# Customizing author and affiliation blocks

The best way to maintain an author list is by inviting every single coauthor to your document and manage their affiliations from the contextual menu. However, in some cases, you may prefer to have a flat list of all your coauthors and affiliations. You can do so by adding a file called authors.tex in the article folder. The author list above, for example, was created adding the following snippet of LaTeX code in authors.tex :

\textbf{Author 1}$^\star$, \footnote{\textit{author1@institute1.edu}} \href{https://www.authorea.com/inst/}{Institute 1} \& \href{https://www.authorea.com/inst/}{Institute 2}
\textbf{Author 2}$^\star$, \footnote{\textit{author2@institute3.edu}} \href{https://www.authorea.com/inst/}{Institute 3} \& \href{https://www.authorea.com/inst/}{Institute 4}
\textbf{Author 3}, \href{https://www.authorea.com/inst/}{Institute 5}
\textbf{Author 4}, \href{https://www.authorea.com/inst/}{Institute 6}
\textbf{Author 5} \href{https://www.authorea.com/inst/}{Institute 7} \& \href{https://www.authorea.com/inst/}{Institute 8}
$\star$ The first and second authors contributed equally to this work

Warning: if you use a custom author list, upon export, we will inject the authors.tex file you created into the LaTeX compiler. Which means that you may run into problems since most LaTeX styles handle authors and affiliations differently. Thus, the best way to proceed is to understand what the author/affiliation block looks like in the desired export style and to copy and modify it in your authors.tex file. For example, Springer LNCS has an author/affiliation block that looks like this:

\author{Author Name}
\institute{Some University}

If you want your author/affiliation list to be accurate for that specific Springer LNCS style, you need to create an authors.tex file that looks like the above.