I would like to submit an article to a journal. The journal suggests using template files that one can find at https://www.mdpi.com/authors/latex . I have used (on a Windows 10 computer) the following to draft the article: LyX (which I know how to use, assuming that the relevant document class is already installed), MiKTeX (which I do not know how to use directly), and JabRef (which I know how to use). The text of the article is close to ready, based on using the following LyX selections.
Document > Settings > Document Class: Article (Standard Class)
Document > Settings > Bibliography items set as ... Style format: Basic (BibTeX); Bibliography Style > Default BibTeX style: plain; Bibliography Generation > Processor: Default
I would like to install and use a document class based on the journal’s template. The current link (on the page cited above) for the template is MDPI_template.zip - contains the template, logo, class and bibliography style files - [last updated 2020/01/20] - https://www.mdpi.com/data/MDPI_template.zip?v=20200120 .
I know very little about TeX, LaTeX, MiKTeX, etc. I do not know how to install new 'packages' for use by LyX (but should be able to follow complete, adequately detailed directions).
The following information may be helpful (depending on the breadth of applicability of the template). I want to submit to the journal “Physics.” I want the submission to be an “article.” The journal wants bibliographic items to have author names in the form “last-name, initials.” The journal wants the bibliography ordered by the order in which citations first appear in the article. (As yet, I have been unable to satisfy – regarding the draft – the last two sentences. I hope that the “template plus installation” will allow me to have or easily select appropriate settings.) The article includes all the tables I anticipate that it will have. I do not anticipate having figures.
I hope that someone will provide a straightforward installation process that I can use.
(Possibly, the process will prove useful for other people, even if they want to submit to other journals that post templates.)