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is it possible to have something like

\rightline{some short text}
\vspace{0.2cm}
\maketitle

without causing \maketitle to start a newpage, i.e. to have a short text placed top right on the title page, using standard article in latex?

3

If you do not want to have to redo the whole formatting of the tilte page by hand, you can use the titling package. It defines 4 hooks for the \maketitle command, so that (extracted from the titlingdoc), titling's \maketitle is:

\renewcommand{\maketitle}{%
\vspace*{\droptitle}
\maketitlehooka
{\pretitle \title \posttitle}
\maketitlehookb
{\preauthor \author \postauthor}
\maketitlehookc
{\predate \date \postdate}
\maketitlehookd
 }%

So you could add to your preamble:

\renewcommand\maketitlehooka{\hrulefill some short text
\vspace{0.2cm}}

Likewise, \maketitlehookd, lets you add things at the bottom of the title page. As for \droptitle, it is a length that allows adjustment of the vertical positioning of the title.

1

use the environment titlepage instead of the macro \titlepage:

\begin{titlepage}
\hrulefill some short text

\vspace{0.2cm}
\begin{center}
  \huge my title 

...
\end{center}
\end{titlepage}

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