# Prevent page break when text exists before title in twocolumn enviornment

I have an article using the two column enviornment but the title and abstract in a single column which works fine like this:

\documentclass[a4paper, 11pt, twocolumn]{article}

\begin{document}

\twocolumn[
\maketitle
\begin{onecolabstract}
Here is my abstract...
\end{onecolabstract}]

\end{document}


I now need to add information BEFORE the title but it always causes a page break. I have tried this solution and a couple more, but it didn't work. Unfortunately, I am quite new to TeX and couldn't find a solution that worked.

• You can include the information above \maketitle within the \twocolumn[...] component. – Werner Apr 22 '14 at 17:56
• Wow, amazing how I did not think of this /= Thank you for the response! – phil13131 Apr 22 '14 at 17:59

The contents within \twocolumn's optional argument is set inside a \vbox, which gobbles page breaks. So, even though \maketitle technically issues a page break you can insert the contents before but inside \twocolumn:

\documentclass[twocolumn]{article}
\usepackage{lipsum}% Just for this example.
\title{A Title}
\author{An Author}
\begin{document}

\twocolumn[
Something
\maketitle
\begin{abstract}
{\lipsum*[1]}
\end{abstract}]

\end{document}