I use biblatex with the cite-style authoryear for footnotes, which results in

Chang et al. 2005, p. 1116.

Faculty guidelines require

Chang et al. (2005), p. 1116.


Which files need to be modified to achieve this? I could only find questions about the inline-citations or the bibliography so far.

My biblatex options are:

\usepackage[bibstyle=authoryear, autocite=footnote, dashed=false, firstinits=true,

I then cite via ~\cite[1116]{chang05x}.


2 Answers 2


You could define a \foottextcite macro based on \textcite (i.e., with braces).

EDIT: The example now uses style=authoryear-icomp.

EDIT 2: Added code for new option autocite=foottext which maps \autocite to \foottextcite.



% The following is based on \textcite
\DeclareCiteCommand{\foottextcite}[\mkbibfootnote]% [\mkbibfootnote] added



  author = {Author, A.},
  year = {2001},
  title = {Alpha},
  author = {Buthor, B.},
  year = {2002},
  title = {Bravo},


\textheight=120pt% only for the example


Some text \autocite{A01,B02}.



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EDIT 3: For the sake of completeness, here's the \foottextcite definition suitable for authoryear:

% The following is based on \textcite
\DeclareCiteCommand{\foottextcite}[\mkbibfootnote]% [\mkbibfootnote] added
  • 1
    This does not work with authoryear-icomp (the citestyle that @Daniel used). It gives, e.g., “Knuth (1986a); b.”
    – domwass
    Jan 3, 2012 at 10:39
  • @domwass: I was only looking at the question title which said citestyle=authoryear.
    – lockstep
    Jan 3, 2012 at 10:41
  • Thank you for this great reply, lockstep. I'll work through this now. It might be superior to the other option, because I could still use the icomp-version of authoryear.
    – dhst
    Jan 3, 2012 at 16:10
  • When trying this approach using authoryear-icomp, \autocite[88]{A01} leads to "Author, A. (2001, p. 88).". Using this answer by @lockstep formats it as desired: "Author, A. (2001), p.88." However, \textcite[88]{A01} will now put brackets around the year, too. "Author ([2001], p.88)". Is there any way to solve this?
    – lactea
    Mar 12, 2016 at 12:46
  • Issue posted as a separate question.
    – lactea
    Mar 13, 2016 at 13:49

You can use \textcite for in text citations complete with parentheses. If this is your preferred citation, then you can make this the default behaviour of the \cite command like so:

  • 2
    This answer is actually inapplicable. It's not clear from the question, but I think the OP is looking for footnote citations with parentheses. Still, for anyone else, this might be useful.
    – Seamus
    Jan 3, 2012 at 10:37
  • Thanks for pointing that out, but I indeed require footnote-citation. The problem seems solved though.
    – dhst
    Jan 3, 2012 at 16:07

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