When using BibTeX's standard citation commands, such as \cite, typically back references are generated (if enabled) in the bibliography pointing back to the place of citation. That's a nice feature. However, I would like to suppress these back references for certain citations, such as in figure or table captions. I don't want these to appear as back references in the bibliography.

I have found an identical question on comp.text.tex, it is unanswered there.

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Set the boolean switch backtracker to false inside figure and table environments. (biblatex already does this for the ToC and similar lists.)

Note: \AtBeginEnvironment is an etoolbox command, and etoolbox is loaded by biblatex.





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



Some text \autocite{A01}.

\caption{A figure \autocite{B02}}



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  • 4
    That does the trick. Having another look at the BibLaTeX manual, I found the \backtrackerfalse command, which seems to be the same thing. Including it in a \AtBeginEnvironment directive appears to be a good idea, too.
    – Christoph
    Feb 29, 2012 at 10:03

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