I'm using BibTeX and natbib. I have a number of entries in the reference section that start at the bottom of a page and continue on the next e.g. at the bottom of a page I have

Some Author Name, Title of the Article Begins


Title continues from previous page, Journal Name, Year, Pages

I need the whole entry to appear on the same page. Is there anyway to make this happen?


After loading natbib, use the etoolbox package and its \apptocmd macro to add \interlinepenalty 10000\relax (which forbids page breaks inside paragraphs) to the definition of \thebibliography.

EDIT: Or even easier, redefine natbibs \bibfont macro.



% Variant A
% \usepackage{etoolbox}
% \apptocmd{\thebibliography}{\interlinepenalty 10000\relax}{}{}

% Variant B
\renewcommand*{\bibfont}{\interlinepenalty 10000\relax}



  author = {Author, A.},
  year = {2001},
  title = {\lipsum*[1]},



\vspace{30\baselineskip}% Try 29\baselineskip instead!


  • Thanks for the fix, used the first one and it worked well. – theonlyedward Sep 29 '11 at 22:42

I wouldn't worry about such a problem if the document is a paper to be submitted, since there's a high chance that the pagination will be different.

If it's a document just for you, don't worry about these problems until the document is in its final form as regards to the text.

The particular problem may be cured by putting \pagebreak before the broken citation, in the produced .bbl file. Or by following lockstep's directions.

  • So this has to be manually inserted after running bibtex, right? – Werner Sep 29 '11 at 22:13
  • @Werner I misread the question, it seems. – egreg Sep 29 '11 at 22:20

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.