LaTeX DOCUMENT CLASS FOR BIOMETRICS

In 2012, we will be transitioning from posting Supplementary Materials associated with published Biometrics papers at our website www.biometrics.tibs.org to posting these with the published papers on our publisher's website, Wiley Online Library.  As of November 28, 2011, we have updated the sample and template files below so that the "Supplementary Materials" section reflects this change.  If you are preparing a new Biometrics submission, please use the new sample and template files, or modify your own template so that the Supplementary Materials section reads, for example,

\section*{Supplementary Materials}

Web Appendix A, referenced in Section~\ref{s:model}, is available with this paper at the Biometrics website on Wiley Online Library.

Wiley-Blackwell, the publisher of Biometrics, has provided a LaTeX document class, biom.cls, for use by authors. The version available here is new as of 1 January 2011 and replaces the previous version (2 November 2009). This version has been modified so that the left and right margins of the SUMMARY are extended to be flush with those of the rest of the manuscript.  In addition, this version has been modified to resolve an incompatibility with the rotating package that caused some users to have problems with landscape tables.  This version also continues to work with the package "algorithm2e.sty." All other features remain the same.  Returning and new users of the document class should download this version.>.

If you experience problems with the top margin of your pdf file created using the document class being "cut off," please click here.

By default, the document class will produce manuscripts formatted in the two-column style of published articles in Biometrics. HOWEVER, THE DOCUMENT CLASS HAS AN OPTION "referee" THAT WILL AUTOMATICALLY PRODUCE YOUR MANUSCRIPT IN THE PREFERRED JOURNAL SUBMISSION FORMAT OF 25 LINES PER PAGE, WITH 1 INCH MARGINS AND 12 POINT TYPE, IN ONE COLUMN. ALL SUBMISSIONS TO BIOMETRICS SHOULD USE THE referee OPTION.  MANUSCRIPTS IN TWO-COLUMN FORMAT WILL BE RETURNED TO THE AUTHOR(S) FOR REFORMATTING.

The referee option is invoked in the documentclass statement of your LaTeX source document as follows:

\documentclass[referee]{biom}

Other options may also be included within the brackets.  PLEASE REVIEW THE USER GUIDE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE USE OF THE referee OPTION.
PLEASE DO NOT USE THE table*, tabular*, and figure* ENVIRONMENTS WITH THE referee OPTION; THIS WILL PRODUCE AN ERROR.

Use of the document class for submission to Biometrics is optional, and the distribution, which is described in more detail below, is provided without guarantees.  However, if you are a LaTeX user, we encourage you to try it.  Although it has been tested and has been used by authors since April 2007, there may still be glitches. If you encounter any problems, please send an e-mail to biometrics@tibs.org describing the problem (and include the LaTeX source as an attachment if possible), and we will forward the problem to Wiley-Blackwell for diagnosis.  Ultimately, we hope that all submissions prepared using LaTeX will use the document class, which will help to speed the appearance of accepted articles in the journal.

We assume that users of the document class are familiar with LaTeX. PLEASE DO NOT WRITE TO US FOR HELP WITH LaTeX; limit your communications to specific problems with the document class.

The two-column format is provided so that you can view your manuscript with figures and tables embedded as it would appear if it were to be published in Biometrics in order to assist you in gauging its length. If your article in this format is longer than 10 journal pages, it is too long, and you should shorten it and/or remove some figures or tables to a Supplementary Web Appendix.  Similarly, if the text of your manuscript using the referee option (including references but not title, summary, keywords, and tables/figures) exceeds 25 pages, then this is also a sign that you should streamline and/or remove parts of the presentation to supplementary material.

Supplementary materials may be prepared using any format you choose but should adhere to the 25 lines/page, 12 point type convention.  Use of the document class for this purpose should be via the referee option.


The distribution consists of the following:

The document class <biom.cls (save this file with the name biom.cls)>

A detailed User Guide <biomguide.pdf> 

A special style file <
endrotfloat.sty - save this file with the name endrotfloat.sty> for use with the document class (needed only if you are producing tables in landscape format; see the User Guide).

A template LaTeX source document <biomtemplate.tex> that authors can use as the basis for creating their own manuscripts.

A bibliography style file <
biom.bst - save this file with the name biom.bst> for authors who use BibTeX to produce reference lists and citations - Please note that your .bib file should list authors by their full names, for example John Richard Smith or Smith, John Richard, or should include a space between initials, for example Smith, J. R. or J. R. Smith, to work properly with biom.bst.  If authors are listed with no space between initials, for example, Smith, J.R., the second initial will be dropped in your reference list.

A sample LaTeX source file <
biomsample2.tex> and figures <tteken185.eps> <tteken21.eps> (this source produces an article previously published in Biometrics)

A sample LaTeX source document <
biomsample.tex - save this file with the name biomsample.tex> and figure <mouse.eps> - and an alternative version of the sample document <biomsample_bib.tex> that uses BibTeX and biom.bst, and the accompanying bibliography file <biomsample.bib.bib - save this file with the name biomsample.bib.bib>

PLEASE DO NOT USE THESE FILES AS TEMPLATES FOR YOUR OWN LATEX DOCUMENT, AS THEY INCLUDE FEATURES THAT WILL NOT WORK WITH THE referee OPTION. INSTEAD, USE THE TEMPLATE FILE ABOVE.  These files are provided only as additional examples.

The entire distribution is available here as a zip archive <
biomlatex.zip>

Link to the natbib package http://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/macros/latex/contrib/natbib/ (See the User Guide)

Link to the rotating package http://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/macros/latex/contrib/rotating (See the User Guide)