I am editing a two-column paper (IEEE Conference Template) and there are some single-column figures to put into it. The code is listed below:

(a) Fractions of SP intervals by size for the best site.
(b) The contributions of each size SP interval to duty 
factor.  Results for a range of stranded power models. The percentage below 
each is the duty factor.}

However, putting this figure in one column will leave the other column on the right blank (see below). If I remove this figure, there will be no blank any more. enter image description here

  • Welcome to SE. It seems that your figure is to wide for one column, however, without minimal working example is difficult say any particular about your problem. Try to delete \vspace{...} and set the figure width to \linewidth: \includegraphics[width=\linewidth]{...}. A possible reason for your problem is, that you have in second column float element with option H or some other no floating element, which can not be fitted into available space.
    – Zarko
    Commented Feb 11, 2016 at 19:48
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    I don't think it's a problem of figure width - with the IEEEtran template oversized figures will simply overrun the text in the second column, not leave any empty space. That said, I was unable to reproduce the problem with the code snipped from above - @roymaztang please do provide a minimum working example.
    – greyshade
    Commented Feb 11, 2016 at 20:00
  • About image width probably you are right, but the second possible cause I mentioned can not be confirmed nor rejected without MWE, which exhibit OP problem.
    – Zarko
    Commented Feb 11, 2016 at 23:48

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I was also having the same problem when using IEEEtran.cls. In the template they have provided, \usepackage{stfloats} was mentioned. When I commented this, this problem was solved. I hope this will solve your issue as well.

  • I am not an expert in LaTeX. I was recently making a journal and that is when I encountered this problem. Both of the packages fixltx2e and stfloats caused the same issue. So I just commented both of them. Commented Mar 20, 2016 at 17:33
  • fixltx2e is obsolete and hasn't made any difference to an up to date LaTeX installation for a little while (everything from fixltx2e has now been implemented directly into the LaTeX kernel), it would be slightly surprising if that were causing the issue.
    – Dai Bowen
    Commented Dec 2, 2016 at 0:56
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    – AtanuCSE
    Commented Nov 28, 2017 at 0:06

I had a similar problem in a journal template and the solution turned out to be quite mundane. Having a float at the beginning of a subsection forced the column next to it to become blank. Putting the float after a paragraph of text fixed the problem for me.

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