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There are several journal websites (typically Taylor and Francis) that require that all PDF files submitted to it for reviewing should be Adobe PDFs. The submission engine will not accept a PDF generated by LaTeX or OpenOffice.

To do this conversion, one has to actually boot into Windows, open the PDF file with Adobe Acrobat Reader, save as a new file and then upload the paper to the journal website. This is is kind of a funny procedure and hampers the freedom.

What software can I install, so that I can denote the PDF as an Adobe PDF, so that I can easily submit the paper to the journal website.

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Why do they only accept Adobe PDFs? Do they have problems with other files and if yes: why should you mark them as Adobe PDF instead of asking "Why don't you accept other PDF creators?" –  PythoNic Feb 26 at 11:11
    
You should simply boycott a Journal that imposes such requirements. Open Science can only impose itself if researchers stop complying with this sort of nonsense. –  Luís de Sousa Feb 26 at 20:13

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It's probably also dependent on the PDF version:

  • In my document headers created with LibreOffice, the version 1.4 is having fewer header information.
  • Using the print function (f.e. firefox) uses 1.5, which is the same like a PDF I created with the newest M$ Word (2010).

Could you try out PDFsam (pdf split and merge) ? It has the option to choose the pdf version naming also the related Acrobat version.

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You can just install Adobe Acrobat Reader in Ubuntu and thus you have no need to open Windows anymore.

For Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

  1. Add repository

    sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu $(lsb_release -sc) partner"
    
  2. Update your system

    sudo apt-get update
    
  3. Install Adobe Reader, and font extensions

    sudo apt-get -y install acroread acroread-fonts
    

For Ubuntu 13.10

  1. Download latest Adobe Reader version, from here. It's only 32 bit.

  2. Install package, forcing to accept 32-bit version and any errors:

    sudo dpkg -i --force-architecture ~/Downloads/AdbeRdr*.deb
    sudo apt-get -f install
    
  3. Add the missing libraries: (skip this if your OS is 32 bit already)

    sudo apt-get install libxml2:i386 lib32stdc++6
    
  4. Run for first time, to get icon in Unity menu bar.

    acroread ~/test.pdf
    
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