# Elsarticle frontmatter corresponding author

I believe I have followed the template exactly but as this following MWE shows I am getting an asterisk on both authors and not just the corresponding author. Do I have something in the wrong order somewhere?

\documentclass[preprint,12pt]{elsarticle}

\begin{document}

\begin{frontmatter}

\title{Title}

\author{Author One\corref{cor1}\fnref{fn1}}
\cortext[cor1]{Corresponding author}
\fntext[fn1]{Student}

\author{Author Two\fnref{fn2}}
\fntext[fn2]{Lecturer}

\begin{abstract}
Abstract abstract abstract
\end{abstract}

\end{frontmatter}

\section{Section1}
Start typing...

\end{document}


Thanks

• Welcome to TeX.SX! You can have a look on our starter guide to familiarize yourself further with our format. – mafp May 28 '13 at 13:57
• I get only one asterisk for the first author. If your MWE really shows asterisks for both authors, then maybe your elsarticle template is too old. I used version 1.20b. – mafp May 28 '13 at 14:01
• I got elsarticle 2009/09/17, 1.2.0: Elsevier Ltd and it shows the described bug. Interestingly everything is fine, if only the second author is marked as corresponding author. It helps as well to move the info from the \fntext to \adress .. strange bug indeed. – Dominikus K. May 28 '13 at 14:05
• Thank you for your comments. Even downloading the latest elsarticle (v1.21) from RVT I still get the same problem. I will resort to using the fix below. – CodingLumis May 29 '13 at 9:45

It is a bug in the 2009 version, which is the one in the 2012 TeXlive. When no address label is specified the correspondng \@author command forgets to reset the \@corref variable. You can fix this by adding in such a reset as follows:

\documentclass[preprint,12pt]{elsarticle}

\makeatletter
\def\baselinestretch{1}%
\upshape\authorsep#1\unskip\textsuperscript{%
\ifx\@fnmark\@empty\else\unskip\sep\@fnmark\let\sep=,\fi
\ifx\@corref\@empty\else\unskip\sep\@corref\let\sep=,\fi
}%
\def\authorsep{\unskip,\space}%
\global\let\@fnmark\@empty
\global\let\sep\@empty}%
}
\makeatother

\begin{document}

\begin{frontmatter}

\title{Title}

\author{Author One\corref{cor1}\fnref{fn1}}
\cortext[cor1]{Corresponding author}
\fntext[fn1]{Student}

\author{Author Two\fnref{fn2}}
\fntext[fn2]{Lecturer}

\begin{abstract}
Abstract abstract abstract
\end{abstract}

\end{frontmatter}

\section{Section1}
Start typing...

\end{document}

• I just had the same problem. This Q&A site is (nearly) perfect!!! Thank you! – Vicent Jul 15 '15 at 22:00

Just add a \corrref to every author (with different labels) and just call the author you need.

    \author{J.~Martinez}
\author{F.~Julio\corref{cor1}}
\author{N.~Vasquez\corref{cor2}}
\author{H.~Cardenas\corref{cor2}}
\cortext[cor1]{Corresponding author}

• This may answer the question, but a full document would be more explanatory, as well as a screenshot – Christian Hupfer Aug 7 '15 at 16:13
• This solution works as well. – Shah Dec 19 '15 at 3:00
• This is, in fact, the optimal answer. For sure, it's the method I use for my own submissions to Elsevier journals! – Mico Nov 18 '17 at 14:20

Or more simply just download the newest elsarticle.cls from Elsevier (here) and explicitly reference it at the beginning of the doc, ala

\documentclass[review]{./style/elsarticle}


Worked perfectly for me.

• Or more simply than what? Using the fix given in the accepted answer? – Null Dec 9 '16 at 15:28
• Yup. Why fix something when just using the correct version works? – BarneyC Dec 9 '16 at 15:30
• @BarneyC - The main (only?!) reason for using the elsarticle document class is to prepare a paper for submission to an Elsevier journal. When submitting a paper that uses the elsarticle document class, you will almost certainly be strongly discouraged from submitting a non-standard version of the document class file. By now, it's late 2017, and the official version of elsarticle.cls, i.e., the one that's on the CTAN and is distributed with TeXLive and MiKTeX, is still the buggy one. Sigh. – Mico Nov 18 '17 at 14:43