When using \cite inside a figures caption, it ignores all my previous citation and assign the used source as number one? I have even tried with \protect, but still it starts at 1.

\includegraphics[height=60mm,width=145mm]{a picture.png}
\protect\caption{some text (figure from \protect\cite{Sommerville2009Software}) }

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The reason is, you have a list of figures, where your citation is also displayed. This is the first occurrence of a citation and therefore, it is the number one.

There are two things you can do:

  1. use the optional argument for the caption: \caption[caption without citation for lof]{caption with citation}

  2. you can use the notoccite package.


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