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As many of you know, there are different options of Elsevier document which includes:

\documentclass[preprint,12pt,authoryear]{elsarticle}

\documentclass[authoryear,preprint,review,12pt]{elsarticle}

\documentclass[final,1p,times,authoryear]{elsarticle}

\documentclass[final,1p,times,twocolumn,authoryear]{elsarticle}

\documentclass[final,3p,times,authoryear]{elsarticle}

\documentclass[final,3p,times,twocolumn,authoryear]{elsarticle}

\documentclass[final,5p,times,authoryear]{elsarticle}

\documentclass[final,5p,times,twocolumn,authoryear]{elsarticle}

My question here is, can I have a 5p single-column paper?? What is the difference between (5p) and (5p, twocolumn) ??

When I used \documentclass[final,5p,times,authoryear]{elsarticle}, it gives me a two column layout which I don't need.

  • [5p,onecolumn] ? – David Carlisle Jun 27 '18 at 15:22
  • Thank you @DavidCarlisle but does't help. – Ameen Mohamed Bassam Jun 27 '18 at 15:39
  • if you don't need two column why are you using a publisher supplied option that is specifically for two column documents? – David Carlisle Jun 27 '18 at 16:18
  • Elsevier as a publisher has a 5p journal with single coulmn such as 'Transportation Research Part D' where I am trying to publishmy work – Ameen Mohamed Bassam Jun 27 '18 at 23:13
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You asked,

My question here is, can I have a 5p single column paper?

Here's an excerpt from page 2 of the user guide of the elsarticle class:

5p -- This is always of twocolumn style."

The short, and also the long, answer to your question therefore is: "No".

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  • Thank you Mico. But if 5p is always for twoclumn, why there are (5p) and (5p, twocolumn) options ??? – Ameen Mohamed Bassam Jun 27 '18 at 15:42
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    @AmeenMohamedBassam - Sorry, I am not the author of this document class. I'm also entirely unfamiliar with the design decisions that had to be made when the document class was created. I thus can't address meaningfully any why-type questions related to the elsarticle document class. My apologies. – Mico Jun 27 '18 at 15:45
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    @AmeenMohamedBassam the 5p option executes twocolum so 5p is the same as 5p,twocolumn 5p,onecolumn resets one column but as jype is 5 many constructs (notably \maketitle) are only defined for two column documents.) – David Carlisle Jun 27 '18 at 16:17
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I see nowhere in the documentation that one is supposed to use both 5p and twocolumn.

The option 1p always uses one column format, while 5p always uses twocolumn:

\DeclareOption{5p}{\xdef\jtype{5}\global\preprintfalse
  \ExecuteOptions{twocolumn}}

\DeclareOption{1p}{\xdef\jtype{1}\global\preprintfalse
  \AtBeginDocument{\@twocolumnfalse}}

From the code it's clear that passing twocolumn together with 5p is redundant, because the option is executed anyway.

The only option for which a choice between one and two column format is sensible is 3p.

Passing 5p and onecolumn as options is a bad idea.

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