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Author Guidelines


The Electronic Journal of Combinatorics (E-JC) publishes high-quality papers that contain important results of wide interest. Submitted manuscripts must be original and self-contained. There is no page limit, so include all relevant details. Submissions must be in English. The writing must be unambiguous and grammatically correct.

The Abstract

Submissions must include an abstract. The abstract should consist of a succinct statement of background followed by a listing of the principal new results. The abstract should be informative, clear, and as complete as possible. Phrases like "we investigate ..." or "we study ..." should be kept to a minimum in favor of "we prove that ..."  or "we show that ...".  Do not include equation numbers, unexpanded citations (such as "[23]"), or any other references to things in the paper that are not defined in the abstract. The abstract will be distributed without the rest of the paper so it must be entirely self-contained.

Submission Information

Starting March 1, 2012 all new submissions must use the web-based system and emailed submissions will no longer be accepted.

When submitting a manuscript, you should enter the name, affiliation and email address of each author. Be sure to include accents directly without using LaTeX commands; so type "Université de Montréal" instead of "Universit\'e de Montr\'eal". Copy and paste these accents if your keyboard is not equipped to type them directly. Names will appear on the table of contents exactly as you enter them.

You will be prompted to enter an html version of your abstract, in addition to the abstract contained in the main LaTex file. In the html abstract, LaTeX math commands are acceptable, but do not include user-defined LaTeX macros or non-math LaTeX formatting commands, such as \emph{...} or \textbf{...}. Instead, use the html formatting buttons provided.

The article itself should be submitted as a PDF file.  You will also have the chance to upload separate appendices, but don't upload any source files at this stage.

Journal Policies

Read the journal's policies, especially the section on the editorial process. 

Final Version

Manuscripts accepted for publication must be prepared using the E-JC LaTeX style file e-jc.sty in the same manner as ejc-sample.tex to produce output similar to ejc-sample.pdf. In particular, LaTex should run on your paper without reporting errors such as overfull hboxes.

Upload a PDF of your paper, and upload /all/ source files as "supplementary files". Include all of your LaTex (including the bibliography) in a single file rather than splitting it between files. 

If your LaTex file is self-contained, then simply upload it as a supplementary file.

If your LaTex file imports image files, create a zip or tar file that includes the LaTex file and all of the files it imports, then upload the zip/tar file as a single supplementary file. Do not upload images as individual supplementary files, since they will be renamed by the system and we won't know what they are. The preferred format for image files is PDF, but EPS format is also acceptable.


If you encounter problems with the submission process, please contact the managing editor André Kündgen.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere; nor will it be later submitted for publication elsewhere while E-JC is still considering it.
  2. The submission is prepared according to the Author Guidelines, is in PDF format, and includes an abstract.
  3. The submission is written in the authors' own words with due credit given to all techniques and results taken from other sources.
  4. The authors agree to do the final typesetting of their article using the journal's LaTeX style file.
  5. The submitting author warrants that all the authors of the paper agree to it being submitted to the Electronic Journal of Combinatorics in this form.

Copyright Notice

The copyright of published papers remains with the authors. We only require your agreement that we publish it, as described in the following publication release agreement:

  1. This is an agreement between the Electronic Journal of Combinatorics (the "Journal"), and the copyright owner (the "Owner") of a work (the "Work") to be published in the Journal.
  2. The Owner warrants that s/he has the full power and authority to enter into this Agreement and to grant the rights granted in this Agreement.
  3. The Owner hereby grants to the Journal a worldwide, irrevocable, royalty free license to publish or distribute the Work, to enter into arrangements with others to publish or distribute the Work, and to archive the Work.
  4. The Owner agrees to ensure, to the extent reasonably possible, that further publication of the Work with the same or substantially the same content will include an acknowledgement of prior publication in the Journal.

Published papers will contain a copyright notice indicating that copyright is held by the authors. In addition, we strongly encourage authors to release their paper under one of the Creative Commons licenses.

Most papers published before March 31, 2018 did not contain explicit copyright or license statements.  In those cases, authors agreed to items 1-3 above and to the following version of item 4: "The Owner agrees that further publication of the Work, with the same or substantially the same content as appears in the Journal, will include an acknowledgement of prior publication in the Journal."


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