to meet the requirements for our lab reports I need to use a special citation style. It is basically the numeric-comp style from biblatex but the citations shall be superscripts. Everything else is to be the same. As I am using KOMA-Script(documentclass scrartcl), I cannot load the cite-package, because LaTeX tells me they are incompatible. For now, I used this trick below but that is not a good solution, as I would have to define a new command for every different number of references when multiple citing.


I am using Biber, if that is relevant. Does anyone have a solution for this problem? Thanks in advance.

  • Welcome to TeX SX! Did you try with biblatex? It's easier to customise.
    – Bernard
    Apr 15, 2016 at 14:01
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    You can use the command \supercite. If you insist you can reroute \cite to \supercite. Note though that in that case you can't use pre- or postnotes.
    – moewe
    Apr 15, 2016 at 15:38
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    Off-topic: They should probably be text superscripts rather than maths superscripts.
    – cfr
    Apr 15, 2016 at 23:41
  • The \supercite command fits my needs except of one thing: The citations are not put in brackets which is needed (and I would prefer it because I am often citing specific data so that the citations might be mixed up with exponents). Is it possible to modify the \supercite command?
    – Enno
    Apr 18, 2016 at 6:46
  • Check out Biblatex supercite command with use of square brackets (like a reference style in Wikipedia). Though you probably need to move those \bibopenbrackets/\bibclosebrackets a bit, and there are some changes needed for numeric-comp, so I have written down the answer below.
    – moewe
    Apr 18, 2016 at 11:51

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Just use the following redefinition of \supercite with just \bibopenbracket and \bibclosebracket sprinkled in.

     {\BibliographyWarning{Ignoring prenote argument}}%
     {\BibliographyWarning{Ignoring postnote argument}}}

If you replace the \supercite above by \cite you redefine the standard \cite command.


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