Writing papers using Latex – Part 2

In Part 1, we covered how we should be ready with the rough first draft of our paper and then how to setup your Latex environment. Now, in Part 2, we will discuss a straightforward manner of converting from Word to the Latex template.

By now, you should have a working Latex environment and the Latex template folder. Typically, it contains :

  1. .tex file – You will have to edit this file. Initially, it will contain instructions to authors regarding how to write the paper.
  2. .bst file – This sets the bibliography(i.e, the References section) style for the paper. You will not edit this file.
  3. .cls file – This file is called for setting the documentclass of your Latex file.
  4. .sty file(optional) – It contains specific formatting instructions for the template. It is either mentioned at the beginning of the .tex file just before \begin{document} or as a separate .sty file.
  5. .bib file – This is a BibTex file which will contain all your references in BibTex format. I will later cover in a separate blog on how to get BibTex formats for each reference in detail.

During the course of writing your paper, you will only need to access the .tex file for writing the body or content of the paper and .bib file for adding the references. Now, I will tell you the basics you need to know while writing the body of the paper.

The .tex file in the author’s template or submission guidelines, always come pre-filled with content, usually instructions for the authors and guidelines for using Latex and any other instructions pertaining to the particular paper template (Example : Springer’s llcns and ACM’s sigconf).

Please find well-documented files for each at my Github repo.

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