# Merge (compress) references to citation and footnote in revtex4-1

There are many questions about REVTeX and footnotes or citations, but I cannot find the following. I'm writing an article using REVTeX and have a footnote following a citation. Since footnotes are processed as endnotes I would like to merge the references for the two to get something looking like

Text [1,2].

where [1] refers to a citation and [2] to a footnote. Here's a minimal working example:

\documentclass[aps]{revtex4-1}
\bibliographystyle{apsrev4-1}
\begin{document}

I would like \cite{key}\footnote{Footnote text} to look as \cite{key,hole}.

\begin{thebibliography}{99}
\bibitem{key} Author, \textit{Title}.
\bibitem{hole} Another author, \textit{Another title}.
\end{thebibliography}
\end{document}


(For me the footnote only compiles well in this example if I explicitly run bibtex.exe, but that's no problem in the full article. Maybe I should also point out that I really use \bibliography{...} and a .bib-file; I just want to make the above self contained and short.)

Edit. I noticed (cf this answer) that it is possible to refer to the Kth (in order of appearance) footnote by \cite{NoteK}. This seems to reduce my question to the following:

Is it possible to make a footnote that does appear as an endnote in the bibliography, but is not cited in the text? That is: is there a footnote-like analog of \nocite that works in this case?

Indeed, then we could just \cite it directly afterwards:

\documentclass[aps]{revtex4-1}
\bibliographystyle{apsrev4-1}
\begin{document}

I would like \cite{key}\footnote{Footnote text} to look as \cite{key,Note1}.

\begin{thebibliography}{99}
\bibitem{key} Author, \textit{Title}.
\end{thebibliography}
\end{document}

• Sorry but I'm not understanding your last edit: What's the point of having an endnote which is not referenced in the main text? How is the reader supposed to know what the note is referring to? Feb 20 '17 at 15:26
• @campa fair enough; I have updated the edit to explain what I have in mind Feb 20 '17 at 15:38

Have you tried \footnotetext? You can even give a number as optional argument.

% arara: pdflatex
% arara: bibtex
% arara: pdflatex
% arara: pdflatex
\documentclass[aps]{revtex4-1}
\bibliographystyle{apsrev4-1}
\begin{document}

\footnotetext[5]{My possibly unused footnote text}

\cite{key,Note5}

\begin{thebibliography}{99}
\bibitem{key} Author, \textit{Title}.
\end{thebibliography}
\end{document}