How can I cite a range of papers, the output is a range of numbers, instead of a list of numbers? In other words, when I type

... some dummy text here is due to me \cite{me1, me2, me3, me4} ...

I want the output to be

... some dummy text here is due to me [3-6] ...

instead of

... some dummy text here is due to me [] ...

(I use LaTeX, and am currently using the amsart class and whatever it includes. But I am open to other suggestions.)

3 Answers 3


The cite, natbib, and biblatex packages, at least, will all do this.

A minimal example which demonstrates the behaviour is:

hello \cite{article-full,book-full,mastersthesis-full}

If you have basic bibliography needs, adding \usepackage{cite} will produce the desired behaviour.

If you have more complex bibliography needs, nowadays I recommend biblatex as a first choice, although natbib has a long and distinguished history in this space and is possibly a better option if you want a more ‘stable’ solution.

For biblatex, you would now write this example as:

hello \cite{article-full,book-full,mastersthesis-full}

Noting that you need to process the bibliography using biber instead of bibtex. (You can use bibtex by adding backend=bibtex to the package options, but I'm not sure if that is currently recommended for new documents.)

If you are using natbib, a minimal example would be:

hello \citep{article-full,booklet-full,mastersthesis-full}
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    Ah, the cite package. That gives a minimal work solution to my problem. Thanks. Commented Oct 7, 2010 at 15:50
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    (I also realized that the amsrefs package can do it, but I didn't feel like retyping 92 citation entries.) Commented Oct 7, 2010 at 15:52
  • warning -- biblatex hasn't been tested with amsart, and i can't predict whether it will work; i'm inclined to think it may not be totally smooth sailing. Commented Dec 30, 2011 at 21:32
  • Hi will, is there any chance of expanding the answer? This seems to be high up on google, but it is a bit unspecific. Just as the question :-(
    – Johannes_B
    Commented Aug 27, 2017 at 9:45
  • @Johannes_B — thanks for noticing; what do you think of the new text? Commented Aug 27, 2017 at 11:51

if you add


to your preamble, you should get the expected result.

  • one question! In the case of the 'cite' package, it ok to use: '\usepackage[numbers,sort&compress]{cite}'
    – Josh
    Commented Jun 23, 2013 at 14:31
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    If I test it, I see that \usepackage[square,numbers,sort&compress]{natbib} seems to be the same as \usepackage{cite} if using the plain bibliography style. The options of the cite package can be found in its documentation (numbers isn't one of them...).
    – Habi
    Commented Jun 24, 2013 at 15:06

Using biblatex, sorting and compressing numeric keys is achieved with

  • Can confirm that it works for LyX Version, by using as configs: Tools -> Preferences -> Output -> LaTeX -> processor=biber and in Document -> Settings -> Bibliography I've put citation style = numeric-comp and bibliography style = ieee, but this latter one won't matter, I'm just being thorough about something that behaves as expected for my use case, which was appearence order and the citing range [as wanted by OP]
    – daydreamer
    Commented Jul 13, 2021 at 0:13

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