latex based research templates for classical scholars offers a set of configuration- and template-files that allow scholars to do humanities research work on the base of LaTeX, BibLaTeX, Biber, and Jabref. The visible result of these tools, the respective configuration files and content files follow the style of (German) classical philology, German studies and (German) history.

The improvements of LaTeX, Biber, and BibLateX allow us to leave mycsrf behind us. It’s time for something new, for lrt4cs


rt4cs delivers a complete set of BibLaTex-, LaTeX- und Makefiles to

  1. to search for secondary literature,
  2. to maintain the bibliographic data,
  3. to generate ‚abstracts‘ und excerpts
  4. to write one’s own scientific work.

The outstanding feature of the lrt4cs is to manage quotations via footnotes in accordance with the classical (German) philological standard.



  • a LaTeX distribution with different packages/programs which should be part of your TeX-Distribution:
    • BibLatex
    • Biber
    • biblatex-dw
    • Koma-Script
  • bash
  • make



Clone the lrt4cs repository git clone (or download and extract the respective tarball) Open a shell, change into the lrt4cs directory Configure your system

  • Select a project identifier YOURPRJ that does not contain blanks or slashes
  • execute chmod 755
  • execute YOURPRJ [de|en] =
    • integrates the string YOURPRJ into the Makefile
    • renames ltr4sc-xy.tex as YOURPRJ.tex
    • moves the files that do not match the selected localization identifier into a trash directory
    • erases the .git directory
    • erases itself
  • execute make YOUR-PRJ.pdf = verifies that your system is running
  • cd tools && make demo-[en|de].pdf = showcases the features of lrt4cs
  • compare tools/demo-[en|de].pdf with references/tools/demo-[en|de].pdf = should contain the same content
  • execute make dclean = deletes all derived files

Do your library work:

  • Edit/update the file tools/search.tex in accordance with your needs.
  • cd tools && make search.pdf = create your search report
  • Call Jabref. Go to Preferences/Import preferences and import cfg/jabref-biblatex-prefs.xml. Close Jabref.
  • Do your library research work as you planned it in tools/search.tex:
    • incorporate the bibliographic data of the secondary literature into bib/lit.main.bib by using jabref or any other text editor
    • in case of web documents download the pdf files as references/BIBTEXKEY.pdf
    • initialize the respective extract by copying excerpt/ to excerpt/
    • read and extract the secondary literature

Write your work:

  • Edit/update your frame tex file YOUR-PRJ-NAME.tex
  • Create your snippets by copying snippets/inc.snippet.tex to snippets/inc.YOURCHOICE.tex and edit the files
  • Integrate the snippets by using the LaTeX command \input{snippets/inc.YOURCHOICE.tex}
  • Open a shell and type make YOUR-PRJ.pdf to create a human-readable version of your scientific work.

lrt4cs is distributed under the terms of the CC BY 3.0 DE license. Details are described in the README file.

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