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I want to use a double column format for Elsevier like this paper, which basically should look like this. However I'm not able to find the right template or figure out the right settings. From their official LaTeX instructions I have downloaded this elsarticle folder. where there are some files:

  • elsarticle.dtx
  • elsarticle.cls
  • some other .tex, .pdfand .sty ... files

They have also provided a "documentation" which IMHO is very messy and confusing. I would appreciate if you could help me know:

  1. Where I can find a proper template similar to the sample paper I mentioned earlier
  2. If there are no templates how I can get the double column formatting using those .dtx, .cls or .sty ... files

Thanks for your help in advance.

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    Can you provide an MWE? Your questions seem to be too general. – Sina Ahmadi Nov 2 '18 at 11:44
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    @Foad: MWE = minimal working example. Regarding your problem, you might also want to have a look at page 13 of the documentation: 'twocolumn: should be used along with 3p option...'. Thus, maybe using \documentclass[twocolumn, 3p]{elsarticle} results in the desired layout. – leandriis Nov 2 '18 at 11:59
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    Page 11 of the user guide -- which you've chosen to summarily dismiss as "very messy and confusing" -- of the elsarticle document class states what the document class options 1p, 3p, 5p, and twocolumn do and, in particular, which combinations of the four options do what. The links to the two screenshots you provided don't furnish nearly enough information to let anyone judge which options may be the ones you need to use. – Mico Nov 2 '18 at 12:18
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    The user guide of the elsarticle document class should be available on most systems by typing texdoc elsarticle at a command prompt. If you get a browser window with several options, be sure to choose elsdoc.pdf. The "Guide for Authors" webpage is decidedly not the user guide for the elsarticle document class. – Mico Nov 2 '18 at 12:35
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    The manual says that all article class options apply to elsevier class, so use \documentclass[twocolumn]{elsevier}. (Yes, they should have at least mentioned them by name.) – John Kormylo Nov 2 '18 at 15:54

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