When I run bibtex on my document after running pdflatex, and then run pdflatex again, I get the following error:

No file main.gls.
[3] (./main.bbl [4] [5] (/usr/share/texmf/tex/latex/lm/omslmr.fd)
! Missing } inserted.
<inserted text> 
l.143 \end{thebibliography}

The error stems from my library.bib file, since it does not occur if only put a single entry into it. The library is exported from Mendeley and I have checked it with bibcheck. I even manually counted the { and }, and they match.

I have read that there is a 2000 character attribute size limit in bibtex, but that is also not reached.

The library file can be found here. There are some non-standard citation labes in there. They are created by Mendeley. I manually corrected them but even then the error still exists.


The error is in line 181.

The culprit entry is

author = {Hegazy, D and Denzler, J and Denzler, J and Koch, M},
file = {:home/ope/Mendeley Desktop/download.pdf:pdf},
journal = {Computer (Long. Beach. Calif).},
number = {March},
title = {{{Generic Object Recognition\}}},
url = {http://drops.dagstuhl.de/opus/volltexte/2009/1866/},
year = {2006}

As you can see you have

title = {{{Generic Object Recognition\}}}

which starts with three { and ends with two (\} prints a }, it is not a closing brace).

Seeing the other entries, you've probably wanted to write

title = {{Generic Object Recognition}}

To find errors like this one, an editor that performs a "delimiter check" is useful. Such an editor should be able to distinguish an opening { and a closing \}. This is a screenshot of what my editor tells me during such a check:

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  • I'd simply use one pair of braces, leaving to the bibliographic style the decisions about capitalization. – egreg Jan 8 '14 at 18:16
  • @egreg Could it be Mendeley that adds pair of braces? I don't know since I've never used it. – karlkoeller Jan 8 '14 at 18:21
  • If it does, then it's doing bad. – egreg Jan 8 '14 at 18:22
  • @egreg Obviously. – karlkoeller Jan 8 '14 at 18:22
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    @feob My editor is WinEdt 8.1 (Windows) – karlkoeller Jan 8 '14 at 19:00

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