I'm new to the biblatex environment and I'm trying desperately to have clean citation in my documents. I want to have something like:

I want to cite this 1


1 Author, etc....

I manage to get the right form in the "Reference" section by applying this preamble and more precisely the "phys" style:


But unfortunately when I set a \cite in my text I get the following form:

I want to cite this [1]

and not the wanted "footnote" formatting as above

Thanks for help and sorry for my poor formatted question.

  • Take a look at tex.stackexchange.com/questions/126113/…
    – user13907
    Commented Oct 22, 2014 at 19:35
  • Mmmh I see. Your trying to say that this is non standard and I should write a full custom bibliographic style myself ? Commented Oct 22, 2014 at 19:42
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    The problem with the code proposed in this link is that it adds real footnotes my the references. My wish is only on the citation formatting being like a footnote as shown in the question, not adding footnotes. Commented Oct 22, 2014 at 19:52
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    Not a whole bib style, but some customisations. It's easier with biblatex than with .bst files. Using \supercite instead of \cite should be enough.
    – Bernard
    Commented Oct 22, 2014 at 19:52
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    @Thomas Produit: Doesn't \supercite produce a footnote-like number?
    – Bernard
    Commented Oct 22, 2014 at 20:05

1 Answer 1


Use \supercite{mykeyword} or \autocite{mykeyword} (thanks, Joseph Wright!) instead of \cite{mykeyword}.




  author = {Lear, Edward},
  title = {Nonsense songs, stories, botany, and alphabets},
  year = {1871},
  publisher = {James R. Osgood and Company},
  location = {Boston}}

  author = {Lear, Edward},
  title = {Lear’s Book of Nonsense},
  year = {1880},
  publisher = {Frederick Warne and Co},
  location = {London}}

\title{Literature Review: \\
\textbf{Nonsense Literature}}

\author{The Scroobious Bird}



Some Text \supercite{Lear80}. Some more text \supercite{Lear71}. 



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