Instructions for Undergraduate Authors

Manuscript Submissions

Authors must submit manuscripts to SIAM Undergraduate Research Online (SIURO) in PDF format. Hard-copy submissions will not be considered. Authors should enter submissions via the web form. Authors must submit with their manuscript a letter from an adviser or sponsor that documents the fact that the authors did a significant amount of the research and that the research was done while the authors were undergraduates.

Along with the manuscript itself, authors should include a cover letter, the letter from their adviser, and can include supplemental files.

Submitted papers needn’t conform to any particular style or format; however they should be prepared with software that has adequate equation editing capabilities. As noted above, the submitted paper must be in PDF format. Figures and tables should be labeled consecutively throughout the paper.

Research Papers Authored by Undergraduates

Submitted papers must be authored or coauthored by undergraduate students and written in English. The submitted paper must be accompanied by a letter from an adviser or sponsor that documents the fact that the authors did a significant amount of the research and that the research was done while the authors were undergraduates. Advisers/sponsors will not be listed as coauthors; however, a line will appear on the title page recognizing the guidance of the adviser/sponsor.

Figures and Tables

Figures and tables, if any, must be embedded "inline" in your PDF manuscript file. Supplemental files are accepted, but are optional. See the section below titled Supplemental Files for specifics.

Manuscript Length

There is a limit of approximately 20 pages and three megabytes. The limit can be exceeded, however, substantial deviation from the limit requires that the referees, reviewing editor, and editor-in-chief be convinced that a longer paper is required.

Manuscript Receipt

Upon receipt of a submission, the SIAM office sends the corresponding author e-mail acknowledging receipt and providing the manuscript reference number. Authors are asked to include the manuscript number in all correspondence regarding the paper.

After checking the files the author submitted, the SIAM office contacts the editor-in-chief to let him/her know that there is a new manuscript. All subsequent review correspondence with the associate editor and the SIAM office regarding the manuscript will be done via e-mail. The editor-in-chief reviews each submission to determine whether it is appropriate for SIURO and, if so, which associate editor is best suited to handle the review. Note that the editor-in-chief can reject papers that are clearly inappropriate for SIURO without assigning them to an associate editor.

Supplemental Files

Authors should take advantage of the web-based nature of the publication by submitting supplemental files that include animations, software demonstrations, and innovative graphics. Supplemental files will be evaluated with the manuscript as part of the peer-review process. We accept the following file formats for supplemental files:

  • TIF (tif)
  • JPEG (jpg)
  • GIF (gif)
  • Animated GIF (gif)
  • PostScript (ps)
  • Encapsulated PostScript (eps)
  • Adobe Photoshop (psd)
  • AdobePDF (pdf)
  • Audio (au)
  • Audio (mp3)
  • Audio (wav)
  • MPEG (mpg)
  • Quicktime (avi)
  • Quicktime (mov)

Computer code should be contained within a common compressed file format such as TAR, TGZ, RAR, or ZIP.

Additional Information


Each paper must be submitted with a letter from an adviser or sponsor. The adviser/sponsor may be a faculty member at the student’s institution or someone associated with a non-academic organization or government lab who supervised the research. The adviser/sponsor’s letter must document the fact that the research was done while the student was an undergraduate. The letter should state the student's current status, including student's graduation date or anticipated graduation date, student's major, and an assessment by the sponsor of the amount of the research performed independently by the student.

Prize Competitions

Students may submit their work to SIURO and to a competition for undergraduates, such as the Undergraduate Research Project Competition (USRESP). If the paper is under prize consideration at the time of SIURO submission, the cover letter must note this. If the paper is submitted to SIURO following award of a prize and resulting appearance on a website, a page one footnote is required.

Other Conferences

If the paper appeared in a preliminary form in a conference proceedings, this must be clearly indicated in both the cover letter and in a footnote on the title page of the manuscript. If the paper contains material (for example, tables or figures) from another published source, the previously published material must be accompanied by written permission from the author and publisher.

Parts of a Paper

Title: Titles should be brief and appropriate for indexing and should specifically describe the content of the paper.

Authors’ names: Full names, affiliations, and contact information for the authors must appear on the first page.

Adviser/Sponsor’s name: Full name, affiliation, and contact information for the sponsor must appear on the first page.

Abstract: A one-paragraph abstract, not exceeding 250 words, that summarizes the principal techniques and conclusions of the manuscript in relation to known results must accompany each manuscript. Note: Because the abstract must be able to stand independently, mathematical formulas and bibliographic references in the abstract should be avoided entirely or kept to a minimum. Bibliographic references must be written out in full, not given by number.

Introduction: All papers must have clearly written introductions in which the authors outline their new results, describe the motivation for the study, and explain why their work is of interest. The introduction should help the reader to decide whether to read the details in the paper.

References: References should be listed in either alphabetical order or order of citation at the end of the manuscript. The following reference styles should be used; other examples may be found in the journal style manual.

  • Journal articles (titles of journals should be abbreviated in accordance with Mathematical Reviews; abbreviations are available here):
    [16] L. N. TREFETHEN, Cubature, approximation, and isotropy in the hypercube, SIAM Rev., 59 (2017), pp. 469­–491.
  • Books, research reports:
    [9] H. KAPER and C. ROUSSEAU, Mathematics of Planet Earth, SIAM, Philadelphia, 2015.
  • Paper in a bound collection:
    [2] C. ARCHETTI and M. G. SPERANZA, Arc routing problems with profits, in Arc Routing: Problems, Methods, and Applications, MOS-SIAM Ser. Optim. 20, A. Corberan and G. Laporte, eds., SIAM, Philadelphia, 2014, pp. 281–299.
  • Acceptable variants on SIAM's references style are:
    [T] L. N. TREFETHEN, Cubature, approximation, and isotropy in the hypercube, SIAM Rev., 59 (2017), pp. 469­–491.
    L. N. TREFETHEN (2017), Cubature, approximation, and isotropy in the hypercube, SIAM Rev., 59, pp. 469­–491.

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