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2. Publication types

2.B. Master's thesis

Updated for mccover.cls and mccover.sty v2.2, 23 June 2008.

Master's thesis front cover: blue paper, black print Master's thesis back cover: blue paper, black print 1. General rules
2. Class or Package?
3. What information is needed?
4. How to produce the pages
4.1. Producing tex-files
4.2. Producing ps-files

1. General rules

The appearance of the front and back cover of a Master's thesis from the Centre for Mathematical Sciences is standardized. The rest is up to you.

Master's theses are published in the series Master's Theses in Mathematical Sciences. The front cover says ``Master's thesis'' or ``Examensarbete'', depending on language.

Format: A4.
Cover paper: blue paper with black print.

You may include a picture on the cover if the title is not too long; contact AL for files.

2. Class or Package?

Both the class and the package v2.2 incorporate the new LTH graphical profile.

If you are writing your thesis in something other than LaTeX-2e, e.g. AMS-TeX or Word, you should use the mccover LaTeX document class to make a separate cover in a file of its own. The \frontcover-command produces one page, the front cover, and the \backcover-command produces one page, the back cover.

If you are writing your thesis in LaTeX-2e, the mccover-package allows you to include the cover with the rest of your A4-sized document. This is useful if you, e.g. want to publish it on the net. The \frontcover-command then produces two pages, the front cover and its empty inside, and then starts a new page with page number set to one. The \backcover-command produces at least two pages, the empty inside of the back cover and the back cover itself. If the twoside option of the document class (e.g. article) is used it also ensures that the empty inside is an odd-numbered (right-hand side) page.

If you use the package, the cover will look the same regardless of the layout of the internal text, for instance, the normal size on the cover is 12pt and the title starts 40mm below the top of the paper regardless of your choice of margins, etc. You can use any font-size you want in your document, mccover ignores your choice when producing the covers. The paper-size is set to A4 even if you don't use an a4-option in your document class. The font on the cover is Frutiger.

3. What information is needed?

The cover should be among the last things you do before sending your files to the printer. First, you need to contact one of the secretaries in order to have your thesis registered in the Publication database. You will then receive the issue and serial numbers mentioned below; see the Numbers page for information on why you need these numbers. In order to generate a cover (with mccover) you will need to specify
  1. the title of your thesis
  2. your name
  3. your field (Mathematics, Mathematical statistics or Numerical analysis)
  4. your faculty (Science or Technology)
  5. the language (Swedish or English) of the thesis,
  6. the issue number,
  7. the serial number.

4. How to produce the pages

4.1. Producing tex-files

The cover can be generated, either separately from a tex-file named, e.g. mycover.tex, using the LaTeX document class mccover, or be included in the same file as your thesis using the LaTeX package mccover.sty. You can either

  1. let the Automatic Cover TeX-code Generator generate the file for you (this is probably the easiest way), or
  2. download a commented example file and modify it to suit your needs, or
  3. make the file from scratch yourself. In this case you will have to read the references as well.

4.2. Producing ps-files

The documentclass mccover.cls and the package mccover.sty are centrally installed on the MC-net and can be reached from all our Solaris machines running LaTeX 2e. If you are running LaTeX on a Windows machine or at home, see the requirements first and then come back here. If you don't run LaTeX at all, bring your .tex-file to someone who does and let them run it for you.

Producing a separate cover

Assuming your tex-file is named mycover.tex, run

latex mycover.tex
dvips mycover.dvi
gv mycover.ps &

to produce a postscript file of the cover. You may want to edit the tex-file to insert linebreaks in the title to make it look nicer. If the title is very long you may want to specify the option "long" in order to use a smaller font.

Producing a cover together with the thesis

Before running latex using the mccover-package for the first time, you may have to delete the old .aux-files; babel gets confused for some reason.

Assuming your tex-file is named mythesis.tex, run

latex mythesis.tex
dvips mythesis.dvi
gv mythesis.ps &

to produce a postscript file of the cover and thesis. You may want to edit the tex-file to insert linebreaks in the title to make it look nicer. If the title is very long you may want to specify the option "long" in order to use a smaller font.