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I have been searching around online trying to figure out why my references appear to be numbered in a seemingly random order. I have read probably 20 different webpages in total, including many questions on this site and I cannot fix the problem.

However so far I have learned that biblatex and bibtex are not the same thing? My guess is there are loads of different "bibliography executables/programs/compilers" (?) [I have no idea what you actually call something like biblatex] and I think this has been one source of confusion.

The most simple thing to do is give you my main tex file:

\documentclass[11pt, twoside]{report}












    \chapter{Chapter 1...}






I compile this with texstudio, and the first reference number is [8]. The next is [12]. I want the order to be [1], [2], etc.

I can provide the references.bib file, but essentially it looks like this (here are a few examples)

% normal/inverted heirachy image
    author         = "Artusa, D. R. and others",
    title          = "{Exploring the Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay in the
    Inverted Neutrino Hierarchy with Bolometric Detectors}",
    collaboration  = "CUORE",
    journal        = "Eur. Phys. J.",
    volume         = "C74",
    year           = "2014",
    pages          = "3096",
    doi            = "10.1140/epjc/s10052-014-3096-8",
    eprint         = "1404.4469",
    archivePrefix  = "arXiv",
    primaryClass   = "nucl-ex",
    SLACcitation   = "%%CITATION = ARXIV:1404.4469;%%"

% KATRIN paper
    Author = {J. Behrens and P. C. -O. Ranitzsch and M. Beck and A. Beglarian and M. Erhard and S. Groh and V. Hannen and M. Kraus and H. -W. Ortjohann and O. Rest and K. Schlösser and T. Thümmler and K. Valerius and K. Wierman and J. F. Wilkerson and D. Winzen and M. Zacher and C. Weinheimer},
    Title = {A pulsed, mono-energetic and angular-selective UV photo-electron source for the commissioning of the KATRIN experiment},
    Year = {2017},
    Eprint = {1703.05272},
    Eprinttype = {arXiv},
    Doi = {10.1140/epjc/s10052-017-4972-9},

I can't think of anything else which would be useful. I hope it is a simple mistake that I have made because this has been confusing me all morning and I have not been able to resolve the issue.

Here is a screenshot to demonstrate the issue...


marked as duplicate by moewe biblatex Jul 21 '17 at 19:55

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    Add sorting=none to the options for biblatex – egreg Jul 19 '17 at 13:02
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    You have not posted much to help test but are you sure that is the first reference? In particular do you have \cite in captions that appear earlier in a list of figures? – David Carlisle Jul 19 '17 at 13:02
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    See also Biblatex citation order – moewe Jul 19 '17 at 13:07
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    After you added sorting=none you should delete the temporary files (.aux, .bbl, .bcf, ...) and recompile. – moewe Jul 19 '17 at 13:16
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    Ignore citations in captions in list of figures when numbering shows that a list of figures should not be a problem for the citation order in biblatex. – moewe Jul 19 '17 at 13:19