I have seen that BibLaTeX bibliography without square brackets provides an answer to how to remove square brackets in this example. However, I do not know from that answer where those adjustments can be made because I do not have any of the commands this post cites.

I wish to remove the square brackets and the numbers from the bibliography list as seen in the picture. Moreover, I wish to remove the indentation that comes through this numbering.

I have tried as kindly suggested to use \makeatletter \renewcommand(...) as seen in the comment section but that did not change anything. Perhaps, it needs addressing where to put the individual command.

Sample Bibliography

I am using as bibliography style the file ecta.bst which is available here: http://mirrors.ctan.org/biblio/bibtex/contrib/economic/ecta.bst .

I am using the natbib package which is required for the ecta.bst bibliography style.

Here is a test document that is standalone save the .bib file which I am also providing in an abbreviated version.

I am trying to achieve the following:

I wish to remove the square-bracketed numbering from the bibliography altogether, which, as I was kindly told includes removing the indentation as well. So I just wish to have the last names in an alphabetically ordered list.

Thank you so much!

See for .tex file below and below that the content of the bibo.bib file.








%% Because html converters don't know tabularnewline

\newcommand\mycite[1]{% with Numbers 
%%%%%Here is the command to be tried out.
%%%%%%%%%%%%End of Jerome's custom area



\title{Test Document}


\date{2 December, 2014}


\section{Testing Citations}

As he said, \mycite{ECTA:ECTA438}, we need to be clear on testing. Also, \mycite{RefWorks:14} will play a role. When we now add \mycite{RefWorks:12}.


Hello Intro.





    Abstract = {Abstract.},
    Author = {Sophocles Mavroeidis and Mikkel Plagborg-M{\o}ller and James H. Stock},
    Date-Modified = {2015-01-14 22:54:50 +0000},
    Journal = {Journal of Economic Literature},
    Number = {1},
    Pages = {124-188},
    Title = {Empirical evidence on inflation expectations in the New Keynesian Phillips Curve},
    Volume = {52},
    Year = {2014}
    Abstract = {Abstract.},
    Author = {Kang Yong Tan and David Vines},
    Date-Modified = {2015-01-15 13:45:29 +0000},
    Journal = {Available at SSRN 1026339},
    Title = {Woodford goes to Africa},
    Year = {2007}}
    Abstract = {Abstract},
    Author = {Moreira, Marcelo J.},
    Date-Added = {2015-01-14 22:57:58 +0000},
    Date-Modified = {2015-01-14 22:57:58 +0000},
    Doi = {10.1111/1468-0262.00438},
    Issn = {1468-0262},
    Journal = {Econometrica},
    Keywords = {Instruments, similar tests, Wald test, score test, likelihood ratio test, confidence regions, 2SLS estimator, LIML estimator},
    Number = {4},
    Pages = {1027--1048},
    Publisher = {Blackwell Publishing Ltd},
    Title = {A Conditional Likelihood Ratio Test for Structural Models},
    Url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-0262.00438},
    Volume = {71},
    Year = {2003}}
  • Since you are using BibTeX, you need this answer instead: tex.stackexchange.com/a/119860/3954 i.e., \makeatletter \renewcommand\@biblabel[1]{#1} \makeatother – Gonzalo Medina Jan 17 '15 at 17:59
  • Hah thanks @GonzaloMedina I am just wondering, I miswrote and actually wish to remove the entire numbering, so both number and bracket. Is that covered there as well? – Hirek Jan 17 '15 at 18:06
  • No explicitly, but the change is simple: \makeatletter \renewcommand\@biblabel[1]{} \makeatother – Gonzalo Medina Jan 17 '15 at 18:08
  • Do you also want to suppress indentation? If this is so, please add this new info to your question and in this way, it shouldn't be a duplicate. – Gonzalo Medina Jan 17 '15 at 18:09
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    Hi. I just did a test with your code and my suggestion indeed works! Did you regenerate the bibliography? Did you run bibtex again after adding the lines I suggested? I mean, after adding the code I suggested, process your document through pdflatex, then bibtex and then pdflatex twice- – Gonzalo Medina Jan 17 '15 at 19:11