# Should citations be used before or after equations?

Should I put citations before or after equations?

For example: the following sequence

\citep{----}
$$--------$$


or the following sequence

$$--------$$
\citep{----}

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Please do not use excessive highlighting. Also notice that code should be marked as such. (I edited that for you.) As for your question, I don't see why the order would matter. If you have a specific case, where you think it does, please provide more context. –  canaaerus Sep 6 '12 at 7:26
If this is a matter of style, maybe your university and/or supervisor (in case of thesis) can have specific policies... In that case, by the way, this might not be a question about TeX and co. –  scannerdarkly Sep 6 '12 at 7:32
This looks like a candidate to be migrated to the academic StackExchange site: it's as @scannerdarkly says about style, aand not really about TeX (unless you want some form of selectable style based on your code, which is then on-topic). –  Joseph Wright Sep 6 '12 at 7:45
if the citation is placed after the equation, there's no guarantee it will be set on the same page; in fact, after equations is generally considered (by tex) to be a good place to break a page. but it's usually "bad style" to break a page just before an equation, so there's a much better chance a preceding citation will end up on the same page. –  barbara beeton Sep 6 '12 at 12:43