warning and you are expected to ignore it. You could make it go away by arranging for SimpleTexNotes.bib to contain control lines:


instead of the author="8" line that was there previously. This explicitly activates jnrlst rather than having it set as a dependency. For example you could have your build process run sed over the SimpleTexNotes.bib before running bibtex. Using bibliographystyle causes revtex to not emit the \citation{REVTEX41Control} \citation{apsrev41Control} lines to the aux file, since non-revtex bst files will not understand these. In this particular case the revtex4-1.bst defaults to the correct settings equivalent to @CONTROL{apsrev41Control,author="48",editor="1",pages="0",title="",year="1"} as desired, but in other cases it may not do as you would want. For example adding the longbibliography option to the \documentclass{revtex4-1} line would have no effect.

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Ah, I was trying all kinds of things in that apsrev41Control block, but couldn't come up with author="48". Thanks. And thanks for the explanation, too! Anyway, I think I'll just stick with the explicit bibliographystyle statement, as that is easiest to implement. – Mike Oct 10 '12 at 1:40
When I use either of the @CONTROL lines you wrote, I get a message Repeated entry---line 1 of file references.bib; The @CONTROL command is at line 1 of references.bib – Girardi May 6 '15 at 18:41
@Girardi you need to edit those lines into \jobname Notes.bib (which is generated during TeXing of \jobname.tex) not in references.bib – Lev Bishop May 7 '15 at 7:09
ok, I found the Notes.bib file and added those two lines... But when I compile, it automatically changes the attributes to author="00",editor="1",pages="1",title="0",year="0" and gives jnrlst and dotless warnings – Girardi May 8 '15 at 10:50

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