LaTeX Guidelines

The following AGU LaTeX manuscript preparation files are included in a zip file: the AGU template, AGU style file, and AGU template as a PDF. See also our detailed instructions.  AGU LaTeX templates are also on Overleaf, a cloud-based LaTeX authoring system.

  • AGU’s template, agutmpl.tex, is simple to use. Insert the letter code for the appropriate journal at the \documentclass level. Please do not use original templates.
  • AGU’s LaTeX style file, agutex.cls, has been designed to provide authors with advanced formatting capabilities in a single user-friendly style file. It is not necessary to use different style files for different journals.
  • Additional information and instructions are provided for special characters and formatting.

Special BibTeX Instructions

  1. Run LaTeX on your LaTeX file.
  2. Run BibTeX on your LaTeX file.
  3. Open the newly created .bbl file containing the reference list and copy all of the contents into your LaTeX file after the acknowledgments section.
  4. Comment out the old \bibliographystyle and \bibliography commands.
  5. Run LaTeX on your new file before submitting.

Failure to follow these instructions will require information to be keyed manually, which can introduce errors and prolong the time it takes to publish your work.

When you submit your LaTeX document:

  • Submit in draft mode. Draft mode produces a double-spaced copy with a time and date of production stamp at the bottom. Figures and tables are positioned at the end of the file in this mode.
  • Use line numbering.
  • Comment out any graphics (e.g., \includegraphics, \figbox).
  • Submit figures separately.
  • For displayed equations, make sure that they break before the margins.
  • Insert \end{article}command after \end{thebibliography} so that captions and tables are included in the output.
  • To see what your article looks like in a single column format, which reflects the formatting of the AGU PDF, you must view your article in draft mode.