I have a question on changing the order of first/last names of authors using in unsrt bibliography style. I tried with other styles but the closest to what I need is unsrt with a little change.

Unsrt gives the reference as given below

M. Velasquez and P. T. Hester. An analysis of multi-criteria decision making methods. International Journal of Operations Research, 10(2):56–66, 2013.

But I would like something like this

Velasquez, M and Hester, P.T., An analysis of multi-criteria decision making methods. International Journal of Operations Research, 10(2):56–66, 2013.

I just need to change the appearance of first name and surname in this bibliography style. Could you please help on this matter?

  • Welcome to TeX SX! This is most easily done with biblatex and the option [sorting=none]: if it isn't already enabled by default, you have toadd to your preamble: \DeclareNameAlias{sortname}{last-first}. – Bernard Jun 10 '15 at 9:07
  • Thanks @bernard but I couldn't understand how can I add '\DeclareNameAlias{sortname}{last-first}' to unsrt bibliography style? – jenny Jun 10 '15 at 9:24
  • To do that, you have to change \bibstyle{unsrt}+bibtex to \usepackage[sorting=none, backends=bibtex]'biblatex} and add DeclareNameAlias{…} afterwards in your preamble (this is a biblatex command). Alo preferably, replace bibtex with biber. – Bernard Jun 10 '15 at 9:58
  • my codes are: \documentclass[12pt]{report} \usepackage{amssymb,amsmath} \usepackage{amsmath} \usepackage[left=3cm,top=2.5cm,right=2.5cm,bottom=2.5cm]{geometry} \usepackage{float} \usepackage{graphicx} \usepackage{graphics} \usepackage{caption} \usepackage{times} \usepackage{amsmath} \usepackage{color} \usepackage[square, numbers, comma, sort&compress]{natbib} \usepackage{multirow} \usepackage[round]{natbib} \usepackage{graphicx} \setcounter{secnumdepth}{4} \setcounter{tocdepth}{8} \usepackage[sorting=none, backends=bibtex]{biblatex} Is there a problem using natbib? – jenny Jun 10 '15 at 11:00
  • In this case, it is not working. Am I missing something? – jenny Jun 10 '15 at 11:01

I also struggled with unsrt and the sorting of the first and last names in the bibliography.

I use Texmaker 4.3, MiKTeX 2.9, and there is an easy fix for it:

  • Copy the unsrt.bst file from the MiKTeX directory from the folder "MiKTeX 2.9\bibtex\bst\base" into the folder of your .tex document and rename it (e.g. unsrt2.bst)
  • Open it with the editor and go to the section FUNCTION {format.names}
  • Rewrite the following line { s nameptr "{ff~}{vv~}{ll}{, jj}" format.name$ 't := to { s nameptr "{ll}{~ff}{~vv}{, jj}" format.name$ 't :=
  • in the .tex file use the new style: \bibliographystyle{unsrt2}
  • enjoy

Here is an example of what can be done with biblatex+biber (one important feature of biber, as compared with bibtex is it understands utf8; hence you may typeset accented letters directly in the .bib file).

I took the liberty to change the font package from times, which is obsolete to the much more recent and complete newtxtext, newtxmath, which is based on TeX Gyre Termes, a Times clone.

Note the syntax with biblatex is different from traditional bibliography packages: you have to declare the .bib data bases(s) in the preamble, in the form:


then write \printbibliography in the document, where you want it to be.

 title={Manuel de Référence du Programme {ELECTRE}},
 subtitle = {Note de Synthèse et Formation},
 author={Benayoun, R. and Roy, B. and Sussman, N.},
 series={Princeton University Econometric Research Program. Research memorandum},
 publisher={Direction Scientifique SEMA},
 location={Paris, France}
    title ={Le Captain Cap. Ses aventures, ses idées, ses breuvages},
author = {Alphonse Allais},
   publisher = {Juven},
year = {1902},
location = {Paris}
\usepackage{graphicx, setspace}
\usepackage{newtxtext, newtxmath}
%\usepackage[square, numbers, comma, sort&compress, round]{natbib}
 \usepackage[sorting=none, firstinits, style=numeric-comp, backend=biber]{biblatex}
\DeclareFieldFormat{number}{no. #1}



... \parencite{Benayoun1966}




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