Submission guidelines

Instructions for Authors

Submission to The Mathematical Intelligencer is now handled electronically through the widely-used and user-friendly program “Editorial Manager, ”

Authors should submit their work through this website. The site will guide you through the steps (please contact if you incur any difficulties). Any electronic format is acceptable, but we encourage you to use plain LaTeX. (Do not attempt layout—centering, columns, etc.). Illustrations accompanying submissions should be high-resolution (.eps, .tiff ). If PDF is submitted and the paper is accepted, we will also need the source file.

Alternatively, you may submit material for a regular column (including Reviews) directly to the appropriate column editor, at the email address on the masthead.

Stand-alone digital photographs (unrelated to any article or column) should be sent by email to the Photography Editor at (do not upload them to Editorial Manager). Please read our online link below for detailed information about the submission of photographs.

The Mathematical Intelligencer now appears online as well as in print. The online version is identical to the print edition, but authors can link their pieces to slide shows, dynamic graphics, and additional material on their own websites.

Marjorie Wikler Senechal, Editor-in-Chief

The Mathematical Intelligencer welcomes submissions from within and without the international mathematical community. Articles may feature new results, surveys of recent work in a particular field, profiles of mathematicians past or present, and so on: the scope is wide.

We welcome controversy; this is an international forum for issues on which mathematicians disagree. But whatever their subject, all articles should be written in a relaxed, engaging style, and should be accessible to the entire community, irrespective of specialty. Articles are peer-reviewed. Authors need not feel confined to non-fiction: we will consider humor, poetry, fiction, and art forms not yet invented.

The length of an article should be appropriate to the subject matter. We do not impose any restrictions on article length; if we think your manuscript is too long or too short, we will tell you. Please submit your manuscript electronically -- and on line if you can at Illustrations must be publication quality.

Edmgr stands for "Editorial Manager", the on-line submission program. Editorial Manager can handle source files written in Word, Latex, and most other programs (note: it will not accept PDF submissions). You will find the submission process straightforward and user-friendly if you keep these few points in mind:

  • If you use Latex, please keep the code simple. And please remember to upload all the files that your paper calls on; otherwise Editorial Manager will not be able to compile it.
  • Editorial Manager cannot handle subdirectories at present. If you submit all your files together in a .zip file, make sure the files are not in subdirectories (and that your source

    code does not call on files in subdirectories!)

  • Editorial Manager will build a .pdf file from your source file for you to view before you confirm your submission. Its program calls these .fdf files, but do not be confused by that. If you wish to download the file to your own computer, you can relabel it .pdf on your hard drive and view it in the usual way.

Be sure to include your contact information: name, email address, and regular mail address in your source file.

We hope you'll be pleased with the efficiency and transparency of the on-line submission process. Please let us know if you run into any problems.

Marjorie Senechal (

Electronic Submission

Submission of Photographs

Instructions for submission of photographs, online section

We are interested in publishing stand-alone photographs that will be of interest to the readers of the Mathematical Intelligencer and will enhance it visually. The photographs may be in color or black and white, and should be submitted in digital format. The specific subject matter can be as broad as your mathematical imagination: people, sculptures, art, architecture, places, historical material, the natural world, abstracts, or creations of virtual reality. Each picture should be accompanied by a caption explaining the context and pointers to any mathematical connections, actual, implicit, or metaphorical. Please don’t submit group photographs from mathematical meetings unless they are really of special historical interest.

Submissions will be selected by our Photography Editor and published as space permits. The printing process requires a resolution of at least 300 pixels per inch: think in terms of 3” X 4” up to 4” X 6” sized photographs as the printed image. At the other extreme, please keep under 12 megabytes when submitting your files. The format can be high quality jpg files or un-layered tiff files.

Contributors should submit photographs one at a time and restrict themselves to having at most 4 photographs in the submission process at any one time. We will try to be efficient in making decisions on whether or not to publish photographs. If your photograph is accepted for publication, we will ask you to provide us with your permission to print it and also the consent of any recognizable living people who appear in it. The copyright remains with you.

Please send files as email attachments or via Dropbox links to

LaTeX and Online Submission

All source files you upload in the online submission system will be automatically compiled into a single PDF file to be approved by you at the end of the submission process. While the compiled PDF will be used for peer-review purposes, your uploaded source files will be transferred to the publisher for publication upon acceptance.

Please do not use subfolders for your LaTeX submission, e.g. for figures or bibliographic files. Further technical information on uploading and compiling your LaTeX submission can be found under

English Language Editing

For editors and reviewers to accurately assess the work presented in your manuscript you need to ensure the English language is of sufficient quality to be understood. If you need help with writing in English you should consider:

  • Asking a colleague who is a native English speaker to review your manuscript for clarity.
  • Visiting the English language tutorial which covers the common mistakes when writing in English.
  • Using a professional language editing service where editors will improve the English to ensure that your meaning is clear and identify problems that require your review. Two such services are provided by our affiliates Nature Research Editing Service and American Journal Experts. Springer authors are entitled to a 10% discount on their first submission to either of these services, simply follow the links below.

English language tutorial

Nature Research Editing Service

American Journal Experts

Please note that the use of a language editing service is not a requirement for publication in this journal and does not imply or guarantee that the article will be selected for peer review or accepted.

If your manuscript is accepted it will be checked by our copyeditors for spelling and formal style before publication.



● 请一位以英语为母语的同事审核您的稿件是否表意清晰。

● 查看一些有关英语写作中常见语言错误的教程。

● 使用专业语言编辑服务,编辑人员会对英语进行润色,以确保您的意思表达清晰,并识别需要您复核的问题。我们的附属机构 Nature Research Editing Service 和合作伙伴 American Journal Experts 即可提供此类服务。


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・プロの英文校正サービスを利用する。校正者が原稿の意味を明確にしたり、問題点を指摘し、英語の質を向上させます。Nature Research Editing Service とAmerican Journal Experts の2つは弊社と提携しているサービスです。Springer の著者は、いずれのサービスも初めて利用する際には10%の割引を受けることができます。以下のリンクを参照ください。


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• 귀하의 원고의 표현을 명확히 해줄 영어 원어민 동료를 찾아서 리뷰를 의뢰합니다.

• 영어 튜토리얼 페이지에 방문하여 영어로 글을 쓸 때 자주하는 실수들을 확인합니다.

• 리뷰에 대비하여, 원고의 의미를 명확하게 해주고 리뷰에서 요구하는 문제점들을 식별해서 영문 수준을 향상시켜주는 전문 영문 교정 서비스를 이용합니다. Nature Research Editing Service와 American Journal Experts에서 저희와 협약을 통해 서비스를 제공하고 있습니다. Springer 저자들이 본 교정 서비스를 첫 논문 투고를 위해 사용하시는 경우 10%의 할인이 적용되며, 아래의 링크를 통하여 확인이 가능합니다.

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원고가 수락될 경우, 출판 전 저희측 편집자에 의해 원고의 철자 및 문체를 검수하는 과정을 거치게 됩니다.

Supplementary Information (SI)

Springer accepts electronic multimedia files (animations, movies, audio, etc.) and other supplementary files to be published online along with an article or a book chapter. This feature can add dimension to the author's article, as certain information cannot be printed or is more convenient in electronic form.

Before submitting research datasets as Supplementary Information, authors should read the journal’s Research data policy. We encourage research data to be archived in data repositories wherever possible.


  • Supply all supplementary material in standard file formats.
  • Please include in each file the following information: article title, journal name, author names; affiliation and e-mail address of the corresponding author.
  • To accommodate user downloads, please keep in mind that larger-sized files may require very long download times and that some users may experience other problems during downloading.

Audio, Video, and Animations

  • Aspect ratio: 16:9 or 4:3
  • Maximum file size: 25 GB
  • Minimum video duration: 1 sec
  • Supported file formats: avi, wmv, mp4, mov, m2p, mp2, mpg, mpeg, flv, mxf, mts, m4v, 3gp

Text and Presentations

  • Submit your material in PDF format; .doc or .ppt files are not suitable for long-term viability.
  • A collection of figures may also be combined in a PDF file.


  • Spreadsheets should be submitted as .csv or .xlsx files (MS Excel).

Specialized Formats

  • Specialized format such as .pdb (chemical), .wrl (VRML), .nb (Mathematica notebook), and .tex can also be supplied.

Collecting Multiple Files

  • It is possible to collect multiple files in a .zip or .gz file.


  • If supplying any supplementary material, the text must make specific mention of the material as a citation, similar to that of figures and tables.
  • Refer to the supplementary files as “Online Resource”, e.g., "... as shown in the animation (Online Resource 3)", “... additional data are given in Online Resource 4”.
  • Name the files consecutively, e.g. “ESM_3.mpg”, “ESM_4.pdf”.


  • For each supplementary material, please supply a concise caption describing the content of the file.

Processing of supplementary files

  • Supplementary Information (SI) will be published as received from the author without any conversion, editing, or reformatting.


In order to give people of all abilities and disabilities access to the content of your supplementary files, please make sure that

  • The manuscript contains a descriptive caption for each supplementary material
  • Video files do not contain anything that flashes more than three times per second (so that users prone to seizures caused by such effects are not put at risk)

Open access publishing

The Mathematical Intelligencer publishes open access articles. Authors of open access articles published in this journal retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work.

Visit our Open access publishing page to learn more.