# Print a short title in the header

I'm creating a style file to use as a template for submissions to a specific journal. That journal requires a short title in the header. I could easily hard-code such a short title in the style file itself, following the answer to Page header alternatively author name and short title, but that's clearly not a good solution in this case, as I would need to change the template .sty file for every document I write. Any suggestions how I can do this? Dummy lines with \shorttitle are commented out in the MWE below.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{lipsum,filecontents}
\begin{filecontents}{mystyle.sty}
%% My package starts here
\NeedsTeXFormat{LaTeX2e}
\ProvidesPackage{mystyle}
\usepackage{titling}
\usepackage{fancyhdr}
\pagestyle{fancy}
\fancyhf{}
%   \fancyhead[R]{\theshorttitle\ \thepage} % do something like this
\endinput
%% And ends here
\end{filecontents}
\usepackage{mystyle}

\begin{document}
\title{This is my long title}
%\shorttitle{This is my short title} % This short title should not be printed here - only in the header
\maketitle
\lipsum[1-6]
\end{document}

• How about using a key-value interface for your command/style file? – user31729 Apr 23 '14 at 15:14
• @ChristianHupfer I have no idea what that means. – Sverre Apr 23 '14 at 15:15
• Something like \usepackage[shorttitle={Yet another sophisticated Title]{mystyle} as class/style option, e.g. created with xkeyval package? – user31729 Apr 23 '14 at 15:18
• @ChristianHupfer Still way over my head :) – Sverre Apr 23 '14 at 15:18

It seems you can do what you want by defining a command in the .sty such as

\newcommand\@shorttitle{}
% define \theshorttitle to what is given


You can then use \@shorttitle in the .sty file in place of where you need it (e.g. defining the header; just use \@shorttitle instead of \theshorttitle). You can set the short title from your main document as you suggest, with

\shorttitle{This is my short title}


Hope this helps.

• @ChristianHupfer If phfaist's suggestion is essentially correct, though, please edit the answer to reflect your objections. – Sverre Apr 23 '14 at 15:17
• @Sverre: They are essentially correct, I wanted to indicate rather a matter of style, not more or less. – user31729 Apr 23 '14 at 15:19
• @ChristianHupfer I understood that. Yet, please edit his answer so that it ends up being a suggestion I (and others who read this) can plug into a preamble or .sty file. – Sverre Apr 23 '14 at 15:20
• @Sverre: I could (possible) edit his answer, but this is not my task. – user31729 Apr 23 '14 at 15:21