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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.

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Della Dumbaugh, Editor


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About the American Mathematical Monthly

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. Articles generally range from 6-20 pages in length.

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. Notes are between 1-5 pages long.

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.

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Submitting to the Monthly

Submission of Articles, Notes, and MathBits (formerly 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.

Editorial Manage requires that you upload a cover letter.  Please use the cover letter template found in the Monthly templates ZIP archive.

The Monthly uses a double-blind review process to evaluate submissions. Please remove author names from manuscripts before submitting to the Monthly. If authors do not remove identifying information in their manuscript prior to submitting, the manuscript will be returned to the author.

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, Della Dumbaugh, at

Authors should use the updated Monthly template and style file with no custom formatting. These templates (article/note, cover letter, and MathBits) and the style file (maa-monthly.sty) can be found in The updated template also includes a BST file for BibTeX users.

Please do not use any custom packages. The following packages are already included in the Monthly's style file (maa-monthly.sty):

  • Times
  • Graphic
  • Color
  • Hyphens
  • Amsmath
  • Amsthm
  • Amsfonts
  • Amssymb

Since these packages are already loaded by the style file do not include them in the preamble of your manuscript file. Do not include any packages that override the Monthly style for section headings, running feet, etc.

The MAA is switching to the NLM style for references in all of our journals. Authors who use BibTeX can use vancouver.bst to easily format their references. Please see the LaTeX code in the updated Monthly template for use of this BST file with your BibTeX database file. Vancouver.bst can be downloaded from various TeX archives, but it is also included in the Monthly template ZIP archive.

Authors who do not use BibTeX should follow the instructions from our publishing partner, Taylor & Francis, in formatting their references.  Download tf_nlm.pdf for full instructions.  Please note that authors are responsible for putting their references in the correct format.

For MathBits, formerly known as filler, please download and use the Monthly MathBits template.

Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to use tables, photographs, cartoons, illustrations, or figures appearing in another scientific publication, or quotations of extensive passages from other work. 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 Della Dumbaugh.

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.

Proposed Problems or Solutions

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.



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 "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.


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.


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Darren Glass - Book Review Editor
Gettysburg College
Department of Mathematics
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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