What's OpenDocument and Why?
The OpenDocument format (ODF) is a free, ISO-standardized format for documents (.odt file extension), spreadsheets (.ods), presentations (.odp), and more. Used widely throughout the world, ODF is supported by a variety of programs, including the free LibreOffice suite and OpenOffice.org.
By choosing to work with free, open tools instead of proprietary programs you are sure that anybody can easily work with what you create and that you will be able to continue using free tools in the future, without feeling closed inside some software industry's silos.
Creating Open Search Symposium (OSSYM) documents in ODF
It is very easy to stray from the required layout and style when using WYSIWYG word processors. Authors should take care over the fonts used in the document, including fonts within graphics.
Fonts should be restricted to Times or TimesNew Roman, Symbol, and Zapf Dingbats.
The templates are platform independent: that means that can be uses on whatever platform LibreOffice or OpenOffice work. They have been tested on Apple OS X, Windows, Linux. We suggest to use a recent version of LibreOffice/OpenOffice, i.e. 3.5+.
All text should be BLACK.
Using the .ott templates
The ODF OSSYM templates are provided in ODF templates format, namely .ott. This means that whenever you open the file (by double clicking on it, for example), a new file is created - this will mean that the original template won't be modified.
You can install this template in the template directory of your LibreOffice/OpenOffice installation (please refer to the related information, for example here: http://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/documentation/), but it's not strictly necessary to do so. It is always possible to use any ODF template in any directory on your filesystem.
These ODF templates (.ott) contain macros. Only two features will be unavailable if you choose to disable macros--Full Page Width Macro (FullWidth) and Column Format Macro (TextColumns). These macros, reachable in the "JACoW" menu, can help you to easily set a section for an image that needs to use the full width of the page or to rest the two columns for general text. If you cannot or don't want to use these macros, you will always be able to manually set those parameters by referring to the JACoW page metrics (figure 1 in the template).
The template already contains text, figures, tables and images for your reference. You can easily mimic what is contained in the template to create a JACoW-compliant paper.
How to create the PDF
LibreOffice/OpenOffice has a wonderful "Export as PDF" tool. We recommend using that instead of the "Export directly as PDF" button. Be sure to compare the result with your original file, both onscreen and on paper. Some times the images don't appear very well on paper even if they look ok in onscreen.
The templates and instructions how to use them are provided courtesy of the Joint Accelerator Conferences Website (JACoW) collaboration (http://jacow.org).