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I'm using biblatex for bibliography management, and I'm required to use numbered citation style where references are sorted after citation order. Thus, I've loaded the package like this:


Now when I cite multiple sources in the same citation

Some statement \cite{source1,source2,source3,source4}.

I get the following result:

Some statement [1, 2, 3, 4].

but I'd rather have the following:

Some statement [1-4].

Ideally, it should let two citations remain as [1, 2], while three or more should become [1-3] etc. I've looked in the documentation for options that define this behavior, but apparently I don't know what I'm looking for. (Most of my internet searches drown in results on how to abbreviate page ranges...)

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you should check the sortcites=true option or the numeric-comp citation style (see section 3.3.1 of the manual) – Guido Feb 11 '14 at 11:04
@Guido: Thanks for pointing me in the right direction! Eventually, style=numeric-comp,sorting=none gave me what I wanted. If you put it in an answer, I can give you rep for it - otherwise I'll probably put the answer up here myself for completeness. – Tomas Lycken Feb 11 '14 at 11:24
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According to the biblatex manual (section 3.3.1) the numeric-comp citation style

is similar to the cite package and the sort&compress option of the natbib package in numerical mode. For example, instead of “[8, 3, 1, 7, 2]” this style would print “[1–3, 7, 8]”.

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