Guide for Authors

Submission of Papers

Papers and Brief Papers should be submitted to the Editor whose subject best fits the topic of the paper, Survey Papers to the Editor for Survey Papers, and Technical Communiqués or Correspondence to the Editor for Rapid Publications. See the "Editorial Board" page for the editorial areas and information on the editors. Papers must be in English.

Submission process: Paper submission to Automatica is web-based. Prospective authors should go to the website of Automatica's paper review management system Papercept here and follow the instructions. Only PDF files that are already to be printed can be accepted. All submissions are acknowledged automatically. Submissions by ordinary mail or e-mail are not accepted. Prospective authors who do not have access to Internet, or cannot carry out the web-based submission process should contact the Editor-in-Chief.

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Papers from IFAC technical meetings

Papers submitted to IFAC journals with prior publication in any copyrighted conference proceedings must be substantially different from the conference publication. Authors should indicate in the cover letter in detail how the journal paper differs from the relevant conference paper or papers. In particular, the additional original contribution in the journal paper has to be pointed out explicitly. In the journal paper, the conference paper has to be cited and discussed as any other paper in the list of references.

Automatica has priority access to papers presented at meetings sponsored by IFAC. If the authors of IFAC meeting papers have not been notified by one of the Automatica Editors within three months of the meeting that the paper is to be reviewed for possible publication in Automatica, then the paper can be considered as released for publication elsewhere provided that an acknowledgement to the IFAC meeting is given.

Conditions of publication: It is a condition of publication that manuscripts submitted to Automatica have not been published and will not be submitted or published elsewhere in English or any other language, without the written consent of the publisher. Responsibility for the contents of the paper rests upon the authors and not upon IFAC, the Editors, or the Publisher.

Types of Contribution

Submitted articles may be of five basic types:

Survey papers - Extensive reviews of established or emerging research topics or application areas that are of current interest to an Automatica audience. In contrast to a tutorial, a survey goes beyond a mere introduction to a topic or particular technique, providing a comprehensive review of the area it covers. For examples of what Automatica publishes under this heading, enter the search term "survey" here


Papers - Detailed discussion involving new research, applications or developments. [nominally 10 printed pages, i.e. 10 000 words.]

Brief papers - Brief presentations of new technical concepts and developments. [nominally 6 printed pages, i.e. 6000 words.]

Technical communiqués - New useful ideas and brief pertinent comments of a technical nature. [nominally 4 printed pages, i.e. 4000 words.]

Correspondence Items - Letters to the Editor-in-Chief about the journal or comments on previously published papers. The authors of commented-on papers will be given an opportunity to respond. Extensions to published papers should not be submitted as correspondence items. [nominally 2 printed pages, i.e. 2000 words.]

The above maximum sizes include the space needed for all the figures, tables and references.

Manuscript Preparation

General: Authors are encouraged to prepare their manuscripts as LaTeX documents. For the first submission the use of the standard LaTeX "article" style or the special Automatica style (autart.cls) available here is recommended. Authors must not create their own macros or define new commands.

Text: Follow this order when preparing manuscripts: Title; Authors; Affiliations; Abstract; Keywords; Main text; Acknowledgement when appropriate; Appendices; References. The corresponding author should be identified with an asterisk and footnote, which should include a telephone number, a fax number and an e-mail address. Full postal addresses muct be given for all co-authors.

Units: The SI system should be used.

References: All publications cited in the text should be present in a list of references following the text of the manuscript. For style of referencing, authors should consult any recent issue of Automatica. For citations with fewer than six authors, all all authors are to be listed at first citation, with "&" separating the last two authors. For more than six authors, use the first six authors followed by et al. In subsequent citations for three or more authors use author et al. in the text. The list of references should be arranged alphabetically by authors' names. As a style file, any of the standard LaTeX bibliographic style files can be used, but the instructions embedded in the sample LaTeX file (AUT LaTeX Guide) should be followed.

Data References: This journal encourages you to cite underlying or relevant datasets in your manuscript by citing them in your text and including a data reference in your Reference List. Data references should include the following elements: author name(s), dataset title, data repository, version (where available), year, and global persistent identifier. Add [dataset] immediately before the reference so we can properly identify it as a data reference. This identifier will not appear in your published article.

[dataset] Oguro, M., Imahiro, S., Saito, S., Nakashizuka, T. (2015). Mortality data for Japanese oak wilt disease and surrounding forest compositions. Mendeley Data, v1.

Preparation and Submission of Final Manuscripts

For the final versions of accpeted papers the use of a special Elsevier LaTeX preprint style (elsart.cls) is requested. It is preferable that the authors use the special Automatica version of this style file, autart.cls. The submission of electronic versions of artwork (in addition to the hard copy artwork) is also encouraged.

The Elsevier preprint style elsart.cls and the special Automatica style autart.cls are available here, where also a sample LaTeX file is provided. The latest Elsevier preprint style, along with full instructions to authors, may also be downloaded from Elsevier's anonymous ftp server on in the directory pub/styles, or from the Internet (CTAN sites) on, and in the directory tex-archive/macros/latex/contrib/supported/elsevier.
Other word processing packages are also acceptable but LaTeX documents are strongly preferred.

Illustrations: All illustrations can cannot be sent electronically should be provided in camera-ready form, suitable for reproduction (which may include reduction) without retouching. Photographs, charts and diagrams are all to be referred to as "Figure(s)" and should be numbered consecutively in the order to which they are referred. They should accompany the manuscript, but should not be included within the text. Every figure must have a caption. Captions should be supplied separately.

Line drawings: All lettering, graph lines and points on graphs should be sufficiently large and bold to be legible when the diagram has been reduced to a size suitable for inclusion in the journal.

Photographs: Original photographs must be supplied as they are to be reproduced, i.e. black and white or colour. If necessary, a scale should be marked on the photograph. Photocopies of photographs or poor electronic versions are not acceptable.

Colour: Coloured figures will appear in colour in the electronic verison of a published paper, as posted on the Elsevier website. For the printed journal version, however, authors will be charges for the additional cost of printing figures in colour. 100 additional free offprints will be supplied in the case of paid colour. Full details are available from Author Services.

Tables: Tables should be numbered consecutively and given a suitable caption and each table typed on a separate sheet. Footnotes to tables should be typed below the table and should be referred to by superscript lower-case letters.

Biographies: A short biography and passport-style photograph of every author should be provided for Survey Papers, Papers and Brief Papers when requested by the Editor.


Proofs will be sent to the author (first named author of multi-authored papers if no corresponding author is identified) and should be returned within 48 hours of receipt. Corrections should be restricted to typesetting errors; any others may be charged to the author. Any queries should be answered in full.


Twenty-five offprints will be supplied free of charge. Offprints and copies of the issue can be ordered using the order form sent to the corresponding author after the manuscript has been accepted.


All authors must sign the Transfer of Copyright Agreement before the article can be published. This transfer agreement enables Elsevier Ltd to protect the copyrighted material for the authors, without affecting the authors' proprietary rights. The copyright transfer covers the exclusive rights to reproduce and distribute the article, including reprints, photographic reproductions, microfilm or any other reproductions of similar nature and translations, and includes the right to adapt the article for use in conjunction with computer systems and programs, including reproduction or publication in machine-readable form and incorporation in retrieval systems.
Authors are responsible for obtaining from the copyright holder permission to reproduce any figures or other material included in the paper for which copyright already exists.
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Disposal of Scripts

All material submitted by postal mail, including the authors' photographs, will be discarded one month after publication unless the publisher is requested to return the original material to the author.

Author Enquiries

For enquiries relating to the submission of articles (including electronic submission where available) please visit this journal's homepage at You can track accepted articles at and set up e-mail alerts to inform you of when an article's status has changed, as well as copyright information, frequently asked questions and more.

Contact details for questions arising after acceptance of an article, especially those relating to proofs, are provided when an article is accepted for publication.