# Force page number in front matter of elsarticle

I am writing a document using the pre-packaged elsarticle template. I need to submit the paper so that there are page numbers on all pages, including the title page, in the upper right hand corner. I have managed to get the page numbers to the upper right hand corner, but I have scoured the forums and I cannot make a number appear on the first page. I think there is something basic I am likely missing, but any help would be appreciated.

Here is what my document looks like:

\documentclass[preprint,review,12pt]{elsarticle}

\usepackage{lineno,hyperref}
%\modulolinenumbers[5]

%%%%
\usepackage{amssymb}
\usepackage{multirow}

\begin{document}

%adds page numbers to the upper right
\pagestyle{myheadings}

\begin{frontmatter}

\title{Title}

\author[rvt]{My Name}
\ead{My Email}

\cortext[cor1]{Corresponding author}

\address[rvt]{My Address}

\begin{abstract}

Abstract goes here...

\end{abstract}

\begin{keyword}
keyword 1 \sep keyword 2
\end{keyword}

\end{frontmatter}

Main text

\end{document}

• Do you mean there's an Elsevier journal asking for something out of their own standard? Have you tried \thispagestyle{}? – Rafael Apr 29 '16 at 19:46

## 1 Answer

Under the preprint option of elsarticle, the pprintTitle page style is invoked via

\thispagestyle{pprintTitle}


Let's see what this page style does:

\def\ps@pprintTitle{%
\let\@oddhead\@empty
\let\@evenhead\@empty
\def\@oddfoot{\footnotesize\itshape
Preprint submitted to \ifx\@journal\@empty Elsevier
\else\@journal\fi\hfill\today}%
\let\@evenfoot\@oddfoot}


Both odd and even headers are cleared (set to \@empty). Since the title appears on an odd page, we can update \@oddhead inside \ps@pprintTitle via an etoolbox patch:

\documentclass[preprint,review,12pt]{elsarticle}

\usepackage{etoolbox}
\makeatletter
\patchcmd{\ps@pprintTitle}% <cmd>
{\let\@oddhead\@empty}% <search>
{\def\@oddhead{\mbox{}\hfill\thepage}}% <replace>
{}{}% <success><failure>
\makeatother

\begin{document}

%adds page numbers to the upper right
\pagestyle{myheadings}

\begin{frontmatter}

\title{Title}

\author[rvt]{My Name}
\ead{My Email}

\cortext[cor1]{Corresponding author}

\address[rvt]{My Address}

\begin{abstract}
Abstract goes here...
\end{abstract}

\begin{keyword}
keyword 1 \sep keyword 2
\end{keyword}

\end{frontmatter}

Main text

\end{document}

• If this is a template for submission, I'd advise against it. Clarify from the source publisher whether this is indeed a requirement. – Werner Apr 29 '16 at 19:57
• Thank you! That did the trick. I think that the discrepancy is that elsevier provides a basic template to be used for its journals, but the specific journal I am submitting to explicitly asks for page numbering to be done in this way. – Jim Apr 29 '16 at 22:54