Submit a Paper in LaTeX

You’ll find on this page a few tips to submit your paper in LaTeX with minimal efforts. I am assuming that you your paper is complete containing figures, tables and bibliography.

Document Class

Some journals have their document class, here are two useful ones:
– REVTeX is used by APS Journals but it is also widely accepted. You’ll find here some details about it.
– Elsevier has its own class elsarticle.cls even though they accept REVTeX; details can be found here.


Most papers require the references to be in the following format:

[i] Authors, Initial., Name of the Paper (abbreviated), Volume Issue, page (year)

Exporting your library using Papers or Mendeley Desktop will give you a .bib file, which can then be used as your bibliography in your paper. Yet, no further editing of that file will result in references where all the filled in fields are displayed (e.g. Title of the article or DOI). Getting it in the correct format is a two steps process:

1) Edit the names of the papers in Papers or Mendeley Desktop by looking up their abbreviated names at, or
You can select multiple papers at once to edit the name of the Journal for all of them.

2) Using the Science bibliographic style file (Science.bst) via a call \bibliographystyle{Science} will only display the fields you want.

You can further add the bibliography to your .tex file by copying the content of the .bbl file in the following environment \begin{bibliographystyle} … \end{bibliographystyle} before the end of your document.


Most journals require you to submit your paper in the following format:
– core of the paper (no figures, no tables)
– tables
– list of Captions (without the figures)
– figures

The Figures are usually appended to the end of the PDF by the platform on which you upload all the files. You still need to lay out the rest of the paper in the three parts specified above. Thankfully, there is a package that does that for you: figcaps. Just add \usepackage{figcaps} in your latex source file and you’ll magically get the work done.

Make sure the labels are within your captions, otherwise the references to your figures and tables (in the text) won’t work.