I am using this template http://www.latextemplates.com/template/cies-resume-cv to create a cv and a bib file to keep all publications etc.

I am trying to use nobibliography to be able to do this without adding a reference list at the end of the document, however this leads to the error

lonely \item--perhaps a missing list environment

after each bibentry. I expect there's something in structure that is interfering with nobibliography - as if I remove that line then the error goes away. I also have no error if I replace \nobibliography with \bibliography. I have tried adding the package before and after the structure to see if this made a difference (it doesn't).

I have looked at these solutions Lonely item error in bibliography .bbl file

Lonely \item - perhaps a missing list environment and a few others but no luck

Is there a way to fix this problem? or an alternative to nobibliography that will achieve the same outcome? Being able to have a separate bib file and enter the full citation in the text, no list at the end.

Here is an MWE


\include{structure} % Include structure.tex which contains packages and document layout definitions



\hspace{2pt} \textbf{Journal Articles}
 \item \bibentry{bib1}
 \item \bibentry{bib2}

 % bibliography info
 \bibliographystyle{plain} %plain is my normal one


with example bib file

author  = "George D. Greenwade",
title   = "The {C}omprehensive {T}ex {A}rchive {N}etwork ({CTAN})",
year    = "1993",
journal = "TUGBoat",
volume  = "14",
number  = "3",
pages   = "342--351"

 author    = {Peter Babington}, 
 title     = {The title of the work},
 publisher = {The name of the publisher},
 year      = 1993,
 volume    = 4,
 series    = 10,
 address   = {The address},
 edition   = 3,
 month     = 7,
 note      = {An optional note},
 isbn      = {3257227892}
  • The reported error or any other error did not happen in my computer.
    – Masroor
    Commented Aug 24, 2017 at 5:10

2 Answers 2


In case anyone else encounters this problem - it is a clash between the hyperref and bibentry packages. The solution, from Clash between bibentry and hyperref with bibstyle elsart-harv is to use


In my case this needed to be changed in structure.tex, the template I was using.

  • 2
    I had the exact same problem with my CV. Thanks for your solution, it saved me a lot of time! Commented Aug 2, 2019 at 2:17
  • Thank you so much, same issue happened to me and your solution was very helpful. Thanks.
    – Romeo
    Commented Nov 15, 2020 at 19:03
  • Thank you for this. I had the same issue and this resolved it.
    – MSB
    Commented Feb 2, 2021 at 21:22
  • This fixes the error. But \bibentry{referenceLabel} also produces nothing so bibentry does not seem to be functional.
    – Kvothe
    Commented Mar 17, 2023 at 17:14
  • I posted my problem as a question with a minimal example that shows that it is not working: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/679860/…
    – Kvothe
    Commented Mar 17, 2023 at 17:54

In my case the solution given by Esme_ worked but broke all the references links of my document. In order to use bibentry + having a references list you need to use the package natbib at some point, please check here for more details.

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