I have set up a twocolumn article document that works fine. However, I need to leave all right columns totally blank, so the texts are only displayed on the left side of the twocolumn layout.

The packages parallel, parcolumns, paracol, and parrun do not work as required or demand some major editing of specifications. Is there an easier solution?

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There are many options. Most easy is to set the right margin to a large length:







  • Thanks alot for the answer! Unfortunately, the proposed solution does not work as required; since there is no possibility to use the figure* or table* command, and the header line on the right side is not shown. – msg Apr 13 '18 at 8:33
  • @msg Then describe what you are trying to do more exactly. Why in the world should the right column be empty, but have a line in the heading? Make a minimal working example. – Keks Dose Apr 13 '18 at 8:36
  • @msg this is however the right solution (you can make figures and tables wider (and even have wide mid-column h floats) also you can make the headline full width – David Carlisle Apr 13 '18 at 9:04
  • @DavidCarlisle You made my day! :-)) – Keks Dose Apr 13 '18 at 9:21
  • Excuse me, I did not meant to be offensive. Integrating right=.45\paperwidth works if minipages are used for titles that should span over both columns. Thanks again – msg Apr 13 '18 at 10:12

There is actually a more easy way, using \documentclass[]{revtex4-1} with option galley. It will make your article only on the left side, so the right side is free to write corrections (@Keks Dose: that's the reason, when printing you have the right side to insert corrections, it is really handy :) ).

As an example:

 \documentclass[aip,apl,reprint,floatfix, galley]{revtex4-1}
    %Option galley makes the job

    \usepackage[hang, centerlast, nooneline, FIGTOPCAP]{subfigure}

\author{M. Rossi}
\affiliation{* University, Institute, Postal Code - City, State}
\author{J. Smith}
\affiliation{* University, Institute 2, PC - City, State}

\title{\textbf{Two column - right side blank}}

        Abstract text here.


% General intro

         & $x$ & Thickness & $T_{comp}$ \\
    sample 1 & 0.7 & 50.5 & 259 \\ 
    sample 2 & 0.64 & 58 & 79 \\ 
    sample 3 & 0.57 & 53 & 150 \\ 
\caption{Parameters of random samples (see Fig.~\ref{Fig.4}).}


  • Hello, welcome. Thank you for your answer, but why use revtex4-1 which is obsolete and replaced by revtex4-2? – AndréC Aug 9 '19 at 10:01
  • Hello! Yes, you are perfectly right. But I just took an old file that I had on my laptop, I guess the option is still working on the new version. – gbonfi Aug 12 '19 at 14:40
  • I have tried and it only works with 4-2. – AndréC Aug 12 '19 at 15:35

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