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I am writing a document using the ACM SIG Procedings template whose summarized structure is as follows (it uses 2 columns). I am using PDFLatex and Bibtex.

\documentclass{sig-alternate-2013}
\usepackage{hyperref}
....
\begin{document}

\section{Introduction}
\input{intro}

\section{Related work}
\input{relatedwork}
....

\section{Conclusion}
\input{conclusion}

\bibliographystyle{abbrv}
\bibliography{bib}
\end{document}

The conclusion section starts at the penultimate page. Then comes the bibliography which for some reason inserts a column break making the references section start in the right column and require an extra page. How can remove this column break? I have googled intensively searching for a solution but I have not found anything related. Is it "thebibliography" command that by default inserts this column break?

Your help will be kindly appreciated. Thanks in advance for your attention and time!

  • This does not happend by default. What is in the conclusion file? – Andrew Swann Aug 25 '13 at 12:58
  • Only two plain paragraphs. – Luis Galárraga Aug 25 '13 at 13:03
  • There's nothing in the definition of thebibliography that suggests a column break; a space is missing after a constant 0, but it doesn't really make any harm. There is a bad error in the definition, but it may cause the exact contrary of your situation, namely that the title is at the bottom of a column and the references follow on the next one. – egreg Aug 25 '13 at 13:19
  • Such a plain file produces no page/column break for me. What else do you have in your preamble? It would be best if you posted a complete compilable document demonstrating the problem. – Andrew Swann Aug 25 '13 at 13:21
  • This so embarrasing. It seems there was a hidden \pagebreak in the conclusion. Removing it worked. Shouldn't \pagebreak send the bibliography to the next page and not to the next column? My apologies for this apparent false alarm. – Luis Galárraga Aug 25 '13 at 14:22
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When you're using columns, \pagebreak opens up to the next column, which is not necessarily the next page. To get to the next page, regardless of what column you're currently in, you need to use something like \clearpage.

  • That explains what was happening then. Thanks to all for your help. – Luis Galárraga Aug 26 '13 at 10:30

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