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I am new to latex and writing paper for a journal where the text is created in two column mode. For figures and tables, I can use the {figure*} and {table*} environment and this inserts the figures and tables in the wide mode spanning the width of the document.

How can one do the same for a paragraph of text without inserting a new page in the document?

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    welcome to tex.sx. you could place the text in one of the floating environments, and just not insert a caption. but it's likely that the journal editors don't want that, so maybe you had better ask there whether it's permitted – barbara beeton Feb 12 '16 at 18:53
  • Thanks for the reply! I will give it a try. The reason I ask is that they have a special acknowledgement section and for some reason it seems to overlap the text with the other column. But I will ask them on how I can fix it as it messes up the readability. – Luca Feb 12 '16 at 18:55
  • Try to find cause whay your text is wider than column. In normal circumstances a plain text without extremely long words is newer wider than column width. – Zarko Feb 12 '16 at 19:05
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You can use the strip environment, from the cuted package (in the shipunove bundle):

    \documentclass[twocolumn]{article}
    \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
    \usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
    \usepackage{lipsum}
    \usepackage{cuted}

    \begin{document}

    \lipsum[2]
    \begin{strip}
    \lipsum[3-4]
    \end{strip}
    \lipsum[5-8]

    \end{document} 

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  • This worked very well! – Luca Feb 12 '16 at 21:25

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