R: [texhax] APA Style Document and Bibliography using LaTeX

Philip G. Ratcliffe philipratcliffe at tiscali.it
Tue Sep 16 20:04:27 CEST 2003

> So far, I have not been able to get either LaTeX or BibTeX to create the
> BibTeX Bibliography (.bbl file) that is acceptable on subsequent runs of
> LaTeX.  I am attaching both my .tex and .bib files to this message.
> Maybe I
> have a conflict between the apa.cls and the apacite.bst declarations,
> but I
> am not sufficiently experienced in LaTeX to figure that out.

Well, you could try reading the log file from BibTeX (that's what log files
are for):

  This is BibTeX, Version 0.99cThe top-level auxiliary file: Papertest.aux
  The style file: apacite.bst
  Database file #1: Papertest.bib
  ")" immediately follows an entry type---line 6 of file Papertest.bib
   : % author: Erik Meijer (Meijer at rulfsw.LeidenUniv.nl
   :                                                   )
  I'm skipping whatever remains of this entry
  (There was 1 error message)

Clearly, as it says, there is a problem on line 6 of Papertest.bib.  Now,
since that is not an important line you could try eliminating it.  You will
find that your files now work.

Read the BibTeX documentation and you will find that % is NOT a comment
character there.  BibTeX parses the document looking for key symbols, in
particular for @.  The @ in your e-mail address triggers the reading of a
BibTeX entry, which isn't there and causes the error.

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