I am writing my proposal and a professor asks me to change the multiple citation order in text, sorting by year, not alphabetically. Here is what I have now using the 'sort' option in natbib package:

one sentence (Blogs et al, 1995; Dent et al, 1994; Smith et al, 1992)

What the professor asked for is:

One sentence (Smith et al, 1992; Dent et al, 1994; Blogs et al, 1995)

Is there anyway to do this?

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OK, I did not find any effective way to do this in natbib. I just changed by hand, painful. But I found that another good way to do this, using biblatex package. Here is the link: biblatex - quote in chronological order but bibliography list must be alphabetical order

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