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 template file below, and looking at the PDF that we generated from it. 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.

Checklist for final submission

Here is a summary of our formatting requirements in checklist form. We ask that you use this list to double-check the formatting of the final version of your paper before you submit it, to avoid any problems.



Margins and Indentation