Author Handbook

5: The SIAM Book Macro

There are some standards related to manuscript preparation and organization that you should adhere to when writing your book. These include the proper use of SIAM's book macros and the organization and inclusion of basic manuscript elements.

The information provided below describes what to expect when using SIAM's book macros to format your book.

The SIAM Macro

SIAM will supply you with its LaTeX macro files, including a sample book file, and instructions for use as you prepare your book manuscript. The macro can be applied after you have written your complete manuscript; however, if you are still in the preliminary stages of preparing your text, we encourage you to use our macro from the start to help avoid potential incongruities between your own LaTeX style files and SIAM's. Questions about the macro should be addressed to your acquisitions editor or the developmental editor.

General Formatting

The SIAM book macro will format your book to a standard 7-inch x 10-inch trim size, with headings, mathematical items, etc., set in our house style, and it will set the margins and line spacing, so you should not add these commands to your source file. Keep in mind that copyediting will affect page flow, so you should not spend time ensuring that page breaks fall in particular places as you prepare your manuscript for submission. As with all other changes, you will have the opportunity to check the final version, including page and equation layouts.


SIAM uses the Garamond font in its books. The SIAM macro uses fonts included with your LaTeX installation as well as Garamond, which is available on several LaTeX depositories. It is best if you prepare your manuscript using our font package from the start, but if you are unable to install these fonts, you will need to comment out the lines of code pertaining to fonts and run your files with the default font (Computer Modern). Your developmental editor will then call in the Garamond font package after you submit your final manuscript.

Organization and Numbering

General Notes
All numbered items throughout the book should be soft-coded, that is, coded and labeled such that LaTeX can automatically cross-reference them. Hard-coding does not allow for ease in updating cross references and should be avoided at all costs.

Chapters can contain section, subsection, and sub-subsection headings, which should give the reader a clear idea of each chapter's structure.

Mathematical Items
Many mathematical items (i.e., theorems, lemmas, corollaries, propositions, definitions, proofs, and algorithms) are defined by SIAM's macros and should not be redefined in your LaTeX files. Items not defined by our macros should be set as described below:

Item Heading Text
Remark italic roman
Hypothesis italic roman
Assumption italic roman
Note italic roman
Example italic roman

Facts, claims, conclusions, conjectures, and results are set up as either theorems or remarks, depending on their use.

Displayed equations will be double numbered by our macro to indicate chapter and occurrence (e.g., equation 4.1).

Figures and Tables
Figures and tables will be double numbered by our macro and will be placed as close to their callouts as possible. Please be sure that every figure or table has a callout and explanation within the main text. Please do not use nonspecific citations such as "the figure below" or "the table on this page" since page flow may change.

Each figure and table should have a brief descriptive caption. If a figure has multiple parts, each part must be explained in the caption.

Table captions should appear above the table. Figure captions should appear below the figures.

Note: Figures or tables created by someone other than the author or borrowed from a previously published source, even those created by the author and published elsewhere, must carry an appropriate credit line at the end of the caption.

Footnotes should be used sparingly and numbered consecutively throughout the book. Do not use footnotes to refer to publications; instead use reference citations.

The SIAM book macros set the reference style as follows: bracketed labels consisting of a number or the authors' initials; author first and middle initials and last names; titles of books, articles, etc., in italics; initial capitals for book titles; and commas to separate fields. For journal name abbreviations, please follow the standards set by Mathematical Reviews and, above all, be consistent.

Although we prefer that you style your reference lists according to the format set by our macros, other reference styles, such as the BibTeX default style, are acceptable. We ask that either the numbered system or the name/date system be used and you are consistent in one format or the other throughout the book. In the numbered system, all references are listed in order of citation (or alphabetical order, if you prefer) and are numbered sequentially beginning with [1]. If a reference is used more than once, the number given to it at the first occurrence should be repeated. Use the bracketed numbers to cite references in the text (e.g., [1], [4]-[6]). In the name/date system, all references are listed in alphabetical order. References are cited in the text using the author's name followed by the year (e.g., [Smith, 1993]). If multiple papers by the same author or set of authors are published in the same year, they should be distinguished by the addition of lowercase letters after the year (e.g., [Smith, 1993a]). References citations should not be hard coded.

Sample References:
[6] B. Fidan, Y. Zhang, and P. A. Ioannou, Adaptive control of a class of slowly time-varying systems with modeling uncertainties, IEEE Trans. Automat. Control, 50: 915-920, 2005.
[7] P. V. Kokotovic and M. Arcak, Constructive nonlinear control: A historical perspective, Automatica, 37: 637–662, 2001.
[8] M. Krstic, I. Kanellakopoulos, and P. V. Kokotovic. Nonlinear and Adaptive Control Design, Wiley Interscience, New York, 1995.

The SIAM book macros will designate the appendices with consecutive capital letters (e.g., Appendix A, Appendix B).

Before creating your index, please refer to the SIAM indexing guidelines. These guidelines address the basics of index structure as well as how to use the MakeIndex program to tag your file.


SIAM requires that all illustrations be submitted as EPS or PDF files. The minimum DPI required is 150 except for photographs, in which case it is at least 300. These should be created in black and white unless color art has been approved for the book. Hand-drawn artwork or artwork with hand-written labels will need to be replaced with computer-generated figures.

You are responsible for adding the input commands for figure files to your LaTeX file. All artwork submitted should be in its final size so that it does not have to be resized in the LaTeX file. When creating figures, quality assurance requires lines or dots that are 1 point thick or larger—lines thinner than 1 point may break up or disappear.

In the case of color art, files should be saved as CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black), not RGB (red, green, blue), format. Although RGB format is acceptable for viewing a color figure on a computer screen, CMYK is the color format necessary for printing high-quality color figures. Your developmental editor can assist you with converting figures from RGB to CMYK if necessary. If your book is planned with black and white art only, it is an option for the electronic version to contain color. In this case, a separate file should be created for the color images. The figures must be named the same as their black and white counterparts.

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