Reference list appears to be alphabetized incorrectly

I’m running into an issue where my reference list is not being correctly sorted alphabetically. For example:

Li H, Li Q, Yu H (2018) Molecular Characterization of the Hedgehog Signaling Pathway and Its Necessary Function on Larval Myogenesis in the Pacific Oyster Crassostrea gigas. Front Physiol 9:1536.

Lima LB, Oliveira FJM, Giacomini HC, Lima-Junior DP (2018) Expansion of aquaculture parks and the increasing risk of non-native species invasions in Brazil. Rev Aquacult 10:111–122.

Li SN, Wu JF (2020) TGF-β/SMAD signaling regulation of mesenchymal stem cells in adipocyte commitment. Stem Cell Res Ther 11:41.

I would expect these three to be alphabetized as “Li H, Li SN, Lima LB.” Instead, Paperpile is giving me “Li H, Lima LB, Li SN.” My best guess is that Paperpile is ignoring the spaces and correctly alphabetizing “LIH, LIMALB, LISN.”

Is there something I can do that will allow Paperpile to correctly parse the author names here? Or is this just a bug the needs to be fixed?

I’m using the “Marine Biotechnology” style.

Thanks for the report, @Claire_Bomkamp. I reproduced like you describe with those three citations in Google Docs and let the team know. Oddly, the same did not seem to occur when citing from the library.

Have you noticed this happening with other references as well? If so, please feel free to share more examples – would be helpful for the investigation. Will share any insight I get here.

Thanks @vicente! I did run across a few others - it seems to come up most frequently in cases where one first author’s last name is on the shorter side (in bold).

Biferali B, Proietti D, Mozzetta C, Madaro L (2019) Fibro-Adipogenic Progenitors Cross-Talk in Skeletal Muscle: The Social Network. Front Physiol 10:1074.
Bi P, Ramirez-Martinez A, Li H, et al (2017) Control of muscle formation by the fusogenic micropeptide myomixer. Science 356:323–327.

Boucher J, Softic S, El Ouaamari A, et al (2016) Differential Roles of Insulin and IGF-1 Receptors in Adipose Tissue Development and Function. Diabetes 65:2201–2213.
Bou M, Montfort J, Le Cam A, et al (2017) Gene expression profile during proliferation and differentiation of rainbow trout adipocyte precursor cells. BMC Genomics 18:347.
Bour BA, O’Brien MA, Lockwood WL, et al (1995) Drosophila MEF2, a transcription factor that is essential for myogenesis. Genes Dev 9:730–741.

Duran BO da S, Dal-Pai-Silva M, Garcia de la Serrana D (2020) Rainbow trout slow myoblast cell culture as a model to study slow skeletal muscle, and the characterization of mir-133 and mir-499 families as a case study. J Exp Biol 223.:
Du SJ, Devoto SH, Westerfield M, Moon RT (1997) Positive and negative regulation of muscle cell identity by members of the hedgehog and TGF-beta gene families. J Cell Biol 139:145–156.
Du SJ, Dienhart M (2001) Gli2 mediation of Hedgehog signals in slow muscle induction in zebrafish. Differentiation 67:84–91.

Hepler C, Vishvanath L, Gupta RK (2017) Sorting out adipocyte precursors and their role in physiology and disease. Genes Dev 31:127–140.
He S, Salas-Vidal E, Rueb S, et al (2006) Genetic and transcriptome characterization of model zebrafish cell lines. Zebrafish 3:441–453.
Hesslein DGT, Fretz JA, Xi Y, et al (2009) Ebf1-dependent control of the osteoblast and adipocyte lineages. Bone 44:537–546.

Hopkins PM, Das S (2015) Regeneration in crustaceans. The natural history of the Crustacea 4:168–198
Ho SY, Goh CWP, Gan JY, et al (2014) Derivation and long-term culture of an embryonic stem cell-like line from zebrafish blastomeres under feeder-free condition. Zebrafish 11:407–420.

MacLea KS, Covi JA, Kim H-W, et al (2010) Myostatin from the American lobster, Homarus americanus: Cloning and effects of molting on expression in skeletal muscles. Comp Biochem Physiol A Mol Integr Physiol 157:328–337.
Ma J, Zeng L, Lu Y (2017) Penaeid shrimp cell culture and its applications. Rev Aquac 9:88–98.
Ma RC, Jacobs CT, Sharma P, et al (2018) Stereotypic generation of axial tenocytes from bipartite sclerotome domains in zebrafish. PLoS Genet 14:e1007775.
Maroto M, Reshef R, Münsterberg AE, et al (1997) Ectopic Pax-3 activates MyoD and Myf-5 expression in embryonic mesoderm and neural tissue. Cell 89:139–148.

Tanaka A, Woltjen K, Miyake K, et al (2013) Efficient and reproducible myogenic differentiation from human iPS cells: prospects for modeling Miyoshi Myopathy in vitro. PLoS One 8:e61540.
Tan X, Du SJ (2002) Differential expression of two MyoD genes in fast and slow muscles of gilthead seabream ( Sparus aurata). Dev Genes Evol 212:207–217.

Wei J, Glaves RS, Sellars MJ, et al (2016) Expression of the prospective mesoderm genes twist, snail, and mef2 in penaeid shrimp. Dev Genes Evol 226:317–324.
Weinberg ES, Allende ML, Kelly CS, et al (1996) Developmental regulation of zebrafish MyoD in wild-type, no tail and spadetail embryos. Development 122:271–280
Weintraub H (1993) The MyoD family and myogenesis: redundancy, networks, and thresholds. Cell 75:1241–1244.
Wei Q, Rong Y, Paterson BM (2007) Stereotypic founder cell patterning and embryonic muscle formation in Drosophila require nautilus (MyoD) gene function. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 104:5461–5466.

Yun Y-R, Won JE, Jeon E, et al (2010) Fibroblast growth factors: biology, function, and application for tissue regeneration. J Tissue Eng 2010:218142.
Yu T, Chua CK, Tay CY, et al (2013) A generic micropatterning platform to direct human mesenchymal stem cells from different origins towards myogenic differentiation. Macromol Biosci 13:799–807.