Do you know how can I count the words without footnotes? I saw that there was a general solution for counting words without specific environments but that seems very cumbersome. I was wondering if there wasn't anything easier. I have used the statistics tab to see the word count and it includes all my footnotes; however, many journals in my field have a word limit for the body of the text and then a separate word limit for footnotes). Thanks

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    I recommend texcount: app.uio.no/ifi/texcount/whatitdoes.html (also described in above link) it may also help to know your editor Jun 15, 2013 at 3:56
  • Thanks very much! I actually was looking for word count in LyX. Is there anybody who knows about that? Jun 15, 2013 at 6:45

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If you (re)define \footnote as follows



Alice has a cat\footnote{Bob has a blob}

Alice has a cat\footnote{Bob has a blob}


the words in footnotes will not appear. Then you can choose a suitable tool, e.g. http://felix-cat.com/tools/wordcount/ to count words in the obtained PDF file. Of course, if your journals suggest another tools, they will be preferable.

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