I am using biblatex for my references.


In the bibliography, the last name of the first author of a book/paper is put first, while the last name of the second/third author of the book is put second (see image).

Whether I put the names in the .bib file like this

    author = {{von Neumann}, John and Morgenstern, Oskar},
    title = {Theory of Games and Economic Behaviour},

or this

    author = {Richard A. Brealey and Stewart C. Myers and Franklin Allen},
    title = {Corporate Finance},

is not making a difference.

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How can I get it to consistently put the last name first?

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    What about \DeclareNameAlias{sortname}{last-first}. – moewe Jun 6 '15 at 14:27
  • I really thought there should be a duplicate for this, but all I could come up with is Biblatex does not reverse the first and last names of the second author which does not propose a solution and biblatex - Order last-first for the names of multiple editors? which might be too much. – moewe Jun 6 '15 at 14:34
  • @moewe Finding the right duplicate can be a reall pain in the lalala ;-) – Johannes_B Jun 6 '15 at 14:37
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    If any of these solutions worked for you, you might wan tto indicate that by accepting (and upvoting) a answer or replying to a comment that helped. If none of the solutions were helpful, please explain why not. – moewe Jun 7 '15 at 8:07
  • Your comment helped and I couldn't find a way to upvote that: So actually replying to comments is the correct way? The link that said it was a feature, not a bug, helped me: I accepted it the way it was. Thank you! – elena Jun 9 '15 at 14:20

Following is possible and changes the separator between names as well, just to make it obvious what is lastname and what is firstname of whom.


  • Oh I have just seen \DeclareNameAlias{author}{first-last} affects all of them – DaniCee Dec 7 '16 at 3:59

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