Instructions for Authors

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

Editorial Board
Desmond Higham, Section Editor; Chris Budd, Irene Fonseca, Margot Gerritson, Mark Lewis, Anders Lindquist, Juan Meza, Beatrice Pelloni, Jesús María Sanz-Serna, Andy Wathen, Members of the Editorial Board.

Content
The Survey and Review section features one or two papers, typically between 30 and 80 pages in length, that provide readers with a comprehensive 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. 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 (sirev@siam.org).

Section 2: Research Spotlights

Editorial Board
Evelyn Sander, Section Editor; L. Pamela Cook, Ilse C. F. Ipsen, Grigorios A. Pavliotis, Alex Pothen, Dongbin Xiu, Members of the Editorial Board.

Content
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, with an ideal length of around 15-20 pages 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 sirev@siam.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 (sirev@siam.org).

 

Section 3: SIGEST

Content
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

Editorial Board
Louis F. Rossi, Section Editor; Ricardo Cortez, Darinka Dentcheva, Steve Kirkland, Dianne P. O'Leary, 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:

In a minority of cases, articles may be written to faculty. Such articles should: Content
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: Style of Articles
The following characteristics are encouraged: Submission and Peer Review
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 sirev@siam.org.

Section 5: Book Reviews

Editorial Board
Robert E. O'Malley, Jr., Section Editor.

Book reviews have been a long-time mainstay of SIAM Review.

Publishers should send review copies to:
Brittni Holland, Editorial Associate
SIAM
3600 Market Street
6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Email: holland@siam.org

Ebook format is preferable, directed to holland@siam.org. If not available, send print copy for review to the address above.


GENERAL INFORMATION

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.

Submissions
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.

Supplementary Materials
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.

Original scholarship
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.

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.

TeX Files
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 manuscripts and can be obtained from SIAM's World Wide Web server.

Accessing SIAM's Macros
Although the design of SIREV differs from the other SIAM journals, authors should still prepare papers using SIAM's standard LaTeX 2e macros. Note that the SIAM office will reformat Plain TeX and AMSTeX files to LaTeX 2e. The LaTeX 2e macro package and documentation are available here or by email to tex@siam.org.

Illustrations
All illustrations must be of professional quality. Illustrations must be numbered consecutively and cited in the text. If your article is accepted for publication, SIAM will accept electronic (PostScript, TeX) figure files. Hand-drawn artwork will not be accepted. SIAM will not redraw figures. PostScript figures must use lines that are 1 point or larger; thinner lines may break up or disappear when printed. When choosing line width and character size, keep in mind that illustrations may be reduced.

Color Illustrations
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.

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