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

As of November 9, 2018, all new submissions should be made through EditFlow at the following link:

https://ef.msp.org/submit_new.php?jpath=illinois

Please do not send submissions to the regular IJM email address or directly to an editor. There is an option on the EditFlow submission page that allows you to suggest an editor for handling the paper. Likewise, please do not upload a revision of a previously submitted article. Instead, use the status link from the email you received from us about your original submission. If you can’t find the link, please send an email to ijm@math.uiuc.edu or editflow@msp.org for assistance.

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

The submission must include a pdf version of your paper. If your paper is accepted for publication, you will receive instructions for providing a 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).

Submissions will be acknowledged within a few days of receipt. 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 publication agreement. IJM has a liberal copyright policy that allows authors to maintain copies of their paper on personal webpages and electronic preprint servers.