LaTeX instructions

The guidelines on this page will help you to prepare and submit your LaTeX files. Please note that there are separate instructions available for CRC journal articles and IFAC meeting papers.

Preparing your manuscript

The Elsevier article class

The Elsevier article class helps you to format the frontmatter of your manuscript properly. It is part of the elsarticle package. This package is contained in most TeX distributions and is available on CTAN. The elsarticle documentation and some common templates and bibliographic styles are part of this package as well. You can download a sample LaTeX manuscript that uses the elsarticle class here. Although elsarticle.cls supports most journal styles, it is not possible to match the journal's layout exactly.

Elsevier reference styles

Some journals require a specific reference style. The relevant bibliographic styles for LaTeX are packed with the sample manuscript.

Recommendations

To ensure a fast processing of your document, we recommend the following:

Submitting your manuscript

Most journals accept a PDF of your manuscript at initial submission.

When the Elsevier Editorial System EES asks you to submit your manuscript source files, do the following:

  1. Build a PDF of your manuscript source files and attach it with item type 'Manuscript'.
  2. Bundle all manuscript source files in a single archive and attach it with item type 'LaTeX source files'. Source files include LaTeX files, BibTeX files, figures, tables, all LaTeX classes and packages that are not included in TeX Live and any other material that belongs to your manuscript.

Please note the following technical requirements for the submission of source files:

If the journal does not have the item type 'LaTeX source files', please contact support@elsevier.com.

Preparing CRC journal articles

Camera-ready copy (CRC) journals are those that reproduce the author's manuscript exactly, with no intervention by the typesetter. Such journals are the exception rather than the rule; if a journal is CRC, this fact is clearly indicated in the instructions to authors. The Procedia series of journals, for example, are genuine CRC. Please read carefully the journal's instructions to authors.

For LaTeX authors of camera-ready articles, we provide the ecrc.sty package. This is a small package designed to work with the elsarticle document class. All the features of elsarticle are available, along with a few extra commands specific to CRC reproduction. Documentation for the use of ecrc.sty is included in the manuscript template file available below.

The archive file elsarticle-ecrc.zip contains all the necessary files to run this package. To install ecrc.sty, unzip the elsarticle-ecrc.zip file. Usually the file can be unzipped directly in the local tree of your TeX distribution (for TeX Live, this would be in the texmf-local directory). The archive contains the following files:

Once the package has been installed, edit the manuscript file ecrc-template.tex according to the instructions in that file, and save with a new name. The manuscript file should be compiled with pdflatex (and bibtex if desired).

Journal-specific packages

A few CRC journals have bespoke packages available for them. These packages have the same contents as the package listed above, but with modifications for the relevant journal.

Please only use these packages after confirmation from the journal's editors.

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