I'm using the ieee style for biblatex and when inserting citations I want


Right now I'm getting


How can I change this?

  • How do you cite? \parencite[citation1], \parencite[citation2]... or \parencite[citation1, citation2, citation3...]
    – Chris
    Jul 14, 2014 at 16:19
  • Do you mean "I want [1,2,6-10]"?
    – cslstr
    Jul 14, 2014 at 16:20
  • 5
    The IEEE 'house style' is to include those square brackets deliberately around each number (the biblatex style simply follows ieeetran in this regard). Are you submitting to the IEEE?
    – Joseph Wright
    Jul 14, 2014 at 16:23
  • @JosephWright No, it's for my PhD.
    – jlanza
    Jul 14, 2014 at 16:28
  • 1
    How to do the opposite. I want [11],[16] but getting [11-16] in the IEEE format Nov 9, 2022 at 0:46

2 Answers 2


You should be OK by simply using the ieee style for the bibliography but the standard numeric-comp for the citations. For example

  editor        = "J. C. Candy and G. C. Temes",
  title         = "Oversampling Delta-Sigma Data Converters Theory,
                   Design and Simulation",
  publisher     = "{IEEE} Press.",
  location      = "New York",
  year          = "1992"

  author        = "A. Castaldini and A. Cavallini and B. Fraboni
                   and P. Fernandez and J. Piqueras",
  title         = "Midgap Traps Related to Compensation Processes in
                   {CdTe} Alloys",
  journaltitle  = "Phys. Rev. B.",
  volume        = "56",
  number        = "23",
  year          = "1997",
  pages         = "14897-14900"

  author        = "M. Coates and A. Hero and R. Nowak and B. Yu",
  title         = "Internet Tomography",
  journaltitle  = "IEEE J. Selected Areas Commun.",
  month         = 05,
  year          = "2002",
  note          = "to be published"



\cite{IEEEexample:bookwitheditor, IEEEexample:TBPmisc, IEEEexample:articlelargepages}



(I've included some bibliography data purely to create a self-contained demo.)

Notice that for citations that should be bracketed together, compressed into a range and so on you should use one \cite command and a comma-list of keys within the argument.

  • 1
    bibstyle=ieee must come before citestyle=numeric-comp also, or it doesn't work. (Or so it was for me.)
    – kando
    Jul 15, 2017 at 15:33

Note that this answer is only for non-biblatex users, since biblatex is incompatible with the cite package! Thanks to @moewe for pointing that out.

What worked for me is simply adding

\renewcommand\citepunct{, }

to the preamble, as hinted in the cite.sty package documentation.

Here is a screenshot of the result

Before: enter image description here After: enter image description here

But note that I just tested this in conjunction with

  • 2
    In particular this answer will not work with biblatex (which is what the OP is using), since cite and biblatex are incompatible.
    – moewe
    Apr 18, 2019 at 16:40
  • Thanks for the clarification @moewe! Since this approach might work for others (including me) I'd still prefer to let this info stay here.
    – mab
    Apr 24, 2019 at 9:25
  • Fair enough. Since the question is very clear that it is about biblatex I consider it unlikely that those not using biblatex would look at this question, but an alternative approach probably does not do any harm as long as it is pointed out cleraly that this approach here is indeed not compatible with biblatex (and thus the premise of the question) at all and assumes a different underlying setup.
    – moewe
    Apr 24, 2019 at 10:31
  • Well, at least one found the question via google and looked at it, not using biblatex :) Thanks again.
    – mab
    Apr 24, 2019 at 11:54

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