Preparing Manuscripts in LaTeX
If LaTeX is used to typeset a manuscript, please be sure to use the following template files. For support, contact Ms Janine Daum (firstname.lastname@example.org). MDPI currently does not support plain TeX formats.
MDPI Class and Style Files
Following template, class and bibliography style files must be used when preparing a manuscript in LaTeX (depending on your system settings, right-click and choose "Save to" or "Save link as"). Save all three files into the same folder on your local system.
- template.tex - the template file where the paper is typeset - [last updated 2014/10/17]
- mdpi.cls - the class file defining the layout of the paper - [last updated 2015/02/06]
- mdpi.bst - the bibliography style file defining the style of the references when using BibTeX - [last updated 2014/02/20]
(see http://www.csse.monash.edu.au/documents/bibtex/ for a short overview on how to use BibTeX)
Software and Apps for Writing LaTeX
Online with Overleaf or Authorea
There are now great and free tools for authors to write their scholarly papers in LaTeX in an online environment. Some of these tools also support collaborative writing and versioning.
We particularly recommend Overleaf (formerly writeLaTeX) and Authorea, which both include template files to easily prepare your paper in the format suitable for MDPI journals. If you use Overleaf, locate the MDPI article template files. Once you are ready to submit your manuscript, you can directly transfer it to the MDPI journal of your choice from directly within the application.
For Windows users, we recommend the free LaTeX version MiKTeX. MiKTeX comes with a basic installer, which can be downloaded from the MikTeX project page. MikTeX can be used in combination with WinEdt, an easy-to-use LaTeX editor for Windows.
Unix / Linux
LaTeX should be available on every Unix/Linux system. For some related information and documentations how to install LaTeX on some of the Unix/Linux distribtions, see:
Apple Mac OS
See the Mac OS X LaTeX website for more information on running LaTeX under Mac OS X.