Thank you for your interest in submitting your work to PLOS. This document will help you prepare your LaTeX formatted manuscript. Part of the production process includes the use of automated utilities to convert your LaTeX manuscript into our publishing format.
This document is not intended to teach authors how to create manuscripts using LaTeX. This document does contain information on how to best prepare your LaTeX manuscript for PLOS. Use the Author Guidelines and this document to properly format your manuscript for submission to PLOS.
Upload the PDF as your Article File, containing your manuscript text, references, figure legends and tables. Please do not include graphics in your article file; they should be uploaded separately.
If your submission is accepted, you will be asked to upload your LaTeX source file. If your manuscript .tex is separated into several .tex files, please combine these into a single, cohesive .tex file before submission. Please also update your PDF Article File with the most recent PDF version of your article. As stated in the PLOS template, your references should be included in your .tex file (not submitted separately as .bib or .bbl).
Images (figures) should not be included in the manuscript PDF, please submit these as separate TIFF or EPS files (see below for exception). Figures containing multiple panels (subfigures) should be uploaded as a single file; please do not upload each panel/subfigure separately and instead combine these into a cohesive image.
PLOS does not accept vector EPS figures generated using LaTeX. We only accept LaTeX generated figures in TIFF format. Export your LaTeX files as PDFs, and then open them in GIMP or Photoshop and save as TIFF. In general, Figures must be generated in a standalone graphics application such as Adobe Illustrator, InkScape, PyMol, MatLab, SAS, etc. Please see our Figure Guidelines for more information.
Note: Please follow the instructions contained in these guidelines as well as those contained in the PLOS template. If you have not followed the template format, your manuscript may be sent back to you for corrections.
You are required to use LaTeX2e. If you do not have the latest version of LaTeX, you can download it from a number of sites including http://www.LaTeX-project.org/.
plos_template.zip: For your convenience, PLOS provides a template for LaTeX submissions. Use this template file as a framework for your submission to help format your article for our production process. Authors can add packages to this template but please do not remove any that are already included. This zip also contains the plos2009.bst BibTeX style sheet. Use this file to specify the formatting of your BibTeX file as it will ensure that your references are generated in the correct format.
Below are some "best practices" for preparing your LaTeX manuscript. These guidelines are to help ensure proper conversion of your LaTeX paper and reduce the possibility of delays in the typesetting process. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.