3

Suppose I have created a plot with pgfplots for a scientific paper.

However, for usual reasons the targeted journal is not certain. Possibly the plot has to be adjusted to match different journals (consider here revtex4-1 and elsarticle). This includes font type, font sizes, columnwidths/textwidths.

For instance, the values of the \columnwidth differ:

% \documentclass[preprint,5p,twocolumn,12pt]{elsarticle}
\the\columnwidth=252.0pt
% \documentclass[aps,final,pre,twocolumn,10pt]{revtex4-1}
\the\columnwidth=246.0pt

I have considered the package standalone:

plot.tex:

\documentclass[class=elsarticle,5p,twocolumn,12pt]{standalone}
\usepackage{pgfplots}
\pgfplotsset{compat=1.5}
\begin{document}
\begin{tikzpicture}
\begin{axis}[
width=\columnwidth,
title=Inv. cum. normal,
xlabel={$x$},
ylabel={$y$},
]
\addplot[blue] table {invcum.dat};
\end{axis}
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{document}

download invcum.dat

paper.tex:

\documentclass[preprint,5p,twocolumn,12pt]{elsarticle}
\usepackage{lipsum}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\begin{document}
\setlength{\parindent}{0ex}
\lipsum[1]\vspace*{2ex}
\begin{figure}
  \centering
  \includegraphics{plot}
  \caption{interesting results}
\end{figure}
\vspace*{2ex}\lipsum[2]
\end{document}

After the paper got rejected :(, the documentclass gets changed.

paper.tex

\documentclass[final,aps,pre,twocolumn,10pt]{revtex4-1}

plot.tex

\documentclass[class=revtex4-1,final,aps,pre,twocolumn,10pt]{standalone}

For some reason standalone fails to accept as class option revtex4-1.

What would be a good workflow to minimize the workload using pdflatex without using dvi-eps path. Quantities, which should be available to plotting, are font size, \columnwidth and \textwidth.

An answer with a gnuplot+standalone solution would be a good addition.

Related questions:

3

You can use \includestandalone from standalone package (requires -shell-escape).

plot.tex:

\documentclass{standalone}
\usepackage{pgfplots}
\pgfplotsset{compat=1.5}
\begin{document}
\begin{tikzpicture}
\begin{axis}[
width=\columnwidth,
title=Inv. cum. normal,
xlabel={$x$},
ylabel={$y$},
]
\addplot[blue] table {invcum.dat};
\end{axis}
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{document}

Then in elsarticle:

\documentclass[preprint,twocolumn,12pt]{elsarticle}
\usepackage{lipsum}
\usepackage{graphicx}
%\usepackage{pgfplots}
%\pgfplotsset{compat=1.5}
\usepackage[subpreambles=true]{standalone}
\begin{document}
\setlength{\parindent}{0ex}
\lipsum[1]\vspace*{2ex}
\begin{figure}
  \centering
  \includestandalone[mode=buildnew]{plot}
  %\includegraphics{plot}
  \caption{interesting results}
\end{figure}
\vspace*{2ex}\lipsum[2]
\end{document}

enter image description here

And in revtex4-1

\documentclass[final,aps,pre,twocolumn,10pt]{revtex4-1}
\usepackage{lipsum}
\usepackage{graphicx}
%\usepackage{pgfplots}
%\pgfplotsset{compat=1.5}
\usepackage[subpreambles=true]{standalone}
\begin{document}
\setlength{\parindent}{0ex}
\lipsum[1]\vspace*{2ex}
\begin{figure}
  \centering
  \includestandalone[mode=buildnew]{plot}
  %\includegraphics{plot}
  \caption{interesting results}
\end{figure}
\vspace*{2ex}\lipsum[2]
\end{document}

enter image description here

Now, for curiosity, try with a big font size and different font.

\documentclass[18pt]{scrartcl}
\usepackage{lipsum}
\usepackage{mathpazo}
\usepackage{graphicx}
%\usepackage{pgfplots}
%\pgfplotsset{compat=1.5}
\usepackage[subpreambles=true]{standalone}
\begin{document}
\setlength{\parindent}{0ex}
\lipsum[1]\vspace*{2ex}
\begin{figure}
  \centering
  \includestandalone[mode=buildnew]{plot}
  %\includegraphics{plot}
  \caption{interesting results}
\end{figure}
\vspace*{2ex}\lipsum[2]
\end{document}

enter image description here

3
  • @Kumar: Thank you for your answer. However, when I submit a paper I like to keep the number of required packages small. I would prefer paper.tex does not have to know about standalone and I don't have to adjust the file for submission. Do you know how one could achieve this?
    – Hotschke
    May 10 '15 at 6:16
  • @Hotschke Not any of that I am aware of. You may remove those packages at very last stage before submitting.
    – user11232
    May 10 '15 at 8:41
  • To my knowledge, journals usually prefer to receive the figures as graphics files (eg .eps), instead of .tex
    – Wouter
    Jan 28 '19 at 14:00

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.