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Kamil Stachowski's picture
Joined: 15 Jun 2010 - 1:29am
Footnotes after paragraphs


I saw recently an article where footnotes were placed inside the text, after the paragraph in which they were referred to. So here it would be like this(1):

(1) Here's the footnote.

And here's the next paragraph of the text.

I must admit it was a novelty for me, but also a sort of eureka moment. I'd like to ask you two things:
1. What is this type of footnotes called?
2. What are your opinions on this solution (in particular, in a scientific text)?


Nick Curtis's picture
Joined: 21 Apr 2005 - 8:16am

1. I'm not sure there is a formal name for this usage, but "in-line" might work.

2. I suppose it's an acceptable arrangement if EVERY reader MUST read the footnote before proceeding but, if the information is not vital to understanding what follows it, I think most readers would find it intrusive and an impediment to the natural flow of the text.

Kamil Stachowski's picture
Joined: 15 Jun 2010 - 1:29am

1. Ah, ok, thanks.

2. Well, I found it comfortable with this particular author, but you're right, it must depend on what the author actually uses footnotes for. It's a pity, because it means I can't use it in my own articles, as wherever I send them to, they will convert it to normal footnotes to keep the entire volume consistent.

By the way, if you were the chief editor of a scientific journal, would you value consistency of the whole volume more than the authors' ideas on what their texts should look like? As long as the ideas aren't complete absurd, of course.