TeX Web Resources

There has been a significant increase in the number of TeX submissions to journals using Editorial Manager. While we do not offer direct technical support for TeX, just as we do not offer direct technical support for Microsoft Word, we have compiled a list of TeX-related web sites for journals to use. Please feel free to distribute this information to your authors if you deem it helpful.


FAQs about TeX:


What submission item should I use for a Tex file?  

The best submission item to use for a tex file is a 'Manuscript' or similar worded submission item description.


What if my Tex file(s) does not build? 

First, look in the PDF to see if an error message is available.  If the error message suggests you are missing a sty file, then this may be the cause that the Tex submission will not build.   If your submission still is not building after attempting to fix your tex file from the suggested error message, you may want to verify the following:



Why can I not submit Tex files and DVI files together? 

The System will accept either a Tex file(s) _OR_ a DVI file.  If your DVI file does not build, then it is suggested you instead submit a Tex file.  If you submit a DVI file and it does not build correctly, then you will need to provide the Tex file in order for the building problem to be researched.    


What if my figures are not appearing?  

It may be possible that your images are referenced in subfolders.  Images cannot be referenced in subfolders, otherwise they will not appear in the PDF.


An example of a correctly referenced image is:  \epsfig{figure=alld.eps,width=.5\textwidth} .   


An example of an incorrectly referenced image is: \epsfig{figure=images/alld.eps,width=.5\textwidth}



What if I view large or cut off EPS images? 

If you view large of ‘cut off images, then you will need to resize the image to fit on one 8.5 x 11 page.  When there is a problem caused by not resizing PostScript files (the images get cut off…) the author will either need to resize the images or save the files in a format that EM can recognize as an image.( Perhaps as a TIFF or a JPEG).


Do I need to use my STY files too? 

Yes.  The sty files will be needed to properly build your submission.


What if I see (?) Question marks in my PDF? 

If you see question marks in the references of your PDF, most likely your Tex file(s) are in subdirectories. Tex submissions cannot include subdirectories for your submission to properly build.  All associated files must be in on directory for the submission to build.



Helpful TeX Links:


Beginners guide to TeX

This excellent introduction to TeX contains links to a basic explanation of TeX, a more thorough overview, and FAQs. You will also find user help, documentation, sample documents, and a list of recommended reference books.  http://www.tug.org/begin.html


The Comprehensive TeX Archive Network

If you know absolutely nothing about TeX and would like to learn about what TeX is and where it came from, be sure to take a look at the article entitle “What it TeX?” There is a search function for files and documentation on the site as well as links to sign up for TeX users groups and announcements lists.  http://www.ctan.org/


TeX Guides

An excellent resource offering a variety of TeX guides including guides for Mathematical Symbols in TeX and TeX for Word Processor Users.  http://www.mcs.vuw.ac.nz/~david/latex/


LaTeX Encyclopedia

An online LaTeX “encyclopedia”. The site contains a table of contents with links to information on documentation, installation, typography, and a Navigator for the site.  http://tex.loria.fr/


LaTeX Math Guide

The American Mathematical Society’s Short Math Guide for LaTeX.  ftp://ftp.ams.org/pub/tex/doc/amsmath/short-math-guide.pdf