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This is what I have been previously told to use by uni for essays written in LaTeX:

\documentclass[12pt,a4paper]{article}
\usepackage{a4-mancs}
\usepackage{pslatex}

Based on this question and others I've found I've changed article to scrartcl.

Then:

\usepackage{url}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{wrapfig}

\begin{document}
  \title{Standardising Software}
  \subtitle{An update on the article 'The welcome demise of style' from the Economist, September 1989\cite{the welcome demise of style}}
  \author{me}
\maketitle

\newpage
...

However this doesn't work - when I run latex essay.tex it says the subtitle bit is an undefined control sequence, and it comes out with the subtitle on its own on the first page of the document.

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closed as too localized by tohecz, percusse, Kurt, Thorsten, Stefan Kottwitz Oct 31 '12 at 20:37

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This code works for me with scrartcl. Which version of KOMA-Script are you using? Perhaps update. Or show a real MWE. –  Stefan Kottwitz Oct 31 '12 at 17:00
    
Without the both packages a4-mancs and pslatex and a running bib entry I have no errors or warnings... –  Kurt Oct 31 '12 at 17:03
    
So it's probably the uni's set up then? To submit the essay I run a command on the uni computers which compiles it and sends it off so it has to be compatible with whatever they've installed. –  zephyrdragon Oct 31 '12 at 17:05
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@zephyrdragon: Well, we'd have to know whatever your university's set-up is. It might also be helpful if you expanded your code to a complete minimal working example (MWE), starting with \documentclas{...} and ending with \end{document}. –  doncherry Oct 31 '12 at 17:18
    
@doncherry I don't know how to find out what the university's set up is though. And from that link I've put everything that would be in a MWE apart from \end{document}, I think? –  zephyrdragon Oct 31 '12 at 18:09

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