MCQMC 2008: Paper's Submission for the Proceedings

The proceedings of The Eighth International Conference on Monte Carlo and Quasi-Monte Carlo Methods in Scientific Computing (MCQMC 2008) will be published by Springer-Verlag, in a book entitled Monte Carlo and Quasi-Monte Carlo Methods 2008, edited by Pierre L'Ecuyer and Art B. Owen. The book should be completed by the summer 2009 and will appear in late 2009 or early 2010.

Manuscript submission (now closed)

Every conference speaker was invited to submit a paper based on her/his talk. Each submission is refereed. There is a limit on the total number of pages of the volume, so please keep your articles as short as possible (without giving up clarity, of course). As a guideline, manuscripts based on a presentation in a special or contributed session should not exceed 15 pages in the required format, and preferably less. These manuscripts should contain original research contributions not published elsewhere, and should be based on talks given at the conference. The manuscripts based on invited plenary talks may be longer and can also be more survey-oriented. The authors must make sure that they have all the required rights to publish their material in the Proceedings.

Preparing final manuscripts

The style files and templates that were available on this web page until February 1, 2009, are outdated and can no longer be used, due to changes by Springer.
In particular, the main style file svmult.cls has changed.
We are sorry for the inconvenience.

The final manuscripts must be prepared in LaTeX2e with Springer's style files for contributed books, which are available (with some instructions) here.

These style files, with templates slightly adapted for MCQMC 2008 and with a few additional instructions, can be downloaded at
The style files and examples are also packaged in this .zip file:
The formatting style is similar to that of the previous MCQMC books, which is the one that was on this page until February 1, 2009.
The main changes are indicated in red in the example files author.pdf and pierre-sample.pdf.
The output is about 2 to 4 percent longer, so a 15-page paper is likely to have 15.5 pages with the new style.

General instructions are in files authinst.pdf. and refguide.pdf.
The file pierre-sample.tex provides a short sample paper that can be used as a template.
The template provided by Springer (with some added comments in red) is in author.tex

For the bibliography, we recommend using BiBTeX with Springer's preferred style file spmpsci.bst. Its citations use numbers in brackets, as in the MCQMC 2004 book. If you do not use BiBTeX, you can format your references by hand using this style. This is illustrated by the author.pdf file. Another acceptable style is supported by the spbasic.bst style file. This one gives citations in the Name (year) format. It requires using the package natbib and the citation commands listed near the beginning of the (standard) natbib.bst file.
References must be in alphabetic order.
We prefer that you do not abbreviate journal names. If you insist on using abbreviations, you must follow the rules given on page 11 of authinst.pdf.
Please do not use footnotes anywhere.

The book will be typeset as a single large LaTeX document that will contain all the manuscripts. For this reason, you must refrain from redefining LaTeX commands globally in your manuscript, because they may affect other manuscripts as well. In case of absolute necessity, you can define new LaTeX commands for your document via \newcommand{\mycommand}, but never \renewcommand{\mycommand} or \def\mycommand. Keep their number to a minimum and avoid using short simple names that may clash with those of other authors. Only the material that lies strictly between \begin{document} and \end{document} will be extracted from your LaTeX file. The rest will be commented out. If you have defined commands before \begin{document}, we will try to recover them and define them at the beginning of the book.

All papers will use an even number of pages in the book. So there is no point in making an effort to go from 14 to 13 pages, say. But going from 14 to 15 really makes a difference.

The papers are printed in black and white (no color). However, if there are special requests to have a few figures in color, there may be a possibility to print them together on separate pages at the end of the book (but not in the paper) if we think it is worth the cost and trouble.

When submitting the final version of your manuscript, please email the following to Please proofread your final version very carefully. A list of commonly encountered LaTeX errors is provided here.
The instruction files authinst.pdf and refguide.pdf contain a longer list of typesetting recommendations.