Information for Authors of Springer Computer Science Proceedings

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Below you will find Springer's guidelines and technical instructions for the preparation of contributions to be published in one of the following series or subseries: Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI), Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics (LNBI), LNCS TransactionsLecture Notes in Business Information Processing (LNBIP), Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS), Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering (LNICST), and IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology (IFIP AICT), formerly known as the IFIP Series.

Preparing your proceedings paper

For your convenience, we have summarized in the "Author Guidelines" document how a proceedings paper should be structured, how elements (headings, figures, references) should be formatted using our predefined styles, etc. We also give some insight on how your paper will be typeset at Springer. The PDF of the Authors Guidelines can be downloaded here or as part of the zip files containing the complete sets of instructions and templates for the different text preparation systems.

Springer has developed LaTeX style files and Word templates to help you prepare your paper. LaTeX is the preferred format (especially for texts containing several formulae), but Word templates are also available.

Copyright form

Each contribution must be accompanied by a Springer copyright form, a so-called 'Consent to Publish' form. Modified forms are not acceptable. Authors will be asked to transfer the copyright of the paper to Springer. This will ensure the widest possible protection and dissemination of information under copyright laws. One author may sign on behalf of all of the authors of a particular paper. In this case, the author signs for and accepts responsibility for releasing the material on behalf of any and all co-authors.

A prefilled copyright form is usually made available to authors by the volume editor. In the case of a proceedings volume, it can often be downloaded form the conference website.


Authors wishing to include figures, tables, or text passages that have already been published elsewhere are required to obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) for both the print and online format before their paper is submitted to Springer.

CS Proceedings and other multi-author volumes - using LaTeX2e

We recommend the use of LaTeX2e for the preparation of your camera-ready manuscript, together with the corresponding Springer class file. contains:

  • (i) llncs.cls, Springer class file;
  • (ii) llncs.dem, sample input file, you can use it as a source for your own input;
  • (iii) llncs.doc (actually a TeX file), the documentation of the class, with detailed instructions on how the macro package works;
  • (iv) llncs.dvi, DVI resulting out of llncs.doc.


CS Proceedings and other multi-author volumes - using LaTeX

We also provide the LaTeX2e source file of an older version of the "Authors' Instructions," which may serve as a further sample input. contains a separate LaTeX file for the text and EPS file for the figures.

CS Proceedings and other multi-author volumes - using Microsoft Word

Our template for Microsoft Word is: "splnproc1703.dotm". Please read the explanatory typing instructions "SPLNPROC Word 2010-2016 Technical Instructions.pdf" contained in the ZIP archive carefully.

Download splnproc1703.dotm

Word 2003 template for the preparation of CS proceeding papers

A document template has been prepared by Springer for use with Word 2003. Predefined style formats are available for all the types of content that are part of a computer science proceedings paper, and these formats can be easily accessed via special toolbars.

The downloadable zip archive contains:

  • A pdf of the general guidelines for authors of computer science proceedings papers;
  • A pdf of the instructions explaining how to work with the Word 2003 template;
  • The Word 2003 template

Information for volume editors

If you would like to know more about the tasks of the volume editors, please take a look at the information for editors of Springer computer science proceedings.