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Is it possible to reference figures like so

taken from \emph{ref. \cite{reference}}

with non superscript numbers, while leaving the rest of the references in the bulk of the document untouched? This is using BibTeX and the RSC (Royal Society of Chemistry) style.

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\cite references entries in a bibliography, while you mention referencing figures. Are you referencing a figure in a some bib entry? Also, the default reference style for \cite (and \ref) is not superscripted. What \documentclass are you using? Even better, please provide a minimal working example (MWE) that clearly illustrates your problem. – Werner Apr 2 '12 at 17:24
It's the srcbook document class. I'm trying to reference a figure in a bib entry. Instead of putting "Taken from ref. 3" I would like to cite it instead incase the ordering of my bibliography changes at some point. – Leda Apr 2 '12 at 17:28
Perhaps I'm missing something here, but I still don't understand, since using \cite would modify the output when the ordering of the bibliography changes - this is a default feature (for \ref as well). Please include a small minimal example of a document that includes your current setup. Also include a screen shot of the output so members can clearly distinguish between the current and desired output. – Werner Apr 2 '12 at 17:36
Using \cite does exactly that, however the RSC bibliography style uses superscripted references. When explicitly referencing a figure , instead of having "Taken from ref.^2", as I would get using \cite{reference}. I would like the reference number to be in normal case. If this still isn't clear, I can add an example. – Leda Apr 2 '12 at 17:53
Why not just use \citenum? – Joseph Wright Apr 17 '12 at 20:51
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Assuming you load natbib with its super option, you could take the code natbib is executing in case super isn't used and add it to the code executed at the start of floats.

EDIT: Or, as Joseph Wright has commented, "Why not just use \citenum?"



% \makeatletter
% \g@addto@macro\@floatboxreset{%
%   \let\NAT@mbox=\mbox
%   \let\@cite\NAT@citenum
%   \let\NAT@space\NAT@spacechar
%   \let\NAT@super@kern\relax
% }
% \makeatother


  author = {Author, A.},
  year = {2001},
  title = {Alpha},


\caption{A figure (taken from \emph{ref. \citenum{A01}})}

Some text.\citep{A01}



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