I sometimes use \cite in the figure or table environment and use backref to be able to link to citations from the bibliography.

If I include a list of figures or list of tables the citation is repeated and the corresponding pagenumber is listed in the bibliography.

How can I prevent the count of the second citation, so that only the first one in the main text appears in the bibliography?




\ifcase #1 %
Not cited.%
Cited on page #2.%
Cited on pages #2.%

\caption{Lorem ipsum \cite{One}.}




journal={My journal},

Compile 3-4 times and both locations will show up in the bibliography.

  • You could use the optional argument (whose text in the ToC): \caption[Lorem ipsum]{Lorem ipsum \cite{One}.} (in the LoF and LoT it doesn't make much sense to have a citation, after all). – Gonzalo Medina Apr 25 '13 at 13:28
  • Could you elaborate on that? The optional argument is the caption text? – BandGap Apr 25 '13 at 13:31
  • Yes, sorry for the mistake in my previous comment. The optional argument will be used in the list of figures; the main argument will be used in the actual figure caption. – Gonzalo Medina Apr 25 '13 at 13:32

Since version 2012/07/24 v1.37 package backref provides options enable and disable that can here be used to change the recording of the back references:

  • Ah, I didn't know of this option. Really useful. – Gonzalo Medina Apr 25 '13 at 13:48
  • If I put this before \begin{document} I get an error: "LaTeX Error: Missing \begin{document}". If I put it after \begin{... I get another instance of LoF and LoT and warnings about duplicate uses of destination identifiers... – BandGap Apr 25 '13 at 14:10
  • Also the current documentation of backref doesn't mention this. – BandGap Apr 25 '13 at 14:22
  • @BandGap The documentation backref.pdf does mention options enable and disable in section "2.1.3 Other options". – Heiko Oberdiek Apr 25 '13 at 14:27
  • @BandGap What's the difficulty putting \backrefsetup{disable} and \backrefsetup{enable} around your \listoffigures? – Heiko Oberdiek Apr 25 '13 at 14:31

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