Help:Cite errors/Cite error references invalid parameters

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

Invalid parameter: use the {{reflist}} template with the group parameter (see the help page).

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References are shown by adding the <references /> tag or the {{reflist}} template.

Issues and resolution[edit]

Parameters such as style or id were passed to the <references /> tag. Only the group parameter is allowed. Using the {{reflist}} template will avoid most of the possible issues with the <references /> tag. See the documentation for details.

Since the addition of reference groups, this error should no longer be invoked— the message MediaWiki:Cite error references invalid parameters group will be displayed. If you encounter this error, please report it on the talk page.


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