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I want to upload my academic paper to a journal. In my home system, I run pdflatex and bibtex to build the pdf and everything is fine.

The submission website, requires all source files including .eps, .cls, .bst, .bib and .tex files. During the build process, it fails to create the PDF and what I understand from the log file is that it uses PDFTEX instead of PDFLATEX. See this log

TexLaTex Conversion Log for cj.tex

Step 0. TeX fileset relationship parsing:
File cj.tex determined to be root TeX file
File comjnl.cls determined to be a resource for cj.tex
File array determined to be a resource for cj.tex
File processors.eps determined to be a resource for cj.tex
<SOME OTHER EPS FILES> 
File compj.bst determined to be a resource for cj.tex
File mybibfile.bib determined to be a resource for cj.tex

Step 1. Conversion From .tex to .dvi Format:

Conversion Pass Number 1

This is pdfTeX, Version 3.1415926-2.4-1.40.13 (TeX Live 2012) (format=latex 2012.7.19)  13 MAR 2015 05:11
entering extended mode
...
...
text.prefix$ -- 0
top$ -- 0
type$ -- 0
warning$ -- 69
while$ -- 148
width$ -- 0
write$ -- 469
(There was 1 error message)
This is BibTeX, Version 0.99d (TeX Live 2012)
Capacity: max_strings=35307, hash_size=35307, hash_prime=30011
The top-level auxiliary file: cj.aux
The style file: compj.bst
Database file #1: mybibfile.bib
I was expecting an "="---line 49 of file mybibfile.bib
 :   number 
 :          "2"
I'm skipping whatever remains of this entry
Warning--empty address in Callahan91
....
....
(There was 1 error message)
Error running the command (bibtex cj.aux) from the directory (/shared/gus/docfiles/prod1/compj/2015/03/19897503/docfiles/tex)

Command Log results:
This is pdfTeX, Version 3.1415926-2.4-1.40.13 (TeX Live 2012) (format=latex 2012.7.19)  13 MAR 2015 05:11
entering extended mode
...
...

Please note the error statement Error running the command (bibtex cj.aux) from the directory.

How should I make my tex files compatible with PDFTEX?

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    No, it's running LaTeX, not pdfTeX. The error seems to be coming from BibTeX. Mar 13, 2015 at 9:26
  • When I run pdftex command, I also get an error but that is Undefined control sequence. l.1 \documentclass. SO I thought there is a problem with pdftex
    – mahmood
    Mar 13, 2015 at 9:28
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    Sure, pdfTeX must be run on plain TeX files, not on LaTeX files. Mar 13, 2015 at 9:28
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    The error message is not from latex and says that there is a syntax error in your bib file at line 49. The usual reason for bibtex reporting syntax errors in bib files is that they have a syntax error. Post the the first 60 or so lines of mybibfile.bib Mar 13, 2015 at 9:42
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    The posted error says you have written number "2" in you bib file instead of number="2" Mar 13, 2015 at 9:42

1 Answer 1

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The error is from bibtex.
As the message states there is a missing = sign in your .bib file. You have written in some entry

number "2",

instead of

number="2",

On the other hand, for many journal systems I find it is more reliable to include the .bbl data in the main file, so that a bibtex processing stage is not needed on their site.

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