What do *you* like to read? What kind of writing can grab the
interest of an undergraduate mathematics major? How can *Mathematics
Magazine* serve to remind us all why we chose to study mathematics in the
first place? If you keep these questions firmly in mind, you will be well
on the way to meeting our editorial guidelines.

Articles submitted to the *Magazine* should be written in a clear and
lively *expository* style. The *Magazine* is not a research
journal; papers in a terse "theorem-proof" style are unsuitable for
publication. The best contributions provide a context for the mathematics
they deliver, with examples, applications, illustrations, and historical
background. We especially welcome papers with historical content, and ones
that draw connections among various branches of the mathematical sciences,
or connect mathematics to other disciplines.

Every article should contain interesting *mathematics*. Thus, for
instance, articles on mathematical pedagogy alone, or articles that consist
mainly of computer programs, would be unsuitable.

The *Magazine* is an *undergraduate* journal in the broad sense
that its intended audience is teachers of collegiate mathematics and their
students. One goal of the *Magazine* is to provide stimulating
supplements for undergraduate mathematics courses, especially at the upper
undergraduate level. Another goal is to inform and refresh the teachers of
these courses by revealing new connections or giving a new perspective on
history. We also encourage articles that arise from undergraduate research
or pose questions to inspire it. In writing for the *Magazine*, make
your work attractive and accessible to non-specialists, including
well-prepared undergraduates.

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.

Our referees are asked to give detailed suggestions on style, as well as check for mathematical accuracy. In practice, almost every paper requires a careful revision by the author, followed by further editing in our office. To shorten this process, be sure to read your own work carefully, possibly after putting it away for a cooling-off period.

Provide a generous list of references to invite readers—including students—to pursue ideas further. Bibliographies may contain suggested reading along with sources actually referenced. In all cases, cite sources that are currently and readily available.

Since 1976, the Carl B. Allendoerfer Prize has been awarded annually to
recognize expository excellence in the *Magazine*. In addition to
these models of style, many useful references are available. Some are
listed at the end of these guidelines.

In addition to expository pieces, we accept a limited number of Math Bites, poems, cartoons, Proofs Without Words, and other miscellanea.

List references either alphabetically or in the order cited in the text,
adhering closely to the *Magazine*'s style for capitalization, use of
italics, etc.

We recommend using simple, unadorned **LaTeX** in the preparation of
your manuscript. Whatever technology you use, your manuscript should be
generously spaced, with the title, author, and author's address at the top
of the first page. Templates with further stylistic details are posted at
our website in a variety of formats. Number the pages, but number only
those equations that you refer to in the text. Whether **LaTeX** is
used or not, we hope for some electronic version of every article
accepted.

Simple **LaTeX** template files are available for Articles and
Notes. These templates do not approximate the appearance of Articles and
Notes, but illustrate the desired format for *submission* to the
*Magazine* and offer advice about style, as well as technical help.
Using them requires only the most rudimentary knowledge of **TeX** or
**LaTeX**. They are available in .pdf and .tex formats. Click on the
appropriate filename(s) to obtain copies. (mmnote.tex, mmnote.pdf, mmartic.tex, mmartic.pdf )
For more information or to request hard copies, send email to mathmag@scu.edu. For technical
information about preparing manuscripts and figures, see the general guidelines for MAA authors (this
is a pdf file).

If you wish to provide any electronic complement to your article, including such things as color illustrations, Java applets, or animations, supply the URL of your draft site. If your article is accepted, complements will be hosted on this site.

In the interest of respecting the time of our referees, we recommend a referee's appendix, not for publication, but to guide the referee. Please expand on statements such as, "A simple calculation shows... ." It is often appropriate to suppress such things in exposition, but a referee might find the additional information a time-saver.

For initial submission, graphical material may be interspersed with text.
Each figure should be numbered, and referenced by number in the text.
Authors themselves are responsible for providing images of suitable
quality. If a piece is to appear in the *Magazine*, separate copies
of all illustrations must be supplied, both with and without added
lettering. We hope authors will be able to provide electronic versions of
all figures, preferably in a PostScript format.

Allen J. Schwenk, Editor

Mathematics Magazine

Department of Mathematics

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5248

Electronic submission is possible in limited circumstances; ultimately, we need two hard copies to send to referees and one to retain. To request that we do this printing for you, please inquire at math-mag@wmich.edu or 269-387-4532.

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