This template produces minimalist academic papers with LaTeX. This paper illustrates the output of the template.

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  • paper.tex – Skeleton for the paper. Fill it out with the content of your paper. By compiling paper.tex you obtain this PDF file .
  • paper.sty – LaTeX style file collecting all the formatting commands. Must be included in the same folder as paper.tex.
  • bibliography.bst – LaTeX style file to format academic bibliographies. Must be included in the same folder as paper.tex. This file is described on this page .

Additional files for online appendix

The repository also includes an additional template and style file in case the appendix of the paper must be carved out into a separate online appendix. This appendix illustrates the output of the template.

  • appendix.tex – Skeleton of the online appendix. Fill it out with the content of your online appendix. The appendix must be in the same folder as the paper so the equation and section labels from the paper can be used in the online appendix. By compiling appendix.tex you obtain this PDF file .
  • appendix.sty – LaTeX style file collecting additional formatting commands for the online appendix. Must be included in the same folder as appendix.tex. This style file must be used in conjonction with paper.sty, which must also be included in the folder.

Key features

  • The font for text, roman math, and numbers is Source Serif Pro .
  • The font for Greek and calligraphic math is Euler .
  • No colors are used in the text (only black) to reduce distraction, and so papers print well.
  • Colors are reserved for graphs.
  • Margins, spacing, and font size are set for comfortable reading.
  • Formating is also specified for appendix and online appendix.

Reference

As much as possible the template follows Matthew Butterick’s wonderful typographical advice in Practical Typography .