Honorary founder: Paul Erdős


COMBINATORICA is an international journal of
the Bolyai Mathematical Society, Hungary,
published jointly by
the Bolyai Mathematical Society and Springer.

COMBINATORICA publishes research papers in a variety of areas of combinatorics and the theory of computing, with particular emphasis on general techniques and unifying principles.
Coverage in COMBINATORICA includes:

  • combinatorial structures (graphs, matroids, hypergraphs, designs, permutation groups);
  • combinatorial optimization;
  • combinatorial aspects of geometry and number theory;
  • algorithms in combinatorics and related fields;
  • computational complexity theory;
  • randomization and explicit construction in combinatorics and algorithms.

Six issues appear each year. A total of 30-40 papers are accepted for publication out of roughly 300 submissions per year.



Imre Bárány, Rényi Institute of Mathematics, Budapest
József Solymosi, University of British Columbia

Founding editors

László Babai, University of Chicago
László Lovász, ELTE Eötvös University, Budapest

Managing editor

Viktor Harangi, Rényi Institute of Mathematics, Budapest

Honorary editors

Gyula O.H. Katona, Rényi Institute of Mathematics, Budapest
Miklós Simonovits, Rényi Institute of Mathematics, Budapest
Vera T. Sós, Rényi Institute of Mathematics, Budapest
Endre Szemerédi, Rényi Institute of Mathematics, Budapest

Board of editors

Miklós Abért, Rényi Institute of Mathematics, Budapest
Noga Alon, Tel Aviv University & Princeton University
Anders Björner, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm
Aart Blokhuis, Eindhoven University of Technology
Béla Bollobás, University of Cambridge & The University of Memphis
András Frank, ELTE Eötvös University, Budapest
Peter Frankl, Rényi Institute of Mathematics, Budapest
Zoltán Füredi, Rényi Institute of Mathematics, Budapest
W. Timothy Gowers, University of Cambridge
Péter Komjáth, ELTE Eötvös University, Budapest
Daniela Kühn, University of Birmingham
Nathan Linial, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Dániel Marx, Max Planck Institute for Informatics
Jaroslav Nešetřil, Charles University, Prague
János Pach, Rényi Institute of Mathematics, Budapest & EPFL, Lausenne
Alexander A. Razborov, University of Chicago & Steklov Math. Inst., Moscow
Vojtěch Rödl, Emory University, Atlanta
Imre Z. Ruzsa, Rényi Institute of Mathematics, Budapest
Alexander Schrijver, CWI Amsterdam & University of Amsterdam
Paul D. Seymour, Princeton University
Benny Sudakov, ETH, Zürich
Tamás Szőnyi, ELTE Eötvös University, Budapest
Gábor Tardos, Rényi Institute of Mathematics, Budapest
Van H. Vu, Yale University
Avi Wigderson, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton


Papers can be submitted to COMBINATORICA via EditFlow.
Please read the instructions below before submission.

Instructions for authors

  1. Submission. Manuscripts should be submitted via the editorial system EditFlow. Please use the following link:
  2. Length. The length of the paper should not exceed 30 pages (in 11-point LaTeX format on US letter-size paper with 1-inch margins). Authors of longer papers are advised to submit a 30-page version to COMBINATORICA with a link to a full version on arXiv.
  3. Notes. Short notes are welcome and processed in an expedited fashion.
  4. Form of the manuscript. The manuscript should contain a brief abstract. In a paper divided into sections, it is desirable to number theorems, lemmas, definitions, corollaries, examples, etc. consecutively using double Arabic numerals. (E.g., Section 3 may start with Definition 3.1 followed by Remark 3.2 and Theorem 3.3).
  5. Style. Clarity of the presentation is paramount. The results should be made accessible to the non-specialist reader. Authors should give clear motivation, background, and exact references.
  6. Final version. If the paper is accepted, the following should be submitted.
    • The final version of the paper in TeX/LaTeX format. It is best to avoid using complicated macros or non-standard packages and fonts as they tend to be in conflict with the journal format. Furthermore, it significantly simplifies the typesetting process if unused packages and definitions are deleted by the author. In general, a plain "vanilla" version is the least prone to errors when adapting it to the journal format.
    • Each figure in a separate file (in a vector graphic format that can handle embedded fonts such as EPS or vector PDF). Note that while the online version is published in color, the print version is converted to grayscale. Ensure that the figure can still be understood even when it is printed in grayscale. For example, avoid referring to colors in the text.
    • Affiliation and e-mail address for each author.
    • Abbreviated title (at most 35 characters), to be used as the running head.
    • Mathematics Subject Classification codes (primary and secondary).
  7. Reprints. 50 Reprints are provided free of charge upon request. Additional reprints may be ordered.

The papers below are accepted for publication in COMBINATORICA and will appear in upcoming issues. Some have already been published electronically and can be accessed on the Springer website: Online First articles.

Papers to appear in upcoming issues

Jan Grebik, Israel Rocha
Fractional isomorphism of graphons

David Conlon, Jacob Fox, Yuval Wigderson
Ramsey numbers of books and quasirandomness

Zhicong Lin, Dongsu Kim
A combinatorial bijection on k-noncrossing partition

Dhruv Mubayi, Xizhi Liu
A hypergraph Turán problem with no stability

Peter Ayre, Amin Coja-Oghlan, Catherine Greenhill
Lower bounds on the chromatic number of random graphs

Tony Huynh, Gwenaël Joret, Piotr Micek, Michał Seweryn, Paul Joseph Wollan
Excluding a ladder

Pavel Pudlak, Vojtěch Rödl
Extractors for small zero-fixing sources

Jana Cslovjecsek, Romanos Diogenes Malikiosis, Márton Naszódi, Matthias Schymura
Computing the covering radius of a polytope with an application to lonely runners

Felix Joos, Stefan Ehard
A short proof of the blow-up lemma for approximate decompositions

Sean Eberhard
The characteristic polynomial of a random matrix

Martin Balko, David Chodounský, Jan Hubička, Matěj Konečný, Lluís Vena
Big Ramsey degrees of 3-uniform hypergraphs are finite

Drago Bokal, Zdenek Dvorak, Petr Hlineny, Jesus Leanos, Bojan Mohar, Tilo Wiedera
Bounded degree conjecture holds precisely for c-crossing-critical graphs with c<=12

Maxime Fortier Bourque, Bram Petri
Kissing numbers of regular graphs

Bodo Lass
Calculating the Euler characteristic of the moduli space of curves

Tsz Ho Chan, Jared Lichtman, Carl Pomerance
On the critical exponent for k-primitive sets

Gábor Kun
On Gardner's conjecture

Daniele Bartoli, Giacomo Micheli
Algebraic constructions of complete m-arcs

Jeff Kahn, Jinyoung Park
The number of maximal independent sets in the Hamming cube

Yoichi Iwata, Yutaro Yamaguchi
Finding a Shortest Non-zero Path in Group-Labeled Graphs

Ronen Eldan
Second-order bounds on correlations between increasing families

Tomáš Masařík, Irene Muzi, Marcin Pilipczuk, Paweł Rzążewski, Manuel Sorge
Packing Directed Cycles Quarter- and Half-Integrally

Abhishek Methuku, István Tomon
Bipartite Turán problems for ordered graphs

Kenta Ozeki
Kempe equivalence classes of cubic graphs embedded on the projective plane

Lior Gishboliner, Raphael Steiner, Tibor Szabó
Oriented cycles in digraphs of large outdegree

James Davies
Vertex-minor-closed classes are $\chi$-bounded

Hadi Kharaghani, Thomas Pender, Sho Suda
A family of balanced generalized weighing matrices

Tamás Kálmán, Seunghun Lee, Lilla Tóthmérész
The sandpile group of a trinity and a canonical definition for the planar Bernardi action

Gábor Elek, Gábor Tardos
Convergence and limits of finite trees

Ron Aharoni, Eli Berger, Joseph Briggs, Erel Segal-Halevi, Shira Zerbib
Fractionally balanced hypergraphs and rainbow KKM theorems

Hong Liu, Péter Pál Pach, Csaba Sándor
Polynomial Schur's theorem

Jakub Przybyło
The 1-2-3 Conjecture holds for graphs with large enough minimum degree

Chao Shi, Péter Frankl, Jianguo Qian
On non-empty cross-intersecting families

Gábor Damásdi, Dömötör Pálvölgyi
Realizing an 𝑚-uniform four-chromatic hypergraph with disks

Vojtěch Kaluža, Martin Tancer
Even maps, the Colin de Verdière number and representations of graphs

Nóra Frankl, Andrey Kupavskii
Almost sharp bounds on the number of discrete chains in the plane

Swee Hong Chan, Igor Pak, Greta Panova
Log-concavity in planar random walks

Andrew Newman
A lower bound on the number of homotopy types of simplicial complexes on n vertices

Amitabh Basu, Michele Conforti, Marco Di Summa, Hongyi Jiang
Complexity of branch-and-bound and cutting planes in mixed-integer optimization - II

Zdeněk Dvořák, Luke Postle
On decidability of hyperbolicity

Matei Mandache
Finding Certain Arithmetic Progressions in 2-Coloured Cyclic Groups

Manuel Bodirsky, Florian Starke
Maximal Digraphs With Respect to Primitive Positive Constructability

Zachary Hunter
Improved lower bounds for van der Waerden numbers

Hemanshu Kaul, Benjamin Reiniger
A Generalization of the Graph Packing Theorems of Sauer-Spencer and Brandt

Tom Kelly, Luke Postle
On the density of critical graphs with no large cliques

Simón Piga, Nicolás Sanhueza-Matamala
Cycle decompositions in 3-uniform hypergraphs

Zilin Jiang, Jonathan Tidor, Yuan Yao, Shengtong Zhang, Yufei Zhao
Spherical two-distance sets and eigenvalues of signed graphs

Daniel Glasscock, Joel Moreira, Florian Richter
A combinatorial proof of a sumset conjecture of Furstenberg

Slawomir J. Solecki
Dual Ramsey theorem for trees

Max Pitz
Constructing tree-decompositions that display all topological ends

Freddie Illingworth
Minimum degree stability of H-free graphs

Daniele Bartoli, Nicola Durante
On the classification of low-degree ovoids of $Q(4,q)$


Volume 42, Issue 2, 2022

Vida Dujmović, David Eppstein, Robert Hickingbotham, Pat Morin, David R. Wood
Stack-Number is Not Bounded by Queue-Number
Pages 151-164  |  DOI:10.1007/s00493-021-4585-7

François Hennecart, Gyan Prakash, Eyyunni Pramod
On Thin Sum-Product Bases
Pages 165-202  |  DOI:10.1007/s00493-021-4195-4

Dávid Matolcsi, Imre Z. Ruzsa, George Shakan, Dmitrii Zhelezov
An Analytic Approach to Cardinalities of Sumsets
Pages 203-236  |  DOI:10.1007/s00493-021-4547-0

Arnold Neumaier, Safet Penjić
On Bounding the Diameter of a Distance-Regular Graph
Pages 237-251  |  DOI:10.1007/s00493-021-4619-1

Luke Postle, Evelyne Smith-Roberge
On the Density of C7-Critical Graphs
Pages 253-300  |  DOI:10.1007/s00493-020-4177-y

Claude Tardif
The Chromatic Number of the Product of 14-Chromatic Graphs Can Be 13
Pages 301-308  |  DOI:10.1007/s00493-021-4781-5

Volume 42, Issue 1, 2022

Karim Adiprasito, Sergey Avvakumov, Roman Karasev
A Subexponential Size Triangulation of RPn
Pages 1-8  |  DOI:10.1007/s00493-021-4602-x

Dana Bartošová, Jordi Lopez-Abad, Martino Lupini, Brice Mbombo
The Ramsey Properties for Grassmannians Over ℝ, ℂ
Pages 9-69  |  DOI:10.1007/s00493-020-4264-0

Brandon Hanson, Oliver Roche-Newton, Misha Rudnev
Higher Convexity and Iterated Sum Sets
Pages 71-85  |  DOI:10.1007/s00493-021-4578-6

Daniel Král’, Jonathan A. Noel, Sergey Norin, Jan Volec, Fan Wei
Non-Bipartite K-Common Graphs
Pages 87-114  |  DOI:10.1007/s00493-020-4499-9

Tomasz Łuczak, Joanna Polcyn, Christian Reiher
On the Ramsey-Turán Density of Triangles
Pages 115-136  |  DOI:10.1007/s00493-021-4340-0

Sergey Norin, Zi-Xia Song
A New Upper Bound on the Chromatic Number of Graphs with No Odd Kt Minor
Pages 137-149  |  DOI:10.1007/s00493-021-4390-3

Volume 41, Issue 6, 2021

Daniel Di Benedetto, József Solymosi, Ethan P. White
On the Directions Determined by a Cartesian Product in an Affine Galois Plane
Pages 755-763  |  DOI:10.1007/s00493-020-4516-z

Jakub Byszewski, Jakub Konieczny, Elżbieta Krawczyk
Substitutive Systems and a Finitary Version of Cobham’s Theorem
Pages 765-801  |  DOI:10.1007/s00493-020-4311-x

Jacob Fox, János Pach, Andrew Suk
Bounded VC-Dimension Implies the Schur-Erdős Conjecture
Pages 803-813  |  DOI:10.1007/s00493-021-4530-9

António Girão, Kamil Popielarz, Richard Snyder
(2K + 1)-Connected Tournaments with Large Minimum Out-Degree are K-Linked
Pages 815-837  |  DOI:10.1007/s00493-021-4374-3

Gary R. W. Greaves, Jeven Syatriadi, Pavlo Yatsyna
Equiangular Lines in Low Dimensional Euclidean Spaces
Pages 839-872  |  DOI:10.1007/s00493-020-4523-0

Péter Vrana
Probabilistic Refinement of the Asymptotic Spectrum of Graphs
Pages 873-904  |  DOI:10.1007/s00493-020-4324-5

Contents of all published issues


Top 20 most-cited papers (1981-1999)

Lubotzky, A.; Phillips, R.; Sarnak, P.
Ramanujan graphs
Volume 8 (1988), Issue 3, 261–277

Karmarkar, N.
A new polynomial-time algorithm for linear programming
Volume 4 (1984), Issue 4, 373–395

Grötschel, M.; Lovász, L.; Schrijver, A.
The ellipsoid method and its consequences in combinatorial optimization
Volume 1 (1981), Issue 2, 169–197

Alon, N.
Eigenvalues and expanders
Volume 6 (1986), Issue 2, 83–96

Linial, Nathan; London, Eran; Rabinovich, Yuri
The geometry of graphs and some of its algorithmic applications
Volume 15 (1995), Issue 2, 215–245

Alon, N.; Tarsi, M.
Colorings and orientations of graphs
Volume 12 (1992), Issue 2, 125–134

Chung, F. R. K.; Graham, R. L.; Wilson, R. M.
Quasi-random graphs
Volume 9 (1989), Issue 4, 345–362

Szemerédi, Endre; Trotter, William T., Jr.
Extremal problems in discrete geometry
Volume 3 (1983), Issue 3-4, 381–392

de Fraysseix, H.; Pach, J.; Pollack, R.
How to draw a planar graph on a grid
Volume 10 (1990), Issue 1, 41–51

Frankl, P.; Wilson, R. M.
Intersection theorems with geometric consequences
Volume 1 (1981), Issue 4, 357–368

Godsil, C. D.
On the full automorphism group of a graph
Volume 1 (1981), Issue 3, 243–256

Füredi, Z.; Komlós, J.
The eigenvalues of random symmetric matrices
Volume 1 (1981), Issue 3, 233–241

Frieze, Alan; Kannan, Ravi
Quick approximation to matrices and applications
Volume 19 (1999), Issue 2, 175–220

Komlós, János; Sárközy, Gábor N.; Szemerédi, Endre
Blow-up lemma
Volume 17 (1997), Issue 1, 109–123

Wilson, Richard M.
The exact bound in the Erdős-Ko-Rado theorem
Volume 4 (1984), Issue 2-3, 247–257

Pach, János; Tóth, Géza
Graphs drawn with few crossings per edge
Volume 17 (1997), Issue 3, 427–439

Babai, L.
On Lovász' lattice reduction and the nearest lattice point problem
Volume 6 (1986), Issue 1, 1–13

Mulmuley, Ketan; Vazirani, Umesh V.; Vazirani, Vijay V.
Matching is as easy as matrix inversion
Volume 7 (1987), Issue 1, 105–113

Raghavan, P.; Thompson, C. D.
Randomized rounding: a technique for provably good algorithms and algorithmic proofs
Volume 7 (1987), Issue 4, 365–374

Robertson, Neil; Seymour, Paul; Thomas, Robin
Hadwiger's conjecture for K6-free graphs
Volume 13 (1993), Issue 3, 279–361

Top 10 most-cited papers (2000-2009)

Jain, Kamal
A factor 2 approximation algorithm for the generalized Steiner network problem
Volume 21 (2001), Issue 1, 39–60

Bollobás, Béla; Riordan, Oliver
The diameter of a scale-free random graph
Volume 24 (2004), Issue 1, 5–34

Chudnovsky, Maria; Cornuéjols, Gérard; Liu, Xinming; Seymour, Paul; Vušković, Kristina
Recognizing Berge graphs
Volume 25 (2005), Issue 2, 143–186

Alon, Noga; Fischer, Eldar; Krivelevich, Michael; Szegedy, Mario
Efficient testing of large graphs
Volume 20 (2000), Issue 4, 451–476

Tao, Terence
Product set estimates for non-commutative groups
Volume 28 (2008), Issue 5, 547–594

Linial, Nathan; Meshulam, Roy
Homological connectivity of random 2-complexes
Volume 26 (2006), Issue 4, 475–487

Kim, Jeong Han; Vu, Van H.
Concentration of multivariate polynomials and its applications
Volume 20 (2000), Issue 3, 417–434

Thomassé, Stéphan; Yeo, Anders
Total domination of graphs and small transversals of hypergraphs
Volume 27 (2007), Issue 4, 473–487

Goldreich, Oded; Goldwasser, Shafi; Lehman, Eric; Ron, Dana; Samorodnitsky, Alex
Testing monotonicity
Volume 20 (2000), Issue 3, 301–337

Kühn, Daniela; Osthus, Deryk
The minimum degree threshold for perfect graph packings
Volume 29 (2009), Issue 1, 65–107

Top 10 most-cited papers (2010-2019)

Sebő, András; Vygen, Jens
Shorter tours by nicer ears: 7/5-approximation for the graph-TSP, 3/2 for the path version, and 4/3 for two-edge-connected subgraphs
Volume 34 (2014), Issue 5, 597–629

Petridis, Giorgis
New proofs of Plünnecke-type estimates for product sets in groups
Volume 32 (2012), Issue 6, 721–733

Tóth, Csaba D.
The Szemerédi-Trotter theorem in the complex plane
Volume 35 (2015), Issue 1, 95–126

Ceballos, Cesar; Santos, Francisco; Ziegler, Günter M.
Many non-equivalent realizations of the associahedron
Volume 35 (2015), Issue 5, 513–551

Dujmović, Vida; Joret, Gwenaël; Kozik, Jakub; Wood, David R.
Nonrepetitive colouring via entropy compression
Volume 36 (2016), Issue 6, 661–686

Chudnovsky, Maria; Seymour, Paul
The three-in-a-tree problem
Volume 30 (2010), Issue 4, 387–417

Füredi, Zoltán; Jiang, Tao; Seiver, Robert
Exact solution of the hypergraph Turán problem for k-uniform linear paths
Volume 34 (2014), Issue 3, 299–322

Raigorodskii, A. M.
On the chromatic numbers of spheres in Rn
Volume 32 (2012), Issue 1, 111–123

Cilleruelo, Javier
Combinatorial problems in finite fields and Sidon sets
Volume 32 (2012), Issue 5, 497–511

Devos, Matt; Dvořák, Zdeněk; Fox, Jacob; McDonald, Jessica; Mohar, Bojan; Scheide, Diego
A minimum degree condition forcing complete graph immersion
Volume 34 (2014), Issue 3, 279–298

Rudnev, Misha
On the number of incidences between points and planes in three dimensions
Volume 38 (2018), Issue 1, 219–254


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