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This is what I have in the pdf when I print my manuscript above the title. How do I remove it?

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example please! – Herbert Jun 10 '14 at 10:45

This is the expected behavior for IEEEtran class when using the article option.

The IEEETran class also provides the conference option, which eliminates this header, as well as the initial drop cap.

So, if you want to comply with IEEE article standards, do nothing.

On the other hand, if you want to just remove it ---at the expense of also losing the drop cap--- and continue within IEEE specifications, try the conference version (e.g. \documentclass[conference]{IEEEtran})

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What if the user likes the IEEEtran class / article format and style, but wants to use it for a different purpose? – cslstr Jun 10 '14 at 23:55
Sure, that could be it. If that would be the case, you just need to control it with \markboth{}{}, as described in the template file (see Guido's answer). – Mario S. E. Jun 11 '14 at 0:40

The running heads are controlled by


See section C, page 5 of the IEEEtran manual ("how to Use the IEEEtran LaTeX Class"). To see the documentation use texdoc ieeetran from the terminal or command line.

A simple way to remove it is \markboth{}{}.

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