Organizing Committee of SOFSEM '96
Faculty of Informatics MU
Instructions for SOFSEM Invited Talk Authors
enclosed you will find detailed Instructions for SOFSEM Author consisting
of Organizational Guidelines and Typing Instructions. Please, read the
Instructions carefully and follow them as closely as possible to help us
prepare the uniform and high quality SOFSEM Proceedings.
A. Organizational Guidelines
- A1. PUBLISHER:
Both the Invited Talks and Contributed Talks are to be included in the
Sofsem'96 Proceedings published by SPRINGER--VERLAG in the series
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS).
- A2. DEADLINE:
- All contributions should be received by volume
editor in required forms by
September 1st, 1996 !
Please, do really keep the deadline, otherwise the volume could not
be finished on time. Contributions not received by September 1st
will be cancelled. Address for sending your contribution:
M.Bartosek - SOFSEM firstname.lastname@example.org
602 00 BRNO
- A3. REQUIRED FORMS:
- We ask you to send us both the printed
camera-ready paper by post and the electronic form of the
contribution (postscript and source files) by Email or ftp. Use the
high resolution (600 dpi) laser printer when printing final copy
and/or preparing the postscript file.
- A4. PAGE LIMIT:
The text of your contribution should not exceed 18 LNCS pages
(see the Typing Instructions in next section for the size of a LNCS
page). If you do not exhaust the limit, we recommend you to align
the text to even number of pages.
- A5. LANGUAGE:
All contributions have to be in English.
- A6. LNCS STYLE:
- All contributions have to be prepared in close harmony
with Springer--Verlag's LNCS typing instructions (see next section).
Best results in preparing the papers are achieved if [La]TeX is used
together with the LNCS style files, so we strongly encourage you to do
this! Of course, papers prepared under different text processing
systems are also acceptable, provided the main parameters regarding
the size of the printing area and font size relations, etc. are
- A7. TEX SUPPORT FILES:
- When using [La]Tex for text preparation
several LNCS support files are available at Springer-Verlag's servers
(see next section) or at
If you encounter any technical problems when preparing your LaTeX
document, contact Petr Sojka, the SOFSEM technical editor at
the LNCS LaTeX style file (for LaTeX 2.09, but
works in compatibility mode of latest version
general instructions; This is the LaTeX source
for the documentation. Please LaTeX it if you
have not the paper version at hand
postscript version of llncs.doc
to be printed on any postscript printer
modifications of the LLNCS style
needed to compile llncs.doc
an example paper showing how to code
(LaTeX source file)
an example file llncs.dem compiled
with LaTeX with Times font -- postscript
version to be printed on any postscript printer.
- A8. PRESENTATION AT SOFSEM:
- Your presentation at SOFSEM will
consist of two 45 minutes lectures (90 minutes in total). Two
overhead projectors, a LCD-overhead, and a blackboard are available
for the presentation. Please, let us know, if you need any other
equipment for your lecture.
- A9. SOME HINTS ON HOW TO TAILOR YOUR PRESENTATION:
its history, SOFSEM has been a mix of a winter school, a conference,
and an advanced workshop. The emphasis is on concepts, trends,
current results in various fields of Informatics, and
The broad scope of SOFSEM attracts primarily professionals,
researchers, and advanced students who feel they should keep
in their field of vision more of the enormous pasture of
Informatics than their own grazing corner. At the same time,
almost each member of the audience has his/her own field which
he/she would like to be treated in detail.
The invited speakers are therefore facing a challenge:
they are expected to be ``all things to all men'': both to provide
an overview for ``informed laymen'' and to pursue the latest advances
of their discipline.
One possible approach to this dilemma, which has been used repeatedly
and successfully, is to start slowly, present the context in breadth
and take it easy with the audience in the first half of the talk (or
in the first one of two talks), and only then to take off, losing
perhaps the majority of the audience, but providing substance to the
expert minority. The half-and-half division is of course a rule of
thumb which you are free to bend and adjust to the particular situation.
There is yet another solution, more difficult since it requires
coordination of several authors of related talks. If one of them
is willing to devote most of her/his talk to developing the context
for the others, they may soar off faster and build on the ground
she/he has prepared.
B. Typing Instructions (LNCS)
- B1. INTRODUCTION:
- The preparation of manuscripts which are to be
reproduced by photo-offset requires special care. Manuscripts which
are submitted in technically unsuitable form will be returned for
retyping or cancelled if the volume otherwise cannot be finished on
time. In order to make the volume look as uniform as possible the
following instructions should be followed closely.
- B2. PRINTING AREA:
- Using 10-point font size for the main text the
printing area should be cm. Manuscripts prepared in
this preferred format are reproduced in the same size in the book.
With these settings, the interline distance should be arranged in such
a way that some 42 to 45 lines occur on a full-text page.
- B3. TYPEFACE and SIZE:
- We recommend the use of Times or one of
the similar typefaces widely used in phototypesetting. (In Times and
similar typefaces the letters have serifs, i.e., short endstrokes at
the head and the foot of letters.) Please do not use a sans-serif
typeface for running text, except for computer programs.
The text should always be justified to occupy the full line width,
so that the right margin is not ragged. For normal text please use
10-point type size and one-line spacing. Small print (abstract and
affiliation) should be set in 9-point type size. Please use italic
print to emphasize words in running text; bold type in running text
and underlining should be avoided.
Headings should be capitalized (i.e., nouns, verbs and all other
words with at least five letters should have a capital initial) and
should, with the exception of the title, be aligned to the left.
The font sizes are as follows:
- B.4 FIGURES:
- If possible, originals should be pasted into the
manuscript and centered between the margins; if no originals of the
required size are available, figures may be reduced in scale and
pasted into the text. For halftone figures (photos), please forward
high-contrast glossy prints and mark the space in the text as well
as the back of the photographs clearly, so that there can be no
doubt about where or which way up they should be placed. The
lettering of figures should be in 10-point font size. Figures should
be numbered. The legends also should be centered between the
margins and be written in 9-point font size as follows:
Fig. 3. (text follows)
- B5. PAGE NUMBERING:
- Your paper should show NO
PRINTED PAGE NUMBERS; they are decided by the volume
editor and finally inserted by the printer. Please indicate
the ordering of your pages by numbering the sheets (using a
light blue/green pencil) at the bottom of the reverse side.
There also should be no running heads.
- B6. PRINTING QUALITY:
- For reproduction we need sheets which are
printed on one side only. Please use a high-resolution printer,
preferably a laser printer with at least 300 dpi or higher
resolution if possible. It is desirable that on all pages the text
appears in the middle of the sheets.
- B7. REMARK 1 - FONT SIZE:
- If your typesetting system does not
offer the variety of font sizes needed for the preparation of your
manuscript according to these instructions, you may choose a
different (larger) font size and a correspondingly scaled printing
area (12-point font size for the running text, for example,
corresponds to a printing area of
cm and to a final reduction rate of 80%).
- B8. REMARK 2 - LaTeX USERS:
You are encouraged to use LaTeX or TeX for the preparation of you
camera-ready manuscript together with the corresponding Springer
style files ``llncs'' (for LaTeX) or ``plncs'' (for TeX) to be obtained
by e-mail or by ftp/gopher as follows:
- Send an e-mail message to email@example.com
containing the line
get /tex/latex/llncs.zip for the LaTeX syle files
get /tex/plain/plncs.zip for the TeX style files.
- Sending help to the server prompts advice on how
to interact with the mail server. The style files have to be
unzipped and uu-decoded for use. In case of problems in
getting or uu-decoding the style files please contact
- The internet address is trick.ntp.springer.de, the
user id ftp or anonymous. Please enter your
e-mail address as password. The (above mentioned) files reside
- Point your client to trick.ntp.springer.de.
Dear Sofsemist, we are looking forward to your Sofsem paper. Please
do not hesitate to contact us immediately if you have any questions or
problems in preparation your contribution.
Mon Jun 24 07:12:52 MET DST 1996