I use elsarticle template with LyX,

(document ->settings->document class ->Elsevier )

and I want to prepare an article in two column model.

  1. How can I place a one-column-abstract and after that two-column-section in a elsarticle template with LyX?
  2. How can I do the same things for the image? (image one column and the section two columns).

Thank you.


1 Answer 1



Two column

elsarticle.cls provides various class options for different layout, ie, for onecolumn, twocolumn, specific citation styles etc. A very good documentation is available at elsdoc.

Here, you may try either with 3p,twocolumn or 5p,twocolumn option. 5p will give you more text area in the document.

In Lyx, the class options (5p,twocolumn) may be given in Document -> Settings -> Document Class Custom field.

This will provide you twocolumn text after the abstract section.


Insert your figure and right click on float: Figure which is shown just above the figure box. Then select settings -> Span columns.

  • thank you a lot for your answer, but still don't work an error displayed " \documentclass[preprint,12pt,5p,twocolumn]{ elsarticle} The document may only declare one class." i think maybe "multicol" package is missing so i will try to install and i will tested again Feb 9, 2017 at 19:54
  • hi again , sorry but i still have this error "The document may only declare one class." and i didn't' figure out how to solve it Feb 10, 2017 at 10:16
  • @hajerjomaa You don't have to give \documentclass line in Lyx, sorry for the confusion. In Lyx, the class options (5p,twocolumn) may be given in Document -> Settings -> Custom field. Feb 10, 2017 at 11:05
  • With regard to the figure span, see the original Answer. I have edited my Answer to reflect this. Feb 10, 2017 at 11:41
  • ,sorry but i didn't found what you said in lyx ,there is no "Custom field" .if you mean Document -> Settings -> Text Layout-> Two column document . i tried but the text and the abstrct are missedup. also no Span columns for the figure Feb 10, 2017 at 13:19

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