PiInTheSky LaTeX Class

A LateX class file has been created to simplify the process of making articles submitted to Pi In the Sky publication ready. The class file constrains the output from LaTeX to a two column layout with various minor styling modifications used in Pi In The Sky.

Using the Class File

The class file uses the following packages: ccaption, graphicx and geometry. You must have these latex packages installed and available to use the class. All of these packages are available from CTAN and are usually included in a full LaTeX install.

To use the class file it simply copy it into the same directory as your LaTeX file and use "PiInTheSky" as the documentclass. i.e. start your LaTeX document with the line "\documentclass{PiInTheSky}"

The class file is basically a subclass of the article class which uses the "two-column" layout option. Some font sizes are slightly altered and the spacing and hyphenation patterns are re-configured for the two column layout.

Figures

Figures may be included via the graphicx package, this package supports a wide range of image file formats including pdf, jpg and eps. Figures which span a single column can be placed using a standard LaTeX
incantation

\begin{figure}
\includegraphics[width=3.5in]{./myfigure.pdf}

\end{figure}

Figures which must span both columns should be included using the "figure*" environment.

\begin{figure*}
\includegraphics[width=3.5in]{./myfigure2.pdf}
\end{figure*}

These figures will be floated to a page of their own. DO NOT WORRY ABOUT THIS, simply tell us where you would like the figure included and our publisher will manually align the figure.

One additional latex command is defined by the class file to allow an optional small biographical block to be added to each article, the command is invoked as \picturebiography{<NAME>}{<PHOTO>}{BIO}

This command will create a biography block describing the author for the reader, it uses the following parameters

- NAME: The author's name

- PHOTO: A biogrpahical picture of the author (in any of the formats supported by graphicx (e.g. pdf, jpg...)

- BIO: A short biographical paragraph describing the author

Tips and Common Issues

1. The class file includes the following packages

geometry

ccaption

graphicx

You should not try to include them again via "\usepackage" in your LaTeX file or you will recieve an error.

Example

The following files provide an example of the use of the class file and what to expect from the output.

Assuming all of these files are located in the same directory, a pdf output file could be generated by running pdflatex twice (the second run is needed to ensure that the references are correct)

pdflatex example.tex

pdflatex example.tex

The output should look like this example.pdf