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I am using IEEE access template downloaded from here. I am adding authors biography in my paper using the following syntax-

\begin{IEEEbiographynophoto}{author_name} (S'18) bla bla bla
\end{IEEEbiographynophoto}

However, I am incurring with following error-

Missing \endcsname inserted.

<to be read again> 
                   \unhbox 
l.33 ... author_name}{biography.0\c@biography }
                                                  % 33
The control sequence marked <to be read again> should
not appear between \csname and \endcsname.

! Missing \endcsname inserted.
<to be read again> 
                   \unhbox 
l.33 ... author_name}{biography.0\c@biography }
                                                  % 33
The control sequence marked <to be read again> should
not appear between \csname and \endcsname.

From my understanding, I think something is wrong with the ieeeaccess.cls file but not sure what it is. Please let me know, what can I do to fix the problem.

  • please provide a full MWE – bonanza May 17 at 8:54
  • Did not do anything In the template, just changing IEEEbiography to IEEEbiographynophoto is generating the same error. – user3862410 May 17 at 9:00
  • 1) Its a publishers template, they will change a conforming submission to their house style, If you don't like the house style find a different publisher 2) it uses a set range of packages do not modify any cls or other support packages. 3) It works as per the included example biblio entries , ensure you are not adding commands it does not support. – user170109 May 17 at 14:09
  • Sorry if above comments seem counter productive there is an easy way to test modifications that you propose. that is to produce what we referto as a mwe (minimal working example) you can then submit that to the online checker and see how it will be rejected or not by your proposed change so upload a small one page mini article to the online checker at latexqc.ieee.org – user170109 May 17 at 14:21
  • there is no environment IEEEbiographynophoto. If the publisher asks for a photo you should include it. Note that if you submit your manuscript without photo, the editor might return it back to include biography and photos. It happened to me once.. – Ilbant May 17 at 14:37
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Here is what I did. I defined a new environment and copied the definition of the IEEEbiographynophoto environment in that.

\newenvironment{IEEEbiographynophotoAlt}[1]{%
\normalfont\biographyfont\interlinepenalty500%
\vskip 4\baselineskip plus 1fil minus 0\baselineskip%
\parskip=0pt\par%
\noindent{\biographyheadfont\uppercase{#1}\ }}{\relax\par\normalfont}
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The IEEE Access Template comes with two .cls files IEEEtran and ieeeaccess. Your question suggests that you are using the ieeeaccess. In my document, I work with the IEEEtran.cls instead and have not encountered any problem with adding author biographies. Initially, I used the ieeeaccess, but latex flagged it to be invalid so I switched to IEEEtran. Also, when using the ieeeaccess.cls, my references were not loading as expected. I equally observed that the ieeeaccess loads IEEEtrans at the beginning of the file. This may suggest that IEEEtrans is superior to ieeeaccess. However, I suggest you use the IEEEtrans instead and adhere to the template's already given format for including author biographies. Hope this helps.

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