I'm using the Overleaf documentation to produce a bibliography with in-text citations, using bibLaTeX (compiler is XeLaTeX, document class is article). I've tried all of the citation styles on the overleaf webpage, and none produce superscript in-text citations (i.e. numbers as superscripts). The closest I can get is numbers in square parentheses.

Is there no citation style that has superscript numbers? Or does this indicate that something else is going wrong?

  • Welcome to tex.sx. Aug 31, 2023 at 21:13
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    Welcome! Is this previous question perhaps related to what you want? Biblatex \textcite using a superscript reference number
    – gz839918
    Aug 31, 2023 at 23:30
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    Thank you, that's helpful - not the answer itself, but the addition of "autocite=superscript" to the Biblatex preamble, and then the use of \autocite rather than \cite in the text, as stated in the question. For the record, it does surprise me that there's no bibliography style for which the default \cite command is superscripted.
    – Orca
    Sep 4, 2023 at 12:12

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The standard numeric styles implement the command \supercite for superscript citations (without brackets by default; they look pretty much like footnote numbers, but very much aren't).

Because it is cumbersome to have to switch from e.g. \parencite to \supercite if you change citation styles, biblatex offers the high-level \autocite command, whose exact behaviour can be controlled by an option. In case of standard numeric styles autocite=superscript, will yield the \supercite behaviour.

I recommend you use \autocite and configure its behaviour to your liking.


\usepackage[backend=biber, style=numeric, autocite=superscript]{biblatex}


Lorem \autocite{sigfridsson}



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