# How to upload LaTeX manuscript, tables, figures, and auxiliary files to Elsevier's EES?

Can someone who has successfully submitted a LaTeX-based paper to the Elsevier Editorial System please describe the detailed steps needed, so that the paper builds correctly on EES, and can be approved?

In particular, some or all of the following information (which I couldn't find in the EES help/documentation pages) would be helpful:

• Is there a minimum working example available somewhere, with a manuscript .tex file, separate table and figure files, and bibliography file? (plus whatever other files would be needed)
• Is there a way to test a document's build with one's local environment, such that if it works locally, will likely work at EES?
• If you start with a single my-paper.tex and my-bibliography.bib file and can build a PDF correctly from that, what's the process to break up those (two) files into the manuscript+tables+figures+aux pieces that EES can build from?
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are you using the elsarticle LaTeX document class ? – texenthusiast Dec 12 '12 at 19:24
You have my sympathies, but I will admit that I was half expecting that answer. You might have more luck on academia-SX. My next suggestion would be to choose another publisher. – Andrew Stacey Dec 12 '12 at 19:48
@texenthusiast Yes, I registered and followed their steps - essential details are missing from their documentation at the links you posted above and many other pages on their site. What would be most helpful is if someone somewhere has a minimal working example that builds successfully on EES. – limist Dec 12 '12 at 20:34
It even depends what journal you are submitting to, as they cannot even provide consistency across journals. Life is easier if you only upload one .tex file (sometimes there is no option to mark slave files as "macro files"), one .bib file and maybe even the .bbl file and mark them all as "manuscript". Everything should be in the same directory. Assume all packages are 3 years out-of-date, as in TeX Live 2009. As the system is undocumented in important details, it's unlikely to be possible to test locally. Just keep uploading, waiting, checking the log and guessing... – cyberSingularity Dec 13 '12 at 9:55
I know this doesn't answer your question, but please read why 13k+ researchers are boycotting Elsevier: thecostofknowledge.com – Forkrul Assail Dec 13 '12 at 10:03

I submitted a manuscript written in LaTeX a few months ago to an Elsevier journal. I simply uploaded the pdf I had built as the main document and supplied the.tex and .bib files as "supplemental files not for publication and not for review". I'm not sure if this is the correct way to do it, but it worked without any problems and I've always sumbitted my LaTeX papers this way.

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 Thanks, this is the way I decided to use. Even though the EES documentation says in several places not to submit a PDF as the manuscript, their tech support said to do so, and their system is able to handle that. The processed PDF will have a cover page and line numbers. I'll assume that works unless I hear otherwise from the editor(s). – limist Dec 14 '12 at 2:01

I could not make my .bib to be correctly compiled online. The solution I used was to compile it at home, then comment out the \bibliography{BIBLIO} line and copy and past the content of the .bbl file (same as cyberSingularity's comment).

This solution was suggested to me by a member of Elsevier staff on the help chat. You should try that feature ; hey can be really helpful. See here.

Figures were not a problem for me. Just adding them with something like

\begin{figure}
\centering
\includegraphics[width=\linewidth]{img01.pdf}
\caption{A nice picture of an elephant.}
\label{fig:elephant}
\end{figure}


worked properly. Figures can be uploaded in one go using a .zip file.

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I struggled with this, but it turns out to be really easy.

Upload the following hypothetical items individually as "Manuscript"

Smith_paper.tex
Smith_paper.bib
Figure_1.pdf
Figure_2.pdf
Table_1.pdf


And then the EES should compile it properly (it worked for me).

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