In Latex, what I would like to is have a link from a paragraph to a footnote or BibTeX reference, and have a link in the footnote or BibTeX reference back to the paragraph or place in the text where the original link was clicked. Create a circular link reference if you will. References will only be used once.

This may be a bad/non-latex example of what I want, but it demonstrates what I'm trying to do.


In this article, I can click the superscript in the article to go to the footnote, AND you can click the superscript next to the footnote to go to where it's used in the article! Which is what I want to do for my references in Latex.

  • Have you thought how would you manage the 'back-references' in the bibliography if you have cited it more than just once? Should it link to the first point where it was cited? Or should it be 'empty' until yo click in a citation and then save that point? I think the latter is a very interesting feature, but I'm not sure if it can be done with rather static format. On the former, I'd be glad to see an answer :D.
    – umarcor
    Commented Sep 25, 2014 at 23:13
  • @U.Martinez-Corral i'll update the questions, references will only be cited once.
    – pyCthon
    Commented Sep 26, 2014 at 1:10

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Having a look around just found about the pagebackref option in the hyperref package, which can be loaded this way:


It uses backref, so you can modify the formatting as explained here.

This provides the back references for the references shown in the bibliography, not for footnotes. A question some years ago led to a package named footnotebackref which relies on hyperref to provide the feature you requested.

However, backref is not compatible with biblatex, thus the previous solution will work if you use natbib to manage references. You can have a look here to have the bibliography back reference done with biblatex.

I haven't checked if footnotebackref is compatible with biblatex. Since biblatex can also print bibliography references as footnotes with back references, I suppose they may crash, but I'm not sure about it.

  • Thank you so much! It even works with multiple backreferences and is so easy to implement! Exactly what I was looking for! Thanks.
    – exchange
    Commented Nov 14, 2017 at 6:22

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