Guidelines for Authors

Guidelines for Authors submitting articles to the Mathematical Gazette

The Mathematical Gazette is read by teachers and students in schools and universities, academic mathematicians and enthusiasts who enjoy reading about the subject. As a vague guide, the level is from GCSE through A level up to the first year of undergraduate studies, although there are many exceptions to this rule, particularly in Euclidean geometry which is hardly taught nowadays. We also welcome articles on the history of mathematics, on the application of mathematics in the real world and of a cultural or biographical nature. We are particularly keen to include material which is useful in the classroom for enriching the syllabus. Although many of the contributions contain genuine original insights or even new results, the Gazette is not a research journal, and authors are discouraged from submitting papers written in a formal academic style which would not appeal to a broad readership.

Contributors are advised to study previous issues of the Gazette (which are available on JSTOR) to see what successful articles look like. The following details of house style should be noted.

  • Abstracts or keywords should not be included.

  • Footnotes should be used in preference to endnotes, but ideally should be incorporated into the main text.

  • Equations should be produced using a dedicated application such as TeX, MathType or Equation Editor, but if this is unavailable authors should add them to the manuscript by hand.

  • Equations should be numbered only when they are going to be cited later in the text.

  • Lengthy equations should be displayed (but not necessarily numbered).

  • Diagrams should be drawn either by hand or by a graphics application. Geometrical figures are acceptable using any of the dynamic geometry tools.

  • As the Gazette only uses colour on its cover, authors should not use colour in diagrams or anywhere else as this causes extra work at the production stage.

  • Authors should avoid lengthy captions to diagrams or tables. These can nearly always be incorporated into the text and the diagram or table referred to by a number.

  • References should appear at the end of the article. They should be arranged in the order of their citation in the article, and indicated by square brackets.

  • Authors should include their name, address (if available) and email address at the end of a manuscript. Gazette policy us that a postal address must be included, with the country if outside the UK, email addresses are not necessarily published in the journal.

Manuscripts may be submitted by email to the Editor preferably in pdf format, or, if sent by post, should be typed and two copies included. Do not include CDs or floppy discs. All submissions are acknowledged electronically and will then be peer-refereed.

For further information about The Mathematical Gazette please contact the Editor.