Beginners’ guide to writing a manuscript in LaTeX

About this module

LaTeX is a freely available, powerful typesetting system used to create papers in fields where tables, figures and formulae are common. Disciplines using it include Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, Economics and Statistics. As it uses plain instead of formatted text, authors can concentrate on the content, rather than the design. You’ll only need to learn a few easy commands to achieve a professional result.

This interactive module covers the basics of writing a manuscript using LaTeX and the mark-up language, similar to html, which is used. If you are starting out on your writing career, you will learn how to download the system before following a detailed step by step guide to creating a manuscript, including how to add commands and comments.

We also share some top golden rules – such as keeping your document simple and the importance of checking the journal’s Guide for Authors – and we highlight some common mistakes. You will come away with a clear understanding of the benefits of LaTeX and develop the skills required to build your own high-quality LaTeX submission.

About the presenter

Hannah Foreman
Hannah Foreman

Publisher, Elsevier

Hannah has 15 years’ experience in the STM publishing industry working directly with researchers, journal editors, reviewers and academic societies. As Senior Product Manager for the Journal Finder, Hannah is responsible for ensuring researchers can easily and quickly find the right home for their research first time around. This includes helping researchers to define and build a publishing plan during the pre-submission phase and making sure that if a researcher does find their manuscript is not accepted for publication at a journal, then a suitable alternative transfer option is offered.