Guide for Authors

This journal uses SinaWeb peer review manuscript submissions. Complete guidelines for preparing and submitting your manuscript to this journal are provided below. 

Communications in Combinatorics and Optimization considers all manuscripts on the strict condition that they have been submitted only to Communications in Combinatorics and Optimization, that they have not been published already, nor are they under consideration for publication or in press elsewhere.

Contributions to Communications in Combinatorics and Optimization 
must report original research and will be subjected to review by referees at the discretion of the Editorial Office.


Please note that Communications in Combinatorics and Optimization uses iThenticate software to screen papers for unoriginal material. By submitting your paper to Communications in Combinatorics and Optimization you are agreeing to any necessary originality checks your paper may have to undergo during the peer review and production processes.

Any author who fails to adhere to the above conditions will be rejected.


Manuscript preparation


Before submitting your manuscript, please consider the Aims & Scope section.


Please note initial submissions are not required to conform to the journal style outlined here. However, any revised submissions must do so. Accepted papers will not be able to enter production unless the following guidelines have been followed.

1. General guidelines

  • Manuscripts should be compiled in the following order: title page; abstract; keywords; main text; acknowledgments; appendices (as appropriate); references; table(s) with caption(s) (on individual pages); figure caption(s) (as a list).
  • Abstracts of at most 250 words are required for all papers submitted.
  • Each paper should have 2-5 keywords. In addition to keywords, authors are required to provide 1-5 2010 Mathematics Subject Classification codes.
  • Section headings should be concise and numbered sequentially, using a decimal system for subsections.
  • All the authors of a paper should include their full names, affiliations and email addresses on the first page of the manuscript. One author should be identified as the Corresponding Author.
  • All persons who have a reasonable claim to authorship must be named in the manuscript as co-authors; the corresponding author must be authorized by all co-authors to act as an agent on their behalf in all matters pertaining to the publication of the manuscript, and the order of names should be alphabetical.
  • Please supply all details required by any funding and grant-awarding bodies as an Acknowledgement on the last page before References, as follows:
    • For single agency grants: 'This work was supported by the [Funding Agency] under Grant [number xxxx]'.
    • For multiple agency grants: 'This work was supported by the [Funding Agency 1] under Grant [number xxxx]; [Funding Agency 2] under Grant [number xxxx]; and [Funding Agency 3] under Grant [number xxxx]'.
  • Biographical notes on contributors are not required for this journal.

2. Style guidelines

The authors must provide their manuscripts in the journal format after acceptance. Find the format Latex template

3. Figures

  • It is in the author's interest to provide the highest quality figure format possible. Please be sure that all imported scanned material is scanned at the appropriate resolution.
  • All figures must be numbered in the order in which they appear in the paper (e.g. figure 1, figure 2). In multi-part figures, each part should be labelled (e.g. figure 1(a), figure 1(b)).
  • Figure captions must be saved separately, as part of the file containing the complete text of the paper, and numbered correspondingly.
  • The filename for a graphic should be descriptive of the graphic, e.g. Figure1, Figure2a.

4. Colour

Authors of accepted papers who propose publishing figures in colour in the print version should consult the managing editor at the proof stage to agree on a financial contribution to colour reproduction costs. Figures that appear in black-and-white in the print edition of the Journal will appear in colour in the online edition, assuming colour originals are supplied.

5. Reproduction of copyright material


If you wish to include any material in your manuscript in which you do not hold copyright, you must obtain written permission from the copyright owner, prior to submission. Such material may be in the form of text, data, table, illustration, photograph, line drawing and any supplemental material you propose to include. This applies to direct (verbatim or facsimile) reproduction as well as “derivative reproduction” (where you have created a new figure or table which derives substantially from a copyrighted source).

You must ensure appropriate acknowledgement is given to the permission granted to you for reuse by the copyright holder in each figure or table caption. You are solely responsible for any fees which the copyright holder may charge for reuse.

6. Manuscript submission

All submissions should be made online at the Communications in Combinatorics and Optimization   Manuscript Central site. New users should first create an account. Once a user is logged onto the site submissions should be made via the Author Centre. Online user guides and access to a helpdesk are available on this website.

Manuscripts should be submitted in PDF. All accepted manuscripts should be prepared in LaTeX and sent the materials in a single ZIP file to the editorial office. 

7. Copyright and authors' rights

To assure the integrity, dissemination, and protection against copyright infringement of published articles, you will be asked to assign us, via a Publishing Agreement, the copyright in your article. Your Article is defined as the final, definitive, and citable Version of Record, acknowledging that the accepted manuscript is in its final form, including the abstract, text, bibliography, and all accompanying tables, illustrations, data  Our agreement with you will constitute the entire agreement and the sole understanding between you and us; no amendment, addendum, or other communication will be taken into account when interpreting your and our rights and obligations under this Agreement.


  • The copyright form can be downloaded from here. 
  • The conflict of interest can be downloaded from here.

Please sign both of them and upload them as supplementary documents. 

8. Page charges

There are no fees for submitting, processing or publishing an article in Communications in Combinatorics and Optimization.

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Last updated 12/12/2021