Is it possible to make an entire reference appear bold in the references section when using BibTeX? I'm using the IEEE templates and .bst.

I found this related question, but is there a more elegant way to highlight certain entries rather than just adding \textbf{} to every field in my .bib file?

Note that I only want to highlight selected entries from my bilbiography, so changing the whole thing wouldn't accomplish what I'm trying to do.

Unfortunately, I can't use biblatex as \usepackage[style=ieee]{biblatex} differs from what I get using the official IEEE .bst

  • Nope, it's completely arbitrary in that sense. I'm trying to highlight certain references for someone else to look at.
    – zje
    May 7, 2012 at 23:27
  • I think you can simple setup biblatex but you can't simple setup the bst -- method. So it's easier if you try biblatex. Jun 2, 2012 at 20:44
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    @user825518 I'd love to know what is wrong with the biblatex IEEE style: please report the issues to [email protected] :-)
    – Joseph Wright
    Jun 2, 2012 at 22:06

1 Answer 1


Assuming numeric citations, here's a way: put the following code in your document preamble.


\clist_new:N \g_boldcite_list_clist
\cs_new:Npn \boldcite_checkkey:n #1
  \clist_if_in:NnTF \g_boldcite_list_clist { #1 } { \bfseries } { \mdseries } \boldcite_bibitem:n {#1}
\cs_set_eq:NN \boldcite_bibitem:n \bibitem

  \boldcite_checkkey:n { #1 }
  \clist_gput_right:Nn \g_boldcite_list_clist { #1 }

You can then add any number of commands


where you list the keys of the references you want to embolden.

  • I apologize for my delay in response, but thank you very much! That does exactly what I was looking for!
    – zje
    Jun 14, 2012 at 15:30

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