# \footnote doesn't work with \twocolumn

I am writing an article and need footnotes to write author affiliations. I am writing in a two-column format, and using \twocolumn, but adding \footnote inside this environment doesn't produce a footnote at the bottom. See this example:

\documentclass[10pt,twocolumn]{article}

\begin{document}

\twocolumn[
\begin{center}
Author\footnote{This doesn't work.}
\end{center}
]

Text\footnote{This works.}

\end{document}


What am I doing wrong?

• in most classes you can use \thanks rather than \footnote and it takes care of lifting the footnote out of the title. – David Carlisle Oct 12 '17 at 13:55

You can use \footnotemark and \footnotetext{}:

\documentclass[10pt,twocolumn]{article}

\begin{document}

\twocolumn[
\begin{center}
Author\footnotemark
\end{center}
]\footnotetext{Now this works.}

Text\footnote{This works.}

\end{document}

• That works perfectly, thank you. Can I place a footnote linking to an already existing supersript, and make that particular superscript appear at the footnote? – DavidH Oct 12 '17 at 14:03
• I'm not exactly sure what you mean. You can set the footnote counter to anything you want using \setcounter{footnote}{x}. Maybe ask a new question with your specifics and an example. – David Purton Oct 13 '17 at 13:24