# How to put a rule after font-changed paragraph, without extra vertical space

I'm working on a template for a conference paper. It's a two-column article, with a copyright statement at the top of the initial column, followed by a horizontal rule immediately underneath. Here's a minimal working example:

\documentclass[letterpaper,twocolumn,twoside,10pt]{article}
\title{Some sort of title}
\author{My name}
\date{}
\begin{document}
\maketitle

{\scriptsize
Copyright 2018, held by some organization with a long name that will
invariably break over a single line.\hfill\break
This paper was prepared for presentation at the foo
59\textsuperscript{th} Annual Bar Baz Symposium held in London, UK, June
20-26, 2018.\par}\rule{\linewidth}{0.5pt}

\section{Abstract}

More text that says something useful.

\end{document}


Without the \par in the smaller-script block, there is far too much spacing between lines in the copyright block. With the \par, there's an extra line's worth of spacing beneath the copyright text and the rule.

Presumably I should be able to override the spacing after a paragraph in the copyright block, but I'm not sure how to do that.

• Does using \vspace{some value} before and/or after the copyright notice help? "Some value" could be positive or negative, a few pt, and does not need to be integer. – user139954 Apr 25 '18 at 23:13
• You can replace the last line by 20-26, 2018.\\\rule{\linewidth}{0.5pt}\par}. Although some people might want to see me scream in pain because of this :P – Phelype Oleinik Apr 25 '18 at 23:16
• Welcome to here. Some value could be -\parskip? @RobtAll – cfr Apr 25 '18 at 23:16
• @PhelypeOleinik It is one thing to practise evil; it is another thing to commend it to others. In any case, that still adds vertical space, even if not 'extra' vertical space. And it is Bad, of course. – cfr Apr 25 '18 at 23:18

\documentclass[letterpaper,twocolumn,twoside,10pt]{article}
\title{Some sort of title}
\author{My name}
\date{}
\usepackage{calc}
\begin{document}
\maketitle

{\scriptsize
Copyright 2018, held by some organization with a long name that will
invariably break over a single line.\hfill\break
This paper was prepared for presentation at the foo
59\textsuperscript{th} Annual Bar Baz Symposium held in London, UK, June
20-26, 2018.\par}\vspace*{-.75\baselineskip}\noindent\rule{\linewidth}{0.5pt}

\section{Abstract}

More text that says something useful.

\end{document}


• To really undo all the vertical space, delete the .75. However, you probably don't want to do that as it will put the line on the baseline of the last line of the copyright notice. – cfr Apr 25 '18 at 23:25

With tabularx:

\documentclass[letterpaper,twocolumn,twoside,10pt]{article}
\usepackage{tabularx, booktabs}

\title{Some sort of title}
\author{My name}
\date{}

\begin{document}

\maketitle

\noindent \begin{tabularx}{\linewidth}{@{}>{\scriptsize\arraybackslash}X@{}}%\scriptsize
Copyright 2018, held by some organization with a long name that will
invariably break over a single line. \\%%\hfill\break
This paper was prepared for presentation at the foo
59\textsuperscript{th} Annual Bar Baz Symposium held in London, UK, June
20-26, 2018.\\
\midrule
\end{tabularx}%

\section{Abstract}

More text that says something useful.

\end{document}