Generating Your Bibliography

Want to use INSPIRE to generate your LaTeX/BibTeX bibliography?

[Go straight to the upload page or read the instructions below.]

Simply upload your paper and INSPIRE will return a bibliography. Just follow the three steps below and you will receive a bibliography ready to insert at the bottom of your LaTeX file with all references properly ordered and formatted. We have prepared an example for you here as well:

  1. Write your paper in LaTeX as usual. When you wish to cite a paper use the regular \cite{<bibkey>} command as usual. You have several options for the bibkey
    • hep-th/0001001 or any eprint number
    • PHRVA.D66.010001 or any journal reference in INSPIRE' citation form (Note the periods separating the pieces!)
    • PhysRev.D66.010001 or any journal reference using typical abbreviations for the journal name (note no periods in the journal name).
    • Hagiwara:2002fs or any INSPIRE LaTeX key for the paper

    You may also want to remember the following tips when citing papers:
    • You can combine multiple references in one \cite command, again using commas to separate the references. Example:
      These will be cited separately in your bibliography.
    • The reference will always appear in the same format regardless of how you cite it so if you have a choice, use the eprint number as the identifier rather than a journal publication note.
    • Don't worry about whether you have cited something before, INSPIRE will get the order right based on when you cited the references in the paper.
    • The only allowed characters in \cite commands are letters, numbers and the following signs: "-", "/", ":", "," and ".". If your alias or bibkey contains something else, it will not be processed.

  2. Upload the paper here. You can select "LaTeX EU" to create references in the European style (year before page). If you'd like the output in BiBTeX format, suitable for adding to your .bib file try generate bibtex, but beware that aliases to multiple articles (i.e., a nickname for many papers, cited as one) don't really work, since the .bib file expects separate entries for each paper. Note that this will generate BiBTeX output for the citations in you paper. You can't send a .bib file and get results this way.

  3. A new page with your bibliography will display in your browser.

Now, please take a moment to make sure everything looks reasonable. Please check periods and journal abbreviations for example. We parse the abbreviation and choose the most likely match. For most journals this is unambiguous, but you might check your results carefully if you are citing less common journals. You might want to add references by hand for those that we couldn't resolve (a comment will appear in the bibliography at the location of the unresolved citation). Remember to reorder your references if you edit the file, or simply resubmit to us. Finally, you can post your paper to arXiv!

Want to convert your LaTeX bibliography to a BibTex one?
Simply change "%\cite" to "\cite" in the file and upload it to the form with BibTex as the output.

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