Some journals require inline citations in parentheses/brackets, while others require superscript citations. At the end of a sentence, inline citations are usually typeset before the period, while superscript citations are typeset after the period. The cite package used with bibtex automatically takes care of moving the citation in the right position.

Here is a MWE with inline citation:


  title = {Epidemiology of {{Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease}} ({{COPD}}) in {{Aging Populations}}},
  volume = {13},
  issn = {1541-2563},
  doi = {10.3109/15412555.2015.1077506},
  language = {eng},
  timestamp = {2017-02-09T11:28:32Z},
  number = {2},
  journal = {COPD},
  author = {Fragoso, Carlos A. Vaz},
  year = {2016},
  keywords = {Aging,COPD,Epidemiology,GOLD,Spirometry},
  pages = {125--129}

A statement \cite{fragoso2016}.


Adding the "super" option to cite, I get "A statement.1" instead of "A statement [1].".

Using biblatex, it is easy to move from inline to superscript citations (just change globally \cite into \supercite), but I could not find a way to automatically move the superscript citation after the period. Is there a way to do this?

  • You could use the \autocite command, that takes care of moving punctuation if the right options are enabled.
    – moewe
    Commented Feb 22, 2017 at 10:10

1 Answer 1


Works fine for me:

A statement \autocite{doody}.


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And with \usepackage[autocite=plain]{biblatex}:

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  • It works fine indeed! It seems like I had only a vague idea of how \autocite works! Thanks!
    – Claudio
    Commented Feb 22, 2017 at 10:52

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