LaTeX – The IEEE Surveys & Tutorials Way (Pt 1)

This article aims to give an overview of setting out a survey for submission to an IEEE Journal.

For this article, I will be using ubuntu 12.10, 32 Bit and Vim as my text editor.

IEEEtran is the offical LaTeX class for authors of IEEE transaction journals and coferences

My primary source of information for this article is the latest version of the IEEEtran package IEEEtrans director. Other helpful information is available here.


The essential book on LaTeX

The IEEEtrans directory (as linked above) includes a “bare bones example of a IEEE journal, called bare_jrnl.tex. We will now use the IEEEtran LaTeX class to compile this .tex file into a pdf file.

To find out the location that we need to place IEEEtran.cls in, use:

$ locate article.cls

For me, the first location returned is /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/base/article.cls

I now need to move the IEEEtran.cls that I download into the same directory as article.cls. So move the the IEEEtrans directory and execute:

$ sudo cp  IEEEtran.cls

You can now tell Tex about this new LaTeX class using:

$ sudo texthash

Latex is already installed on my system but to allow us of the IEEEtran class, you may also need:

$ sudo apt-get install texlive-fonts-recommended

If you get an error of the form:

Font OT1/ptm/m/n/9=ptmr7t at 9.0pt not loadable: Metric (TFM) file not found
Then it is likely that you need to install the texlive-fonts-recommended package.
Now we are going to compile the bare_jrnl.tex, by moving to its directory and excauting:
$ latex bare_jrnl.tex
You can now view the outputted document using:
$ xdvi bare_jrnl
Now you have a bare bones copy of your paper, you can customize it to meet your specific requirements and add the content of your paper. I will look at this in more detail tomorrow. is the Information for Authors

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