How to format a submission for DMTCS
with the journal's own LATEX2e-style

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This is revision . of this document.
This abstract should be some brief description of your work and how it advances our science. For journal submissions, this is the same text that you fill in the oline form.
put complicated mathematical expressions here.
use commands you defined yourself here.
put \cite commands here. If you feel that a reference is important for the overall estimation of your work, spell that reference out by using something like ``This result has been conjectured by Erdos et al. (1931)''.

<#29#>Don't include the following \string


command in your file. This is only used for the purpose of this document here. PDF documents as produced with this style will have an internal table of contents. Usually this table is shown by PDF browsers in a different panel than the text itself.

The real text of your paper should already start here, on the frontpage.



The LATEX2e-style for DMTCS is derived straight forward from the usual article.sty. Its main purpose is to ensure a common layout policy of all articles in DMTCS and to provide editors, referees and readers with the necessary information. If you think you need an introduction to LATEX2e or search for pointers to other literature on that, you should consider reference Oetiker et al. (1999) given at the end.

Before you read on to know how to use our style file please ensure that the manuscript fits well into DMTCS.

  1. DMTCS covers Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science as domain of interest.
  2. DMTCS is a scientific journal. This requires that your work is

    The main results of your paper must not have appeared elsewhere in a journal, neither by yourself nor by somebody else.

    There is no excuse for plagiarism, not even self-plagiarism. We have a good record in tracking such things down, be warned.

    Your results must be of importance to a wider public and should be of interest for more readers than just the referees.
    self contained
    Other than for conference proceedings, we don't have any restrictions on the number of pages for an article. So there is no excuse to suppress proofs or not to give verbose examples. On the other hand, self containing short notes are highly welcome.
    Your work must relate to the current state of the art of the domain in question. In particular, foreign and own results external to the manuscript must be correctly credited and complete reference to such related work must be given.
    The journal's language is English, all conventions for scientific work in that language apply.

    Your work must be mathematical correct and its quality of writing must be such that the referees will agree upon this fact.

    Your writing must be grammatically correct. Be ensured, that especially authors that are non-native speakers of English will receive all possible help to correct flaws. But also have in mind, that incorrect grammar might be the cause of severe misunderstandings and finally result in a rejection of the paper.

  3. DMTCS is
    circular letter, and
    preprint server.
    If you are looking for that, please consider the wide possibilities that the web offers nowadays.

Providing Information for the first Page

First of all, for a correct submission we need some basic information. Consider this file here itself as an example how this should be done. We need the following type of information:

Hints for the manuscript itself

I suppose in the following that you write a paper since you want to publish it, i.e., make it publically available, and that you want it to be read and understood. Therefore it is imperative that you stay inside the established conventions for mathematical or TCS texts. People are used to these conventions. They help them to easily and quickly access the real contents of your text and to not to be diverted by its appearance.

Numbering commands

Please use the standard conventions for all commands and environments that provide a numbering such as theoremlike environments or sections. In particular usual counting starts at 1 mathend000# and not at 0 mathend000#. An introduction is an integral part of a paper and should be counted as one ( =1 mathend000#!).

Never ever number items, paragraphs, equations, cases theorems or whatsoever manually.

This is the age of computers, use them before they use you. We need automatically produced numbers to put hyperlinks into your text, such that reading a paper in DMTCS becomes a real `electronic' experience.

Markup commands

Don't use markup of text according to some layout or style, but to stress semantical differences. The correct way to emphazise a certain part of your text is \emph{emphazise}. Don't use the \text.. family for that purpose, in particular don't use \textit or \it. They have different meanings and rendering. E.g., observe the word different in the previous phrase: this is rendered in an upright font since this is an \emph inside another \emph. On the other hand \texit for the abreviations ``e.g.'' and ``i.e.'' is appropriate. This is because they are Latin (for exempli gratia and id est), and all foreign text inside English text has to be put in italics (sic!).

If ever you use commands that change the font use the modern form \text.. for them, such as \textbf{text}, \textit{text} or \textsc{text}. These commands know better what has to be done when they switch back to normal than the ancient commands {\bf text}, {\it text\/} or {\sc text}.


Use the standard heading and structuring commands \section, \subsection etc. to structure your document. For theorems use the corresponding environments that you may define by means of the \newtheorem command.

Proper Names

Names of theorems and alike are considered as proper names. In English (sic!) proper names are capitalized. So please write something like ``In Section 2 we have seen...'' and ``By the Main Theorem we know...''. But distinguish properly from the use of the word ``theorem'' as ordinary noun as it is for example in ``In the following theorem we prove ...''.

Please also be careful in the writing of personal names. Customs in different countries are different! Be sure to use a standard transcription of names that use a different alphabet than English, and also be sure to use the full capabilities of LATEX2e for accentuated character sets that are based on the Latin alphabet. Be sure to catch the correct concept of ``last name'' in that language.

Use a Spell Checker

It is considered as being very impolite to leave obvious spelling errors in the manuscript before sending it out. Computers are made for these, use them.

You might either use the North American variant for spelling or the British one, but please don't mix them in one paper. The same holds for different possible spellings for the same word as for example ``acknowledg(e)ment'' or ``formulae'' versus ``formulas''. Be coherent.


Running text must always constitute correct English phrases. An English phrase needs a verb and an ` = mathend000#'-sign can not be a replacement for it.

All complicated mathematical formulae should be given on separate lines and should not be spread out into the running text. Never use the $ form of the math enviroment for these. Human or automatic taggers have a hard time to recognize which is an opening or a closing $. Use

for all formulas that spread over several words and
(or equation etc.) that should be rendered on a line of their own. Using the old fashioned double-dollar environment
$$ some complicated formula $$
is frowned upon.

You should use LATEX2e environments that provide a numbering for all formulae that are rendered on line of the their own. Use environmenst such as equation or eqnarray. Such numbers ease the referee process very much, and after eventual publication easily allow readers to refer to in their own work.

The quantifiers `` mathend000#'' and `` mathend000#'' don't stand as abbreviations of the partial phrases ``there is'' and ``for all''. They are reserved for logical formulae as such, that is for work that talks itself of logical formulae as a subject.

The equal sign `` = mathend000#'' has different meanings in parts of the two communities that DMTCS addresses.

  1. It might stand for mathematical identity that is discovered a posteriori. As an example take the following phrase:
    An easy computation shows that 4!=24 mathend000#.
  2. It might stand for a definition, as in
    For convenience, set 0!=1 mathend000#.
For the later use of `` = mathend000#'' Computer Scientist often tend to use `` := mathend000#''. Referees should be tolerant to these different customs.

Cross-references and citations

Use cross-references throughout your whole paper. Use \label and \ref for that and don't do the work of the computer by yourself. Not only that it is easier (believe me!) but also it helps to insert hyperlinks across the final document in the pdf version, see Section 4.

The same holds for citations. Never ever number citations by hand. This only can go wrong and it will. Use LATEX' \cite command. Again, in the pdf version this will have the advantage of a hyperlink that lets you jump directly to the bibliography item.

Use bibtex to produce your bibliography. With a little bit of initial overhead it lets you easily maintain your references. This pays off when you will write more than one article in your life... Have a look into Oetiker et al. (1999) and to the .bib-file of DMTCS to see how this works.

I personally prefer the so-called natural citation style as it is used herein (via natbib). It has the advatage that the author names of the work that is cited appear properly. Papers are to the merits of people. In addition, such a citation by name has the advantage of being easily recognizable without looking in the bibliography.

PDF Files

The style supports PDF output if used with pdflatex as the formatting command. If you are viewing this document in its pdf form you may see some of the advantages this has: in particular pdf documents produced in that way have included hyperlinks. If you want to know more about these features please refer to

The switching beteen pdf or the traditional dvi format should be done automatically on whether you process your file with pdflatex or latex. If this doesn't work for you you could try to add the option pdflatex to the \documentclass right at the start of the document.

If your installation doesn't support the package hyperref, you should switch of these features by giving the option nohyperref in the \documentclass declaration at the beginning of your manuscript. To give you the possibility to include hyperlinks even if your local installation doesn't support this, we provide the command \href{URL}{text} in any case.

Figure 1: The logo of DMTCS.


Please use the (standard) packages graphics or graphicx to include graphical data and not epsf or similar. Something like the PostScript picture in the title of this document can be produced as simple as this \includegraphics[width=0.13\textwidth]{dmtcs}. Note that in this command the width is given in relation to the width of the text and not in an absolut measure and that the file name is given without extension. Don't include the extension of the graphic file in the command! If accepted, we will have to process your file for PostScript and PDF. Please, leave the choice of the desired format to the graphicx package.

For a realistic graphic of your paper you should chose a figure environment as is done with the following for Figure 1

    %% Don't use epsfile!
    \caption{The logo of DMTCS.}

If you have several (small) figures that are related to each other you may place them inside one figure environment. As you may see in Figure 2 how this may look like and consider the source of this description here on how to refer to each part (that is Figure 2(a) and 2(b)) individually.

Figure 2: The scaled logo of DMTCS.
[height of 1 cm][height=1cm]dmtcs [width of 3 cm][width=3cm]dmtcs

Summary of Options

option description
submission whether or not this is considered as a submission or
final being the final document for jounal papers
proceedings or proceedings volumes
pdftex force production of pdf, if pdflatex doesn't work
nohyperref switch reference to hyperref off
notimes switch selection of the times package off

Summary of Relevant Commands

command description
\address the affiliation and address of the authors
\addressmark to number different affiliations for different authors
\revision the revision number, defaults to 1 mathend000# if this command is omitted
\keywords a comma separated list of keywords
\qed produces
. See proof-environment below.
  Use the following commands only for the indicated purpose. If, e.g, you wand to use a P mathend000# that does not denote the set of prime numbers use \mathbb{P}
\naturals the positive integers or `naturals',
\integers the ring of the integers,
\rationals the field of the rational numbers,
\reals the field of the real numbers,
\complexes the field of the complex numbers,
\primes the set of prime numbers,

Summary of Relevant Environments

abstract The abstract of your paper, see Section 2.
Use this for proofs. This helps the reader to understand
the general structure of your paper easily.


At the end of the manuscript, right before the bibliography you might want to place an acknowledgement. This can be easily done by using the command \acknowledgements as you can see here.


T. Oetiker, H. Partl, I. Hyna, and E. Schlegl.
The Not So Short Introduction to LATEX2e, 3.3 edition, 1999.
available at

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