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The American Mathematical Monthly

The American Mathematical Monthly

First published in 1894, The American Mathematical Monthly publishes articles, notes, and other features about mathematics and the profession in ten issues each year. 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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Table of Contents/Article Summaries Archive

2018 - January | February 

2017 - January | February | March | April | May | June/July | August/September | October | November | December

2016 - January | February | March | April | May | June/July | August/September | October | November | December 

2015 - January | February | March | April | May | June/July | August/September | October | November | December 

2014 - January | February | March | April | May | June/July | August/September | October | November | December

2013 - January | February | March | April | May | June/July | August/September | October | November | December

2012 - January | February | March | April | May | June/July | August/September | October | November | December

2011 - January | February | March | April | May | June/July | August/September | October | November | December

Table of Contents and Article Summaries from 1997 to 2010.

Information for Authors

The Monthly's readers expect a high standard of exposition; they look for articles that 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, and can limit search-ability of the article.

For further information, check our author guide.

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  By submitting a paper to the Monthly, the author asserts that it has not been previously published nor is it currently under consideration for publication at another journal.

The Monthly implements 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, Susan Colley, at Authors who use LaTeX are urged to use the Monthly template and maa-monthly.sty (and its standard environments) with no custom formatting. (LaTeX templates and style files are available here: Monthly template and maa-monthly.sty) 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. For further information, check our author guide.

For filler, please download and use the following Monthly filler template.

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 Susan Colley.

Download the copyright form for authors.

The "Mathematical Subject Classification Index (MSC)," available at, or in pdf form at When submitting your manuscript, please provide at least one and up to three 5-digit MSC classifications that best describe your paper.

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:

Taylor & Francis
Journals Editorial Manager
Mathematical Association of America
1529 Eighteenth Street, NW
Washington DC 20036

Proposed Problems or Solutions

The MAA Press is excited to announce our new partnership with to process the problem and solution submissions for the American Mathematical Monthly. Submittable is a web-based manuscript management system that enables us to receive, process, track, and archive the problem and solution submissions.

We invite readers to submit original problems that will appeal to readers of the Monthly. Problem proposals must be accompanied by solutions and any bibliographical information that will assist in their review. Submitted problems should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Effective immediately, authors of proposals and solutions numbered 11922 or above should send their contributions to the Monthly's website at (Solutions to problems numbered 11921 or below should continue to be submitted to Doug Hensley at

Correspondents with limited access to the internet may submit their problem or solution to the attention of Dr. Daniel Ullman, Problems Editor, Department of Mathematics, George Washington University, 801 22 nd St NW, Room 720F Washington, DC 20052. Please note that physical manuscripts are not the preferred method of submission, and correspondents are encouraged to submit their problem or solution electronically if possible.


To send us your contribution, follow the steps below:
Create a Primary File for your contribution. The preferred format is PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format). If a PDF file is unavailable, we accept DOC and DOCX (Microsoft Word), RTF (Rich Text Format), ODT (Open Document Format), WPD and WPF (WordPerfect), and TXT (plain text) files. (Note that a TeX/LaTeX file is not acceptable as a Primary File. Please compile to PDF first, then upload the TeX/LaTeX file as a Secondary File.) The Primary File alone should allow a referee to fully evaluate your contribution.

If necessary, prepare Secondary Files for submission. Secondary Files are typically those used to create the PriFmary File, including TeX/LaTeX source files (plus possibly a BBL bibliography file) and figures in EPS/PDF/JPG/PNG/GIF/TIFF format. Other Secondary File formats include DOC/DOCX, RTF, ODT, WPD/WPF and TXT, to the extent that they are needed to create the Primary File. (Note: While the web form will not enforce submission of Secondary Files, authors are strongly encouraged to provide all files needed to prepare their contribution for publication. Subsequent delay or failure to provide secondary source files upon request from the editors may result in rejection.)

For proposal submissions, click on "Problem Proposal" below to access the submissions page.

For solution submissions, click on "Solution to Problem number x" where x is the appropriate 5- digit problem number.

Sign In Instructions:
If you are a first-time user of Submittable, click on the category to which you wish to submit to. A form will appear that will ask for your given name, family name, and email address and password. Once you have created your account the submission form will appear. On subsequent occasions, use the link labeled "click here to sign in now" at the bottom of the page in order to log in using your e-mail and password. Once logged in, the submission form proper ("Problem Proposal" or "Solution to Problem number x") will be displayed.

Follow the instructions to fill the web form and upload your Primary File and applicable Secondary Files. Click the Submit button at the bottom of the page to send us your contribution and receive a confirmation message by e-mail.


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