My university recommends to use the acmart document class for theses, while at the same time requiring a standard cover page which includes title and author information. Considering I am also limited in the number of pages, I do not want to repeat this information on the first page of the thesis. When I leave the title and author information out, \maketitle prompts a "no title given" exception, but extra whitespace is still reserved on the first page. Moreover, when I omit \maketitle, the ACM formatting doesn't work. Unfortunately, my coding skills are fairly weak. Would anyone know a way to get around this?

Thank you in advance,


  • Which acmart format do you use? sigconf, sigchi, acmtog...?
    – Boris
    Jun 22, 2019 at 16:26
  • Hi Boris, I am using sigconf
    – Rikkert
    Jun 22, 2019 at 16:28

2 Answers 2


What you need from \maketitle is just \twocolumn command. Add it to your document like this:




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Thank you for your help Boris!

If any other beginner encouters this issue, here is the full answer:

Replace \maketitle with \twocolumn

Not using \maketitle disables the commands:



However, this can be easily solved by substituting them for \section*{abstract} and \section*{keywords} in the body of the document.

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