Instructions for Authors
Note regarding SIAM's macros: Although the design of SIREV differs from the other SIAM journals, authors are still highly encouraged to prepare their papers using SIAM's standard LaTeX 2e macros. Although doing so is optional, using the SIAM macros enables features that will aid editors and referees during review as well as reducing the time needed to process a paper after acceptance. The SIAM standard LaTeX 2e macro package and documentation are available here or by email request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SIAM Review (SIREV) consists of five sections: Survey and Review, Research Spotlights, SIGEST, Education, and Book Reviews. Each section has its own editorial board. The SIREV editor-in-chief and section editorial boards work together to achieve the desired impact of the entire journal. Specific details on submissions and peer review are given below. The manuscript submission process, including uploading your files, should take no longer than a few minutes. Instructions for using the Journal Submission & Tracking System are available here.
Section 1: Survey and Review
Desmond Higham, Section Editor; Ann Almgren, David F. Anderson, Chris Budd, Irene Fonseca, Margot Gerritson, Anders Lindquist, Juan Meza, Beatrice Pelloni, Jesús María Sanz-Serna, Andy Wathen, Members of the Editorial Board.
The Survey and Review section features one or two papers, typically between 30 and 80 pages in length, that provide readers with a comprehensive, authoritative, and up-to-date perspective on a major topic of broad interest to SIAM members.
Integrative papers that provide an overview of a body of research and connections to other fields or techniques are particularly desirable. We especially encourage timely articles addressing areas that are currently active but have matured sufficiently for a survey to have value and impact. Authors should aim to summarize the state of the art and, where possible, identify important challenges. New results that serve to unify or illustrate existing ideas are welcome, but papers with a key purpose of significantly advancing the state of the art are not appropriate for this section. Similarly, papers that focus primarily on the authors' own research are generally not suitable.
Papers must be well written, in an expository style that facilitates understanding by as broad an audience as is feasible for the topic. Authors should start out with a sufficiently general discussion of the problem area that all readers will gain some appreciation and knowledge of the area, and then progress to more detailed discussion of the issues. Papers should include substantial applied mathematics content, not purely descriptive overview.
Figures are encouraged to help explain concepts and to exhibit results, including photographs as well as graphics. Authors are encouraged to provide color figures wherever appropriate.Submission and Peer Review
Many papers appearing in Section 1 are written at the invitation of the editorial board. Authors who wish to write a paper for this section are strongly encouraged to send an informal proposal to the editorial board in advance of preparing and submitting a full paper. Proposals may be communicated to the Section Editor (djh at maths.strath.ac.uk), or other members of the Editorial Board for feedback on the potential suitability of the proposed paper. Full manuscripts should be submitted directly to SIAM. Submission must be electronic (PDF format) via the web-based system at http://sirev.siam.org. A cover letter should be submitted with the manuscript. Note: Figures, if any, must be embedded "inline" in the manuscript.
Papers submitted to Section 1 are reviewed in detail by the section editor, members of the section editorial board, and outside reviewers, with final review by the SIREV editor-in-chief. This rigorous peer review is intended to ensure the highest standards of accuracy, completeness, exposition, and clarity. Author inquiries into the status of Section 1 papers may be sent to the SIAM office (email@example.com).
Section 2: Research Spotlights
Evelyn Sander, Section Editor; L. Pamela Cook, Ilse C. F. Ipsen, Grigorios A. Pavliotis, Mason A. Porter, Alex Pothen, Alison Ramage, Members of the Editorial Board.
This section features timely research topics or software in applied and computational mathematics that are of broad appeal to the general SIREV readership. Applied mathematics topics from any of SIAM's research journals are appropriate, including interdisciplinary contributions and those involving multiple areas of applied and industrial mathematics.
Articles should be short, no more than 30 pages (hard limit) in published form. An article should not be excessively technical but should provide enough information to be readable without having to read up on background in the field. Statements should be accurate and precise, but if needed can reference details elsewhere. An article could take a non-traditional form such as a mini-survey or timely communication.
Prospective authors are welcome to consult with the Section Editor (esander at gmu.edu) about potential contributions, particularly in cases of non-traditional ideas for articles that they would like considered for Research Spotlights.
Submissions and Peer Review
http://sirev.siam.org. A cover letter should be submitted with the manuscript. Figures, if any, must be embedded "inline" in the manuscript.
The cover letter must indicate that the manuscript is being submitted to the Research Spotlights section of SIREV. If the results of your paper rely heavily on unpublished reports, then please submit these reports, along with your paper. You will receive a message confirming your submission is received. If the SIAM office does not email acknowledgment within five days contact firstname.lastname@example.org to verify receipt.
All Research Spotlights submissions are subject to peer review, in which a member of the editorial board solicits reports from at least two referees who are experts in the particular area. Author inquiries into the status of papers should be sent to the SIAM office (email@example.com).
Section 3: SIGEST
SIGEST contains digested versions of selected papers from SIAM's research journals. This section provides a rare opportunity for readers from all segments of the SIAM community to keep up with important research from outside their areas of specialization. The papers in SIGEST are chosen on the basis of exceptional quality and potential significance to the entire SIAM community; authors of these papers will achieve a wider readership than could be reached by a specialized research journal alone.
Submission and Peer Review
Papers for the SIGEST section are chosen from papers accepted and published in SIAM's specialized research journals. Editors of these journals may nominate potential SIGEST papers to their editors-in-chief. The SIREV editor-in-chief, in consultation with the SIREV section editors, selects SIGEST papers from among those nominated. Authors often condense or otherwise revise SIGEST papers to make them accessible to the SIAM community at large.
Section 4: Education
Louis F. Rossi, Section Editor; Ricardo Cortez, Darinka Dentcheva, Mary Silber, Chad Topaz, Members of the Editorial Board.
Orientation of Articles
In the large majority of cases, articles should be written to students, not to faculty. In addition, articles should:
- usually be a module, typically a one- to three-class session, largely self-contained, supplementary topic to a course in applied mathematics or scientific computing (a possible exception is a module about a tool-for example, a software package-that can be used throughout much of a course);
- be written more in the style of a textbook section than a journal research article.
- discuss a technique, topic, or tool that faculty may use broadly in a course or set of courses;
- be written more as a teaching guide than as a journal research article, and in a style that directly or indirectly can also be used by students.
Articles should be written on a topic that is of sufficient interest that it might reasonably be expected to be incorporated by a good number of faculty into their courses in applied mathematics or scientific computation and algorithms, yet is not standard fare in textbooks. Articles should provide descriptions, illustrations, and insights regarding established or recent knowledge, as opposed to new research results. The topic may be in any, or a combination, of the following areas:
- supplemental topics in applied mathematics or scientific computation that are of broad interest but are more recent, specialized, or multidisciplinary than topics covered in standard textbooks;
- applications of applied mathematics or scientific computation, including both descriptions of the application area and the mathematical and/or computational techniques that are applied to it;
- applied mathematics or scientific computation history, including informal biographies of prominent contributors or descriptions of the development and/or use of applied mathematics or scientific computing in certain eras or events;
- software tools that can be used in applied mathematics or scientific computation courses, concentrating on descriptions and illustrations of their use;
- reports on current directions and trends in applied mathematics education and curricular issues.
The following characteristics are encouraged:
- An informal, colloquial style should be used whenever appropriate.
- Motivation and context for the topic should be well provided.
- Papers should not be primarily theorem/proof oriented, although theorems and proofs are welcome where appropriate.
- Use of graphics (including color), computer images, and other visual elements is strongly encouraged, as are URLs to web sites that provide further references, visual support, and multimedia supplements.
- Examples should be heavily used in most articles.
- Abstracts may not necessarily be appropriate, but a summary at the beginning of the paper may be given.
- The most common article length should be 10-15 pages, but shorter articles that fit these guidelines are welcome, and longer articles may be considered if appropriate.
Submissions to Education are organized as for SIAM's specialized journals. Submissions are accepted in electronic format via the web-based system at http://sirev.siam.org. See the instructions under Survey and Review (above). All submissions undergo traditional peer review, in which a member of the editorial board solicits reports from at least two referees who are experts in the particular area. Author inquiries into the status of Section 4 papers may be sent to the SIAM office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Section 5: Book Reviews
David S. Watkins, Section Editor; Michele Benzi, Krešimir Josic, Hinke M. Osinga, Lloyd N. Trefethen, Thaleia Zariphopoulou, Members of the Editorial Board.
Book reviews have been a long-time mainstay of SIAM Review.
Publishers should send review copies to:
Brittni Holland, Editorial Associate
3600 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Ebook format is preferable, directed to email@example.com. If not available, send print copy for review to the address above.
Parts of a Paper
Submissions to Sections 1 and 2 should contain the following elements: title, author names and affiliations, abstract, AMS subject classifications, key words, text, and references.
AMS subject classifications are listed in the Annual Index of Mathematical Reviews and can be accessed or searched electronically through the American Mathematical Society.
The format for papers in Section 4, Education, is described earlier in these Guidelines.
A submission is representation by the author that the manuscript has not been published or submitted simultaneously for publication elsewhere. If the paper has appeared in preliminary form in a conference proceedings, this must be clearly indicated in both your cover letter and a footnote on the title page. If your paper contains material (for example, tables or figures) from another source, that material must be accompanied by written permission from the copyright holder. Permission is needed in cases of alternations to the original, as well.
Authors are encouraged to submit Supplementary Materials to complement articles in SIREV. Supplementary Materials are not refereed but will be available to referees. These might include additional figures or examples, animations, data sets used in the paper, computer code used to generate figures or tables, or other materials that are necessary to fully document the research in the paper or to facilitate the readers' ability to understand and extend the work. See Supplementary Materials for more information.
A large duplication of another author's or one's own work is a sign of poor scholarship. There is also a copyright issue if the source is not cited. Your manuscript should provide proper citations, use quotation marks or indentation (for quotations of five or more lines) to indicate borrowed wording, and minimize duplication. Refusal by an author to make these necessary changes is grounds for rejection.
Potentially Offensive Material: There is no general rule on what material is appropriate for publication in SIAM Publications. However, if a handling editor believes that the use of some material (text, images, etc.) may offend SIAM readers, the publication reverts to the editor-in-chief who will engage in an exchange with the authors on the need for the particular material and whether alternatives can be identified to express the same results. Unless the authors can make convincing arguments that the particular material is essential to convey the scientific contribution, it is expected that the material be replaced prior to review and further consideration for publication.
Resubmission: A resubmission of a manuscript previously rejected by this or another SIAM journal will be treated as a new submission, with the history of the manuscript made available to the handling editor and, if necessary, also referees. The cover letter should include the criticism in the referee reports and a detailed description of how the manuscript has been revised to meet all the criticism of the original submission. As a new submission, there is no guarantee that it will be handled by the same associate editor or that the original referees will be involved in the evaluation.
SIREV is produced from author-supplied TeX files, and authors of accepted papers will be contacted for their files. (SIAM cannot accept electronic files for papers produced on any other typesetting or word processing system.) More detailed information on SIAM's TeX-typesetting procedures is sent to authors upon receipt of manuscript submissions.
All illustrations must be of professional quality with no handwritten elements. Note that tables and algorithms are not considered figures and should not be treated as such. Illustrations must be numbered consecutively and cited in the text. If your article is accepted for publication, SIAM will accept electronic (TeX, PDF, PNG, JPG, and EPS) figure files. Hand-drawn artwork will not be accepted. SIAM will not redraw figures. Illustrations must use lines 1 point or thicker; thinner lines may break up or disappear when printed. When choosing line weight and character size, keep in mind that illustrations may be reduced.
SIREV welcomes the inclusion of color art when the use of color enhances the content of the figure. If at all possible, SIAM prefers to receive color PostScript files for color art. Also, in order to produce the print edition of the journal, SIAM requires that color PostScript files be prepared in CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) mode, not in RGB (red, green, blue) mode. Files prepared in RGB mode may be returned to the author for conversion to CMYK.