# [Tugindia] How to typeset in two columns keeping the title and abstract in single column format.

Sun Jun 8 07:40:29 CEST 2003

>>>>> "indrajit" == indrajit  <indrajit at cal2.vsnl.net.in> writes:

indrajit> Dear Friends, I like to typeset my paper in two columns
indrajit> format keeping the title and the abstract in one column
indrajit> format. This means that the two column format will start
indrajit> just after the abstract i.e., from the first section of
indrajit> the paper. For this I issue the command \twocolumn after
indrajit> \end{abstract} but it produces the two column format
indrajit> from 2nd page (starting with 1st section) leaving the
indrajit> title page blank after the abstract. Kindly advise me in
indrajit> this regard so that the two column format can start from
indrajit> the title page just after the abstract. Thanking all

The easier way would be to load multicol package and invoke
multicolumns after abstract with the following command:

\begin{multicols}{2}

Tweaking the default \twocolumn command would be a bit difficult. You
need to redefine \maketitle command to include abstract environment also
which means the default \twocolumn command can call the maketitle in
single column mode and start two column at the end of abstract without
breaking the page.

\twocolumn[\@maketitle]

is the command in article.cls that does the job.

Best