I am using the template entitled "Preparation of Papers for IEEE Sponsored Conferences \& Symposia", in the overleaf. I am trying to use a bibtex file, named ref.bib instead of the "bib items".

In the end of document, I put the following:


But the section References does not appear. I imagine that is lacking the IEEEconf.bst file, but I do not know where I can find the correct one.

Here is the warning showed:

(no line number): This is BibTeX, Version 0.99d (TeX Live 2016/Debian) Capacity: max_strings=100000, hash_size=100000, hash_prime=85009 The top-level auxiliary file: main.aux I couldn't open style file IEEEconf.bst ---line 45 of file main.aux : \bibstyle{IEEEconf : } I'm skipping whatever remains of this command I found no style file---while reading file main.aux You've used 13 entries, 0 wiz_defined-function locations, 110 strings with 744 characters,

Thanks for the help.

  • Why do you believe that this bst should exist? Jan 9, 2018 at 14:28
  • because of what I saw when I searched for a solution... I thought that some bst file was needed to use a bibliography style... am I wrong, @Ulrike ? Jan 9, 2018 at 15:02
  • Certainly a bst-file is needed. But why do you believe that this special bst exists and that it is the one you should use? Whereever you saw this name, is this a trustworthy source? Jan 9, 2018 at 15:05
  • I also thought that, for standardization means, the name of bst file should be similar to the template name, like the one I am using for ACM: "ACM-Reference-Format.bst"... So, I have no idea about the right bst file for IEEEconf style. Jan 9, 2018 at 15:21
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    There is not need to create ieeetran.bst. It is already in your texsystem. You get the error because of the underscore. The bst either can't handle url's, or you didn't input it correctly. Create a new question with a complete example. Jan 10, 2018 at 8:53

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I added a file named IEEEtran.bst to my Overleaf project, using this content.

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