Today I noticed JabRef orders my library "wrong" when I ask it to sort all articles through time. This turned out to be understandable, since I ordered by the column called Year. However, I did not manage to find a way to order by date. Does a way exist? Note that I do not mean the Date field, but the date derived from all entered fields related to time. Thanks to anyone taking the time to reply.

  • Do you mean the timestamp field?
    – Johannes_B
    Jun 29, 2015 at 11:59
  • Hi Johannes. No, that would be the time I added a reference to my library. What I mean is a date based on the fields date, year, month, and day. LaTeX seems to be able to translate these fields into a date when creating a bibliography. My hopes are JabRef has a similar method of interpreting these fields, so that references can be ordered by release date. (Ordering by release year gets confusing when over five sources came out in the same year, referencing each other.)
    – Mr.H
    Jun 30, 2015 at 9:14
  • Ah, just put everything in the date field YYYY-MM-DD. That is fine with biblatex and should be fine with jabref as well.
    – Johannes_B
    Jun 30, 2015 at 9:51
  • Sounds like a solution and I would try it, but I'm unsure how to add that field as a column so I can sort by it.
    – Mr.H
    Jul 1, 2015 at 14:30
  • Are you running Jabref in biblatex-mode? github.com/johannesbottcher/HinweiseLitverzeichnisse/blob/split/… Know what you mean. Let me check how to teach Jabref to do that.
    – Johannes_B
    Jul 1, 2015 at 14:32

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Best way for biblatex is to set the date as YYYY-MM-DD.

We can modify Jabref to show the date field, and hence make it easy to sort the list.

Go to options -> preferences and choose Entry table columns; add the date column as shown in the picture.


  • Since JabRef seems to be missing a feature to interpret dates the way biblatex does, manually populating the Date field and adding it to the entry table as a sortable column seems the best solution. Thanks.
    – Mr.H
    Jul 3, 2015 at 16:57

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