# Remove thanks star from author and affiliation

I try to add author and affiliation as follows, but I get a star next to both the name and the affiliation. I have seen some posts about the star symbol (example1,example2)but I want to use \thanks and I have not managed to do this. Any ideas how to remove the symbol from both the name and the affiliation?

\documentclass[12pr,a4paper]{article}
\usepackage{amsthm}
\usepackage{titling}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage{fancyhdr}
\pagestyle{fancy}
\fancyhf{}

\begin{document}
\title{\vspace{-3.0cm}\rule{\textwidth}{1pt}\\title here\\\vspace{1.0cm}\rule{\textwidth}{1pt}\\{\Large something else}}
\author{name here\thanks{Department here}}

\maketitle
\newpage
\tableofcontents
\newpage
\renewcommand{\thesection}{\arabic{section}}
\end{document}


Write the next code into the preamble (before \begin{document}):

\makeatletter
\def\thanks#1{\protected@xdef\@thanks{\@thanks
\protect\footnotetext{#1}}}
\makeatother

• Thank you tomacs, that was exactly what I was looking for. Can I ask you if you have a useful source about the \thanks command? – geo_dd Apr 24 '18 at 12:18
• The original definition of \thanks is in the latex.ltx file. – user91669 Apr 24 '18 at 12:25