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I'm using IEEEtran.cls for a journal paper and I'm unable to make a one column abstract using the inbuilt commands in IEEEtran: \onecolumn, \twocolumn. Switching between the two flushes the page and starts a new one. \nopagebreak doesn't work. Tried putting samepage tags. Didn't help either. I'm compiling using Xelatex. Any way to make one column and two column in the same page?

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do you want the one column to insert a Figure or Table? – Mario S. E. Oct 25 '13 at 9:42
@MarioS.E. I need for a onecolumn abstract. – SPRajagopal Oct 25 '13 at 9:47
because IEEE doesn't use one column abstract. why do you want to modify it if it is going to be an IEEE paper? – percusse Oct 25 '13 at 9:48
I'm with @percusse on this one. IEEE only uses one column for large tables or figures, and for that you just need \begin{figure*}...\end{figure*} or \begin{table*}...\end{table*} – Mario S. E. Oct 25 '13 at 9:50
@MarioS.E. I did some naughty stuff before :) but I really recommend not doing this the fonts and other settings look ugly. Evidence : tex.stackexchange.com/a/50715/3235 – percusse Oct 25 '13 at 9:59

A minimal working example:


\title{The title}

Note: For some reason \lipsum[1] inside the abstract environment must be enclosed with brackets and must be at least one character before (it can be be ~, but no a normal space), but nothing of this is needed for real text.

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