Instructions for authors


Manuscripts should be sent by e-mail to the editorial office in Budapest preferably in PDF format, but submissions in other formats, like PostScript, are also possible. Short notes are welcome, we process them separately.
In order to facilitate refereeing, copies of those papers (whether by the author or someone else), which are essentially referred to and are not conveniently accessible, should also be sent by e-mail to the editorial office.

Form of Manuscript

  • The length of the paper should not exceed 25 pages (in 11-point LaTeX format on US letter-size paper with 1-inch margins). Authors of longer papers are advised to submit a 25-page version to Combinatorica with a link to a full version on arXiv.
  • 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).
  • Mark the end of proof by . The same symbol, placed at the end of a statement, indicates the absence of proof.

Cover letter

In the e-mail with the submission, please include the following:

  • Title of the article.
  • Name(s) of the author(s).
  • E-mail of the author responsible for correspondence with .


The manuscript should be accompanied by a brief abstract. Bear in mind that this might be the only part of the paper read by most of the readers.


Clarity of the presentation is paramount. The results should be made accessible to the nonspecialist reader. Authors should give clear motivation, background, exact references, and all definitions which are not generally known.

Final version

If the paper is accepted, the following should be submitted:

  • The final of the paper in TeX, LaTeX or AMS-TeX format, with a separate file for each figure in Encapsulated Postcript (eps) format. It is best to avoid complicated macros; our typesetter will convert the files to produce the format of the journal, and this is easiest and safest to do from a "vanilla" version.
  • Affiliation(s) and e-mail address(es) of the author(s).
  • An abbreviated form of the title (at most 35 characters), to be used as the running head.
  • Mathematics Subject Classification codes (primary and secondary). The classifications are listed in the annual Index of the Mathematical Reviews and on the web site of the American Mathematical Society.


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Corrections, notes

Please send corrections and notes concernig articles published in to the editorial office in Budapest