I am using NYU/Harvard PhD thesis template and I need to make some adjustments. I need to change the citation call-outs to appear in square brackets instead of as superscripts. For example :

I need this style: [1-6]. Instead, I get superscript-type numbers, separated by commas (i.e., 1,2,5,6)

Here is the link to the template : https://github.com/suchow/Dissertate

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  • Welcome to TeX SX! This is the numeric-comp citation style for biblatex.
    – Bernard
    Nov 17, 2020 at 16:55

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In the file Dissertate.cls of the thesis template package, you'll find the following instruction:


Change it to

  • Thank you @Mico, it worked but I still have one more question, the references are being inserted in alphabetic order instead of order that I insert them, how can I change that too? thanks. Nov 17, 2020 at 19:21
  • @zizoojiloo - In Dissertate.cls, find the instruction \bibliographystyle{apalike2}. Replace it with, say, \bibliographystyle{unsrtnat}.
    – Mico
    Nov 17, 2020 at 19:42

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