I'm trying to add a reference to a source in my bibtex bibliography in one of my glossary entries. However, it remains a questionmark!

When I compile two times in a row, it works fine, though. My compile sequence is the following:

pdflatex myFile.tex
makeglossaries myFile
bibtex myFile
pdflatex myFile.tex
pdflatex myFile.tex

What am I doing wrong here? Why is it only recognising the reference on the second run? What should I add to my make file?

1 Answer 1


If the citation is in the glossary, it won't be picked up until the glossary exists. So you first need to run (pdf)latex, then run makeglossaries to generate the glossary file, then run (pdf)latex which will display the glossary so the citation can now be picked up by LaTeX, then run bibtex to generate the bibliography file, then run (pdf)latex twice to ensure the citations are up-to-date.

% arara: pdflatex
% arara: makeglossaries
% arara: pdflatex
% arara: bibtex
% arara: pdflatex
% arara: pdflatex



  title = "Sample title",
  author = "Sample Author",
  journal = "Sample Journal",
  year = 2013


\newglossaryentry{sample}{name=sample,description={an example with a




  • Makes a lot of sense and worked fine! Thanks!
    – Joost
    Commented Apr 29, 2013 at 20:10

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