I'm using \bibliographystyle{plabbrv} and utf8 coding. I have problem with displaying polish letter "ł" in word "rozdział", which is automatically added when typing the chapter section.

I get something like this:


main.tex file:



Cite for the first time \cite{Resnick}.
And this is the second resource \cite{Tchon}.


bibliografia.bib file:

author = {David Halliday and Robert Resnick and Jearl Walker},
title = {Podstawy fizyki Tom 1},
chapter = {4},
publisher = {PWN},
year = {2015},
pages = {87--92}

author = {Krzysztof Tchoń and Alicja Mazur and Ignacy Dulęba and Robert Hossa and Robert Muszyński},
title = {Manipulatory i roboty mobilne},
chapter = {3},
publisher = {PLJ},
year = {2000},
pages = {111-119}
  • The contents of plabbrv.bst seem to be faulty, where can we get that file? – moewe Nov 8 '18 at 13:11
  • I get it installed automatically with polish packages, here it is: ftp.tug.org/tex/texlive/Contents/live/texmf-dist/bibtex/bst/… – Grzegorz Ludwa Nov 8 '18 at 13:15
  • ok, i found it ;) just needed to change slash into backslash – Grzegorz Ludwa Nov 8 '18 at 13:24
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    @GrzegorzLudwa - Off-topic: Instead of running \usepackage{polski}, one could also run \usepackage[polish]{babel}. – Mico Nov 8 '18 at 13:52
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    It's probably worth mentioning that the "rozdzia/l"/"rozdzia\l" problem is not limited to the file plabbrv.bst: The files plplain.bst, plunsrt.bst, and plalpha.bst all suffer from the exact same problem. I'm afraid I have no idea who the current maintainer(s) of these bst files may be -- or if the four files are even maintained at all. The last time they were updated was in 1994... – Mico Nov 8 '18 at 13:55

Because you can probably use package polski (I am writing this post from Technical Univerity Wrocław :-) ), it is enough to write \prefixing before your bibliography (and return to \nonprefixing after it).


As moewe mentioned there was a problem with the plabbrv.bst file. To solve this you just need to find in this file FUNCTION {format.chapter.pages} and change:

{ "rozdzia/l" }


{ "rozdzia\l" }
  • Please note that it is bad practice to change files from the distribution without renaming them. I suggest you copy the file, rename it to plabbrv-fixedl.bst and change that file. Indeed it would be against the license of plabbrv.bst to distribute a modified version under the same name. – moewe Nov 8 '18 at 14:19

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