Is there any way to tell bibtex not to sort the authors for a paper but to print them in the order they've been written in the .bib-file?

I have a paper where three people from three different institutions collaborated and I should like to keep the author order in sync with the institution order.

Edit: the citation in question






Bib File:

author = {K.Rustan M. Leino, Peter M\"uller, Jan Smans},
title = {Verification of Concurrent Programs with Chalice},
institution = {Microsoft Research, ETH Z\"urich, KU Leuven},
year = {2009}

I want them to appear in that order. What the parsed pdf looks like in the "References" is this:

Jan Smans K.Rustan M. Leino, Peter Müller. Verification of concurrent programs with chalice. Technical report, Microsoft Research, ETH Zürich, KU Leuven, 2009.

  • Isn't it the default dehavior?
    – pluton
    Jun 13, 2015 at 16:46
  • Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be.
    – User1291
    Jun 13, 2015 at 17:04
  • We will need an example of your input (.tex and .bib files).
    – Joseph Wright
    Jun 13, 2015 at 17:14

1 Answer 1


If you mean the main bibliography, then use


same as style plain but without sorting the entries. If you mean a single bib entry then use:

author = {K. Rustan and M. Leino and Peter M\"uller and Jan Smans},

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  • 2
    nope, doesn't seem to do the trick.
    – User1291
    Jun 13, 2015 at 17:59
  • Well, what more can I say? I already edited the question to include the example you were asking for.
    – User1291
    Jun 13, 2015 at 18:08
  • 2
    @User1291: See my edited answer. Your author list in the bibfile was wrong
    – user2478
    Jun 13, 2015 at 18:21

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