# Re: hanging indentation in bibiography (using lyx & bibtex)

On 04/24/2012 02:49 PM, Peter Coles wrote:




On Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 12:43 PM, Manolo Martínez <man...@austrohungaro.com <mailto:man...@austrohungaro.com>> wrote:

On 04/24/12 at 04:19pm, Peter Coles wrote:
> Hi all --
>
> A journal has requested that the hanging indent in my
bibliography be exactly .5
> inches.  Is there an easy way to do this using lyx?
>
> I am using lyx 2.0, bibtex, article class, natbib, and aea.bst.
>
> Many thanks!
> Peter
>
> (I tried searching the forum on this topic, and could only find
outdated or
> inapplicable responses.)
>


I don't have time to play around with this right now, but the answer is, yes, of course, one can do anything in LaTeX. In this case, article.cls sets the bibliography using:

\newenvironment{thebibliography}[1]
{\section*{\refname}%
\@mkboth{\MakeUppercase\refname}{\MakeUppercase\refname}%
\list{\@biblabel{\@arabic\c@enumiv}}%
{\settowidth\labelwidth{\@biblabel{#1}}%
\leftmargin\labelwidth
\@openbib@code
\usecounter{enumiv}%
\let\p@enumiv\@empty
\renewcommand\theenumiv{\@arabic\c@enumiv}}%
\sloppy
\clubpenalty4000
\@clubpenalty \clubpenalty
\widowpenalty4000%
\sfcode\.\@m}
{\def\@noitemerr
{\@latex@warning{Empty thebibliography' environment}}%
\endlist}


So the bibliography is itself set as a list, with the individual items set using \bibitem (which is defined in latex.ltx).

The list parameters are defined in this block:

{\settowidth\labelwidth{\@biblabel{#1}}%
\leftmargin\labelwidth
\@openbib@code
\usecounter{enumiv}%
\let\p@enumiv\@empty
\renewcommand\theenumiv{\@arabic\c@enumiv}}

It's just the first few that are relevant here. See e.g.
http://www.troubleshooters.com/linux/lyx/ownlists.htm

for a description of what you might try changing. Ultimately, you'd need to do:
    \renewenvironment{thebibliography}[1]{....}

Richard