I'm writing a article for a conference and using the IEEEtran class, this the first paper I'm doing with LaTeX but there's a problem I just can't solve I'm trying to write some acknowledgments but what I write in \thanks doesn't seem to appear.

From what I read on the note there doesn't seem to be a package I need to import and the auto completion recognizes \thanks but it won't show up in the pdf.

This is how I'm using it:


\title{My Title}
\author{M.E. Author\thanks{First thanks explaining were I work} C.O. Author\thanks{Second thanks}}



I've checked the console outputs but I don't see any new warning or some such so if anybody has a idea what to do?


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The class issues a message:

** WARNING: \thanks is locked out when in conference mode (line 12).

The documentation says, about conference mode,

The following commands are intentionally disabled: \thanks, \IEEEPARstart, \IEEEbiography, \IEEEbiographynophoto, \IEEEpubid, \IEEEpubidadjcol, \IEEEmembership, and \IEEEaftertitletext. If needed, they can be reenabled by issuing the command: \IEEEoverridecommandlockouts.

So issuing \IEEEoverridecommandlockouts before \begin{document} will make the acknowledgments appear.

I'd leave that to the conference editors.

  • I will try this, but why did they fell the need to disable them? Commented Apr 27, 2012 at 10:09
  • @GeorgeBora Ask IEEE. Probably they don't want thanks in "conference mode". In any case it will be just a matter of commenting a line, so there should be no problem.
    – egreg
    Commented Apr 27, 2012 at 10:11
  • I overrided them as you said and now they appear with no additional problems, thank you. Commented Apr 27, 2012 at 10:34
  • @GeorgeBora IEEETran is generally not used for conferences anymore but you need to find ieeeconf.cls online which is easy to access. I don't have a clue about why but even some conferences modify their copies of ieeeconf.cls and supply it to the authors. You might recognize this in the proceedings of the past conferences.
    – percusse
    Commented Apr 27, 2012 at 12:27
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    @GeorgeBora Even worse the copy in CTAN database is outdated. I use generally the one at this link. Just save as in lowercase letters into your local folder. Weirdly the copy is dated as 2002. Let me know if you need a working minimal .tex file.
    – percusse
    Commented Apr 27, 2012 at 12:30

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