# apacite package causes misaligned footnotes in Springer document (svjour3)

I'm having trouble with footnotes and the apacite package. I'm using the Springer documentclass svjour3 and XeLaTeX (but I have the same problem with PDFLaTeX). Whenever I include the apacite package it leads to the first line of the footnote to be way too far over the left margin edge (see image). This does not happen if the documentclass is article. How do I fix this?

\documentclass[smallextended]{svjour3}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{fontspec}
\usepackage[german, english]{babel}
\usepackage[natbibapa]{apacite}

\begin{document}
\title{My title}
\author{me}
\institute{me \at university}
\date{}
\maketitle

Some text. \footnote{This footnote looks wrong.}

\end{document}


The svjour3 class redefines some footnote related macros to use \bibindent in some places, and apacite sets it to -2.5em.

I'm not sure Springer likes apacite, but perhaps you can do it by resetting \bibindent just before the bibliography.

\documentclass[smallextended]{svjour3}

\edef\svjourbibindent{\the\bibindent}

\usepackage[natbibapa]{apacite}
\usepackage{etoolbox}

\edef\apacitebibindent{\the\bibindent}

\AtBeginDocument{\setlength{\bibindent}{\svjourbibindent}}
\AtBeginEnvironment{thebibliography}{\setlength{\bibindent}{\apacitebibindent}}

\begin{document}

\title{My title}
\author{me}
\institute{me \at university}
\date{}
\maketitle

Some text. \footnote{This footnote looks right.}

\end{document}


If you add an example of bibliographic item, I can check for the typesetting of the bibliography.

• Thank you, that seems to have solved the issue. I might end up going for a different citation style after all, but this works great. – Anna Feb 25 '16 at 19:14