# Align author blocks

I want to align the author blocks into both lines and columns. My desired output is shown as below:

  Author 1               Author 2
Affiliation 1          Affiliation 2

Author 3               Author4
Affiliation 3          Affiliation 4


What is the best way to do this with IEEEtran? I tried \author \and, but it cannot align columns also. Can we do it without using minipage?

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With option conference or peerreviewca you may use \and. But if your group of author name and affiliation is to small, the four groups will be placed horizontal:

\documentclass[conference]{IEEEtran}

\begin{document}
\title{Title}
\author{%
Author 1\\Affilation 1
\and Author 2\\Affiliation 2
\and Author 3\\Affiliation 3
\and Author 4\\Affiliation 4
}
\maketitle
\end{document}


But you may simply fake need of more horizontal width at each group:

\documentclass[conference]{IEEEtran}

\begin{document}
\title{Title}
\author{%
\makebox[.5\linewidth]{Author 1}\\Affilation 1\\
\and \makebox[.5\linewidth]{Author 2}\\Affiliation 2\\
\and \makebox[.5\linewidth]{Author 3}\\Affiliation 3\\
\and \makebox[.5\linewidth]{Author 4}\\Affiliation 4\\
}
\maketitle
\end{document}


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Thanks！ This is what I was looking for. –  Geni Dec 6 '11 at 3:50