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The American Mathematical Monthly

The American Mathematical Monthly

The American Mathematical Monthly publishes articles, notes, and other features about mathematics and the profession. Its readers span a broad spectrum of mathematical interests and abilities. Authors are invited to submit articles and notes that bring interesting mathematical ideas to a wide audience of Monthly readers.

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Information for Authors

The Monthly's readers expect a high standard of exposition; they expect articles to inform, stimulate, challenge, enlighten, and even entertain. Monthly articles are meant to be read, enjoyed, and discussed, rather than just archived. Articles may be expositions of old or new results, historical or biographical essays, speculations or definitive treatments, broad developments, or explorations of a single application. Novelty and generality are far less important than clarity of exposition and broad appeal. Appropriate figures, diagrams, and photographs are encouraged.

Notes are short, sharply focused, and possibly informal. They are often gems that provide a new proof of an old theorem, a novel presentation of a familiar theme, or a lively discussion of a single issue.

Abstracts for articles or notes should entice the prospective reader into exploring the subject of the paper and should make it clear to the reader why this paper is interesting and important.  The abstract should highlight the concepts of the paper rather than summarize the mechanics.  The abstract is the first impression of the paper, not a technical summary of the paper.  Excessive use of notation is discouraged as it can limit the interest of the broad readership of the MAA.

Submitting to the Monthly

Submission of articles, notes, and filler are required via the Monthly's Editorial Manager System. Upload initial submissions in pdf or LaTeX form at

IMPORTANT CHANGE: Beginning January 1, 2015, the Monthly will implement a double blind review system. Please remove author names from manuscripts before submitting to the Monthly.

The Editorial Manager System will cue the author for all required information concerning the paper. Questions concerning submission of papers can be addressed to the editor Scott Chapman at Authors who use LaTeX are urged to use the Monthly template and maa-monthly.sty (and its standard environments) with no custom formatting. Journal names in references should match those used on MathSciNet.  For complete information on formatting references for all MAA journals please download our Reference Guide.

You must obtain permission to use tables, photographs, cartoons, illustrations, or figures appearing in another scientific publication, or if you quote extensive passages from someone else’s work. Obtaining permission is your responsibility as the author. This guide has more information and sample permission request letters.

Letters to the editor on any topic are invited. Comments, criticisms, and suggestions for making the Monthly more lively, entertaining, and informative can be forwarded to editor Scott Chapman.

JSTOR All-Stars

The JSTOR database is an archive of important scholarly journals, offering researchers high-resolution, scanned images of journal issues and pages. It includes articles from The American Mathematical Monthly, from 1894 to the present.

JSTOR All-Stars: American Mathematical Monthly (February 12, 2013)

Reprint Permission

General permission is granted to institutional members of the MAA for noncommercial reproduction in limited quantities of individual articles (in whole or in part) provided a complete reference is made to the source. Reprint permission should be requested from:

Beverly Ruedi
Journals Editorial Manager
Mathematical Association of America
1529 Eighteenth Street, NW
Washington DC 20036

Proposed Problems or Solutions

Proposed problems or solutions should be sent to:

Doug Hensley, Monthly Problems
Department of Mathematics
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77840

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