Guidelines for Papers presented at the

1999 ORSNZ Conference

Joe J. Bloggs

Department of Operational Research

University of Anywhere

New Zealand

[email protected]



This document provides style guidelines for authors submitting papers to the 1999 Operational Research Society of New Zealand conference being held at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand in the 10th and 11th December 1999.


1 Layout Guidelines

Papers submitted for inclusion in the proceedings of the annual conference of the New Zealand Operations Research Society should conform to the following guidelines as closely as possible. Authors are responsible for preparing their documents in "camera-ready" form. Laser-printer or similar quality is expected. All submissions are expected to be on paper. As we discuss later, we would also like a Web-ready copy submitted as a postscript or Adobe .pdf file.

Example documents are available in

This document specifies the font sizes and spacings required.

Your paper should use A4 paper with a 2.5cm margin at the top, a 1.5cm margin at the bottom, and 3cm margins left and right; this leaves 15cm of text per line. Do not put page numbers on your paper, but instead write the page numbers using a light pencil on the reverse of each page. Papers (including abstracts, tables, figures and references) are restricted to no more than 10 pages. Papers longer than this or otherwise not conforming to these guidelines will be returned to the authors for editing.

The paper title should be centred in 24 point Times. Author names and affiliations should also be centred, in 12pt Times, and separated from the title by one line.

An abstract of the paper should follow the names and affiliations. The abstract must not exceed 300 words, must not contain any references or technical symbols. The heading "Abstract" must be centred in 14 point bold Times. The abstract body should be justified in 12 point Times using a line spacing of 15 points. (If you can't get 15 point line-spacing, please use single line spacing.)


1.1 Section Headings

Each section should be numbered and named, with section titles in 14 point bold Times and sub-section titles in 12 point bold Times. There should be a 20 point space above and an 8 point space below each section title (or 1 line above and below if you can't achieve this). Please do not over-organise your paper by including more than one level of subheadings. That is, subsections 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, etc. are allowed, but not subsections 1.1.1, 1.2.3 etc.

The body text should be justified 12 point Times on a line of 15 points. (As before, use single line spacing if you can't get 15 point spacing.) Paragraphs following a heading should not be indented.

Subsequent paragraphs should have a 6mm indent with no spacing above or below the paragraph. Footnotes should be numbered consecutively through the document.

Diagrams and tables must be included in-line as near to the first point of reference as possible, as illustrated by Figure 1. They should be centred and have consecutively numbered and centred captions in 12 point Times.

Figure 1. Figures and their captions must be centred.

References should be numbered in the text [1], and appear alphabetically ordered at the end of the article in the style shown below.

To aid legibility and consistency, all text should be in Times; the use of multiple fonts is distracting. The use of all capitals slows reader comprehension and should be avoided. Do not use underlining - italics or bold should be used if emphasis is required. Please remember to use spelling and grammar checkers.

1.2 Submission of Web-ready Files

We shall be making the papers available on the Web in either Adobe PDF format or as postscript (.ps) files. Please Email a version of your file in either of these formats to [email protected]


Acknowledgments may appear in an un-numbered section immediately preceding the references.


[1] R. Aris, G.L. Nemhauser, and D.J. Wilde, "Optimization of multistage cyclic and branching systems by serial procedures" , Annals of the Institute of Chemical Engineering, 10 (1964), 913-919.

[2] G.B. Dantzig, Linear Programming and Extensions, Princeton University Press, Princeton, N.J., 1963.


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