I am currently organizing my CV and would like to group my publications as published, under review and ongoing work. I use a single .bib file and add the papers one by one under each section. I would like to sort the papers in descending order in each section.

I am first sharing a MWE and then giving the entries in the .bib file.

    \fancyfoot[LO,RE]{\parbox{12cm}{\footnotemark[#1]\footnotesize #2}}%




\renewcommand{\bibnumfmt}[1]{\ \ \ #1.}


\noindent \textbf{\textit{\ \ Under Review}}

  title={First article},
  author={Smith, John, and Obra, Daniel,  and Spencer, James},
  journal={A journal},

  title={Second article},
  author={Smith, John and Spencer, James},
  journal={My journal},

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The .bst file can be reached at this link.

  • Give replacing \nocite{paper1,paper2} with \nocite{paper2,paper1}, followed by a full recompilation cycle, a try.
    – Mico
    May 17, 2021 at 4:22
  • Unfortunately, it did not work. I've tried \nocite{paper2,paper1}, but the order did not change.
    – ball_jan
    May 17, 2021 at 5:52
  • I don’t have access to the file my-apalike.bst. Have you ascertained that it does not sort the bib entries alphabetically?
    – Mico
    May 17, 2021 at 6:16
  • My bad! I edited my post and shared a link to access the .bst file.
    – ball_jan
    May 17, 2021 at 6:20
  • 1
    The link you provided points to a file called apalike.bst, not my-apalike.bst. Is this difference of any relevance?
    – Mico
    May 17, 2021 at 14:22


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