I'm wondering why my bibliography doesn't print the publisher of one of my entries. As you can see in the picture, the first and last entry are both books, but the second one doesn't show the publisher, even though it's in the *.bib file. Weird acting bibliography

Here are my document settings:


and my bib file looks like this:

% Encoding: UTF-8

  title     = {Operations Management Tutorial},
  publisher = {Helber, Hildesheim},
  year      = {2014},
  author    = {Stefan Helber},
  isbn      = {9783000469183},

  title     = {Disaggregation},
  publisher = {Springer Netherlands},
  year      = {1979},
  editor    = {Larry P. Ritzman and Lee J. Krajewski and William L. Berry and Stephen H. Goodman and Stanley T. Hardy and Lawrence D. Vitt},
  address   = {Dordrecht},
  isbn      = {978-94-015-7638-3},
  doi       = {10.1007/978-94-015-7636-9},
  ean       = {9789401576383},
  pagetotal = {724},

@Comment{jabref-meta: databaseType: bibtex;}

There are more books in this file and they all display correctly ... Am I missing something? Thanks for your help!

PS: I'm running PdfLaTeX+Bib(la)tex+PdfLaTeX(2x) and my Bib(la)tex is set to biber % PPS: using TeXMaker 5.0.3 with MiKTeX 2.9

  • Are you using pdflatex? xelatex?
    – plr
    Nov 19, 2019 at 10:03
  • Please make sure your example actually runs as it should, Ritzman1979 is cited with two n's in the body. Other than that, I agree this looks very strange.
    – daleif
    Nov 19, 2019 at 11:37
  • sry, fixed that typo!
    – fjungplan
    Nov 19, 2019 at 12:06

1 Answer 1


It helps to continue to delete irrelevant stuff until you have only what is needed to show the bug, to know where the problem is.

I got to this:


with doi.bib having

  title     = {Title},
  year      = 2019,                   
  publisher = {Publisher},
  author    = {Author},                   
  doi     = {10.1007/978-94-015-7636-9},
  title     = {Title},
  year      = 2019,                   
  publisher = {Publisher},
  author    = {Author},                   

This produces:

Author. (2019a). Title.
Author. (2019b). Title. Publisher.

I couldn't remove the style apa and still get the problem. It turns out there is code in apa.bbx which implements this APA rule:

% (APA 7.02) No LOCATION/PUBLISHER if there is a DOI
%            (Inconsistent in 2nd printing, see 7.04:39 which
%            is incorrect in 2nd printing)

There it tests if the doi field is defined or not and only prints location+publisher if it is not. You can change that back by putting this in your document:


(This can be seen as a bug in apa.bbx. Then it should have a test that tests also if doi=false is given. Or you could argue that you never should set doi to false with the apa style.)

  • Thx @pst that explains a lot! I don't wan to start deleting stuff from my *.bib since I'm using the entries across multiple projects, but in this case I don't want to have the DOI printed. I'll try your solution with the \newbibmacro*{} and maybe also other bibliography styles...
    – fjungplan
    Nov 19, 2019 at 13:02
  • I didn't mean for you to delete stuff from your real bib file! Just to delete more stuff for the test case, because only then was it clear where the problem was. (The document in your question had a lot of stuff that could have been relevant to the problem, but wasn't.)
    – pst
    Nov 19, 2019 at 13:28

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