I am currently using LyX, and I have a .bib file with all of my BibTeX references. Everything seems to work fine at first, but then goes terribly wrong when I try to view the pdf.

I have added the .bib file in LyX by going: Insert -> List/TOC -> Bibtex Bibliography and it seems to work perfectly fine. When I click Insert -> Citation, all of my references appear, and I can click them easily and put them where I like.

Now here is the strange part: Lets say for example that I cite two different papers in my LyX document, and then view it as a pdf. Where I referenced the documents, there will be the numbers [1] or [2], depending on, which is exactly what I want, however the References section is all wrong. At the end of the paper, the references section will have the numbers [1] and [2], but no text following, just blank. It is just a blank references section with the numbers [1] and [2], that is all. What is going on here? Why didn't it put in the information which is in my BibteX file?

Thanks for your help,

Edit: When I convert the lyx document to LaTeX, this is the code which appears at the end \bibliographystyle{plain} \addcontentsline{toc}{section}{\refname}\bibliography{bibtex_file_name}

Do I have to do something extra to my bibtex file to make it work? At the moment it is just a TeX file saved as .bib with text of the form @article {ArticleName AUTHOR = {}, TITLE = {}, ETC.... }

closed as too localized by doncherry, Marco Daniel, Torbjørn T., Martin Schröder, Stefan Kottwitz Aug 20 '12 at 10:53

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  • Can you post one bibtex item of your .bib file? – Caio Jun 27 '12 at 15:04
  • I just asking because the right structure of bibtex item is @article{ArticleName, author = {}, title = {}, ETC...} – Caio Jun 27 '12 at 15:08
  • I'm glad your problem was solves. I voted to close this question as too localized, since I don't really regard a typo like this as a real problem with a distinct solution. The question might even be deleted afterwards, but that's just to keep the site tidy and keep its content maximally useful. – doncherry Jun 27 '12 at 15:20

I think you forget the comma between the string ArticleName and command AUTHOR.

So your bibtex should be:

@article {DeBruijn1951, AUTHOR = {de Bruijn, N. G.}, 
TITLE = {On the number of positive integers {$\leq x$} and free of prime factors {$>y$}}, 
JOURNAL = {Nederl. Acad. Wetensch. Proc. Ser. A.}, 
VOLUME = {54}, YEAR = {1951}, PAGES = {50--60}, MRCLASS = {10.0X},
MRNUMBER = {0046375 (13,724e)}, MRREVIEWER = {P. T. Bateman}, }
  • Thank you! This solved my problem, I can't believe it was just a comma...! – EPN Jun 27 '12 at 15:14

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