LaTeX Guidelines

AGU LaTeX manuscript preparation files are included in a zip file and includes the templates for article and supporting information files and related class files and a tracked changes package.  AGU LaTeX templates are also on Overleaf, a cloud-based LaTeX authoring system.

  • AGU’s template and style files are easy to use.  It is not necessary to use different style files for different journals. All instructions are included in the templates. Note: AGU primarily uses APA reference style, but has a few exceptions not included in AGU’s class file. You do not need to apply these exceptions to your submitted manuscript—they will be applied after acceptance during the copy-editing process.
  • 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 acknowledgements section.
  4. Comment out the old \bibliographystyle and \bibliography commands.
  5. Run LaTeX on your new file before submitting.

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.
  • Avoid custom commands such as \defcommand and \newcommand
  • Use line numbering.
  • 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.