# Subtitle with the \maketitle page?

Does there exist some command for subtitles in the \maketitle thing?

• The titlepage environment can be used to create a title page with everything you need. The standard classes don't even try to provide "everything" one could need. You can look at the titling package for getting aid in designing a title. – egreg Mar 31 '12 at 12:15

In the standard classes: no. In the KOMA-Script classes: yes.

\documentclass{scrartcl}

\begin{document}

\title{(Title)}
\subtitle{(Subtitle)}
\author{(Author)}

\maketitle

\end{document}


• How about subsubsub...title? – hhh Mar 31 '12 at 14:03
• @hhh AFAIK, no class/package offers this. – lockstep Apr 1 '12 at 11:05

With the titling package one can define a \subtitle command as follows:

\documentclass[a4paper]{article}
\usepackage{titling}
\newcommand{\subtitle}[1]{%
\posttitle{%
\par\end{center}
\begin{center}\large#1\end{center}
\vskip0.5em}%
}

\begin{document}

\title{(Title)}
\subtitle{(Subtitle)}

\author{(Author)}

\maketitle

\end{document}


The trick is that titling redefines \maketitle so that it executes, among other things

<pretitle tokens> <title tokens> <posttitle tokens>


and what goes in <posttitle tokens> is set by

\posttitle{tokens}


The default, as made clear in the documentation, is

  \posttitle{\par\end{center}\vskip0.5em}


so what's needed is to insert something in between.

• ...how about subsubsub...title? – hhh Mar 31 '12 at 14:18
• @hhh What do you mean? – egreg Mar 31 '12 at 14:19
• Like is it possible to have \subsubtitle{...}? At least with the \title{...} linebreaks do not work in title -element \title{oneLine\n newLine}. – hhh Mar 31 '12 at 14:29
• Use \\ to force a line break. – egreg Mar 31 '12 at 14:49
• @egreg Thanks for the helpful solution here. Unfortunately I'm running into an error when trying to include an abstract and multiple authors. I posted a separate question about the issue here: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/285711/… – Mathemanic Jan 3 '16 at 5:22

I was inspired by Enrico's suggestion, but didn't want to use the titling package because it's not included in BasicTeX and some other minimal TeX distributions, so I added a subtitle using etoolbox instead. This also won't clash with KOMA-Script or other classes that add their own version of \subtitle:

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{etoolbox}
\makeatletter
\apptocmd{\@title}{\par {\large #1 \par}}{}{}
}
\makeatother

\begin{document}

\title{(Title)}
\subtitle{(Subtitle)}
\author{(Author)}

\maketitle

\end{document}

• Don't place the \usepackage{etoolbox} inside the definition of \subtitle. – Werner Jan 11 at 2:55
• Is there a reason for that? The idea was to load etoolbox only if the command were used. – Andrew Dunning Jan 11 at 2:59
• You call \title inside the preamble (before \begin{document}). However, without your patch, you can call \title after \begin{document}. One issue, \usepackage can only be used inside the preamble which forces \title to be used in the preamble. It's just not common practice. – Werner Jan 11 at 3:53