# How to change the reference title to bold?

I'm new to LaTeX and have a question on modifying the font style of bibliography title.

This is the part of code where I'm giving the reference list in an article:

\begin{thebibliography}{10}

\bibitem{devaney1982filtered}
A.~Devaney, A filtered backpropagation algorithm for diffraction
tomography,'' \textit{Ultrasonic imaging}, vol.~4, no.~4, pp. 336--350, 1982.

% etc etc list continues..

\end{thebibliography}


I don't have a bibliography file, not using natbib.

The journal requires the title "Reference" to be in bold font and size 10. Presently it is regular 10 font-size, not bold. The rest should remain as it is (i.e. in 10 font regular text).

Please suggest a way to do this.

• Since you're using some "journal style", you need to at least provide the community with that. In addition to providing this \documentclass, create a minimal example that shows your current usage. It just has to include the document preamble and the bibliography, but in total so we can copy-and-paste-and-compile in order to see the output you're currently having problems with. – Werner Jan 29 '15 at 22:15

For me

\renewcommand\refname{\textbf{Reference}}


works.

EDIT: Centered

\renewcommand\refname{\begin{center}
\textbf{Reference}
\end{center}}

• Thanks! This works great ! one more quick question though, the title is almost but not quite centered. Can the centering be assured in some way? thanks again!! – Pavel Jan 29 '15 at 22:44
• never mind.. works fine.. thanks again though – Pavel Jan 29 '15 at 22:51
• @Pavel: Yes... if you supply us with more detail in terms of your document setup. Otherwise it's really just guess-work or hacking. – Werner Jan 29 '15 at 23:01