I am going to submit an artcile to a conference, and it requires the authours to use amsart document class. When I use this class, on the top of each page, it shows the title or authros name(and Institut). My article has a long title, but it is fine in the first page. But from 2nd page to the end, the title shown on the top is too long to fit in a page width. I am not going to drop these titles, since it requires the authous not to change the style. But if I can use a shorter title to be shown on the top of each page, but keep the original title to be shown on the first page, it would be good. Someone had the same problem before? And how you deal with it?


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The amsart class provides an optional argument to \title:

\title[Short title]{Possibly very long title}
  • Is this only a feature of amsart or do other standard classes support this as well?
    – Hotschke
    Jun 25, 2015 at 10:11
  • This is a feature of amsart; article doesn't have it, not sure about scrartcl. Consult the documentation of the class.
    – egreg
    Jun 25, 2015 at 10:18
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    thats the sweetness Jan 16, 2017 at 22:12
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    This solution still works for the 2017 ACM SigConf template Apr 4, 2017 at 16:00

If you really don't want to shorten your title, and it's only slightly too long, you can do as follows:

\title[\resizebox{4.5in}{!}{Long title}]{Long title}

  • Is there a way to break long title into several lines in header?
    – Qaher
    Jun 25, 2016 at 19:51

You might also try redefining the \shorttitle command, just like the list of authors is also shortened in the headers of the sample file:

% The default list of authors is too long for headers}
\renewcommand{\shortauthors}{B. Trovato et al.}
\renewcommand{\shorttitle}{Your short title}
  • This seems to be an alternative method to access the same variable as the optional argument to \title (potentially overwriting any short title set with \title[Foo]{Foo bar}).
    – Dai Bowen
    Apr 4, 2017 at 15:25

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