I actually want to get the author name and year in the footnote, I'm using overleaf with pdftex I have this library file :

    author = "Orti, E. and Bredas, J.L. and Clarisse, C.",
    title = {Something},
    year = 2008,

    author = "George, A. and Carlin, B.",
    title = {Something else},
    year = 2016,

Now in my file, I do add a refernce to the library item:

In this study \footnote{\cite{cite2}}, we can clearly see that....

However, it does only create this footnote: [2] without showing the author name and the year. Instead what I need in the footnote is : "George, A. et Al. 2016" not [2]

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The easiest setup for author-year citations in footnotes is probably using biblatex.

With style=authoryear, you select an author-year style. With autocite=footnote, you get footnote citations from \autocite.


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


\null\vfill % only for this example!

Lorem ipum \autocite[380-382]{sigfridsson}
dolor \autocite{worman}
sit \autocite[12-45]{nussbaum}
amet \autocite[8]{geer}

Sigfridsson and Ryde 1998, pp. 380–382.

On a local system you'd have to configure your editor to use Biber (Biblatex with Biber: Configuring my editor to avoid undefined citations) and run a complete cycle LaTeX, Biber, LaTeX, LaTeX to ensure all citations resolve correctly (see Question mark or bold citation key instead of citation number for background). But on Overleaf it is enough to just clear the cache (https://de.overleaf.com/learn/how-to/Clearing_the_cache; if that is necessary at all), the system (more precisely the amazing latexmk) will run all required programs for you.

There are many customisation options for biblatex. Guidelines for customizing biblatex styles is a good start for first steps, but there is a lot more.

You can find some more details about biblatex at bibtex vs. biber and biblatex vs. natbib, What to do to switch to biblatex? and biblatex in a nutshell (for beginners).

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  • Thanks, thats working properly. If I have 1 reference that I need to site 2 times, pls what can I use? – roger Jun 13 at 15:45
  • @roger You can just cite it again Lorem \autocite[380-382]{sigfridsson} ipsum \autocite[380-382]{sigfridsson}. – moewe Jun 13 at 16:02
  • thanks @moewe, however If I did this, I get multiple references, Instead I need to use only one refernce to get only one footnote for the same citation – roger Jun 13 at 16:08
  • @roger Suppose you cite sigfridsson on page 4 and again on page 28. Should your reader have to run through all footnotes again just to find the footnote matching the citation number? If you want citations in footnotes I think the most sensible way is to have each citation is a footnote of its own. If you want a numeric citation style with full first citations, much more work is needed. See tex.stackexchange.com/q/20637/35864. – moewe Jun 13 at 16:09
  • thanks very much. the link you shared was exactly what I need – roger Jun 14 at 0:42

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