# How do I add an acknowledgement to author as numbered footnote and a footnote to title as symbol footnote?

I need to add a footnote with a * to the title and begin numbered footnotes with the aknowledgements. I have seen individual solutions to all these but never the combination.

So far I have attempted this combination:

\patchcmd{\maketitle}{\@fnsymbol}{\@arabic}{}{}
\patchcmd{\maketitle}{\setcounter{footnote}{0}}{}{}{}

\newcommand{\footstar}[1]{$^*$\footnotetext{$^*$#1}}
\title{TITLE \footstar{Manuscript received February 2012; revised May 2013.}}

\author{AUTHOR \thanks{THANKS} \\ INSTITUTION}


However, when I do this I get a '0' before the '*' footnote.

• You usually need to hook into the .cls' mechanism for doing \thanks. So it is helpful if you provide more information in the form of a minimal example (or here). – jon Oct 3 '13 at 19:22

Are you looking for something like this?

Code

\documentclass{article}

\makeatletter
\def\@fnsymbol#1{\ensuremath{\ifcase#1\or *\or 1\or 2\or
3\or 4\or 5\or 6\or 7\or 8\else\@ctrerr\fi}}
\makeatother

\begin{document}

\title{TITLE \footnote{Manuscript received February 2012; revised May 2013.}}

\author{AUTHOR \thanks{THANKS} \\ INSTITUTION}

\maketitle

\end{document}


Anyway, I don't recommend such a use of footnote marks, since one can get confused on later footnotes.

Probably, something like

\makeatletter
\def\@fnsymbol#1{\ensuremath{\ifcase#1\or *\or a\or b\or
c\or d\or e\or f\or g\or h\else\@ctrerr\fi}}
\makeatother


that results in using * in the title and letters for \thanks commands is better, as you can see with the following example:

\documentclass{article}

\makeatletter
\def\@fnsymbol#1{\ensuremath{\ifcase#1\or *\or a\or b\or
c\or d\or e\or f\or g\or h\else\@ctrerr\fi}}
\makeatother

\begin{document}

\title{TITLE \footnote{Manuscript received February 2012; revised May 2013.}}

\author{AUTHOR \thanks{THANKS} \\ INSTITUTION}

\maketitle

Some text\footnote{1st real footnote}

\end{document}


• Thanks for the answer. I am not a fan of this type of footnoting either but the journal I am submitting to requires this. I have also just noticed that this sequence of commands counts the first * as a footnote. Is there a way to exclude the * in the footnote count? – diplodocuscoffeespot Oct 4 '13 at 12:42
• @diplodocuscoffeespot Not with this approach. Why do you need this? – karlkoeller Oct 4 '13 at 14:14
• Journal wants the footnotes to be like this. Thanks for your help. – diplodocuscoffeespot Oct 4 '13 at 18:35

Here is how I have dealt with this issue As @karlkoeller suggested I used this in the preamble and then I reset the footnote counter to start from "2" in the main body. This is a pretty rough and ready way to get this, I think.

\makeatletter
\def\@fnsymbol#1{\ensuremath{\ifcase#1\or *\or 1\or 2\or
3\or 4\or 5\or 6\or 7\or 8\else\@ctrerr\fi}}
\makeatother
\begin{document}

\title{TITLE \footnote{Manuscript received February 2012; revised May 2013.}}

\author{AUTHOR\thanks{THANKS}}

\section{INTRODUCTION}
{\setcounter{footnote}{1}}{}{}{}


There is a less LaTeX-way solution, but it on the other hand gives you a complete flexibility:

1. We need a footnote that has no symbols whatsoever.

\usepackage{lipsum}

\newcommand\blfootnote[1]{%
\begingroup

\renewcommand\thefootnote{}\footnote{#1}%

1. Just put a footnote without a marker wherever you want, but on the same page, adding the marker inside of the footnote text and adjusting the alignment: \blfootnote{\hspace*{-7.4pt}$\dagger$ Your Acknowledgements here}
2. Add the marker using math language: My Title $^\dagger$