I have some issues using BibTeX for my bibliography. LaTeX keeps having error about this undefined control sequence:

! Undefined control sequence.<write> ...subitem}{\@mcitecorrectmaxwidthsubitem} \end{mcitethebibliography}


The control sequence at the end of the top line
of your error message was never \def'ed. If you have
misspelled it (e.g., `\hobx'), type `I' and the correct
spelling (e.g., `I\hbox'). Otherwise just continue,
and I'll forget about whatever was undefined.

I'm trying to use the achemso package for my bibliography style, but I don't think that's the problem since I have the same using plain or chicago... I'm using the natbib package as indicated for achemso. Note that when I compile without BibTeX, everything's running fine actually.

I'm using JabRef and TeXMaker either on mac (TeXLive) on Windows (MiKTeX).

Thank you very much indeed!

EDIT : Here's my preamble : Indeed, i should have done that since the very beginning... Here's a part of my document :

\hypersetup{colorlinks=true, linkcolor=blue,citecolor=blue}


Note that in my "partie_1" document, i don't even use

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    Welcome to TeX.SX! Please help us to help you and add a minimal working example (MWE) that illustrates your problem. It will be much easier for us to reproduce your situation and find out what the issue is when we see compilable code, starting with \documentclass{...} and ending with \end{document}. – LaRiFaRi Apr 21 '15 at 8:02
  • Thank you! Indeed, i should have done that since the very beginning, i'm editing my question right now. – Pweting Apr 21 '15 at 8:10

There is some problem with using achemso when you do not have any citations. If I run



I get an error. But running





works fine.

So, if you don't have any citations, delete the bibliography or change the bibstyle

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  • Thanks for your help, when i add a citation, using the achemso package, i have another error : ! Extra \endcsname. ! Use of \@mcitecurstatus doesn't match its definition. Still, when i use another bibstyle, i have the same error occuring... I just noticed that i have an extra .bib.bak file close to my .bib file... is there any problem with it?... – Pweting Apr 21 '15 at 8:52
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    So i started again with a fresh one (i deleted all the .aux and stuff files) and took care of adding a ref when compiling et voila, it actually worked pretty well... Thanks again Rud Faden for your help! =) – Pweting Apr 21 '15 at 9:08

I had the same problem you were having, am using achemso, and wondered what could be wrong because I had citations in my document. Turns out that putting a space in the name of the LaTeX .tex source file (which is a bad idea anyway) was causing this problem.

\affiliation{Making the Band, Detroit, MI USA}
\title{Tapes spit hot fire}
Look, this is not why I got into the music business to be a sugar cookie

with MyPubBib.bib as

Author = {Berndt, H},
Journal = {Fresenius' Zeitschrift f{\"u}r analytische Chemie},
Number = {3-4},
Pages = {321--323},
Publisher = {Springer},
Title = {High pressure nebulization: a new way of sample introduction for atomic spectroscopy},
Volume = {331},
Year = {1988}}

saved as test1.tex compiles fine, but compilation as test 1.tex does not, throwing the \mcite... error

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