Consider the reference mark symbol, ※, also pictured below:

Reference mark

How can I write this symbol in TeX?

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    This is available in The Comprehensive LaTeX Symbol List (Table 46: Miscellaneous textcomp Symbols).
    – Werner
    Commented Jul 14, 2023 at 16:47
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    What's the usage of this symbol?
    – user78499
    Commented Jul 14, 2023 at 22:13
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    @User It is one of the symbols used to show contradiction.
    – user300696
    Commented Jul 15, 2023 at 3:30
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    I use it in the margin of my papers instead of "TODO" or "FIXME". But that's really up to you :-) That said, I simply use the Unicode character U+203B REFERENCE MARK directly.
    – Ingmar
    Commented Jul 17, 2023 at 5:36

4 Answers 4


Use \textreferencemark:




The results with xelatex and pdflatex are a little different, see the following screenshots:

xelatex pdflatex

I used \bigtimes from Unicode math. Define \timesdots like this:

\def\timesdots{\vbox{\baselineskip=0pt \lineskiplimit=-\maxdimen 

If you want to use Unicode character U+203B (Reference Mark), then you can use \char"203B in Unicode TeX engine or directly use it ※ in your TeX source file.


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$ \divideontimes$

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Not exactly, but similar :-))

  • Almost – but not entirely – quite unlike it ;-)
    – Ingmar
    Commented Jul 17, 2023 at 5:37

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