I'm using the natbib package along with the chicago bibliography style, however when creating a parenthetical citation in-text, the citations are ordered alphabetically instead of chronologically. Is there any package options that I would be able to use in order to achieve a parenthetical citation that is ordered chronologically?

Here is my preamble for reference:

\usepackage[left=2.5cm, right=2.5cm, top=2.5cm, bottom=2.5cm]{geometry}
\usepackage[authoryear, round, sort&compress]{natbib}

Here is a MWE:

\usepackage[authoryear, round, sort&compress]{natbib}

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    Hello! Please help us to help you and add a minimal working example (MWE) that illustrates your problem. It will be much easier for us to reproduce your situation and find out what the issue is when we see compilable code, starting with \documentclass{...} and ending with \end{document}. – yo' Aug 15 '14 at 16:28
  • @Mico Thanks for the suggestion but it doesn't seem to even compile a bibliography using this method. – David Patrick Aug 15 '14 at 16:45
  • Could you please give an example of entries with keys cite1 and cite2? Are we talking about two papers written by the same author(s) and published in the same year, where you happen to know that the entry cite1 was published before entry cite2? If that's not the issue, then please tell us what is. – Mico Aug 15 '14 at 16:50
  • @Mico Apologies for the lack of detail. The citations are by different authors in different years and I want to order them from oldest to most recent. – David Patrick Aug 15 '14 at 16:53
  • To make sure I understand: Do you want only the groups of citations, or the citations as well as the bib entries, be sorted by year rather than alphabetically by authors' names? Incidentally, you providing two conflicting and mutually exclusive options to natbib: numbers and authoryear -- which citation style do you want? – Mico Aug 15 '14 at 16:55

To get the entries listed by \citep or \citet printed in the order in which they are input, rather than sorted alphabetically by authors' names, omit the option sort&compress when loading natbib.

If neither the sort nor the sort&compress options are set, the ordering of the citation callouts is determined by the way you sort the keys in the argument of the citation commands \citep and \citet.

  • Thank you so much, I really appreciate your help. I'm just writing my PhD thesis (in Economics) and this was becoming a major pain, thankfully you've relieved that pain and I can now continue. – David Patrick Aug 15 '14 at 18:11
  • @DavidClark - You're welcome! I got my Ph.D. in economics in 1991, by the way. Sadly, I didn't get to use LaTeX (let alone BibTeX) back then. Do make an effort to learn LaTeX and friends well; you'll find that writing papers becomes much easier if you develop a reasonable mastery of LaTeX. (I did!) – Mico Aug 15 '14 at 18:26
  • Fantastic! (I know that this is probably not the proper forum for chat but can I ask if you remained in academia?) I completely agree, it is an incredibly steep learning curve but given the results that LaTeX produce, it makes the effort well worth it! – David Patrick Aug 15 '14 at 18:33
  • @DavidClark - My first jobs after grad school were academic appointments, but I later went into central banking, which I find to be a marvelous mix of serious theoretical and applied economics (especially the macro, econometrics, finance, and banking subfields) and serious policy making. I have, fortunately, managed to stay in touch with scholarly academia; see if you can find a paper I co-authored in the July 2014 issue of the Journal of Econometrics (written, of course, in LaTeX -- what else?!). :-) – Mico Aug 15 '14 at 18:38
  • Ah, I found it. Congratulations on publishing, especially in such a prestigious journal! I'm more micro myself but I am especially interested in the econometrics concerned with accounting with slope heterogeneity at the moment. (Just reading your paper right now, it's very thought provoking!) – David Patrick Aug 15 '14 at 18:48

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