Manuscript Preparation: Please, i have a question about " The text should be in single-column format " so i can't use this:


in my latex code ?

I'd like to submit a journal paper to JPDC Journal.

Thank you so much for answer.

Kind regards.

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    Single-column and twocolumn kind of are oposites. Leave twocolumn out. – Johannes_B Jan 18 '16 at 13:31
  • @Johannes_B The 5p option needs to be removed as well, possibly replaced with 3p. (I don't have that much experience with Elsevier, so not sure.) – Torbjørn T. Jan 18 '16 at 13:32
  • In the template, i have 5 choices : %% \documentclass[final,1p,times]{elsarticle} %\documentclass[final,1p,times,twocolumn]{elsarticle} %% \documentclass[final,3p,times]{elsarticle} %\documentclass[final,3p,times,twocolumn]{elsarticle} %% \documentclass[final,5p,times]{elsarticle} \documentclass[final,5p,times,twocolumn]{elsarticle} – researcher Jan 18 '16 at 13:33
  • Which I have to choose please ? Bests. – researcher Jan 18 '16 at 13:34
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    as far as I remember "?p" depends on the journal (there is a list somewhere on the elsevier sites, which journals are in which group). Also, if i remember correctly, they want submissions using one-column even if the published journal is two-column. – Bort Jan 18 '16 at 13:46

For detailed information about the properties and options of the elsarticle document class, I recommend you bring up a command window and type

texdoc elsarticle

and start reading the user guide for this document class.

For sure, I would not specify the options final, 5p, and twocolumn. Instead, I would try


The default options, i.e., those that needn't be specified explicitly in order to be in effect, are a4paper, 10pt, oneside, onecolumn and preprint. For a journal submission, it may also be unnecessary to specify times (an option for the text font to be used in the document).

  • Thank you for answer. I have to use this for example: \documentclass[preprint,12pt]{elsarticle} ? – researcher Jan 18 '16 at 17:34
  • @researcher -- Assuming JPDC stands for Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing, this option combination should be OK. Incidentally, why would you wish to set the option 12pt? Does the journal require it? – Mico Jan 18 '16 at 22:56

The Xp refers to the page sizes used by the journal. 1p is single column, 3p is single column by default and 5p is double column. For double column formatting, use 1p or 3p.

The final options shows a style similar to (but different from) the style used on ScienceDirect. For submitting your article, you may want to use the option review rather than final.

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