On 31.07.2008, at 08:55, Andre Poenitz wrote:

On Wed, Jul 30, 2008 at 04:17:29PM -0500, Denné Reed wrote:
I've also had problems with journal and book editors, one of which
insisted I convert a book chapter written in LyX into Word format
despite the fact that the publisher  (Elsevier) has a LaTeX document
class available.

Elsevier seems to have a funny way to handle .tex. Even though they
accept .tex and even provide .sty for that, they seem to send the
submissions to India and have them re-typed _manually_ in whatever
system they use for the final typesetting. That's my only explanation
for them being able to remove typos, introduce new ones and messing up
tables ;-} Given that the result looks pretty TeX-ish that's... "wierd".

That explains a lot...

I also had problems with getting them to accept my paper as LaTeX document. Dozens of e-mails where we literary had to explain the woman on the other side (with an elsvier.com e-mail address) that our document does not open in Word, that a ZIP-Archive has to unpacked before doing some with it, that postscript does also not open in word, how to produce a postscript file... I could not believe that we were actually interacting with a professional publisher. In the end we did send her the postscript file, which obviously got re-typed for the journal. The result was horrible.


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