# What's the correct use of \author when multiple authors?

Working on a project, the article we are writing is written by me and someone else. How should I fill the \author?

What about \author{LASTNAME1, FIRSTNAME1 \& LASTNAME2, FIRSTNAME2}? It doesn't convince me, but it might be correct.

Is there any better way to do that?

P.S: I'm using the article class and the authors will be shown once with \maketitle{}.

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The \maketitle command with \author allows a simple separation of two (or more) authors by using the \and command. See code below for some inspiration.

\documentclass[11pt,english]{article}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{babel}

\author{
LastName1, FirstName1\\
\texttt{first1.last1@xxxxx.com}
\and
LastName2, FirstName2\\
\texttt{first2.last2@xxxxx.com}
}
\title{Usage of the \texttt{\textbackslash author} command}

\begin{document}
\maketitle
\end{document}

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+1 for \and, which I've not seen in many years of using latex. I've not needed this (and will not likely ever use it) because the journals for which I write each have their own way of handling such things. – dank Nov 2 '10 at 0:06
Just curiosity, what's that english option in \documentclass? – Tomas Nov 4 '10 at 19:05
@Tomas: A language option passed to the »babel« package. – Thorsten Donig Nov 4 '10 at 19:49
@Tomas: I prefer to give language options globally. So other packages are also able to use them if applicable. – Thorsten Donig Nov 5 '10 at 11:43
@ForkrulAssail Of course, just use \\[3ex] instead of \and ;) – yo' Dec 12 '13 at 22:51