Sorry if my question is not clear enough, I'm really a beginner. In 2017 someone was trying to sort alphabetically (or by date I guess also) references when using org-ref and helm-bibtex - see the question and answer here. I'm also looking for this functionality.

John Kitchin answered that we should use org-ref-helm-cite backend. When I'm trying M-x org-ref-helm-cite, I don't find org-ref-helm-cite.

How can I sort bibtex entries alphabetically (or by year) in Helm? Either through org-ref-helm-cite or through some other method?

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    Can you add a link to that old question? And please add it to your question, not in a comment.
    – NickD
    Jun 28, 2022 at 1:10
  • Are you looking for `org-ref-helm-cite'? Or are you looking for how to sort BibTex entries alphabetically with Helm? The question isn't clear. Please pose only one question per post.
    – Drew
    Jun 28, 2022 at 1:38
  • Thanks for your replies. 1) The old question : Org-ref: how to get the BibTex entries in Helm sorted alphabetically? emacs.stackexchange.com/questions/31645/… 2) I'm just looking for how to sort bibtex entries alphabetically or by year with Helm. Any solution would be good for me. Thanks Jun 28, 2022 at 6:13
  • Please add all relevant details to the question, which needs to stand on its own. Adding a comment does not fulfill that purpose (and comments can be deleted).
    – NickD
    Jun 29, 2022 at 17:37
  • I edited your question to add the relevant info.
    – NickD
    Jun 29, 2022 at 17:52

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This was a feature in the old version 2, you could use M- for that. It is not currently implemented in org-ref version 3.

The code that did that can be found at https://github.com/jkitchin/org-ref/blob/org-ref-2/org-ref-helm-cite.el#L148. I don't use helm these days, so I don't know how easy it would be to add it back to version 3.

  • Dear John, Thanks for you answer. I'm going to see what I can do with that. Aug 14, 2022 at 22:25

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