Here is the MWE I'm using.. I want the footcite to be side-by-side instead of top-to-bottom because it is taking too much space otherwise.







\setbeamertemplate{itemize items}[default]
\setbeamertemplate{enumerate items}[default]

\usepackage{siunitx} % use this package module for SI units
\providecommand{\e}[1]{\ensuremath{\times 10^{#1}}}
\newcommand{\sn}[2]{\ensuremath{{#1}\times 10^{#2}}}

\begin{frame}{Architecture Categorisation}

    Power meters:
        \item baz~\footcite{firstauthor conf'11}
        \item foo~\footcite{fistauthorfor conf11}

        \item bar~\footcite{firstauthor conf11}
  • Doesn't seem to help.. :-( – tandem Sep 18 '16 at 19:25
  • Unfortunately even that does not help for footcite or footnote.. even if it made it multicol. that'll save me some space. multicol with top-to-bottom is the best course of action though – tandem Sep 18 '16 at 19:27
  • Just an update: that link works for non minipage. but still with minipage is the issue. – tandem Sep 18 '16 at 19:31
  • I split the frame into a quadrant. this is one part of it. something like this: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/307438/… – tandem Sep 18 '16 at 19:37

How about this? It relies on parnotes.


\begin{frame}{Architecture Categorisation}
    Power meters:
        \item baz~\parnote{firstauthor conf'11}
        \item foo~\parnote{fistauthorfor conf11}
        \item bar~\parnote{firstauthor conf11}
%\vfill % <-- compare difference


Of course, lots of people will probably tell you to avoid footnotes in presentations. But a judicious breaking of nearly any typographic rule can be appropriate in the right circumstances.

  • How else would you add presentations in presentations? – tandem Sep 18 '16 at 19:52
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    The operative assumption is that you shouldn't need to: (1) because the slides are not a proxy for the whole presentation, but should contain only minimal information in each slide to complement the talk rather than supplement it; (2) because you can co-create a 'handout' that contains more information than the slides should; and (3) it can overwhelm the viewer and distract her from the talk. Like I said, however, I can envisage times when a footnote or two may be appropriate. But footnotes on every slide? Probably too much.... – jon Sep 18 '16 at 19:57
  • I kind of see your point, but from what I see academic presentations do have a lot of references.. maybe I am wrong. Do you think having it at the end of the presentation after the back-up slides is a good idea? Eitherway, the solution you gave works. – tandem Sep 18 '16 at 20:05
  • Absolutely: academic presentations often have lots of references. But, then again, academics-as-a-class usually have no interest in the finer points of typography or what makes for a good presentation. (Exceptions abound, of course, but they are exceptions, not the rule.) One idea might be to have it on a handout that people can grab if they want. They may appreciate that more than needing to scrawl down citations while simultaneously trying to follow the points you are making. A quick comment near the start of the talk that a more detailed handout is available should suffice. – jon Sep 18 '16 at 20:16
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    It is a remarkable piece of work (I gave it a +1, too, some time ago) -- but not a set of slides for a presentation so much as something to be read, which is where footnotes are appropriate. It was certainly not created with beamer or any similar class (e.g., powerdot). And I agree that typography is important, even in an academic paper: my point is only that most academics don't know (or care to know) anything about it: they write in MS Word, they create PowerPoint slides, and they settle for the defaults of those programs ... and they may well put footnotes where they don't help much. – jon Sep 18 '16 at 20:26

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