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 teacher

Hannah Foreman

Publisher, Elsevier

Hannah Foreman was Senior Publisher of Mathematics at Elsevier until 2017. With more than 10 years' experience in communications and public relations roles, she now works as a freelance marketing content strategist for the publishing industry. Hannah has a professional and academic background in European business and speaks four languages.