In the article document class, how to make author names parallel and aligned like we align inequalities and equations? Is there a default command to do so? I have tried \and but that just made author names in a line, not parallel.

If not, will you please tell me how to make it happen?

  • Is there a documentclass called plain? If I understand well plain-tex doesn't uses classes. – Aradnix Sep 12 '14 at 4:20
  • @Aradnix: Hey thanks for your interest. My gross typo, please see the edit. – Megadeth Sep 12 '14 at 4:22
  • Does \author{Some Body \\ Another Body} give the result you want? If not, please add a minimal working example (MWE). – Paul Gessler Sep 12 '14 at 4:23
  • @PaulGessler: Thanks. I want to align the author names not only parallel but also aligned like we align inequalities and equations. – Megadeth Sep 12 '14 at 4:28
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    You really should add an MWE and a picture of your expected output. You want the two author names left-aligned, or right-aligned? And should the whole construct then be centered on the page, or aligned left/right? The question is not very clear as it stands, since author names don't have the same natural alignment points that equations/inequalities have. – Paul Gessler Sep 12 '14 at 4:31

This is just a guess of what you might be after:

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\title{My title}
\author{\begin{tabular}{r@{\ }l}
  Extremely Long First Name & Last Name \\
                 First Name & Extremely Long Last Name


  • @Comeseeconquer: The column specification r@{\ }l means there will be two columns - the first is right-aligned (or ragged left), while the second is left-aligned (or ragged right). Between the columns is a space \ . You might be interested in an l@{\ }l alignment... perhaps? – Werner Sep 12 '14 at 5:48
  • Thanks so much. Exactly, the latter is what I am after. And I have found it. :) – Megadeth Sep 12 '14 at 6:42

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