Authors

Information for Authors

Editorial Policy

We welcome the submission of high-quality research papers in all areas of mainstream mathematics. To be considered for publication, a paper must be well written and its results correct, new, and significant. In addition, the paper should be of interest to a substantial number of mathematicians; papers that appeal only to a small group of specialists may be more appropriate for a specialized journal than a general mathematics journal such as IJM.

As a general mathematics journal, we aim to publish in a diverse range of areas in mathematics, and we strive to maintain an appropriate balance among these areas. In particular, we try to avoid publishing multiple papers on the same topic or by the same authors within a short time frame.

While we do not have a firm “English only” policy, and there may be cases where we would want to publish a strong paper written in French or German, we discourage submissions in languages other than English.  Such papers limit the potential readership of the paper and present an additional burden for the editors, referees, and Journal staff.  It may be difficult to find a competent referee who is knowledgeable in the language of the paper, and we may need to recruit and pay someone who is fluent in the language in order to copy-edit the paper for grammar and style.

Submission of Manuscripts

The submission of a paper implies the author’s assurance that it has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere.

Submissions should be made electronically to the following address:

ijm-submit@math.uiuc.edu

Using this dedicated email address will ensure proper handling of the submission. Please do not send electronic submissions to the regular IJM email address (ijm@math.uiuc.edu) or directly to an editor; you may, however, use your cover letter to suggest an editor for handling the paper. The submission must include the following:

  1. A cover (email) letter, indicating the intent to submit the paper to IJM and (optionally) suggesting an editor to handle the paper.
  2. The original TeX/LaTeX file of the paper and any auxiliary files necessary to process the paper (such as ps/eps files for figures, bibtex files for bibliographies). The TeX source file of the paper must be included with any submission; a ps/pdf file alone is not sufficient. Among other things, the TeX file is needed to automatically generate a database record for the paper by extracting the relevant information (author, title, etc.) from the TeX file.
  3. A pdf version of the paper. If sending a pdf file by email is not possible (e.g., because of the size of the file), please provide a web address from which the file can be downloaded. (The TeX file, however, should still be sent by email.)

We recommend that you send a single email message containing the cover letter as the body of the message and the electronic files as attachments.

Submissions will be acknowledged within a few days of the receipt of a manuscript. If you do not receive an acknowledgement within a week or so of sending a paper, please contact the IJM office at ijm@math.uiuc.edu.

Offprints

Every corresponding author will receive a PDF file via email of the final article. This electronic delivery system eliminates the delay from print publication to offprint delivery that previously resulted from printing, sorting, and mailing paper offprints and will provide the author with permanent access to his or her article once it is published. There are no page charges.

Copyright Policy

Authors of accepted papers will be asked to sign a Consent to Publish and Copyright Transfer Agreement. IJM has a liberal copyright policy that allows authors to maintain copies of their paper on personal webpages and electronic preprint servers.