I'm trying to suppress any floats, tables and figures, from appearing on the first page in a two-column document:

Furthermore, IEEE journals never place floats in the first column of the first page and rarely (if ever) do they do so in the second column of the first page. Middle in-text placement (“here”) is not used.

But so far I have no luck. Actually, I haven't even been able to get the \suppressfloats command to work at all in this set-up, on any page.

Does \suppressfloats even work with ?
Does \suppressfloats even work with twocloumn?

Related question: Move figure away from the first page

After having done some testing with the bare_jrnl.tex template, I've come to some conclusions, but not nearly enough to satisfy me:

  • \suppressfloats does seem to work with
  • The conditions of work is not clear to me, i.e. it seems to be dependent on both the amount of text, sections, subsections, placement of the command (even tough they appear on the same page), placement of float in text, etc.
  • placing \suppressfloats just after \begin{document} never seems to work

Even so, I still can't get latex to move my float in my original document. Suggestions that I could move the float, in text, away is kind of hassle if it moves to far away (like different (sub)sections in different files, etc.).

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    You could always just move the float creation later in the document. Jun 27, 2014 at 3:12

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Yes, \suppressfloats does work with IEEEtran and, consequently, with twocolumn format.

As mentioned in the link you provide, just type \suppressfloats at the beginning of the document, right after \begin{document}.

Also, as stated by John Kormylo, you can simply write your \begin{figure}...\end{figure} at some other place in your text, making it appear in the second column of the second page.

Don't forget that IEEE requires you to use the [t] specification, so all your figures should appear on top of the columns.

  • I've updated the question. Can get \suppressfloats to work, somewhat, but not nearly as deterministic as I had hoped for.
    – Juhl
    Jul 2, 2014 at 15:05

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