All regular papers, short papers, and workshop papers must be submitted as PDF files. There are two natural ways to produce these files.

Microsoft Word and other word processors

There are a number of word processors that could be used to create papers, with Microsoft Word being the most obvious. A high-quality free alternative is Apache OpenOffice. If you plan to use a word processor, please start by downloading the .docx or .odt template file below, and looking at the PDF that we generated from them. If your word processor generates comparable PDF output, then it should be a fine tool for writing your Bridges paper.


LaTeX is a standard document preparation system that is available for free on all platforms. It has a steeper learning curve, but it is considered the standard for scholarly writing in STEM fields. It is particularly good at typesetting mathematical notation and working with vector graphics (e.g., mathematical diagrams). If you want to use LaTeX, please start with the template files below, and compare the output against the provided PDF.

If you plan to use some other system, the PDFs linked above can still be used as a guide—they describe correct formatting for Bridges. If you have any suggestions for the templates offered here, feel free to contact us.

Guidelines for author lists

This year, we have streamlined the formatting of author lists. However, the single example above might not provide enough information depending on the number of authors in your submission, or the number of affiliations associated with them. We have prepared a supplementary PDF with additional examples; please compare your paper with this document to verify the formatting of your author list.

Formatting checklist

Here is a summary of our formatting requirements in checklist form. Please use this list to double-check the formatting of your paper before you submit it. Incorrect formatting may result in your paper being rejected without detailed review.

Size and Format


Margins and Indentation

Images and Copyright



Capitalization and Punctuation