I am getting an extra page before the document if I add thanks in the footnote of the first page of the document, and if I remove it, the extra page is gone. My document begins as follows:


If I remove \thanks, the extra page disappears. I want to add thanks in the footnote. What should I do ?

  • Put it inside the author statement.
    – Johannes_B
    Commented Mar 10, 2018 at 9:58

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In the LaTeX standard document classes like article, book or report, the command \thanks is not meant to be used as an independent command like \author or \title, but would be used inside the argument of one of these.

For example you would write

  \title{A thesis\thanks{A real one}}
  \author{John Doe\thanks{Husband of Jane Doe}}

The output

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    while it's true that \thanks is "dependent" for article, it is independent with amsart and perhaps other document classes. the question wasn't specific about document class, so the class used should be stated specifically in your answer. Commented Mar 10, 2018 at 16:57
  • @barbarabeeton Thanks, I wasn't aware some classes use this differently. Commented Mar 10, 2018 at 20:17

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