After you have gone through the gruesome as well as exciting task of completing your experiments and getting somewhat positive results for your research publication(maybe even your first). The next step is to prepare it for a paper submission at a conference or journal.

Most conferences will follow the proceedings template of either ACM (generally, sigconf) or Springer (generally, llcns). Generally they provide with two format or templates :

  1.  Word or RTF(Rich text format)
  2. Latex

If you have very short time in hand and new to Latex, I will recommend to go with the Word format and make the submission before the deadline. After that you will get a lot of time to learn.

Here, I am going to cover the basics that will take less than 1 hour to learn and enough to write your first paper in Latex.

First draft in plain Word : Be ready with the first rough draft of the paper covering all the sections, before you start formatting using Latex. I personally write the individual sections in Word as it helps me focus, with nothing else cluttering my writing space.

My personal writing order is :

  • Stage 1: Abstract – Spend a lot of time in time. Perfect it and make the storyline solid. The entire paper depends on it. So, first get the Abstract right.
  • Stage 2 : Methodology -> Experiments and Results -> Introduction
  • Stage 3 : Prior Art, Data set, Conclusion and Future Work

You can even start converting to paper submission format after Stage 2 even.

Download Latex template using link from conference website : Every conference provides “Author guidelines”, which you find under :

  1. Call for papers (CFP in short)
  2. Author guidelines

Under given sections, they will provide links to pages for downloading the template.

Install Texlive on your system : I recommend installing minimal version of TexLive, which is sufficient. In the near future, if some packages are missing you can always get it from CTAN. If you want you can also go with “texlive-full” installation, which requires around 4211MB of additional space.

In Ubuntu 16.04 and above :


sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install texlive

Install a Latex IDE : I recommend to install both TexMaker and Gummi. I have been using for some months now and faced no issues till date.


sudo apt-get install texmaker

sudo apt-get install gummi

Test your final environment : Copy and paste the following Latex code segment. In Gummi, if you see only a single pane, then activate the “Right pane” option under “View”. By default you should see the output. In Texmaker, you need to press F1 or select “Quick Build” under “Tools”.


\documentclass{article}
\title{\textbf{Data Analytics 101}}
\begin{document}

\maketitle

Congratulations for making it so far. You are now ready for the next lesson.

\end{document}

Congratulations on setting up : You will see the below screen in Gummi. I will cover the Latex basics in another post.

Screenshot from 2018-09-17 23-59-47

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