Mathematical Proceedings is one of the few high-quality journals publishing original research papers that cover the whole range of pure and applied mathematics, theoretical physics and statistics. All branches of pure mathematics are covered, in particular logic and foundations, number theory, algebra, geometry, algebraic and geometric topology, classical and functional analysis, differential equations, probability and statistics. On the applied side, mechanics, mathematical physics, relativity and cosmology are included.What Mathematical Proceedings has to offer:
Aims and scope
Papers which advance knowledge of mathematics, either pure or applied, will be considered by the Editorial Committee. The work must be original and not submitted to another journal.
Instructions for contributors
Download the Mathematical Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical Society instructions for contributors here: Download Instruction for Contributors in PDF.
Download the Mathematical Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical Society class file here.
Submission of manuscripts
Papers should be submitted electronically to the Editor at email@example.com in pdf form only.
Papers in languages other than English should be sent only after prior consultation with the Editor, who may be contacted at the e-mail address above.
When a paper has been accepted for publication the relevant TeX files of the final version, accompanied by a pdf file, should be sent to the Editor by e-mail.
The class file, together with a guide, PSP2egui.tex, and sample pages, PSP2esam.tex, can be downloaded here.
These files will be updated periodically: please ensure that you have the latest version.
Preparation of manuscripts
Authors are strongly encouraged to prepare their manuscripts in LaTeX 2e using the PSP class file.
Papers produced in the recommended way can be printed directly from author-prepared electronic files: this substantially reduces errors at the printers. While the use of the PSP class file is preferred, other LaTeX or plain TeX files are also acceptable. In case standard electronic preparation is impossible papers may be typed, double-spaced, on one side of white paper (of which A4, 210 by 297mm, is a suitable size). The pages must be numbered. Margins of 30mm should be left at the side and bottom of each page.
A cover page should give the title, the author's name and institution, with the address to which mail should be sent.
The title, while brief, must be informative (e.g. A new proof of the prime number theorem, whereas, some applications of a theorem of G. H. Hardy would be useless).
Authors are asked to provide an abstract as a basis for a search on the Web. This may be an explicit abstract at the start of the paper. Otherwise, the first paragraph or two should form a summary of the main theme of the paper, providing an abstract intelligible to mathematicians. Please note that the abstract should be able to be read independently of the main text. References should therefore not be included in the abstract.
Authors are encouraged to check that where references are given, they are used in the text. Experience has shown that unused references have a habit of surviving into the final version of the manuscript.
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