I'm trying to compile my bib references with natbib and \bibliographystyle{nature}. To my uttermost surprise BibTeX reports that some of the entries have an empty title, while IMHO the title is not empty, e.g., on the following bibliographic entries:

author={Wu Kehe and Wang Zhuo and Zhao Xing and Ma Gang},
booktitle={Advanced Computer Theory and Engineering (ICACTE), 2010 3rd International Conference on},
title={Design and implementation of the monitoring system for EJB applications based on interceptors},
location = {Chengdu, China}


  author    = {Scott R. Tilley and
               Shihong Huang},
  title     = "A qualitative assessment of the efficacy of {UML} diagrams
               as a form of graphical documentation in aiding program understanding",
  booktitle = {SIGDOC},
  year      = {2003},
  pages     = {184--191},
  ee        = {http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/944868.944908},
  crossref  = {DBLP:conf/sigdoc/2003},
  bibsource = {DBLP, http://dblp.uni-trier.de}
  editor    = {Susan B. Jones and
               David G. Novick},
  title     = {Proceedings of the 21st annual international conference
               on Documentation, SIGDOC 2003, San Francisco, CA, USA, October
               12-15, 2003},
  booktitle = {SIGDOC},
  publisher = {ACM},
  year      = {2003},
  isbn      = {1-58113-696-X},
  bibsource = {DBLP, http://dblp.uni-trier.de}
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    On the CTAN, the bibliography style file nature.bst is located in a directory named "/obsolete/biblio/bibtex/contrib/", and its file date is June 1992. This suggests the potential for some serious lack of compatibility of this style file with natbib. According to the header info in the style file, it's based on unsrt.bst. Is there maybe a more recent style file you could employ? You could start with either unsrtnat.bst or plainnat.bst. Another possibility would be naturemag.bst. – Mico Jul 16 '12 at 14:50

According to the documentation of natbib, the following could be sufficient to get a style similar to what Nature uses:


and then


Other possibilities are unsrtnat or naturemag in place of plainnat.

  • Unfortunately, this does not seem to work: it creates entires like First Author Title ... instead of Author, F. Title. An alternative I've found so far is just to ignore the warnings... – Alexander Serebrenik Jul 16 '12 at 16:16
  • I've been wrong: you cannot just ignore these warnings since the titles are simply not put in the bbl... – Alexander Serebrenik Jul 16 '12 at 16:48

Finally, I've circumvented this problem (rather than actually solving it) by imitating the desired output with Makebst.

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    I'd call creating a new, bespoke bibliography style file a real solution, rather than merely a circumvention, of the problem. :-) – Mico Jul 16 '12 at 19:54
  • The problem is that I am not 100% sure that what I have done corresponds to the intended guidelines of the journal. It seems to match all their examples but Makebst has lots of options not covered by the examples. – Alexander Serebrenik Sep 13 '12 at 18:53

For me using


instead of


seems to have done the trick.

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    natbib doesn't offer naturemag, according to the documentation. – Werner Aug 14 '13 at 3:58
  • chaging to naturemag i get an error which suggests that naturemag is not supported (as Werner points out): ! Package natbib Error: Bibliography not compatible with author-year citations. – emher Jul 19 '15 at 6:58

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