Reverse chronological sorting with BibTeX

If you’d like to list your references sorted in reverse chronological order do the following:

  • Download this bibliography style file and save it in the same directory as your TeX file (or in ~/texmf/bibtex/bst)

  • Include your bibliography as follows:


This is most commonly used in CV’s. If that’s what you’re using it for, here are a few other things you might want to do.

Sorting chronologically

Edit habbrvyr.bst and replace ever occurrence of REVERSE with ITERATE. (See this thread on StackExchange.

Using different styles.

I looked at the differences between the plain.bst and plainyr.bst (which should both be in your standard BibTeX installation), and then adapted the arXiv’s habbrv.bst. A similar trick should work for your your favourite style file.

Changing the section title.

The references show up in a section called “References”. To change the section title, use

\renewcommand{\refname}{Selected Publications}


    Tim (2018-04-23 06:14:33 EDT)

    This bibstyle just saved my ~8 hours of work! Many thanks!

  • Location: where to save
    Ankit (2019-02-25 22:07:07 EST)

    Just put the .bst file in the folder where .tex file is located.

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