My citation for bibliography appear unsorted in the text like [6,3,4] instead of [3,4,6]. How can I make the appear sorted. I don't care how they appear at the end where they are all listed but my worry is for the appearance in the text. I have tried unsrt style but it does not make any difference. I am using \bibliographystyle{ieeetr}. Tash

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    Mar 9, 2014 at 20:07

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Since you're using a numeric citation style and haven't indicated that you're using a citation management package such as natbib, you could get the citation numbers sorted by loading the cite package:

  • Thank Mico, this worked perfectly. I also used notoccite package to fix the order. Great.
    – Tash
    Mar 10, 2014 at 16:36

If you use biblatex, you can choose a numeric style, for instance, and obtain what you want with this line in your preamble:


The sortcites=true option makes the citations be sorted as in the bibliography.

  • Since the OP has indicated that he/she is using the ieeetr bibliography style, it's not very likely that he/she is using biblatex.
    – Mico
    Mar 9, 2014 at 22:25
  • @Mico: Well, I thought maybe the OP used or might consider using biblatex-ieee.
    – Bernard
    Mar 9, 2014 at 23:04

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