I have a problem with APS's revtex4-1. I want to place an twocolumn-wide figure at the bottom of the page. I know


in {article} document class [position] can be htb! , and I have no problem in {article} in placing pictures on here, top, and bottom.


in {revtex4-1} document class [position] is not working! only for t. If I use b, the picture appears on the next page, and it takes up all paper. I want it to be bottom.

I tried \usepackage{dblfloatfix} but it does not work in revtex4-1 and makes error with equation, and so on..(I see revtex4-1 is incompatible with dblfloatfix.)

The following URL is for article class, I have no problem to follow its instruction.

Displaying a wide figure in a two-column document

Please, Help!

This is my sample code, I manage to put long table at the position where I wanted, but long figure is not!



\usepackage[demo]{graphicx}% Include figure files
\usepackage{dcolumn}% Align table columns on decimal point
\usepackage{bm}% bold math

\usepackage{lipsum}% just to generate text for the example



Microscopic Images and Micro Vickers Hardness Test of
Fullly Pearlitic High-Carbon Steel Specimens

{\bfseries Abstract}



                %\linewidth or \textwidth
                \caption{A gull}


% ****** End of file apssamp.tex ******
  • 2
    Is this for a manuscript you plan to submit to APS? If so, I would recommend against forcing RevTeX4-1 to do something it doesn't want (or isn't designed) to do.
    – erik
    Dec 2, 2014 at 21:09
  • Never!. I wrote this to do my simple project paper in school. I found that the revtex's configuration and appearance were good but hard to use it. I already know that I don't need to do anything to submit it to APS, they will do for me! :D
    – Park
    Dec 5, 2014 at 1:21
  • This questioin may be helpful (this works for figures as well as tables): How to put a full-width table at the top or bottom of the same two-column page as the reference text? Sep 7, 2020 at 20:17

3 Answers 3


I encountered the same problem editing a document under REVTeX.

Thanks for pointing out that only position [t] is recognized under the {figure*} environment.

A working solution is offered by using the \onecolumngrid and \twocolumngrid commands



I observed that the double newline after \onecolumngrid is essential to avoid the figure merging with the text. However, in my case this statement doesn't seem to hold for \twocolumngrid.


  • Thanks for pointing out. I have replaced the link with a summary of the solution. Dec 2, 2014 at 16:15
  • Wow. I've never thought I would got a re! Thanks for seeing this in 10 months after. I found out what \onecolumngrid and \twocolumngrid do but it does not help me to properly position the long figure....so sad...
    – Park
    Dec 5, 2014 at 1:23
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    @ Pieter De Beule The double newline after \onecolumngrid is non-intuitive – thanks for pointing out.
    – Themis
    Nov 8, 2020 at 18:21

I think one hack that works is putting the figure as float inside a minipage widetext environment. For example,

  • Given you're using [H] is the minipage actually necessary/useful?
    – Dai Bowen
    Apr 24 at 22:03

This was a dirty trick that worked for me. I found it on the LaTeX forum. I only had to cut my text at a suitable spot (between the [CUT HERE] to reduce empty lines so that it did not look to obvious that I cut the text in half myself).

This is a sentence. This is a sentence. This is [CUT HERE]\
[CUT HERE] a sentence, This is a sentence....\

I hope this can be useful for some people.

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