Parts of a Paper
Submissions to Sections 1 and 2 should contain the following elements: title, author names and affiliations, abstract, American Mathematical Society (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 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 an editor believes that the use of some material (text, images, etc.) may offend SIAM readers, there will be 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. For example, the "Lena image" has been used in past publications on imaging but is inconsistent with efforts to promote inclusion in mathematics, science, and engineering. SIAM will not consider submissions containing this image.
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.
Authors can suggest an editor from among those listed on the journal's masthead, but the editor-in-chief and section editor has the exclusive right to assign papers. The editors reserve the right to reject any manuscript that does not conform to the journal’s standards.
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.
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.
SIAM is a member of ORCID - a central registry of researchers. Authors submitting papers to SIAM journals can log in to the submission system through their ORCID account, or can go to their SIAM system profile to connect their ORCID to their SIAM journals work. If the paper is accepted and published, SIAM Journals Online will display an icon next to the author’s name which links to their ORCID page, which can in turn list their published article if the author chooses.
SIAM encourages authors to take advantage of ORCID’s capability, which can be viewed as a DOI for an individual. Wherever it is used, this unique identifier then pulls together the individual’s work and professional activities from across publications, disciplines and workplaces. The researcher controls, through his or her ORCID account, which work and activities are publicly displayed.
Those interested can register for an ORCID ID here. Use it for login at manuscript submission, or contact SIAM to add it to your account.
Authors of accepted papers must submit TeX files to SIAM for typesetting. Authors are highly encouraged to prepare their papers using SIAM's standard LaTeX 2e macros. Note that the SIAM office will format Plain TeX and AMSTeX files to LaTeX 2e. The LaTeX 2e macro package and documentation are available here or by email request.
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 one 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. In order to produce the print edition of the journal, SIAM requires that images 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. Note that although the electronic version of SIREV will display all color art as such, some figures in the print edition may be converted to grayscale where color is deemed not essential.
To ensure the optimal appearance of figures when they are printed in black and white or when viewed by a reader with color blindness, consider using colors that will appear as differing shades of gray when printed, and minimize use of yellow. Use of line markers and broken or dotted lines will also improve differentiation. Some aids in preparation of your figures are the parula colormap in MATLAB and the color blindness tests in the Proof Setup view in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.