I am using titleps to get custom headers, and biblatex for the bibliography. The headers look all right except when it comes to the bibliography, where a "REFERENCES" label appears in the header and footer. Here is a MWE:

\sethead[\normalsize \thepage][][]
{Author}{Document}{\normalsize \thepage}
author = {Author, A},
title = {A nice paper},
journal = {Journal},
year = {2013},
volume = {1},
pages = {1--2},






And here is the output: enter image description here

The left page is ok but not the right page. Where does the "REFERENCES" label come from?

Note that this does not happen if I use bibtex instead of biblatex for the bibliography, or fancyhdr instead of titleps to customize the headers. For instance, replacing lines 3-9 in the example with

\fancyhead[R]{\normalsize \thepage}

gives the expected output: enter image description here

How can I obtain the same result with titleps and biblatex?

1 Answer 1


For some reasons, titleps reacts to \markboth commands in an apparently arbitrary way. You solve the issue by avoiding the \markboth: add


to your preamble after having loaded biblatex.

Note that the usual definition for the default bib heading style is


and we simply avoid issuing \markboth.

In the documentation of titleps there are two mentions of \markboth, saying that it should be avoided when using page styles defined with the package.

  • Thanks for your answer. It is not the first time that I have trouble understanding how titleps deals with marks. The advice on trying to avoid them altogether is probably good.
    – Corentin
    Jan 9, 2013 at 10:23
  • Another possibility is to define a new heading and after to use it. For example: \defbibheading{mybiblio}[\refname{\section*{#1}\markboth{}{}} and then \printbibliography[heading=mybiblio] Mar 26, 2014 at 16:45
  • I had the same problem, and with the above solution I was receiving 'undefined control sequence \defbibheading'. But applying tex.stackexchange.com/a/336303/259895 fixed the issue.
    – KGhatak
    Apr 6, 2022 at 15:35

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