In BibTeX, I need to cite another entry as a note/comment of a first one, something like:

author = {Author A.},
journal = {The Journal of XX},
number = {1},
pages = {4252},
year = {2000},
note = {see updated results in \cite{Paper2}    }

author = {Author B.},
journal = {The Journal of YY},
number = {2},
pages = {1},
year = {2001}

Could you give a suggestion in doing this?

I think my need is not really fitting to what proposed here: How to cite within a reference entry using biblatex

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    Your example bibliography will work fine the way you typed it.
    – mafp
    Feb 7, 2013 at 20:44
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    you have to run (pdf)latex bibtex several times. The citation to paper2 is not visible to bibtex in the first run. Thus you have to run bibtex again after a second latex run.
    – Guido
    Feb 7, 2013 at 21:52
  • There is a very extensive discussion/guide for BibTeX at <newton.ex.ac.uk/tex/node22.html>
    – vonbrand
    Feb 8, 2013 at 2:46
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    @Guido -- I think the question is valid (if not a duplicate); in which case, your comment could be turned into an answer pretty easily: latex --> bibtex --> latex --> bibtex --> latex --> latex.
    – jon
    Feb 15, 2013 at 16:40

1 Answer 1


The reference Paper2 is not visible to bitbex until the note in the reference Paper1 is inserted in the bibliography. Thus one needs to run bibtex a second time. Thus the workflow is


If one wants to avoid the second call to (pdf)latex, then one could insert \nocite{Paper2} somewhere in the document, and then the reference Paper2 is visible for the first run of bibtex.

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