I have been looking on tex.stackexchange and Googling but I can't find a decent two column template.

Does anyone know of site or have a template for a two column article style tex file?

That has a bibliography portion as well?

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    What do you consider "decent"? Apr 24, 2013 at 1:22
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    The IEEE has the IEEEtran document class. You can see a sample document in the IEEEtran_HOWTO document. Some scientific journals provide their own tailored templates. Apr 24, 2013 at 1:58
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    (If I remember correctly, you use Ubuntu.) You can easily add a class to your personal tree. Copy/move, say, res.cls to ~/texmf/tex/latex/res/ (you can create this folder with mkdir -p ~/texmf/tex/latex/res). As soon as you move it there, you should be able to find it with: kpsewhich res.cls, even without running mktexslr. If it can't be found, you have an unusual problem with your system, and should ask for help.
    – jon
    Apr 24, 2013 at 2:21
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    Once it has been copied to where I suggested, kpsewhich res.cs should return /home/<dustin>/texmf/tex/latex/res/res.cls (assuming you are logged in as 'dustin'). If it does, that means the class file should be as usable as any other regular class file.
    – jon
    Apr 24, 2013 at 3:23
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    No. If you put it there, you still want to follow the TDS structure and put it in /usr/local/.../texmf/tex/latex/res/ (best make the directory too while you're at it) as it is a LaTeX thing. But what is the advantage? It is easier to access and keep track of your local texmf, and there is less danger of manually installed classes and style files getting overwritten by system updates (which is probably not a serious concern, but still).
    – jon
    Apr 24, 2013 at 4:15

2 Answers 2


In www.latextemplates.com there are 3 nice general LaTeX templates for articles. One of these made with the scrartcl class have this layout:

Article template

Another good source is www.sharelatex.com. Among the 76 articles templates for submission to scientific journals or proceedings, several have a two column format. You can download or open and compile in ShareLaTeX.

In any case, as most code of article templates are interchangeable between the standard article class and others general article class (as paper, scrartcl, artikel, etc.) as well as in specific journal class (as svjour3, etc.) you can experiment easily with most classes with the same template replacing the first line (that is, change \docummentclass{article} by \docummentclass{paper} but search in each case in the documentation for specific options to add/remove for each class (for example, paper class have a \smalltableofcontents that you cannot use in the article class, but \tableofcontents work in any class).


I'm new to LaTeX and I've spent a few days searching for two-column article templates and tried out the ones mentioned in the main answer and a dozen others. I hit various issues and finally landed on this clean and simple template that I think also answers this question (which is the top tex stackexchange search result for "two column") and many newbies like me will find useful (screenshot below):

% test.tex
\title{Article Title\cite{LinkReference1}}

\author{Some Author\cite{Author1}}

Abstract goes here.

% Configuration %

\documentclass[12pt, a4paper, twocolumn]{article}

% References %

% If changing the name of the bib file, change \bibliography{test} at the bottom

  title        = "Link Title",
  author       = "Link Creator(s)",
  howpublished = "\url{https://example.com/}",

  author       = "LastName, FirstName",
  howpublished = "\url{mailto:email@example.com}",

  author  = "Lastname1, Firstname1 and Lastname2, Firstname2",
  title   = "Article title",
  year    = "Year",
  journal = "Journal name",
  note    = "\url{https://dx.doi.org/...}",


% Any configuration that should be done before the end of the preamble:
\hypersetup{colorlinks=true, urlcolor=blue, linkcolor=blue, citecolor=blue}


% Abstract %


% Article %


This is the first sentence\cite{ArticleReference1}.



% References %



% Create PDF on Linux:
% FILE=test; pkill -9 -f ${FILE} &>/dev/null; rm -f ${FILE}*aux ${FILE}*bbl ${FILE}*bib ${FILE}*blg ${FILE}*log ${FILE}*out ${FILE}*pdf &>/dev/null; pdflatex -halt-on-error ${FILE}; bibtex ${FILE} && pdflatex ${FILE} && pdflatex ${FILE} && (xdg-open ${FILE}.pdf &)


Example screenshot

As noted in detail in the last line of the file, to process the inline bib file, the general procedure is to run pdflatex multiple times and bibtex after the first run. For example:

$ pdflatex -halt-on-error test
$ bibtex test
$ pdflatex test.tex
$ pdflatex test.tex
# Now open test.pdf

To reduce the margins:

\setlength{\columnsep}{7mm} % Column separation width
  • You are loading hyperref too early.
    – Johannes_B
    Jan 5, 2019 at 7:46
  • @Johannes_B Interesting, can you explain more why that's an issue and how to fix it? Jan 5, 2019 at 8:28
  • Load the package at the end of the preamble. There are only a few exceptions, hyperref should be loaded last.
    – Johannes_B
    Jan 5, 2019 at 9:48
  • @Johannes_B Thanks, so just to confirm, you're saying that \usepackage{hyperref} and \hypersetup[...] should always be loaded right before \begin{document}? Jan 5, 2019 at 16:45
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    Not always. But there are only very few exceptions.
    – Johannes_B
    Jan 5, 2019 at 23:41

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