1. What is Cross-Referencing
  2. How to Use Cross-References in SciFlow

What is Cross-Referencing?

Cross-referencing is a powerful tool in the scientific writing process since it allows the connection of comparable or otherwise linkable ideas, arguments, and sources throughout the same document.

This lets you create a reading experience that points out to your readers where to find complementary information and sources within your document—thus allowing them better access to your line of argumentation. The targets of cross-referencing can consist of headings of all orders as well as figures, tables, and equations.

SciFlow and Cross-References

SciFlow automatically formats your cross-references and therefore relieves you of manually keeping count of and enumerating them. All you need to do is assign a cross-reference within your text to another element within your project. SciFlow automatically updates and numbers all of them when you export your document.

How to Use Cross-References in SciFlow

Cross-referencing in SciFlow is pretty straightforward. Once you know which part of your document you wish to cross-reference and where to place the reference, open the document outline in the sidebar menu to the right-hand side of your screen. The following overview shows your document's current structure, i.e., all of your headings and subheadings in a hierarchical order arranged after the consecutive appearance in your paper. Special chapters, such as the Abstract and Bibliography, as well as text elements like tables, figures, and equations, also appear here.

Now place a cross-reference by dragging and dropping the element you wish to reference from the document outline to a chosen position within the running text.

You can refer to the figures, tables, and equations of your document in the same way. They also appear in the document outline as soon as you create them.

By mousing over the cross-reference, you can see which chapter or text object it refers to. Furthermore, you can jump to the element you are cross-referencing by clicking on the icon. These hyperlinks allow for a more navigatable document in general while also granting more convenient communication methods working on a paper in a team.

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