I am writing a paper to a Springer journal and I am trying to use their \bibliographystyle{spbasic} However, instead of the number of the reference in the list of references I get something as:

[Hundsdorfer et al(1995)Hundsdorfer, Koren, van Loon, and Verwer]

followed by the citation

What should I do to get the number in the square brackets?


\bibliography{moje.bib}   % name your BibTeX data base


I may have to do the bibliography manually, as no Springer provided bibtex style produces the output that can be seen in the journal articles.

  • Welcome to TeX.sx! Please add a minimal working example (MWE) that illustrates your problem. Sep 29, 2012 at 16:01
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    Wouldn't \bibliographystyle{spmpsci} do what you want? Numeric references, that is. If they provide a style, it means that they are satisfied with the output it produces.
    – egreg
    Sep 29, 2012 at 16:30
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    It's strange. The actual articles in the journal have certainly a different style, then this one, but other article in review I have seen used apparently also \bibliographystyle{spmpsci}, so I will do the same. Sep 29, 2012 at 16:55
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    The format of the citation suggests the bibliography style is for natbib. Try to add \usepackage[numbers]{natbib} to your preamble.
    – Guido
    Sep 29, 2012 at 17:51
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    @VladimirF On your comment about fixing manually the bibliography: based on my experience with Springer, their editorial staff is going to edit the references anyway for the final production.
    – Guido
    Sep 29, 2012 at 21:30

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The format of the citation, i.e., [Short author(year)Long author] suggests that the bibliography file (.bbl) produced by the bibliography stye spbasic is for natbib. Thus adding


should address the issue.

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