# alphabetical ordering of authors within a single citation

I'm struggling to get an output for my bibliography the way I want it.

I'm currently using

\bibliographystyle{unsrt}


however if a single citation has a list of author it places those names in alphabetical order. So this is an example, my code is this

@ARTICLE{oscillation,
author = {S. Goswami ,\textit{et al.}},
title = {"{Global Analysis of Neutrino Oscillation"}},


then my output is

[8] et al. S. Goswami. "Global Analysis of Neutrino Oscillation".

not what i want which would be

[8] S. Goswami, et al. "Global Analysis of Neutrino Oscillation".

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Welcome to TeX.SE! Do you think you could turn your snippet into a complete MWE It would really help anyone looking at your question :) Welcome! –  cmhughes Feb 4 '13 at 1:30
not entirely sure how to. i do know that if i remove the comma separator in the authors list it solves the problem. However my guess is this is due to the fact that its no longer a list to the compiler and it thinks its a single author with the words in the given order. However i like the comma and there should be a better solution –  Bob Feb 4 '13 at 1:40
One way to create a MWE is to copy your files into a separate directory, and then start stripping the copied files down to the stage where you have a file that shows your problem –  cmhughes Feb 4 '13 at 1:41
The comma divides the first name and the family name. With and you mark a second or third autor: first, family and first2,family2 are two autors named "first family, first2 family2". What exactly happens depends from the way you call your bibliography. So a MWE would be helpful. –  Kurt Feb 4 '13 at 2:01
Are you sure that your claim "if a single citation has a list of author [the unsrt bibliography style] places those names in alphabetical order" is correct? Separately, I don't understand the need to specify the "et al" truncation (or any other truncation scheme) in the author field. I'd recommend writing author = "Srubabati Goswami and Abhijit Bandyopadhyay and Sandhya Choubey" and letting BibTeX and the bibliography style file do the formatting work for you. –  Mico Feb 4 '13 at 2:45

A bibliography entry should list each author separately, using and between them

author = {A. N. Other and D. Nobacon and F. Bloggs}


The and here is a special marker for BibTeX: the format of the names in the output will depend on the BibTeX style (.bst) file you use, but this only works correctly if BibTeX has the correct information on which name is which.

A comma is used between surname and first name if the surname is give first:

author = {Other, A. N. and Nobacon, D. and Bloggs, F.}


which is useful for more complex names (for example two-part surnames).

For very long lists of authors, BibTeX styles will automatically truncate the list as some preset point, adding et al. instead. However, if you know you'll never want all of a very long list many styles recognise the marker others

author = {A. N. Other and others}


which will then be relaced by et al. in the same format as would be used for the automatic trunctation.

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In my opinion you are trying to "hack" the bibliography.

Your reference should be (full author list):

@ARTICLE{oscillation,
author = {Goswami, Srubabati and Bandyopadhyayb, Abhijit and Choubey, Sandhya},
title = {{Global Analysis of Neutrino Oscillation}},


The , character separates last and first names, and separates authors.

It then depends on the bibliography style you use to display the author list correctly.

unsrt will display the list of references without sorting, i.e. they will appear in the same order as they appear in the text.

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