I hope there is a solution for this. When I refer to some equation I always get something like 37, but I would like to have (37). I could make a new command but the problem is I use many kind of environments in my text: equation (needs \eqref), multline (needs \ref), theorems (need \ref). I don't want parantheses when referring to theorem numbers. Any advice is appreciated.

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    Would you be able to provide an example of the equations causing these problems? You usage of \label could be incorrect.
    – Werner
    Commented Jan 13, 2012 at 20:09
  • Lockstep provided me a solution, thanks anyway.
    – Nadori
    Commented Jan 13, 2012 at 20:34

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One could use the "extension of counter referencing" described in section 53.2 of source2e and then redefine \p@equation.


  {\csname p@#1\expandafter\endcsname\csname the#1\endcsname}%



a^2 + b^2 = c^2

See equation~\ref{test} in section~\ref{foo}.


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if you're using amsmath, just use \eqref{ <label> } which includes the parentheses and keeps the whole thing upright even in an italic (e.g. theorem) environment. it really doesn't matter what you're using it for; it should work with any label.

reading the question more carefully, you say you don't want parentheses when referring to thworems. then just use \ref -- but if you'd like them upright like \eqref, then use \textup{\ref{...}} when not in a "guaranteed" upright environment'

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