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st: journal submissions

From   Kit Baum <>
Subject   st: journal submissions
Date   Sun, 13 Nov 2005 20:26:07 -0500

Many publishers (including many European publishers: e.g. Elsevier / North Holland, Springer / Kluwer) provide authors with a set of LaTeX macros that will make the submission look exactly like it should if accepted and published in that journal. Indeed, our own Stata Journal does the same, providing a set of LaTeX macros that makes it possible for the author to produce a camera-ready article. Some would carp that this implies the publisher is pushing the work back on the author, but in reality it makes it more likely that the typesetting errors that creep in from de novo typing of an entire manuscript are prevented.

My review of the last submission I received as an associate editor of the Stata Journal was delayed by two weeks by the authors' providing a MS Word document with embedded equations that turned into gibberish in my perfectly fine copy of MS Word. If and when accepted, the paper will have to be retyped in LaTeX, the Stata Journal's standard.

Clive Nicholas is correct in noting that most social science journals accept MS Word and, possibly, LaTeX. In contrast, it is my understanding that most mathematical journals will not accept submissions in anything but LaTeX (or its variant amsTeX). And as Nick Cox points out, there are excellent implementations of LaTeX for all OSs. My coauthor uses Windows, and his MikTeX ( and WinEDT ( environment creates PDFs with one click (as does my TeXShop in Mac OS X). The fact that we both use LaTeX makes it much easier to exchange documents, Stata LaTeX-formatted output (thanks to Ben Jann's estout) and graphics to be included in our research papers.

Kit Baum, Boston College Economics

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