Instructions to Authors

The Australasian Journal of Combinatorics is an international journal which publishes significant and original research papers in all branches of combinatorics. We also consider timely survey articles and short expository pieces. All worthy papers are fully refereed.

Submission of a manuscript to the Australas. J. Combin. implies that the paper has not been published elsewhere, is not currently submitted for publication elsewhere, and, if accepted by the Australas. J. Combin., will not also be published elsewhere.

Please submit papers as a pdf file via email to: ajc@maths.uq.edu.au. Papers should be prepared in some form of TeX, preferably LaTeX, with any figures/diagrams in postscript format or pdf. Note that the TeX and figure files are not required at submission stage, but will be required upon acceptance. The journal stylefile and a sample LaTeX file are available upon request, although are not necessary for submission.

The process


Please allow up to two weeks for acknowledgement of email submissions; however, submissions to ajc@maths.uq.edu.au are usually acknowledged within a week. You will receive a reference number of the form X123, which should be used in any email communication about the paper. If you have not heard back within two weeks, please resend your paper.

A few papers are rejected without full refereeing, after consideration by some of our Editors, if they are deemed to be of an unsuitable quality, depth or style etc. Otherwise we normally use two referees for each paper, and occasionally three. There is no point in suggesting referees to us; we try to avoid asking co-authors and friends of authors to be referees! We ask our referees to report within three months, but it can occasionally take some weeks for us to find two willing referees, and then it can take several months to obtain two reports. We do send reminders to our valuable, busy referees at appropriate times. In most cases authors will receive reports within 6 to 9 months, sometimes sooner, but sometimes it can be hard to find suitable referees, and some referees need longer. So please wait for at least 12 months before enquiring about the status of your paper (once you have already had an initial acknowledgement of receipt).

Once all reports have been received for a paper, they are promptly sent on to authors. So do ensure that we have your correct email address at all times.