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Mathematics Magazine

Mathematics Magazine April 2018First published in 1947, Mathematics Magazine offers lively, readable, and appealing exposition on a wide range of mathematical topics in five issues each year.

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Michael Jones, Editor

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About Mathematics Magazine

Mathematics Magazine is an international, peer-reviewed journal publishing high-quality, lively, readable, and appealing exposition on a wide range of mathematical topics, including original mathematics, historical content, and connections among mathematics and other disciplines.

Mathematics Magazine accepts Articles as well as contributions to the Problems and Solutions. In addition to expository pieces, we accept a limited number of puzzles, poems, Proofs Without Words, and other miscellanea.

A manuscript's publishability depends as much on the quality of exposition as on the mathematical significance. Our general advice is simple: Say something new in an appealing way, or say something old in a refreshing, new way. But say it clearly and directly, assuming a minimum of background.

Make your writing vigorous, expressive, and informal, using the active voice. Give plenty of examples and minimize computation. Help the reader understand your motivation and share your insights. Illustrate your ideas with visually appealing graphics, including figures, tables, drawings, and photographs.

First impressions are vital. Choose a short, descriptive, and attractive title; feel free to make it funny, if that would draw the reader in. Be sure that the opening sentences provide a welcoming introduction to the entire paper. Readers should know why they ought to invest time reading your work.

For more detailed instructions, please go to:

Submitting to Mathematics Magazine

Submissions of articles are required via the Mathematics Magazine’s Editorial Manager System. The name(s) of the author(s) should not appear in the file. Initial submissions in pdf or LaTeX form can be sent to the editor at  By submitting a paper to Mathematics Magazine, the author asserts that it has not been previously published nor is it currently under consideration for publication at another journal.

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 at Authors who use LaTeX are urged to use the Magazine article template. However, a LaTeX file that uses a generic article class with no custom formatting is acceptable. For further information check our author guide.

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.

Submission of Problem Proposals and Solutions

The MAA Press is excited to announce our new partnership with to process the problem and solution submissions for Mathematics Magazine. Submittable is a web-based manuscript management system that enables us to receive and process the problem and solution submissions, as well as track and archive all submissions and track and archive those who submit problems and solutions.

We invite readers to submit original problems that will appeal to students and teachers of advanced undergraduate mathematics. Problem proposals must be accompanied by solutions and any bibliographical information that will assist in their review. A problem submitted as a Quickie should have an unexpected, succinct solution. Submitted problems should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Effective immediately, authors of proposals and solutions should send their contributions to the Magazine's website at More detailed instructions are available there. We hope that this online system will help streamline our editorial team's workflow while still proving accessible and convenient to longtime readers and contributors. We encourage submissions in PDF format, ideally accompanied by LaTeX source. General inquiries to the editors should be sent to

Correspondents with limited access to the internet may submit manuscript to the attention of Dr. Eduardo Dueñez, Problems Editor, Department of Mathematics, The University of Texas at San Antonio, 1 UTSA circle, San Antonio, TX 78249. Please not that physical manuscripts are not the preferred method of submission and correspondents are encouraged to submit their manuscripts 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 Primary 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 "Mathematics Magazine Problem or Quickie Proposal" below to access the submissions page.

For solution submissions, click on "Solution to Problem number x" that will match the appropriate 4-digit problem number number. Each problem featured in the Magazine is assigned a 4-digit number and the solutions are numbered according to the problem.

Sign In Instructions
If you are a first-time user of Submittable, click on the category that 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/Quickie 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.

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 and Francis. Please use the form below.


Change of address, missing issue inquiries, and other subscription correspondence should be sent to:

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Paul Campbell - Book Review Editor
Beloit College
Department of Mathematics
700 College St.
Beloit, WI 53511