# Elsevier article with APA references

I'm writing an article for Elsevier Journal which follows APA6e references; everything is fine except that the article starts from page 2 leaving page 1 blank with just double hyphen (==) in the middle. Here is how I write.

\documentclass[preprint,12pt,authoryear]{elsarticle}
\usepackage[natbibapa]{apacite}
\usepackage{float}
\usepackage{hyperref}
\journal{Expert Systems with Applications}

\begin{document}
\begin{frontmatter}

\bibliographystyle{apacite}
\bibliography{myrefers}

\end{document}


How Can I rectify the problem?

• Your first step should be by providing the community with a minimal working example (MWE) (please click and read this link) that replicates your problem. I notice that you open a frontmatter environment, but never close it. Then you also use a bibliography myrefers that we never see. Are all the packages you load really necessary? – Werner Nov 17 '14 at 5:26
• Looks like some problem with apacite. – user11232 Nov 17 '14 at 6:36
• @Werner: Even if I put frontmatter in comments, I still get first page blank. My bib file is as: @article{Freitas, author = { F.D. Freitas and A.F. de Souza and A.R. de Almeida}, title = {Prediction-based portfolio optimization using neural networks}, journal = {Neurocomputing}, volume = {72}, pages = {2155-2170}, year = {2009} } I use \cite as well as \citep. – Akhter Nov 17 '14 at 6:59
• Try including a citation, as well as some text in the MWE, that way it would be in a more realistic form. – Markus Nov 17 '14 at 9:25

\bibliographystyle{model5-names}