I am writing a manuscript for PLOS, and they need me to copy the references from .bbl file to the .tex file. Currently all my references are imported from mendeley in references.bib file in the same folder which consists of plos2015.bst and plos.tex. I have tried to keep citing and downloading the output.bbl file but those files have only the begin and end code, they don't get updated with the references in them to copy paste. Can someone help me with a step by step approach?

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As explained by Overleaf at How do I download the automatically generated files (e.g. .bbl, .aux, .ind, .gls) for my project? My publisher asked me to include them in my submission

You can also download the .bbl file separately. Clicking on the "Logs and output files" icon next to "Recompile", then scroll right down to the bottom. Then click on "Other logs & output files"; you can then download the .bbl file.

  • I have tried to do that, but the output.bbl file generated is empty. It only has begin{} and end{} comments and no references between it. Aug 10, 2021 at 4:05
  • @RohanAmare, I just tested on one of my overleaf projects and it did work. The downloaded .bbl file contains all the cited bib entries.
    – citsahcots
    Aug 10, 2021 at 10:07
  • Can you try to use the Latex Template available on this website? journals.plos.org/ploscompbiol/s/latex I am using this template, and my issue is limited to only this journal. For other templates or projects, I am able to get the output.bbl file without any issues. It will be very helpful to me. Aug 12, 2021 at 14:57
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    @RohanAmare, the template does not contain a .bib file. The content of the corresponding .bbl file is already attached to the end of its .tex file.
    – citsahcots
    Aug 12, 2021 at 15:12

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