# Having single column footnotes in a twocolumn document without multicol

I am writing a document with \documentclass[11pt, twocolumn]{paper} In this document I am using a lot of \footnote{}. For the sake of having a neat lay-out I want the footnotes to span over both columns (so a single column footnote in a twocolumn document).

The only sollution I found online was using \usepackage{multicol} and \begin{2}{multicolumn} This did work, however the multicol package causes a lot of other issues with other floats in my document, so I am looking for a different solution. Below is a working example

\documentclass[11pt, twocolumn]{paper}
\usepackage{lipsum}
\begin{document}
\lipsum[1] \footnote{\lipsum[2]} \lipsum
\end{document}


Please see the intended result in green:

p.s. This question is asked numerous times on several forums, however all of them have remained unanswered, so I figure I would try again myself.

p.p.s. There is also a solution involving \mathfootnote but this does not seem to work for normal footnotes

• Welcome. // Can you please have a look if my screenshot matches your intention? Jun 14 at 14:03
• You might also look at tex.stackexchange.com/questions/611262/…, If you know what the footnote will be before the page it is on, you could put it into a bottom float*. Jun 15 at 5:03
• @MS-SPO This screenshot captures exactly what I want
– Joep
Jun 15 at 8:44

Using separate \footnotemark and \footnotetext, you could manually delay the footnote until it has to split over two columns. Not exactly what you were looking for, but closer.

\documentclass[11pt, twocolumn]{paper}
\usepackage{lipsum}
\begin{document}
\lipsum[1]\footnotemark

\lipsum[3]
\footnotetext{\lipsum[2]}
\lipsum[4-6]
\end{document}