How can I indicate in my bibliography that the reference has 500 pages in total, for example.

As I understand, the keyword "pages" in Bibtex refers to the specific page or page ranges.

  • Actually I don't know why, but pagetotal didn't worked for me. I'm using ugost2008 bibliography style and numpages field worked like a charm in my case. – Gregory Kalabin May 14 '13 at 16:24
  • You must be use bibtex. I was using bibLatex. – Andriy Drozdyuk May 14 '13 at 16:33
  • Instead of answering, you should comment on lockstep's answer or on the original question. Anyway, ugost2008 is a bibtex style bundle, not biblatex (which provides a pagetotal field with which its default styles deal). – henrique May 14 '13 at 16:33
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    @henrique: He is proposing a different, Bibtex-based answer to lockstep: an separate answer is fine. – Charles Stewart May 15 '13 at 6:59

With biblatex, you may add a pagetotal field to your .bib file.




  author = {Author, A.},
  year = {2001},
  title = {Alpha},
  pagetotal = {999},






(The filecontents environment is only used to include some external files directly into the example, so that it compiles. It is not necessary for the solution.)

  • But what about without biblatex? I am using scribtex online compiler - and they don't support it yet... – Andriy Drozdyuk Apr 24 '11 at 19:01
  • @drozzy: Correct -- if (!) you decide to use biblatex, the syntax is different than that of traditional LaTeX/BibTeX. See here and here for more details about biblatex. – lockstep Apr 24 '11 at 19:02
  • oops.. sry I deleted my original comment :-) – Andriy Drozdyuk Apr 24 '11 at 19:05
  • @drozzy: Sadly, I don't know a "traditional" BibTeX style that supports "total pages". Maybe someone else does. – lockstep Apr 24 '11 at 19:06
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    Woot - biblatex works! – Andriy Drozdyuk Apr 25 '11 at 23:03

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