Journal of Combinatorial Designs

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Edited By: Charles J. Colbourn, Jeffrey H. Dinitz, and Patric R.J. Östergård

Impact Factor: 0.794

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 95/312 (Mathematics)

Online ISSN: 1520-6610

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Author Guidelines


Journal of Combinatorial Designs is now receiving submitted manuscripts online at .

All manuscripts should now be submitted online. To submit a manuscript, launch your web browser and go to . Check for an existing user account by entering your email address in the space beneath the box that reads "Password Help." If you are submitting for the first time, and you do not find an existing account, create a new account by clicking on the words "Create Account" in the top right corner of the screen. Instructions are posted under the heading "Resources" on the login page and also within the site itself. Please be sure to read them carefully. If you experience difficulty during the submission process, contact technical support at .

Submission of a manuscript to the Journal implies that the paper has not been published, that it is not being submitted for publication elsewhere, and that, if the work reported is officially sponsored, it has been released for publication.

File Format Instructions for Online Submission

Manuscript file, tables, and figures must be submitted separately.

Please submit the paper in .PDF or .PS format for reviewing purposes. Also submit your source file in LaTex format as a single file. Figures should be submitted as separate files. When uploading your files, both the LaTex source and the .PDF or .PS should be designated as "Main Document."

To ensure the highest print quality, your figures must be submitted in EPS or PS format according to the following minimum resolutions:

  • 1200 dpi (dots per inch) for black and white line art (simple bar graphs, charts, etc.)
  • 300 dpi for halftones (black and white photographs)
  • 600 dpi for combination halftones (photographs that also contain line art such as labeling or thin lines)

Vector-based figures (e.g., figures created in Adobe Illustrator) should be submitted in EPS format.

Do not submit figures in any of the following formats: JPG, GIF, PSD, CRD, PCT, PPT, PDF, XLS, DOC, BMP, 123 (or other Lotus formats).

At the end of a successful submission, a confirmation screen with manuscript number will appear and you will receive an e-mail confirming that the manuscript has been received by the journal. If this does not happen, please check your submission and/or contact tech support at .

No article can be published unless accompanied by a signed publication agreement, which serves as a transfer of copyright from author to publisher. A publication agreement may be obtained from the editor or the publisher. A copy of the publication agreement appears in most issues of the journal. Only original papers will be accepted and copyright in published papers will be vested in the publisher. It is the author's responsibility to obtain written permission to reproduce material that has appeared in another publication. A copy of the agreement, executed and signed by the author, is required with each manuscript submission. (If the article is a "work made for hire," the agreement must be signed by the employer.) No manuscript can be accepted without a signed copyright transfer.

Manuscript Preparation

Manuscripts should be submitted in English, double-spaced, and on a standard 8 1/2 x 11 in. (21 x 28 cm) page with 1 in. (2.5 cm) margins.

The manuscript must be divided into sections with appropriate section headings.

Each formal paper must be accompanied by an abstract not to exceed 200 words. It should consist of a concise statement of the main ideas contained in the paper as distinct from a summary.

Authors are requested to avoid footnotes to text wherever possible.

References . The references should be numbered in alphabetical order, with all journals abbreviated as in Mathematical Reviews . Reference citations in text are indicated by Arabic numerals in square brackets [1], [2],.... The forms of a typical reference to a journal article [1], an article in a book or conference proceedings [2], or a book [3] appear below. Please see Mathematics into Type (American Mathematical Society) for further examples.

Journal Article

[1] E. S. Kramer, S. S. Magliveras, and D. M. Mesner, t-designs from the large Mathieu groups, Discrete Math 36 (1981), 171-189.


[2] T. Beth, D. Jungnickel, and H. Lenz, Design theory, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, England, 1986.

Edited Book

[3] C. C. Lindner, and C. A. Rodger, "Decomposition into cycles II," Cycle systems in contemporary design theory: A collection of surveys, J. H. Dinitz and D. R. Stinson (Editors), Wiley, New York, 1992, pp. 325-369.


[4] P. K. Brayton, D. Coppersmith, and A. J. Hoffman, Self-orthogonal Latin squares, Teorie Combinatorie, Proc. Rome Conf, 1976, pp. 509-517.

References to unpublished material are discouraged.

Figures. All figures must be cited in the text, numbered, and supplied with captions.

All color figures will be reproduced in full color in the online edition of the journal at no cost to authors. Authors are requested to pay the cost of reproducing color figures in print. Authors are encouraged to submit color illustrations that highlight the text and convey essential scientific information. For best reproduction, bright, clear colors should be used. Dark colors against a dark background do not reproduce well; please place your color images against a white background wherever possible.

Tables. All tables should be cited sequentially in text, numbered, and supplied with explanatory captions. Table columns should have explanatory headings.

Electronic Proofing

In order to expedite the publication and on-line posting of articles in Wiley Online Library, the Journal of Combinatorial Designs now offers electronic proofing. Corresponding authors with e-mail addresses will be sent page proofs (and paperwork, such as reprint order forms) in pdf format via e-mail. Please follow the instructions in the e-mail; contact names and numbers are given for questions, problems, or if an author wishes to receive a paper proof. A fax cover form with the Production Editor's information is also provided for authors to fax their corrections.

Authors are asked to check the accuracy of typesetting and return corrections within 48 hours of receipt. Authors may be charged for any alterations to the proofs beyond those needed to correct typesetting errors.


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