I am having a hard time trying to include a working *.bib file in the NLE journal class that can be downloaded here. The same *.bib file is working perfectly with the standard article class.

It seems that the journal class is outdated and is incompatible with BibTeX? Could you please suggest a workaround?

Below is a minimum working example:



This is a citation \cite{Foo}.



and the references.bib file:

  author={Foo Bar},
  title={Some title},
  • Please add a Minimal working example with Bibliography (MWEB). What .bib file doesn't work?
    – skpblack
    Aug 3 '17 at 3:14
  • Thank you @skpblack for your reply. I have edited the question to include a MWE.
    – juliohm
    Aug 3 '17 at 3:37
  • You are absolutely correct in calling the nle class outdated. In the package's user guide, one finds the recommendation that one should use \documentstyle{nle} to start off the document, even though \documentstyle shouldn't be used with LaTeX2e and the user guide file starts off with \documentclass{nle}. Stay away from this template, if at all possible.
    – Mico
    Aug 3 '17 at 5:27
  • @Mico, ideally we should contact them with an updated class. I don't have the expertise for doing it myself, but I tried contacting them. No reply so far.
    – juliohm
    Aug 3 '17 at 23:36

Trouble seems to be basically with plain style (and possibly others). With alpha style works but maybe you must use a style more suitable with the instructions given at nleguide as fullname.bst.

Try to download fullname.bst and add



This example runs well



This is a citation \cite{Foo}.



The guide says


As with standard LaTeX, there are two ways of producing a bibliography; either by compiling a list of references by hand (using a thebibliography environment), or by using BibTeX with a suitable bibliographic database. However, contributors are encouraged to format their list of references in NLE style outlined in section 4.5.2 below.

The nle.cls file has

%  The following code is taken from authordate.sty, by  David Rhead, of
%  the Cripps Computing Centre (February 1990), with some modifications.
%  It is intended for documents
%  that use the author-date citation system.  When used in conjunction with
%  authordate1.bst, ... , authordate4.bst, it allows citations of the
%  form \shortcite{bloggs-60} as well as the usual \cite{bloggs-60}.

which hints at using \bibliographystyle{authordate1}. If I do it and use the dummy entry you show, supplemented by journal={Journal}, for completeness, the .bbl file is written out almost according to the recommendations in section 4.5.2:


\bibitem[\protect\citename{Bar, }2000]{Foo}
Bar, Foo. 2000.
\newblock Some title.
\newblock {\em Journal}.


Don't worry about \newblock, that does nothing under normal circumstances. The best strategy is to compile with \bibliographystyle{authordate1} and, when the document is in its final form, replace


with the contents of the produced .bbl file (maybe edited if something is not really compliant with the recommendations in section 4.5.2).

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