I am working on a document in LyX that uses Natbib for reference formatting. I like having author and year for the in-text citations. However, for the specific case of citing references in a table, I would like to use numbers instead then have a column of references showing which references match what numbers.

How can I do this using LyX?

Below is an image of what I want (but of course I don't want to be manually inserting numbers and changing them with every edit.

enter image description here

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    Personally, i would do stuff like that using table notes and add the references below the table.
    – Johannes_B
    Nov 18, 2015 at 11:15
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    @Johannes_B, thanks for the suggestion, but this table will eventually be hundreds of rows and putting all the references at the bottom is untenable.
    – CephBirk
    Dec 5, 2015 at 15:07
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    Imho manually numbering would be quite ok as you can (and should) reset the numbering in every row. It would be less work than having to insert \cite in every cell. Beside this I don't think that you can do it with natbib directly. babel. Dec 7, 2015 at 9:29

2 Answers 2


Just to make the very nice answer by Waldheri more precise, you can do:

  AUTHOR =       {Alan, F.},
  TITLE =        {The book},
  PUBLISHER =    {The publishing house},
  YEAR =         {2015},
  AUTHOR =       {Zallan, D.},
  TITLE =        {The other book},
  PUBLISHER =    {The other publishing house},
  YEAR =         {2005},
Observed                       & Reference\\\hline
Italy\superci{book1}           &     \exsuperci{book1}     \\
France\superci{book1,book2}    &     \exsuperci{book1}, \exsuperci{book2} \\

leading to the following enter image description here


Use natbib's \citenum command, as indicated in section 2.4 of Natbib's package manual (available here)

  • IMHO the bounty should go to Waldheri.
    – Denis
    Dec 12, 2015 at 15:53

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