I would like to make the titles of the sections of my paper and subtitles, have the same formatting as the American Economic Review. Here's an example:

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The section titles should be centered, start with I, II, III, and subsections with A, B, C ...

While they do provide a .cls class, I cannot figure out which lines I should put in my preamble as I would like to avoid using the whole thing. Does anyone know which lines should suffice and modifications needed (if any?)


It is simple with titlesec:

\documentclass[12pt, twoside]{article}

\titlespacing*{\section}{0pt}{11pt plus 2pt minus 2pt}{11pt plus 2pt minus 2pt}
\titlespacing*{\subsection}{0pt}{11pt plus 2pt minus 2pt}{11pt plus 2pt minus 2pt}


\section{A Delightful Section}
\subsection{A Lovely Subsection}


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  • Hi @Bernard, thanks for the reply. This is almost what I am looking for. The only thing is that if one adds another section and subsection to the text, the subsection indexing does not restart. I.e. a subsection of section II starts being numbered at B. How can I solve that? – phdstudent Jul 21 '17 at 9:47
  • @phdstudent: It's my fault: I copy-pasted the redefinition of \thesection to redefine \thesubsection, but forgot to change the name of the counter accordingly. The code has been fixed. Thank you for pointing it! – Bernard Jul 21 '17 at 9:58

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