I am submitting to a Taylor and Francis journal which uses the manuscriptcentral portal. It doesn’t accept PDF files and I have to upload the tex file and the necessary graphics files. But it fails to build.

So far I have tried 1. copying all of the sub tex files that contain individual sections, etc into one file. 2. Ensuring all macro definitions are defined in the introduction.

I suppose I could try one by one to remove packages I use, try to achieve something similar another way, and then rebuild but given it is a reasonably long and moderately complicated document this seems infeasibly slow.

The journal submission advice doesn’t address this issue.

My question: rather than my spending forever experimenting with a frustrating website I wondered if there are any known limitations of the latex build such systems use or workarounds? Do I need to, for example, include all the package files I use, or avoid particular fonts? Are some packages known to be difficult? I am hoping that someone here has been through this and can share their experience so I don’t have to resort to trying to write it in Word as they recommend (shudder!)

  • I'm possibly known to not be a fan of different template modification requests on this site. I believe the Journals provide them specific for a purpose, thus should NOT to be modified. From T&F site I Quote ~ "check the ‘Instructions for authors’ page for the journal you would like to submit to, which will indicate if LaTeX is an accepted format. Some journals will provide a link to their specific template in the ‘Instructions for Authors’ section. If no template is provided, please contact us for advice." ~ In summary we can help correct TeX back to desired form IF its a known good template. – KJO May 16 at 20:20
  • This response was very helpful indeed as it clarified things for me. Thank you. To be clear - I am using the supplied interact.cls class and the supplied template. Neither work. I’m not trying to get round their requirements, just build my paper! – dothyphendot May 16 at 21:49
  • We may not have access to that class do you have a link to which journal and is there an online template ? – KJO May 16 at 21:53
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    It seems to be a reasonable recently 2017 updated structure, however it does expect simple EPS graphics (not pdf inserts), there are a lot of Donts around tex line 77 and very basic troubleshoot advice at end. If you have any feedback when trying to submit we could potentially assist however without any error message those best to advise would be latex.helpdesk at tandf.co.uk – KJO May 16 at 22:52
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    But it fails to build. How did you figure that out? Had there had been a message stating exactly that? Or was there any other error message. Just It didn't work is probably the worst error message a human being can give. – Johannes_B May 17 at 4:57

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