A Clear and Elegant
LaTeX Template for Article Writing

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Drafting and communicating research ideas is best done using a template that is designed for this purpose. It happens more than often in a research environment that we put together draft proposals or short literature reviews that are only meant for each other, and I firmly believe that such communications greatly benefit from a clear and elegant presentation. Yet, the majority of draft proposals or write-ups that I receive are written in some kind of journal publication format, or are basically just LaTeX’s default article settings. I have therefore designed a LaTeX template that looks enticing, puts the focus clear, readable writing, which then will greatly contribute to having your ideas understood by your colleagues.

The code block below contains the LaTeX template. You can copy and paste the code into your TeX editor. It should easily compile into a DVI or PDF document with a fresh full TeXLive install. The paragraphs below the code block explain which settings are available and how these can be changed.

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\documentclass[12pt, a4paper]{article}
\usepackage[a4paper]{geometry}
 
\usepackage[dvipsnames,svgnames,x11names,hyperref]{xcolor}
\usepackage{hyperref}
\hypersetup{
    colorlinks = true,
    allcolors=OliveGreen,
}
 
\usepackage{setspace}
%\onehalfspacing
 
%Graphics display capabilities
\usepackage{graphicx}
 
%Use Author-date citation style
\usepackage[round]{natbib}
 
% Removing hyphenation completely
% \usepackage[none]{hyphenat}
 
\usepackage[sc]{mathpazo} % Palatino font
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{microtype}
 
%Enabling Drop caps
\usepackage{type1cm}
\usepackage{lettrine}
 
\begin{document}
 
\title{<Article Title>}
\author{<Your Name> \\ 
	\texttt{<your@email.com>} \\ 
	\texttt{<your (web)address>}
	}
\date{August 24, 2014}
\maketitle
 
\newpage
\bibliographystyle{apalike}
\bibliography{< your .bib file >}
 
\end{document}

Single Page or Two Page Layout – The single page layout is set as the default in this template. It can be changed to a two page layout by adding the argument twoside in the square brackets of the \documentclass command at line 1. Also, % sign in front the \usepackage command at line 2 should be removed, this will prevent that the command will be executed. The resulting code should read as follows:

\documentclass[12pt, twoside, a4paper]{article}
%\usepackage[a4paper]{geometry}

Font Size – You can change the font size by changing the first argument, [12pt], of the \documentclass command at line 1 to any font size between 10 and 12 pt.

Line Spacing – The line spacing of the whole document can be set to 1.5 by removing the % sign in front the \onehalfspacing command at line 12. Alternatively, you can set the whole document to double spacing by replacing the command with \doublespacing. You can also choose to change the line spacing for individual paragraphs by writing your text in the document body (from line 40 on) between \begin{onehalfspace} and \end{onehalfspace} commands:

\begin{onehalfspace}
- Your Text Here -
\end{onehalfspace}

Hypenation – An ideal text does not consist of hyphenated words: hyphenation hinders the readability of expressed ideas, most certainly when it comes to discussing recent emerging views and innovations within a specific academic discourse. Nonetheless, hyphenation is turned on by default in this template. Hyphenation can be turned off completely by removing the % sign in front the \usepackage[none]{hyphenat} command at line 21. You can then manually hyphenate words where it’s needed.

Title, Author, Address, and Date – You can add these items by editing the texts within the curly brackets of the according commands at lines 33 – 38.

August 24, 2014

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