A scientific institute wants me to write a LaTeX template just like the articles which are published on the ScienceDirect website, in other words, the institute wants a template like the following: enter image description here

Is it OK to do so with regard to copyright issues?

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    Elsevier has its own LaTeX templates; check whether they come with a permissive license. If not, ask Elsevier.
    – Wrzlprmft
    Jan 22, 2018 at 8:09
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    It is a bit odd the institution wishes that their online stuff looks like a well known publisher?
    – Jon Custer
    Jan 22, 2018 at 13:59
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    @JonCuster: Is it? It may depend on what it is for (the question doesn't even mention the vague "online stuff" you assume as a use case), but picking one of the few commonly used styles of "official publications" seems common enough e.g. for paper-like student essays and similar. Jan 22, 2018 at 18:03
  • @O.R.Mapper - it might be fine, it might not be, depending on the institution and what they are trying to do, which is not made clear in the question.
    – Jon Custer
    Jan 22, 2018 at 18:36
  • Clearly using Elsevier trademarks (like the logo, and journal identity) is out of the question. I suggest asking your insitution's legal people, or, if available, someone in the library who knows about copyright, how much of the general layout could be adapted. Jan 24, 2018 at 6:46

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If you check it on Elsevier web page, it clearly states that modification of the manuscript template is totally ok and they provided the download link.

On the other hand, there are also some other templates that are specific to a journal that is stated to be ethical if you ask the editors' permission.

Check the page out to get more instructions and useful information.

  • Does it look like that picture? In my experience, the submission template provided by Elsevier journals does not look at all like the final articles they publish. Jan 22, 2018 at 20:08
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    @mehrdadzandigohar: The draft version of elsevier articles doesn't look like the final version at all. Jan 23, 2018 at 6:22

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