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LaTeX instructions

Download the journal article template packageopens in new tab/window

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 in the template. The elsarticle documentationopens in new tab/window and some common templates and bibliographic styles are part of this package as well.

Two additional class files and templates are available for single and double column. These can be downloaded from hereopens in new tab/window.

Elsevier reference styles

Some journals require a specific reference style. Please check the Guide for Authors for the journal requirement. The relevant bibliographic styles for LaTeX are packed with the sample manuscriptopens in new tab/window are available in the “doc” folder.

Submitting your manuscript

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

When you are asked to submit your manuscript source files, do the following:

  • Build a PDF of your manuscript source files on your computer and attach it with item type 'Manuscript'.

  • 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.

For step-by-step instructions, please refer Submitting LaTeX Files to Editorial Manageropens in new tab/window

Frequently asked questions

Here we have answered some of the most common questions that arise at the point of submitting an article in LaTeX. If your question relates specifically to the Latex template, please contact [email protected]


For more information and support, see the Elsevier Support Centeropens in new tab/window

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.zipopens in new tab/window contains all the necessary files to run this package. To install ecrc.sty, unzip the 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).

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