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Instructions to Authors


Manuscripts for the Journal of Complex Networks should be submitted online. Once you have prepared your manuscript according to the instructions below, please visit the online submission site. Further information on online submission can be found here.

Authors must submit either Latex source files or a Word file. Instructions for authors using Latex is provided below.
The Editors will correspond directly with the authors on the acceptability of their papers. Authors may not submit manuscripts that are under consideration for publication elsewhere.


In preparing the paper, please use the standard article.cls file. When uploading the source file for submission onto ScholarOne Manuscripts, please ensure that all the macros used to write your manuscript accompany the manuscript. Please also upload a .pdf version of your manuscript.

Please follow all the usual instructions to authors as detailed below. However, text width should be set to 30 picas (126 mm) and the page depth to 46 picas (195 mm). It is very important to follow the correct referencing system - see point 3 in the instructions to authors. For class files please click here


Each page of the manuscript should be numbered. The front page should contain the article title, author's name and affiliation, and an abstract. The abstract should not exceed 300 words and should be intelligible to general readers without recourse to the main text. Authors should provide up to six keywords. Footnotes and a list of notation should be avoided.

For specific information regarding style, please refer to the journal style guide.

Articles should, in general, begin with an introduction which adequately covers the literature and scope of the paper. Each section in the paper should be numbered and each equation should be numbered sequentially. Each article should have a conclusion or discussion section. Any appendices should precede the Reference section. Equations should be typed wherever possible and punctuated to conform to their place in the syntax of the sentence. When appropriate, authors are expected to make available electronically by web reference data and algorithms referred to or used in articles.


Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the references. In the text, references should be numbered consecutively with citation numbers in square brackets, for example [1] or [2,5-7]. References should be listed at the end of the manuscript in numerical order. The normal form of listed reference is author's surname, initials, years of full publication, article title, journal name (abbreviated in accordance with the World List of Scientific Periodicals 4th Edition), volume number (underlined), inclusive page numbers.


Details of all funding sources for the work in question should be given in a separate section entitled 'Funding'. This should appear before the 'Acknowledgements' section.

The following rules should be followed:
• The sentence should begin: ‘This work was supported by …’
• The full official funding agency name should be given, i.e. ‘National Institutes of Health’, not ‘NIH’ (full RIN-approved list of UK funding agencies) Grant numbers should be given in brackets as follows: ‘[grant number xxxx]’
• Multiple grant numbers should be separated by a comma as follows: ‘[grant numbers xxxx, yyyy]’
• Agencies should be separated by a semi-colon (plus ‘and’ before the last funding agency)
• Where individuals need to be specified for certain sources of funding the following text should be added after the relevant agency or grant number 'to [author initials]'.
An example is given here: ‘This work was supported by the National Institutes of Health [AA123456 to C.S., BB765432 to M.H.]; and the Alcohol & Education Research Council [hfygr667789].’

In order to meet your funding requirements authors are required to name their funding sources, or state if there are none, during the submission process. For further information on this process or to find out more about the CHORUS initiative please click here.


Figures must be submitted in the best possible quality and should allow for editing during the typesetting phase. Figures should be set within the document at their most appropriate location and not collected at the end of the document. Figure titles must be provided as text, must be separate from the figure object itself, and should immediately follow the figure. For figures produced using MS Excel, the "Chart Title" box should be empty. The use of "Gridlines" should be avoided. The use of a figure border and grey or coloured background areas should be avoided.

All figures submitted to the journal in colour will be published in colour online at no cost to the author. However, if you would like your figures in colour in the print version of the journal there will be a cost of £350 per colour figure. Colour figures must have a resolution of at least 300 dots per inch at their final size.

Tables should again be positioned within the document at their most appropriate location and not collected at the end of the document. A table title should immediately proceed the table. The use of vertical dividing lines in tables should be kept to a minimum

For useful information on preparing your figures for publication, go to or


Journal of Complex Networks authors have the option to publish their paper under the Oxford Open initiative; whereby, for a charge, their paper will be made freely available online immediately upon publication. After your manuscript is accepted the corresponding author will be required to accept a mandatory licence to publish agreement. As part of the licensing process you will be asked to indicate whether or not you wish to pay for open access. If you do not select the open access option, your paper will be published with standard subscription-based access and you will not be charged. Please note that Journal of Complex Networks is currently free to access so papers published under a standard licence agreement will also be free to access for a limited period.

Oxford Open articles are published under Creative Commons licences. Authors publishing in Journal of Complex Networks can use the following Creative Commons licences for their articles:
• Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC BY)
• Creative Commons Non-Commercial licence (CC BY-NC)

Please click here for more information about the Creative Commons licences.

You can pay Open Access charges using our Author Services site. This will enable you to pay online with a credit/debit card, or request an invoice by email or post. The open access charges applicable are:

Regular charge - £1850 / $3000 / €2450
Reduced Rate Developing country charge* - £925 / $1500 / €1225
Free Developing country charge* - £0 /$0 / €0
*Visit our Developing Countries page for a list of qualifying countries.

Please note that these charges are in addition to any colour/page charges that may apply.

Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge. For orders from the rest of the European Union, OUP will assume that the service is provided for business purposes. Please provide a VAT number for yourself or your institution, and ensure you account for your own local VAT correctly.

The publisher will supply free electronic access to the corresponding author of an article. Offprints may be ordered at extra cost through the Author Services site. You will receive a link to this site on acceptance of your manuscript. Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge.