Help:Cite errors/Cite error empty references define

This page will help you to fix the cite error message:

A list-defined reference with the name "$1" has been invoked, but is not defined in the <references> tag (see the help page).

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OverviewEdit

References may be defined within the reference list:

{{reflist|refs=
<ref name=rename1>refcontent1</ref>
}}

Issues and resolutionEdit

  • A list-defined reference has no content between the <ref>...</ref> tags.
  • This error message does not show if {{reflist}} is used.

ExamplesEdit

The reference named foo is defined but has no content:

<ref name="foo" />

<references>
<ref name="foo"></ref>
</references>

[1]

  1. ^ Cite error: The named reference foo was invoked but never defined (see the help page).

Cite error: A list-defined reference with the name "foo" has been invoked, but is not defined in the <references> tag (see the help page).

TechnicalEdit

Pages with this error message are placed into Pages with incorrect ref formatting. The system message page is at Cite error empty references define.