# How to include bib file in Tex

I need to submit my TeX file to journal but they request

Do not include a separate `.bib` file or `.bbl` file with your submission

and

please run BibTeX before submitting your paper, and include (read-in) the resulting .bbl file within the reference section of your paper

If I upload a TeX file but not the `.pdf` file including the `.bib` results. How should I merge my `.bib` file with my TeX file ?

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Welcome to TeX.sx!. You might start by checking the folder of your compiled TeX file to find a file with the `.bbl` extension. That is your processed `.bib` file. Then you can include the contents of that file in your bibliography and citations will work. I would really consider issuing a complaint to the journal as this is a ridiculous requirement. –  percusse Oct 22 '12 at 13:24
See Herbert's answer to essentially the same question. –  Andrew Swann Oct 22 '12 at 13:26
@percusse They just want a single document. Just substituting the `\bibliographystyle`-`\bibliography` pair with the contents of the `.bbl` file is what's needed. –  egreg Oct 22 '12 at 13:28
@AndrewSwann That is good if `biblatex` is used. For "old style" bibliography with BibTeX that's meaningless. –  egreg Oct 22 '12 at 13:29
@AndrewSwann Oh, I see the point. Now it's kerr's turn to be more precise about this. –  egreg Oct 22 '12 at 13:33

As long as `bibtex` is used, you should be able to copy the contents of the `.bbl` file directly into the content of your paper in the appropriate spot. If you're using `biblatex`, see Herbert's answer here: http://tex.stackexchange.com/a/12185/18628 for a workaround.
Additionally, if you're using `biblatex`, you should note, as Joseph Wright points out here, that:
The implication is that while the `biblatex` workaround mentioned by Herbert will work in some cases, it isn't an ideal substitute for `bibtex` in journals with this requirement.