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I'm faced with the following problem: given two references on the same line, I would like one to appear in regular shape, but the other to appear in italics. For instance:

...a similar effect was observed by \ref{abc}, but also in \ref{def} where...

the reference "abc" should appear as regular, but the reference "def" should appear in italics. How could this be achieved?

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up vote 8 down vote accepted

Does \textit{...} not work for you?

\section{Hello World}
\subsection{Subsection ABC}
\subsection{Subsection DEF}
Normal reference \ref{abc} and reference \textit{\ref{def}} in italics.


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