# LaTeX: Footnotes in Captions – on the right page

And there it was again: A moment of „Why can’t LaTeX simply do what I want it to?“.

I have figures which I cite. As they are licensed under CC BY 2.5, I thought of placing the reference as a footnote to the respective figure – which did not work as expected:

 Missing footnote
\begin{figure}
\begin{center}
\includegraphics[scale=0.75]{images/the_cited.png}
\caption[The LOF caption]{Lorem ipsum. \tiny{This image is taken from somewhere and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 license\footnote{Source: \url{http://www.example.com/the_image.png}}}}
\label{fig:cited_img}
\end{center}
\end{figure}

Finally, how it worked out was using the afterpage package as suggested here:

 Works fine
\afterpage{
\begin{figure
}
\begin{center}
\includegraphics[scale=0.75]{images/the_cited.png}
\caption[The LOF caption]{Lorem ipsum. \tiny{This image is taken from somewhere and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 license\footnotemark}}
\label{fig:cited_img}
\end{center}
\end{figure}
\footnotetext{Source: \url{http://www.example.com/the_image.png}
}

RaphaelNovember 6th, 2012 at 23:01

jonasNovember 7th, 2012 at 09:57

The problem without using afterpage is that you must adjust the placing of \footnotetext to the page where the figure is put.

FabianoNovember 11th, 2014 at 12:48

Finally somebody with the correct answer!!!!

Thanks a lot

Thank u very much..This is the only perfectly working answer, after spending 2 hours on this…

Hi. Also, it would be better, if you could tell about the footnote label, in this case

jonasDezember 30th, 2014 at 11:34

I don’t understand. What do you mean by footnote label?

GordonMärz 19th, 2015 at 18:10

Danke! Super Lösung, die wirklich nicht leicht zu finden war.

Johannes_BJuli 3rd, 2015 at 09:47

Sorry buddy, but this is really bad advice. The footnote belongs to the picture, so it should stay with the picture, i.e. within the figure box, below the caption. Using footnotes for graphics is bad style.

You approach on the other hand kills the float mechanism and you might just as well leave out the figure-environment.

btw, center-environment in figures is bad style as well. Use \centering instead.

CRISTIANEMai 26th, 2016 at 00:25

This is a only solution whith works.

BruceJuli 3rd, 2018 at 03:09

It works … except that it skips the figure to the next page. Even if there is room on the current page. Even with figure[h], figure, or figure[ht].