I am using the report class to write a thesis. Sometimes, more than one consecutive sentences refer to the same source, so instead of writing Booh \cite{source}. Baah \cite{source}. I write Booh. Baah. \cite{source}. But then, the citation reference is trailed by an enlarged space (indicating the end of a sentence) and followed by a normal one.

This way, the reader associates the citation reference to the following sentence, not the one it is standing behind.

I can suppress the enlarged space with \<space>. But how do I get the enlarged space after the citation?

Minimal example:


Hello, I am a sentence \cite{testcitation}. I am 
a sentence as well. \cite{testcitation} And me too!


Test output.

  • Have you tried inserting \phantom{.} after the second cite instruction? – Mico Sep 11 '15 at 10:19
  • Didn't know that command yet, thank you. :-) Unfortunately, this produces a too large space as it puts in an invisible dot as well. – hepfi Sep 11 '15 at 10:39
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    +1 for a question particularly well asked by a relatively new visitor. – Ethan Bolker Sep 11 '15 at 12:15

I'm under the impression that your readers won't understand what the citation after the period refers to. This said, here's how you can do:




\xspaceskip=20pt % just to show the extended spaces more clearly

Hello, I am a sentence \cite{testcitation}. I am 
a sentence as well. \cite{testcitation} And me too!


The setting to \xspaceskip is just to mark more clearly the end-of-sentence spaces.

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  • Wow, this is just awesome, and I do not understand a single word between ...letter and ...other! ;) Unfortunately, this only works as long as I do not use biblatex -- as soon as I add the line \usepackage[backend=bibtex, urldate=comp, style=numeric-comp, sorting=nyt]{biblatex}, it stops working. So biblatex plays around with the cite command, right? :-( – hepfi Sep 11 '15 at 11:25
  • @hepfi That was fundamental information: with biblatex different workarounds are needed, because it does change \cite. – egreg Sep 11 '15 at 11:39
  • I am very sorry about this, I forgot to mention it when stripping down the example to be as minimal as possible. :-( Would it be easier if I just built myself a wrapper command around \cite? – hepfi Sep 11 '15 at 11:51
  • @hepfi Sorry, but you should make a complete new question, stating precisely what bibliographic package you use and also what citation commands you're going to use and that should be affected by the behavior. – egreg Sep 11 '15 at 12:08
  • Okay, then I will do that and since your code works just remove anything biblatex-related from THIS question and accept your answer. – hepfi Sep 11 '15 at 12:11

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