I'm writing a paper, which follows ACM style in latex. The document class I used is \documentclass{sig-alternate}.

My problem is that when I use natbib package to make the references and citation in sequence, reference heading becomes in lower case and also removes the serial number of the reference section. Note ACM uses a serial number for this section. I have also used other packages for other works. The used packages are as follows:

\usepackage{amssymb}
\usepackage{algorithm}
\usepackage[nocompress]{cite}
 \usepackage{cite}
\usepackage{amssymb}
\usepackage{algorithm}
\usepackage[noend]{algpseudocode}
\usepackage{verbatimbox}
\usepackage{multirow}
\usepackage{scalerel}
\usepackage{amsmath}
\usepackage{fixltx2e}
\usepackage{booktabs}
\usepackage{lipsum}
\usepackage{fancyvrb}
\usepackage{caption}
\usepackage{xcolor}
\usepackage{epstopdf}
\usepackage{threeparttable}
\usepackage[numbers,sort&compress]{natbib}
\usepackage{hyphenat}
\usepackage{subcaption}
\captionsetup{compatibility=false}

I am using sigproc file as BibTex database for the reference list, and used the following commands:

\bibliographystyle{unsrtnat} 
\bibliography{sigproc}

The reference section is look like: "Reference", instead of "9. REFERENCE". Please help! Thanks.

  • Since you want to use the natbib package, don't also load the cite package (twice!). – Mico Nov 9 '15 at 6:39

According to the natbib manual one has to redefine \bibsection, thus your can achieve what you want with

\renewcommand{\bibsection}{\section{REFERENCES}}
  • many thanks! It worked for me. – user24094 Nov 9 '15 at 15:02

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