I know there are lots of similar questions, but I have problems with my particular code:



Hello \cite{a}. Goodbye \cite{b}.


The references are sorted by order of appearance in the .bib file, and I want them to be sorted by order of citation in the text. What can I do? I tried \bibliographystyle{unsrt} but it gives me error. The only solution I see is manually ordering the .bib file.

  • 2
    Don't issue \nocite{*} in the preamble, only issue it directly before \printbibliography. – moewe Sep 8 at 12:17
  • Great, thanks a lot. – MBolin Sep 8 at 12:20

Make sure to issue \nocite{*} as late as possible, otherwise the \nocite'd entries take precedence (according to their order in the .bib file because sorting=none can consider no other properties and needs some way to break ties) over the entries that are explicitly cited in the document. (Hopefully https://github.com/plk/biblatex/commit/a988fa1e3bfabf4efac5bb9af6fed2b69f1e055f makes that a bit clearer in the documentation.)

\usepackage[sorting=none, backend=bibtex]{biblatex}

  author       = {Worman, Nancy},
  title        = {The Cast of Character},
  date         = 2002,
  publisher    = {University of Texas Press},
  location     = {Austin},
  author       = {Nussbaum, Martha},
  title        = {Aristotle's \mkbibquote{De Motu Animalium}},
  date         = 1978,
  publisher    = {Princeton University Press},
  location     = {Princeton},
  author       = {Sigfridsson, Emma and Ryde, Ulf},
  title        = {Comparison of methods for deriving atomic charges from the
                  electrostatic potential and moments},
  journaltitle = {Journal of Computational Chemistry},
  date         = 1998,
  volume       = 19,
  number       = 4,
  pages        = {377-395},
  doi          = {10.1002/(SICI)1096-987X(199803)19:4<377::AID-JCC1>3.0.CO;2-P},

Hello \cite{sigfridsson}.
Goodbye \cite{nussbaum}.


Hello [1]. Goodbye [2].

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