I am writing a paper (using the amsart class) where we have four authors. The problem is that the author names on the even pages spill over onto the page numbers and obscure them. What I'd like to do is to define a short running author list (where, say, given names could be replaced by initials) and have it placed on top of the even pages.

But how does one do that within amsart?

2 Answers 2


It should just work to write

\author[short name]{long name}

for each author in the preamble.

For example:

\title{Of Cabbages and Kings}
\author[Y.X.H.A.E.A.W.K. Conley]{Yo Xing Heyno Augustus Eisner Alexander Weiser Knuckles Conley}
\address{New York University}
\author[N.I. Lobachevski]{Nicolai Ivanovich Lobachevski}
\address{Kazan University}
\author[J.J.J. Schmidt]{John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt}
\address{Hisnameismyname U.}
\usepackage{lipsum}% just for dummy text



  • But what about the affiliations? This solution requires me to do dagger, doesn't it? Apr 17, 2013 at 16:00
  • @Felix: How do you normally do affiliations? I think the amsart way is to have multiple \address declarations after the \author declaration, and they appear at the end of the article. Apr 17, 2013 at 16:06
  • I write a separate \author and \address for each one. Perhaps it is not the smartest way.... Apr 17, 2013 at 17:24
  • @FelixGoldberg -- if you are using amsart, writing a separate \author and \address for each one is the correct way to do it. this is different from the article class. Apr 17, 2013 at 17:39
  • @barbarabeeton: thanks for that information. I've updated my answer to the correct way. Apr 17, 2013 at 17:52

From page 12, section 4.3 of the class documentation:

If the author name(s) cannot fit in the space available for the running head, enter a shortened form for each name in [brackets] between the tag \author and the full name. Acceptable shortened forms use initials for all but the surname(s). For example,

\author[J. Smith]{Joseph Smith}

If the list of shortened author names is still too long for the running head (including a reasonable space for the page number), it can be shortened for an article in the following example:

\author[J. Smith et al.]{Joseph Smith}  
\author[]{⟨second name⟩}
\author[]{⟨final name⟩}

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