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I'm getting ready to submit my first paper, and I have a stupid question -- if a journal's guidelines say that they want "submissions in TeX," does that mean that I can submit a LaTeX source file, or do I have to rewrite my paper in plain TeX?

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closed as too localized by Austin Mohr, J. M., Nate Eldredge, Zev Chonoles Dec 9 '11 at 4:14

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I think the answer to the question would depend on the journal... Why don't you ask them? – Bruno Stonek Dec 9 '11 at 0:44
Is it reasonable to close as too localized? – Zev Chonoles Dec 9 '11 at 1:17
Only Donald Knuth still uses plain TeX. – Austin Mohr Dec 9 '11 at 1:38
up vote 7 down vote accepted

I am extremely confident that they will accept and most likely prefer LaTeX, and they simply were imprecise in writing their submission guidelines. I base this on the fact that LaTeX is extremely widespread in the mathematical world and is what every journal I have dealt with expected.

But, if you want, you certainly could e-mail the editor to check.

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Indeed, journals usually have Latex style files to use in the submission. – GEdgar Dec 9 '11 at 1:36

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