Using KOMA scrbook class, is there a way to make a preliminary chapter that uses the reference order as cited in the rest of the document. The idea is that the main starts with reference [1] in citation order, and make a summary or commentary chapter before the main that cites some sources in the order of the main. How can this be achieved?

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    A solution here will depend on the bibliography/citation setup you are using. Please show us a small example document that shows what you have at the moment.
    – moewe
    Aug 8, 2022 at 16:20
  • Broadly speaking I can imagine that this is possible if we assume that in this special chapter you only cite works that are also cited elsewhere in your document. If there is a source you only cite in this special chapter, things are going to be much more difficult.
    – moewe
    Aug 8, 2022 at 16:21
  • @moewe That is the case. I will only cite, things that will be cited in the main matter.
    – Mauricio
    Aug 8, 2022 at 16:56

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Assuming you use biblatex as the tag suggests, you can locally (e.g. within \begingroup...\endgroup) set the citerequest boolean to false, then biblatex will not write citation requests to the .bcf file, which means the relevant citations do not influence the ordering. This approach assumes that all entries you cite while citerequest is false are cited in another part of the document where the citerequest is not turned off.


\usepackage[backend=biber, style=numeric, sorting=none]{biblatex}


\section*{Special Section}
Lorem \autocite{worman}
ipsum \autocite{sigfridsson}

\section{Normal Section}
Lorem \autocite{sigfridsson}
ipsum \autocite{worman}
dolor \autocite{nussbaum}


Special Section
Lorem [2] ipsum [1]
1 Normal Section
Lorem [1] ipsum [2] dolor [3]

  • See also tex.stackexchange.com/q/639970/35864.
    – moewe
    Aug 8, 2022 at 18:24
  • That seems to work thanks. One question why do you use \autocite and not \cite?
    – Mauricio
    Aug 9, 2022 at 10:22
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    @Mauricio \autocite is a higher-level command whose exact behaviour can be controlled with the autocite package option. That command makes it easier to switch citation "styles" with one single setting.
    – moewe
    Aug 9, 2022 at 16:04

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