In my thesis, I am using \bibliographystyle{IEEEtran} so that the references will be ordered in the order of their appearance. In my Acknowledgements (which comes well before the introduction chapter), I need to cite some journal. Hence the first citation in the introduction chapter will not start from '1'! I need bibtex to start numbering only from the introduction chapter. Any help to resolve this issue?

  • I'm not sure what you're trying to achieve: You use a numeric citation style, yet you don't want some of the citation callouts -- those generated in the Acknowledgments part of the document -- to be numbered. If they shouldn't be numbered, how should they be marked? Or should there be no citation callouts at all for these few citations? Please advise.
    – Mico
    Jul 15, 2014 at 6:49
  • @Mico: Sorry for the confusion. Werner suggested a solution for my problem. You may see his suggestion to get a more clear idea about my problem. But the issue I face now is that Werner's solution is showing error in my document (please see my comment to Werner).
    – Sooraj
    Jul 15, 2014 at 11:46

1 Answer 1


With every call to \cite, LaTeX writes to the .aux file. All we have to do is mimic \cite without this writing feature:

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\@article{lorem,author={Lorem Ipsum}}
\@article{ipsum,author={Ipsum Lorem}}

% Partly taken from http://mirrors.ctan.org/macros/latex/unpacked/latex.ltx
  \@ifundefined{b@#1}{\hbox{\reset@font\bfseries ?}
      {Citation `#1' on page \thepage \space undefined}}
    {\mbox{[\csname b@#1\endcsname]}}}


\citenocite{ipsum} \cite{lorem} \cite{ipsum}

  • Thanks for answering my question. Though I was able to compile your code, I got compilation error while incorporating this to my document. I added the 'newcommand' in my preamble and while compiling with latex I got the following error. Acknowledgements -------------------------------------------------------- ! Missing $ inserted. <inserted text> $ l.17 } ? The Error is pointing to my Acknowledgements section where I used '\citenocite' . If I replace '\citenocite' with '\cite', it is compiling without any error.
    – Sooraj
    Jul 15, 2014 at 10:23
  • @Sooraj: Did you include the \makeatletter...\makeatother pair around the \newcommand? If yes, then please provide us with a minimal working example (MWE) that replicates the problem, as I don't know what exactly might be causing the error(s). Perhaps your document class is the main cause, yet I don't even know that.
    – Werner
    Jul 15, 2014 at 14:06
  • Thank you very much. I forgot to include \makeatletter...\makeatother pair!
    – Sooraj
    Jul 15, 2014 at 14:41

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