I would like to modify the authoryear citestyle in such a way that the first time a citation appears, a footnote giving the complete reference is added to the citation. The behavior would be similar to the standard verbose citestyle, only that, instead of creating a footnote entry for every citation, it uses the authoryear style everywhere, adding a footnote only the first time a citation appears -ideally in the chapter-.

I would like something like the following:

[...] as described by Sagan (1997)^1. Indeed, Sagan (1997) and Schulze-Makuch and Irwin (2004)^2 perfectly describe the feeling that we are trying to convey.

[1] Sagan, C., (1997). Pale blue dot: A vision of the human future in space. Random House Digital, Inc.

[2] Schulze-Makuch, D., & Irwin, L. N. (2004). Life in the Universe. Springer-Verlag.editions.

Your help is much appreciated


You may want to try the following. The macro definitions are adapted from the originals in authoryear.cbx. Unfortunately, some trickery is needed to get the order of brackets and footnotes right for \textcite. (This should work for authoryear, for more complex styles like authoryear-comp it would be much more complicated).


\usepackage[style=authoryear, citetracker, backend=biber]{biblatex}









Lorem \textcite{sigfridsson}
ipsum \textcite{nussbaum}
dolor \textcite{sigfridsson}
sit \textcite{worman}
amet \textcite{geer,pines}

Citations with footnotes

  • Thank you very much for your help. Your solution seems to work quite well. I need to do a couple more tests, but so far it behaves as I expected. Thanks again. Dec 12 '19 at 9:08
  • Your answer works perfectly well. Would you have any tip though as to how to deal with running out of space in the margin? I am using a wide margin for the footnotes, and thus, when too many new citations appear in a page, some of them are lost out of the page. Your help is much appreciated. Dec 13 '19 at 8:25
  • @ManueldelJesus Mhh yes, space in margins is an issue. You could try to make the citations more compact by removing certain bits of the data in the footnotes (\AtEveryCitekey{\clearfield{url}\clearlist{publisher}} or some such).
    – moewe
    Dec 14 '19 at 18:01
  • Just to add more information, the package marginfix seems to solve the issue with margin space, at least for now. Sep 2 '20 at 6:23

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