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I am trying to reduce the space between the title and the abstract (the paper have no authors). IEEETran style is being used. I tried the \vspace command but it didn't work, any ideas, recommendations?

Just to be clear I have something like this:

\documentclass[10pt,conference]{IEEEtran}
\begin{document}
\title{Some Title}
\maketitle
\begin{abstract}
This is for test text...
\end{abstract}
\end{document}

I want to reduce the vertical space between "Some Title" and "This is...."

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The \maketitle command is in my opinion one of the most annoying ones, with too much restrictions, together with abstract environments` I always generate a titlepage from scratch, without \title. So, where did you try to apply \vspace –  Christian Hupfer Jul 10 '14 at 8:36
    
The space is reserved for the \author. Why do you not want to put your name on the document? –  Andrew Swann Jul 10 '14 at 8:36
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@Anderson: If it is not the final version and only an intermediate state, I wonder, why you worry about some space there? Do you have a page limit? Well, all efforts to reduce the space will break if you have to insert \author then. –  Christian Hupfer Jul 10 '14 at 10:27
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Well, an ugly hack could be \title{Some Title\vspace{-1.5\baselineskip}}, but I hate such manual shifts –  Christian Hupfer Jul 10 '14 at 10:28
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As has been pointed out in the comments, changing the appearance of a journal template is discouraged. A journal wants to have a consistent look.

If you are absolutely sure you want to change something, you can do some kind of a hack (Dr. Christian Hupfer pointed it out). In the example below, i introduced some positive space to get the text away from the title; using negative space you get the text closer to the title.

\documentclass[10pt,conference]{IEEEtran}
\title{Some Title\vspace{6em}}
\author{}
\usepackage{blindtext}
\begin{document}
\maketitle
\begin{abstract}
    \blindtext
\end{abstract}
\blindtext[2]
\end{document}

oahMaketitleSpace

If you want to know more about changing the apppearance of titles of own documents, have a look at Customize a titlepage.

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