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While looking for something on this site I accidentally found a document class which is perfect for a scientific report with two columns layout.

Unfortunately I forgot its name. Could someone point me out the document classes which implements two column layout without using multicol packages?

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Article is one such class. \documentclass[twocolumn]{article}. – Mike Renfro Dec 21 '11 at 17:13
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There are some special classes primarily for paper submissions which offer a two-columned text body with easy float placement.

There are probably some more which I don't remember at the moment. And I'm not sure if these classes are good for general use and documents that go beyond a certain number of pages.

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All the standard document classes have this - article, book and report. Just add the twocolumn option to the document class. For example, \documentclass[twocolumn]{article}. Here is a minimal example:

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\usepackage{lipsum}% http://ctan.org/pkg/lipsum

Although these document classes also support the use \twocolumn, the document option is preferred. For more on mixing columns (for say 1-column abstract in a 2-column document), see the appropriately named UK TeX FAQ entry.

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