[texhax] Article like class file for authors and book like class file for a journal issue.

Sukomal Modak SUKOMAL at csiamerica.com
Wed Dec 11 06:44:50 CET 2013

Thanks dear friend. I will read your article and then come back.

Warm regards,

-----Original Message-----
From: William F Hammond [mailto:hmwlfsr at yahoo.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 9:11 AM
To: Sukomal Modak
Cc: TeX List
Subject: Re: [texhax] Article like class file for authors and book like class file for a journal issue.

Sukomal Modak <SUKOMAL at csiamerica.com> writes:

> . . .
> So far, I can see that we need two kinds of class files --- (a) 
> standard class file for the authors who will write an article based on 
> the file supplied by us and (b) class file for the entire issue 
> containing a certain number of articles. Each article will have its 
> own bibliography and the author will supply the tex files, image 
> files, and a compiled pdf file. This kind of class files are widely 
> available for different journals and different publishers. On the publisher’s end we are required to integrate all the articles together into a book form.
> Now here is my question. Is there any standard class file for each 
> article and the corresponding class file for the entire book? What is 
> the best way to go with it so that the process of integration becomes smooth and reasonably effortless.

Why would you want individual authors to submit compiled PDF files?  Does this mean that the "book" will just be an assembling of those PDF files?  Unless the whole thing is built from source, your enterprise will likely be unable to have a satisfactory online presence.

If you do plan to build the whole from source, then, I expect that you will need to provide technical editing of the individual sources submitted by your authors.

My suggestion for eliminating the technical editing are discussed in my talk at TUG 2010 "LaTeX profiles as objects in the category of markup languages", http://www.tug.org/tugboat/tb31-2/tb98hammond.pdf

                              -- Bill

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