Author Instructions

Foundations and Trends® in Communications and Information Theory publishes exclusively long (± 100 pages) review and tutorial papers. Original research papers will be rejected.

Initial submission

If you intend to write, or are in the process of writing, a paper that fits within the format and scope of Foundations and Trends® in Communications and Information Theory, we will be pleased to hear from you. In the first instance, send an abstract, table of contents and a list of references on which the work is based for initial review to the editor-in-chief or publisher. This will be assessed for to determine in the opinion of the editor-in-chief the topic fits the scope of the journal and that the authors are capable of producing a manuscript of sufficient qulaity. A preliminary acceptance will follow if it meets these criteria.

Peer Review

On submission the manuscript will be assigned to an editorial board member who will shepherd the manuscript through a full peer review process. At least 2 reviewers will look at the manuscript. The reviews will concentrate on the completeness and clarity of exposition. Technical issues will also be covered. Any reason for recommending not to publish the work will also be given.

The board member will assess the reviews and communicate any required changes to the authors or, if necessary, reject the manuscript. The authors and board member will iterate until the manuscript can be accepted for publication.

Manuscript submission

Once you have received preliminary acceptance, you can submit your full manuscript. Below are the manuscript preparation and submission instructions.

To provide rapid publication, we ask our authors to create their articles in LaTeX or Microsoft Word. We encourage you to use our FnT LaTeX style files but we also accept manuscripts in Word. The final output will be three versions of your article: a journal article, a book, and an e-book version. To help you further, please adopt the following guidelines when preparing your manuscript:


Provide an abstract to the article of approximately 200 words. It should describe what the paper reviews and for whom it is of interest. The cover text in the printed book version will be based on the abstract. The abstract will also appear in various online and printed abstract journals.


A list of references must be provided at the end of the paper. The reference style for FnT Communications and Information Theory is numerical. Please also ensure that every reference is cited in your text. It is very important that you supply as complete a reference as possible and that it is structured in the manner requested. Please see an example of the reference and citation style below:

Numerical reference style:

[1] N. Linial, A. Samorodnitsky, and A. Wigderson, "A deterministic strongly polynomial algorithm for matrix scaling and approximate permanents," Combinatorica, vol. 20, pp. 545-568, 2000.

The in-text citation for this reference should be: "[1]".

Figures, Tables, and Captions List

All graphics should be submitted as separate files, preferably in Encapsulated PostScript. By default we will use colour figures in the PDF files available online but print in black and white. When supplying colour figures or halftones (photos), ensure that there is sufficient contrast to enable clear black and white printing and please refrain from referring to specific colours in your text. Use either Times New Roman or Arial typefaces on all your figures. Do not put boxes around your figures to enclose them. Halftones should be supplied in 300 dpi resolution.

Consecutive Numbering of Parts

All manuscript pages, footnotes, equations, and references should be labelled in consecutive numerical order. Illustrations and tables should be cited in the text in numerical order.

Referring to the Work itself

We publish your article in three different formats, so avoid any format-specific terms such as "chapter", "article", "book", "paper" etc. Instead, refer to your article as a "monograph", "tutorial", "review", or "survey", and use "section" instead of "chapter".


Please feel free to assign any keywords and/or subject-specific keywords such as JEL codes to your article.

Manuscript submission

When your article has been accepted for publication, please provide the manuscript source files, a PDF file of the manuscript, and the source files for figures and tables.

Ready to Submit? Please send an e-mail to the publisher.