[OS X TeX] Word count in TS

Joshua Smith jhs0807 at gmail.com
Sun Jan 13 16:36:49 CET 2013

>> I have used texcount a lot, but as far as I can tell, it does not count any words that are generated by bibtex for references in an author-year format.  I have a manuscript with nearly 60 references, and all those author-year citations in the text added several hundred words to the count given by texcount and pushed me way past the limit of the journal.  I ended up using DEVONtechnologies' WordServce, which had been recommended by several people on this list, to do a count of the resulting PDF.
>> Josh
> I don't think there is any ``pre-processed'' word count program that actually goes after the bibliography. I'd guess you need something that analyses the final PDF to get that right.
> Good Luck,
> Herb Schulz

Note, I do not mean the bibliography section, but the in-line references that are produced by the \cite command.  All those names, et. al.s, and years can add up to a lot of words.


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