I wrote a dissertation with bibliographic references in footnotes, and I would like to organize them in a bibliography at the end of the dissertation (using Lyx).

I could copy every single footnote and paste it in such a document, but it would take a lot of time.

Would you know a way of automatically putting the content of every footnote in one single document, that I could organize in order to present it as my bibliography?

Thanks a lot for your help!

  • 1
    I can't imagine that the footnotes containing bibliographic references are sufficent to act as a bibliography. However, this question could be interesting for you.
    – Ruben
    Commented Dec 23, 2013 at 16:44
  • Sadly, no, it is not the case, since I will have to organize the bibliography.
    – Simon
    Commented Dec 23, 2013 at 17:02
  • In this case you should edit the last sentence of your post. Don't be sad. Setting up a bibliography is one of the nice things in LaTeX because you basically need only two macros. And I think in LyX it is similarly simple.
    – Ruben
    Commented Dec 23, 2013 at 17:24

2 Answers 2


You may redefine the internal command \@footnotetext to write its contents into a file.

Here is a simple solution that writes footnotes into a file file.ftn, where file is the name of your .tex file as bibliography references:


{\string\bibitem:  #1}}
This is the text\footnote{First footnote}.
This is the text\footnote{Second footnote}.

Here is the .ftn file:

\bibitem: First footnote
\bibitem: Second footnote

Solution Ideas

  1. Redefine \footnote command so that it saves the footnote text in a file formatted for bibliography.
  2. Use the saved bibliographies at the end.

The Solution








Put a footnote here.\footnote{\url{http://www.acm.org}}


Put another footnote here.\footnote{\url{http://ieeexplore.ieee.org}}



Created Footnote List File

\begin {thebibliography}{99}
\bibitem {fn1}\url {http://www.acm.org}
\bibitem {fn2}\url {http://ieeexplore.ieee.org}
\end {thebibliography}

The Output

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    @Simon Glad to be of assistance. If the solution worked for you, you can accept it as well. :-)
    – Masroor
    Commented Dec 24, 2013 at 5:01

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