I am using BibTeX 0.99d, I am not defining any other code for reference packages. All I use is:

\bibliographystyle{abbrv} %Define style here
\bibliography{myFile} %Reference to my bib file

It works perfectly, but its sorted by last name, and the journal requires by first name.

I gave a read to this, which is using another package, same case with this. Maybe I am missing something in my understanding of BibTeX vs Biber.

These are their requirements: enter image description here


Thank you everyone, you were all right, there is no such a thing as order by First name, it was their mistake on the screenshot, I got confirmation already.

  • Do you have access to the file abbrv.bst?
    – Mico
    Commented Jul 21, 2018 at 19:35
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    Are you pulling our legs, or is there really a journal that requires sorting entries by authors’ given names?
    – Mico
    Commented Jul 21, 2018 at 19:38
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    The written instructions refer to alphabetical sorting. There’s absolutely no mention of sorting alphabeticallly by given names. I’d go with the standard sorting method, which is by surnames, and ignore the screenshot’s sorting method.
    – Mico
    Commented Jul 21, 2018 at 20:03
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    Under “Manuscript submission & Author instructions” of your linked site, the “REFERENCES” section contains only the first three entries in your picture. Coincidentally, the three entries are alphabetically ordered according to both first names and last names. I suspect the picture content was created by someone who wanted to include two more entries but was confused by this coincidence. Not to mention that you shouldn’t have et al. in the reference spot. Commented Jul 21, 2018 at 21:46
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because the question was motivated by a miscommunication, resolved in comments, and there is no longer any question to answer.
    – cfr
    Commented Jul 23, 2018 at 2:54


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