Academic Pandoc Template

Write beautifully typeset academic texts with distraction-free Markdown and Pandoc.
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Academic Pandoc template

Pandoc markdown templates for academic articles, presentations and theses to write distraction-free while maintaining beautiful typesetting.

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from md article presentation thesis
to html
to docx
to epub
to pdf
to pptx
to tex

Getting Started

Follow the The Markdown Guide and make sure you have a Markdown editor like Zettlr and a Bibtex editor like JabRef installed.

Use it online

  1. Use this template or fork this repository.
  2. Edit article/, presentation/ or thesis/ according to the The Markdown Guide online, with Zettlr or another Markdown editor
  3. Edit article/references.bib, presentation/references.bib or thesis/references.bib online, with JabRef or with your favorite Bibtex editor
  4. Commit your changes
  5. Manually run the Pandoc GitHub actions to build your document. They will be commited to main branch as well. a. Click on Actions in the top menu b. Click on Pandoc in the left menu c. Click on Run workflow in the top right corner

Use it locally

Install all prerequisites

Open your command line and execute on of the following commands.

  • make all to build all documents
  • make article to build the article
  • make article-docx article-pdf article-tex to build the article in different formats
  • make presentation to build the presentation
  • make presentation-html presentation-pdf presentation-pptx presentation-tex to build the presentation in different formats
  • make thesis to build the thesis
  • make thesis-docx thesis-epub thesis-pdf thesis-tex to build the thesis in different formats
  • make help to get a list of all available commands

Linting and formatting

Install the latest version of Node and all dependencies.

npm install

To use linting and formatting, use the following commands.

npm run check
npm run format


Change the variables in the frontmatter in article/, presentation/ or thesis/ to configure your document.

  - '[Eleanor Roosevelt]([email protected])'
  - '[John Peters Humphrey]([email protected])'
bibliography: references.bib # bibliography to use for resolving references
date: 1 January 2023
keywords: # list of keywords to be included in HTML, PDF, ODT, pptx, docx and AsciiDoc metadata; repeat as for author, above
lang: en-US

Change the default files to your needs:

Conventional Commits

Use Conventional Commits for adding human and machine readable meaning to commit messages. To use commitizen, use the following commands.

npm run commit


This project is maintained by @maehr. Please understand that we won't be able to provide individual support via email. We also believe that help is much more valuable if it's shared publicly, so that more people can benefit from it.

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Built With


  • [x] Refactoring of the article template
  • [x] Templates for presentation and thesis
  • [x] Change name of master branch to main
  • [ ] Improve documentation
  • [ ] Improve caching in .github/workflows/pandoc.yml


Please read for details on our code of conduct, and the process for submitting pull requests to us.


We use SemVer for versioning. For the versions available, see the tags on this repository.


  • Moritz Mhr - Initial work - maehr

See also the list of contributors who participated in this project.


This project is licensed under the MIT License - see the file for details


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