I have a file of class "article" with bibliography style "nature" Since I want to have the references in the table of contents with a section number, i have set a section with the references inside and now want to hide the automatically set title "References"

As far as I know, \renewcommand{\refname}{} should do the magic, but it doesn't. What am I missing?

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    Please, a minimal example with the necessary packages is needed. For example, the natbib package changes the definition of the bibliography section. – egreg Mar 16 '12 at 23:25
  • thanks, egreg. packages was indeed the problem because of the order of commands. – stefan Mar 16 '12 at 23:41
  • @stefan -- which packages are you loading? – Mico Mar 17 '12 at 0:33
  • I resolved that same issue with \renewcommand{\refname}{} right after \bibliographystyle – doed Jan 17 '15 at 3:04

If you are loading the package natbib, then


after \usepackage[<options>]{natbib} will get rid of the section automatically provided (and also of the blank space you'd get by only redefining \refname or \bibname).

  • this didn't work for me. I am using \usepackage{apalike}. I could suppress "References" if I used \renewcommand{\refname}{} right before the \bibliography{cite} command. But still had the extra space. – jerlich Mar 11 at 15:42
  • @jerlich Please, ask a fresh question with all the details. – egreg Mar 11 at 15:46
  • my question was answered by a combination of the answers in this post. so a fresh question seems duplicative. – jerlich Mar 11 at 15:49

For my part I used these command:

\bibliographystyle{plain} % bib style
    %%% change name of biliography
    \renewcommand{\bibname}{} %%no name

I just tested it on a article I wrote and it worked fine.

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  • Note that this will usually produce the same vertical white space that \section*{} would produce. This additional spacing may not always be wanted. – moewe Aug 3 at 4:40

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