I am using biblatex with biber option. Is there a way to use the ieee style with citation being number in brackets, ordered by order of appearance but to have the references displayed with \printbibliography ordered alphabetically (e.g., by author name).

It would mean that in the section reference, entries are not sorted according to their citation number but according to another criterion.

The following MWE I would like the number in Alphabetic to be [3] [2] [1] so that each reference has only one number. E.g., currently the Candy Reference gets number [1] by order of appearance but then gets number [3] in Alphabetical order.


      editor        = "J. C. Candy and G. C. Temes",
      title         = "Oversampling Delta-Sigma Data Converters Theory,
                       Design and Simulation",
      publisher     = "{IEEE} Press.",
      location      = "New York",
      year          = "1992"
      author        = "J. B. Anderson and K. Tepe",
      title         = "Properties of the Tailbiting {BCJR} Decoder",
      booktitle     = "Codes, Systems and Graphical Models",
      series        = "{IMA} Volumes in Mathematics and Its Applications",
      publisher     = "Springer-Verlag",
      location      = "New York",
      year          = "2000"  
      author        = "B. K. Bul",
      title         = "Theory Principles and Design of Magnetic Circuits",
      publisher     = "Energia Press",
      loction       = "Moscow",
      year          = "1964",
      pages         = "464",
      note          = "(in Russian)"







  • I don't know if ieee style does anything special but you should be able to do this with sorting=none as the global sorting option and then \newrefcontext[sorting=nyt] before your \printbibliography to sort the references by, for example, the nyt sorting scheme. – PLK May 4 '16 at 11:29
  • It almost works but it changes the citation number for the Reference Section, similarly to what is presented here. Ideally I would like the citation number to stay by order of appearance (they will not be ordered in the Ref section). – Gab May 4 '16 at 12:29
  • Ok, can you please add a MWE to the question so we can see what you are doing? – PLK May 4 '16 at 12:53
  • 2
    With a numeric style like this, you can't really have Candy with the same number in both lists since the numbers are sequential and the sorting is different. It would be a strange reference list with the numbers in a random order. – PLK May 5 '16 at 0:17
  • Thanks for the reply. I think it is also strange that within the text [1] refers to Candy but not in the reference section... That ends up being quite confusing. And with the backref option, it would not be too problematic to have numbers in the Reference section not in the sequential order. I will use another style, but I like the ieee numeric one. – Gab May 6 '16 at 9:28

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