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When preparing an article using the revtex4-1 LaTeX package, how can I ensure that the references appear in the order that they appear in the text of the document? I've seen answers like Bibliography Style - Order of Appearance, but revtex4-1 bakes in a lot of other BibTeX packages, such as natbib, and so I would like to avoid compatibility problems posed by depending on biblatex if that is at all possible. Thanks!

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It seems to me that using \bibliographystyle{unsrtnat} should give you what you want. – egreg Jul 20 '11 at 16:11
Which revtex journal style are you using (ie, prl, pra, etc)? This should just work, without any special actions from you. You need to run latex, bibtex, latex, latex for a changed order of citations to propagate through the .aux, .bib, .aux (again) files. – Lev Bishop Jul 20 '11 at 17:40
@egreg some versions of revtex4-1 have problems with \bibliographystyle{} (should be fixed with the latest patch, though). But it shouldnt be necessary anyway. – Lev Bishop Jul 20 '11 at 17:41
@egreg, @Lev Bishop: It seems that using unsrtnat did the trick, so I guess I'm using a late enough version of revtex4-1 to work. Thanks! – Chris Granade Jul 20 '11 at 18:13

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The style to use is unsrtnat, provided by the natbib bundle:

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