I am submitting an tex article to a journal, and they want they do not accept bib files. They also want only one source file:

1)A LaTeX submission should be a single .tex file; multiple-(.tex)-file submissions are not supported. 2)Uploading .bib files as Additional LaTeX file types is supported.

So this means I have to merge the bib and tex file into one, but I have no idea how to do this.

I looked at similar posts and people say use bbl. file and copy that into \bibliography... But I don't understand what this actually means.


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    I'd read "Uploading .bib files as Additional LaTeX file types is supported." as saying please upload one tex file and (if you use bibtex) one bib file, are you sure you need to merge them? – Dai Bowen Jan 31 '17 at 23:01
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    that means you can give them your tex file and a bib file, you must not merge them. – David Carlisle Jan 31 '17 at 23:09
  • didn't you ask this a moment ago? tex.stackexchange.com/questions/351455/… – David Carlisle Jan 31 '17 at 23:15
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    Rather than uploading your bib file I would simply include the bbl file into your document (and comment out the \bibliography{...} line). – Andrew Jan 31 '17 at 23:47
  • When you say "include bbl file", in practise what does this mean? How do I make the bbl file from bib ? Could you please provide a minimal working example of code incorporating this? @Andrew – Alex Jan 31 '17 at 23:49