Are there books or tutorials that walk one through creating a professional publication quality notebook?

For example, I would like to create a two column article using an IEEE format. Is this possible?

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    $\begingroup$ Please don't. It will save you a lot of headaches. Yes, you can create nice documents with reference in Mathematica, but it is just not comparable to e.g. LaTeX documents. Why don't you go to ShareLaTeX and create an IEEE article and start writing? $\endgroup$
    – halirutan
    Jan 28 '17 at 15:38
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    $\begingroup$ Reluctantly, I have to agree that this will be more headache than it is worth. What I do is write up in Mathematica using one of the article styles, then Save as > LaTeX and do further processing in a text editor, after adding the appropriate article class and the like. Not much fun, not as efficient as I would like. But the biggest problems tend to be getting formatting just right during the text editing.I hope some day we improve the save-to-TeX end of this (possibly via style sheets that are journal-aware). $\endgroup$ Jan 28 '17 at 16:54
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    $\begingroup$ It certainly is possible to create beautiful documents with Mathematica - we did our book in this manner, which also has the huge advantage of having live electronic versions of the same document/book that are interactive and identical to the printed version. BUT ... two column text is not something that Mma can practically do (at least the last time I tried, other than a manual grid box), and page layouts are a pain. $\endgroup$
    – wolfies
    Jan 28 '17 at 16:54
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    $\begingroup$ @Daniel The TeX conversion is very much in need of updating. It should support the newly added common symbols, like the <| in associations. Instead of producing \unicode{...} when it doesn't know the correct LaTeX command, it should produce something which is easier to use directly, e.g. \symbol{"...} (like here). (I did suggest this to support before.) $\endgroup$
    – Szabolcs
    Jan 29 '17 at 14:48
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    $\begingroup$ As an aside, apart from the above, Mathematica's typesetting quality is, of course, "make-your-skin-crawl" atrocious when compared to a true typesetting system such as LaTeX. So, "professional publication quality" is never going to happen in any case; not in the foreseeable future, anyway. $\endgroup$
    – Pirx
    Jan 30 '17 at 0:21