I'd like to have a citation of multiple sources, automatically sorted and to be able to specify page range of each. I use biblatex with this configuration:

   sortcites=true,  %řadit zdroje
\renewcommand\multicitedelim{\addsemicolon\space}%Change coma to semicolon

Citation like


will give me


as I have sorting and separating by semicolon already solved. However I would need something like

[a, p. 10-12;b;c, p. 25]


Doesn't quite do the trick as it seems unable to sort the citations.

Is there a solution to the problem or should I just work it around somehow?

  • 1
    Welcome to TeX.SE. Please tell us if you use BibTeX or biblatex, whether you use a citation management package (e.g., natbib), and what kind of citation call-out style you practice. It looks like it might be some kind of authoryear style, but it would be helpful if you were a bit more explicit.
    – Mico
    Mar 15, 2018 at 21:09
  • @Mico Thank you for advice, I always forget to state all the important information. I'll hopefully learn to see them all at once one day :). I don't use natbib or anything. Just BibLaTex... Is it complete this way?
    – tingdling
    Mar 16, 2018 at 7:08
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    The multicite version can't sort their argument by default. tex.stackexchange.com/q/65809/35864 offers a work-around at the cost of additional TeX runs.
    – moewe
    Mar 16, 2018 at 7:34
  • Any news here? Did the linked question help you? If not, what did you try and how did it not work for you?
    – moewe
    Mar 19, 2018 at 11:33
  • Well for some reason this solution doesnt work for me. It outputs "Undefined control sequence. ...}{RE_RFID-frekvence}{RFjournal-frekvence}}".. I use TexLive pdfTex 1.40.18 I also tried copying the whole example in new blank document. No success there also..
    – tingdling
    Mar 19, 2018 at 14:45

1 Answer 1


The general approach from Sorting citations using \cites command in biblatex can still be used. But it needs updating again.

In Audrey's original code replace

       {blx@slists@\the\c@refsection @entry@\blx@sorting}}% Biber
    {\global\letcs{\cbx@sortkeys}{blx@sort@\the\c@refsection}}}% BibTeX


  \ifcsundef{blx@dlist@entry@\the\c@refsection @\blx@refcontext@context}
    {\global\csletcs{cbx@sortkeys}{blx@dlist@entry@\the\c@refsection @\blx@refcontext@context}}}

Then everything should work as advertised again



% original definition of \cites

% new definition

% first pass saves keys, prenotes, postnotes

% second pass outputs sorted citation list

% internal list of saved keys => sorted argument list

% internal list of sorted entry keys
  \ifcsundef{blx@dlist@entry@\the\c@refsection @\blx@refcontext@context}
    {\global\csletcs{cbx@sortkeys}{blx@dlist@entry@\the\c@refsection @\blx@refcontext@context}}}


\newcommand{\cmd}[1]{\texttt{\textbackslash #1}}
\cmd{cite}: \cite{companion,ctan,vangennep,markey} \\
\cmd{cites}: \cites[e.g.][10]{companion}{ctan}{markey}[10--11]{vangennep} \\
\cmd{Cites}: \Cites{ctan}{markey}[e.g.][5--10]{companion}[10--11]{vangennep}

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  • Hi, thanks for answer. It works. I just modified the second pass to print brackets around \cites % second pass outputs sorted citation list \newrobustcmd{\cbx@cite@wrapper}[2]{% [\def\cbx@savekeys{}% \def\cbx@citecall{#1}% #2\cbx@sortkeysinit\cbx@citesort\cbx@citecall ]}
    – tingdling
    Mar 21, 2018 at 18:24

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