# Recommended symbols for footnotes

Footnotes are added as \footnote{footnote_here}. It produces a number as hyperlink to the footnote, at least as default. The problem is that, when citing bibliography, those symbols interfere each other; I mean, citations and footnotes have a number as symbol..

Question

Is there any recommended symbol for footnotes different from arabic numbers? How can I modify it?

• Take a look at the footmisc package. You can have a series of symbols, or lowercase letters, for instance. Depending on the number of footnotes you have, you might consider restting the footnote counter at each page. – Bernard Sep 11 '17 at 17:27
• Citation with superscript numbers are not very usual. If possible, wouldn't it be better change the citation style? I mean to an author-year style, or at least, to the standard inline [1] (this hardly might be confused with a superscript small number without brackets). – Fran Sep 12 '17 at 0:36
• @Fran, thanks for the comment :). Maybe you are right, I have read lot of papers with superscripts..Is there any easy way to change that? I like brackets to cite, as you put it – santimirandarp Sep 12 '17 at 0:51
• Yes, very easy. See this answer for a very basic introduction with some examples. – Fran Sep 12 '17 at 1:26
• I have a huge disorder in the preamble, @Fran. I understood your answer but I am not totally sure about changing my preamble..thanks anyway.. – santimirandarp Sep 12 '17 at 6:34

You could use letters for footnotes:

\documentclass[]{article}

\usepackage{blindtext}% for dummy text

\renewcommand*{\thefootnote}{\alph{footnote}}

\begin{document}
\blindtext\footnote{foo}
\blindtext\footnote{bar}
\end{document}