Submit your manuscript  for publication in BIT as a LaTeX file with suffix.tex, with figures in encapsulated postscript .eps or portable document format .pdf.

Write your manuscript in English! Seek assistance if you are not an expert in the language. Keep the total length down as far as possible. Occasionally papers longer than 25 journal pages may be published, if motivated by the topic and novelty of results. Only in very exceptional cases will papers exceeding 30 pages be accepted.

Avoid repeating text from cited documents! Give citations only to documents that are cited in the text and are sources to your work. Remember to include only what is needed to state, prove and explain what you have done. The reader  is somebody who uses or continues your research, not a student entering the area. There are several books you may consult on mathematical writing, e.g. Strunk and White, Higham and Knuth. We encourage you to check Michiel Hochstenbach's list of Latex tips.

Each paper should contain a short abstract. Write it in impersonal form with no formulas or references. It should be readable separate from the paper and written with no special typesetting.

Provide a list of key words and  subject classifications using AMS categories

List references,  ordered alphabetically after family name of first author, and number them.  Include only references you actually need to explain what you have done. 

Only number those formulas that you actually refer to in the manuscript! There is a latex utility chklref, that can be used to check redundant formulas and references after your ms is ready.

If you have figures, use labels and captions to make sure they are meaningful, also to a reader that does not read the entire paper! Make sure that label text is large enough and lines and dots are thick enough to be readable. Color figures will be in color in the electronic version, but black and white on paper, unless you ask for color, so use line styles that are distinguishable in black and white.

BIT style

Follow the style exemplified by recent papers in BIT! Manuscripts are typeset using the Springer svjour3 style. A sample manuscript with BIT choices of options is:  BITtemplate.tex. The class files are: svjour3.cls and svglov3.clo, for the case they are not already included in your latex installation. A short users guide is  at: usrguid3.pdf

Editorial manager

Log in to the Springer Editorial Manager interactive website at

Follow the steps prescribed in Submit a new manuscript! At the final step Attach Files, upload your LaTeX file as item Manuscript, then if needed your bibliography either as an original .bib file or as a compiled .bbl file, it is important to label  also this as Manuscript , and then all your figures as  Figure one by one as .eps or .pdf files. You may also upload files of type Supplementary material. They will not be included in the manuscript, but can be downloaded  in EM and read while handling the submission.

Avoid some special features, they have caused some users trouble:

1. No subdirectories, put all the files in the same level!

2. Avoid underscores, _ , in file names!

When all your files are uploaded, choose Next and Build pdf for my approval. The EM system then translates your latex into a pdf file, which you can look at with command view submission. The class files mentioned above, and many common packages, are already included in EM. You find a list of all .sty and .cls files included in EM at Note that this list is 61 pages, so do not print it, just search for any file you will need.. More details on the EM latex are given at :

 If something has gone wrong,  you get the error messages of the latex translator as the only output. To avoid that inconvenience, you are adviced to compile the ms on your local LaTeX, until no error messages occur.

Research Data Policy

The journal encourages authors, where possible and applicable, to deposit data that support the findings of their research in a public repository. Authors and editors who do not have a preferred repository should consult Springer Nature´s list of repositories and research data policy.

List of Repositories
Research Data Policy FAQs

General repositories - for all types of research data - such as figshare and Dryad may also be used.

Datasets that are assigned digital object identifiers (DOIs) by a data repository may be cited in the reference list. Data citations should include the minimum information recommended by DataCite: authors, title, publisher (repository name), identifier.


Springer Nature provides a research data policy support service for authors and editors, which can be contacted at This service provides advice on research data policy compliance and on finding research data repositories. It is independent of journal, book and conference proceedings editorial offices and does not advise on specific manuscripts.


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