I started using biblatex for manuscript writing, since removing url and doi information from Mendeley .bib files seemed like a strenuous task. Questions and answers here have been a great help to get me started. However, I am struggling to remove the top margin header for the \printbibliography, which is automatically added with a following preamble command:

backend = bibtex,

The only way I managed to remove the margin header was by forcing some white space into the bibliography title and adding a References section.

\printbibliography[title= \vspace{0.8cm}]

However, this introduces some horizontal white space between "References" title and the reference list. I am sure that there is a proper way doing this, but as a LaTeX beginner, I am having a hard time understanding the Biblatex manual. Could someone tell me how to remove bibliography top margin header, please?

  • Would you please add a MWE? It's important to know what class you're using. It's not clear what you mean by "top margin header".
    – egreg
    Oct 29, 2012 at 21:15

1 Answer 1


If I understand correctly, you want a bibliography with the title "references", formatted as if it were a section head, but not added to running heads (or, given the method you are using, the table of contents).

In that case, first define a new bibliography heading style, thus:


And then use that as the heading option to the bibliography:


If you want to add this to the table of contents, but not to the page headers, add


within your heading definition.

  • Yes. You understood correctly and the solution works perfectly. Thank you and sorry for not providing MWE.
    – Mikko
    Oct 29, 2012 at 21:23
  • Out of curiosity, why split the \defbibheading command over two lines, with the % at the end of the first line?
    – jvriesem
    Jan 22, 2016 at 19:50

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