Submission information > Instructions to authors

All submitted papers must conform the IFAC Instructions to authors. The most important specifications are:

  • Papers should be prepared in double column format suitable for direct printing onto A4 paper (8.3in x 11.7in/210mm x 297mm) paper, justified, and using Times Roman 10pt typeface. They must be no more than 6 pages long. Please ensure that the typing area (centered) matches exactly the requirements. Do not number pages on the front, as page numbers will be added separately for the preprints and the Proceedings.
  • The first page should include:
    • a title (maximum 10 words);
    • each author's name and affiliation, including present address;
    • an abstract (250 words), giving a brief account of the most relevant aspects of the paper;
    • fFive to ten keywords taken from the official IFAC keywords list.
  • Use single line spacing throughout. Do not indent the initial lines of paragraphs. Leave a line clear between paragraphs.


There are streamlined ways of achieving this and other details of the required format for paper submissions.

Using LaTeX

The recommended method for easily satisfying the required paper submission format is to use the LaTeX typesetting package together with the IFAC conference class file.

Using Microsoft Word

Templates and sample files are available for use with Word.

Generation of PDF files

Answers to frequently asked questions about the generation of pdf files may be found here, whereas the precise procedure to be followed is described here.

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