I'm looking for the bibliography style where "references should be numbered in order of citation and cited in the text by numbers in square brackets. They should be listed in the reference list in the form prescribed in the Uniform Requirements (giving the names and initials of all authors, unless there are more than six, when the first three should be given, followed by et al.)". Any ideas? Thank you.

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    Sounds like you're looking for a bibliography style such as unsrt. For a posting that discusses how one might modify unsrt.bst so that just the first few authors of a bibliographic entry are shown, see BibTeX: How can I automatically reduce long author lists to “xxx et al.”.
    – Mico
    Apr 16, 2014 at 22:25
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    Or use biblatex and biber?
    – cfr
    Apr 16, 2014 at 22:37
  • Your requirements are both very specific and not likely to be fully implemented by any of the "standard" bibliography styles. If you want to stick with BibTeX, I suggest you acquaint yourself with the custom-bib package and its makebst utility. This utility, which can be run by typing latex makebst at a command prompt, lets users create custom styles from scratch. It's entirely menu-driven, i.e., you'll get a lot of questions and multiple-choice type answers. Follow the prompts and create yourself a custom .bst file.
    – Mico
    Apr 16, 2014 at 23:38

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I suggest, like @cfr, using biblatex and biber. You should write, e.g.:

\usepackage[backend=biber, style=numeric,first inits,maxnames=6,minnames=3]{biblatex}
  • @Mico: Thanks for pointing the typo. Corrected.
    – Bernard
    Apr 16, 2014 at 23:57
  • @cfr I use BibTex (JabRef).
    – user49608
    Apr 17, 2014 at 5:44

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