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Author Guidelines

General and technical guidelines

Contributions to Discrete Mathematics publishes current, unpublished research papers that fall into the categories listed on our home page. Papers submitted to CDM undergo a web-based refereeing process that is carried out using Open Journal Systems.

For the review process, authors must submit a PDF version of the article. For the article to be published, we will require LaTeX2e source files. Please prepare your article using the amsart document class, which is compatible with the journal's style. Authors should use a minimum of user-defined macros, and logical, standard LaTeX markup rather than hard-coding formatting.

Files for Preparation of Final Manuscripts

1. Instructions for preparation of accepted manuscripts: instructions_to_authors.pdf 2. Template for CDM articles: cdmtemplate.tex 3. File of standard commands: cdmstdcmds.tex

Submitting a paper

First, register, or log in.

Once you have registered, you may log in at any time to submit a paper by clicking "submit" on the "User > Author" page and entering the appropriate information for the steps listed. In step 1, you may suggest potential referees for your manuscript. In step 3, when asked to upload your submission, please submit your article in PDF format. (We do not require any supplementary files in step 4.)

You will receive confirmation of your submission and updates on the status of your article by e-mail. If you have any other questions, please e-mail


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 nor is it before another journal for consideration; or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor.
  2. The submission file is in PDF file format.
  3. All URL addresses in the text (e.g., are activated and ready to click.
  4. The text meets this journal's formatting requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines found in About the Journal.

Copyright Notice

Copyright Agreement in Printable Format Consent to Publish and Transfer of Copyright The Governors of the University of Calgary (Journal: Contributions to Discrete Mathematics) The Governors of the University of Calgary (the "University") requires the Author of an article in University-sponsored publications to provide a formal written Consent to Publish and a full Transfer of Copyright in the article to the University prior to publication. The Consent to Publish gives the University the permission of the Author to publish the Work. The Transfer of Copyright empowers the University to protect the Work against unauthorized use and to properly authorize dissemination of the Work by means of printed publications, off-prints, reprints, electronic files, licensed photocopies, microform editions, translations, document delivery and secondary information sources such as abstracting, reviewing and indexing services, including converting the Work into machine readable form and storing it in electronic databases. Where the term "Author" is used, it includes multiple authors where applicable. Title of Contribution ("Work"):______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ Author:_______________________________________________________________ Name of Publication: Contributions to Discrete Mathematics Contributions to Discrete Mathematics is a refereed e-journal dedicated to publishing significant results in a number of areas of pure and applied mathematics. It is free for both readers and authors, edited and published online and will be mirrored at the European Mathematical Information Service and the National Library of Canada. 1. The Author hereby consents that the University publishes the Work. 2. The Author warrants that the Work has not been published before in any form except as a preprint, that the Work is not being concurrently submitted to and is not under consideration by another publication, that all Authors are properly credited, and that the Author has the right to make the assignment made to the University complete and unencumbered. The Author also warrants that the Work does not libel anyone, infringe anyone's copyright, or otherwise violate anyone's statutory or common law rights. 3. The Author shall defend and hold harmless the University, its officers, employees and agents from all actions, costs and expenses that such parties may incur by reason of or arising from any misrepresentation made by the Author pursuant to clause 2. 4. The Author hereby transfers to the University the copyright of the Work. As a result, the University shall have the exclusive and unlimited right to publish the Work and to translate (or authorize others to translate) it wholly or in part throughout the World in all media for all applicable terms of copyright. This transfer includes all subsidiary rights subject only to clauses 5 and 7.2 5. The Author may use part or all of this Work or its image in any future works of their own. In any reproduction, the original publication by the University must be credited in the following manner: "First published in Contributions to Discrete Mathematics in [volume and number, or year], published by the University of Calgary," and the copyright notice in proper form must be placed on all copies. Any publication or other form of reproduction not meeting these requirements will be deemed to be unauthorized. 6. In the event of receiving any request to reprint or translate all or part of the Work, the University shall seek to inform the Author. 7. Upon the reasonable request of the University, the Author shall make revisions to the contents of the Work and deliver the same to the University within 60 days. Alternatively or in addition, the Work may be edited by the University prior to publication and returned to the Author for reading, correction and redelivery to the University within 60 days. Notwithstanding the transfer of copyright granted to the University, the University may only revise the Work so that the meaning of the revised Work or revised portion of the Work is not materially altered without prior written consent of the Author. 8. After the Work has been finalized for publication, the University shall print and publish the Work in such style or styles and shall distribute the Work on such terms as the University, in its sole discretion, shall determine. 9. This Consent to Publish and Transfer of Copyright (“Consent and Transfer”) is to be signed by the Author or, in the case of a "work-made-for-hire," by the employer. If there is more than one Author, then either all must sign the Consent and Transfer, or one Author may sign for all provided the signer appends a statement signed by all the Authors that attests that each Author has approved this Consent and Transfer and has agreed to be bound by it. 10. This Consent and Transfer will be governed by the laws of the Province of Alberta and the Federal laws of Canada and will be binding on, and inure to the benefit of, the Author’s heirs and personal representatives and the University’s successors and assigns. Signed, this ________ day of ________________, 20 AUTHOR Signature:_______________________ Name:__________________________


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