Advice on how to use the MNRAS LaTeX class file mnras.cls, version 3.0

In June 2015 MNRAS released version 3.0 of the LaTeX class file mnras.cls for preparing papers. However, this is mangled in various ways, with the instructions/template provided not being consistent with the mnras.cls file.

So, here is some advice/hints about how to use this new MNRAS class file.

Here is what I used at the start of my last MNRAS paper.

   \usepackage[british]{babel}             % British English hyphenation
   \usepackage{newtxtext}                  % Good fonts
   \usepackage[slantedGreek]{newtxmath}    %   "    "   (slanted Greek)
   \let\la=\lesssim % for less than similar from newtxmath, not \la from mnras.cls
   \usepackage[T1]{fontenc}                % Good font encoding
   \usepackage{graphicx}                   % Including figures


Also note that, with pdfLaTeX, you are likely to get warnings such as ``warning (ext4): destination with the same identifier (name{figure.1}) has been already used, duplicate ignored'' (as the hyperref package is loaded too early by the mnras.cls file). Such warnings can be ignored.

Previously I provided advice about how to change various things to submit an MNRAS paper to arXiv, as arXiv was running a rather old LaTeX implementation, which did not have the newtx font packages. But from early 2017 arXiv has been running TeX Live 2016, which does include newtx, which makes it much simpler to submit a MNRAS paper to arXiv.

Still, I'd recommend the following.

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