Using revtex4-1 in single-column mode produces a page break after the abstract. This is not the behavior with revtex4. The minimal example is really simple:

\title{Some stupid title}
The body of the paper goes here.

Adding author, abstract, whatever, doesn't make any difference. The result is two pages, where the title is on page 1, but the text is on page 2. Just switching the documentclass back to revtex4 gives me a single page, as expected. What's going on?

I've updated my entire installation through texlive (2010), and have

revtex4-1 2010/07/25/20:33:00 4.1r

Looking at the APS website, this looks like it's the most recent version.


2 Answers 2


By default, revtex4-1 reserves a whole page to typeset the title and the author(s) information; to change this behaviour, you need to use the notitlepage class option:

  • Beautiful! That works perfectly. I just wish that had been noted more prominently in the documentation. It also seems like a backwards default IMO. Especially because that's not the behavior with the twocolumn documentclass option. Anyway, thanks very much.
    – Mike
    Commented May 26, 2011 at 11:47
  • I also had to remove certain styles like pop and preprint
    – wander95
    Commented Apr 5, 2019 at 20:00
  • this is a beautiful answer +1
    – wonderich
    Commented Feb 19, 2020 at 5:09

This has been fixed in revtex4-2. The Author's Guide says

The onecolumn option no longer defaults to creating a separate title page.

And indeed, changing to \documentclass{revtex4-2} in the MWE posted above results in a single-page document.

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