As I am using the \thanks for the \maketitle command, the \thanks creates an empty first page, with only a footnote reference number 1 in it.

I am using maxTeX XeLaTeX to compile.



\author{Chenlin \\ l.wind.wang@gmail.com}
\thanks{This is a test!}

\title{A Experiment on \LaTeX \\ The Maketitle Experiement}

  • Welcome to TeX.SX! Try putting \thanks inside either \title or \author
    – Herr K.
    Dec 21, 2013 at 3:30
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    @Archimedes520 Note that the option name is a4paper and not a4
    – egreg
    Dec 21, 2013 at 10:48

1 Answer 1


\thanks puts footnotes in the title page, which is created by \maketitle. In the article document class, \maketitle processes \title, \author, and \date. So any footnote added to the title page must be given within the scope of either of these three commands.



\author{Chenlin\thanks{notes on author} \\ l.wind.wang@gmail.com\thanks{This is a test!}}
\date{2013.12.21\thanks{notes on date}}

\title{A Experiment on \LaTeX \\ The Maketitle Experiement\thanks{notes on title}}



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