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Author Guidelines

To submit articles to the Bulletin, authors must first be registered with our journal management system (OJS, standing for "Open Journal Systems") as both readers and authors. The form to register with the Bulletin is at

Articles should be prepared in LaTeX using AmS-LaTeX packages and submitted as a PDF file via our journal management system. This permits authors to track their papers through the editorial process. Recent versions of TeX (see the TeX Users Group) are able to produce PDF files directly. A LaTeX class file, a BibTeX style and a template for submissions are available for download:

Authors who need assistance may email the secretary of the Bulletin at

The Bulletin will request the LaTeX source code when the article has been accepted for publication or, in some cases, prior to peer review.

Authors are advised to keep copies of all files of the submitted article; the Bulletin will not accept responsibility for any loss.

1. References

Arrange references alphabetically (by surname of the first author) and cite them numerically in the text. Ensure the references are quoted accurately, and use the standard abbreviations for journal names prepared by the American Mathematical Society (these are available each year in Mathematical Reviews or from the Mathematical Reviews Resources page at the American Mathematical Society's web site). Include in the list of references only those works cited, and avoid citing works which are in preparation or submitted. Where the work cited is not readily accessible (for example, a preprint) a copy of the article should be included with your submission.

2. Abstracts

  • Each paper must include an abstract of not more than 200 words, which should contain a brief but informative summary of the contents of the paper, but no inessential details.
  • The abstract should be self-contained, but may refer to the title.
  • Specific references (by number) to a section, proposition, equation or bibliographical item should be avoided.

3. Subject Classification and Key Words

Authors should include a few key words and phrases, a single primary and one or more secondary classification numbers, following the American Mathematical Society 2010 Mathematics Subject Classification. Details of this scheme can be found in the Annual Index of recent issues of Mathematical Reviews, or from the Mathematics Subject Classification page at the American Mathematical Society's web site.

4. Abstracts of Ph.D. Theses

The Bulletin of the Australian Mathematical Society publishes Abstracts of Australasian Ph.D. Theses. The abstract submitted to the Bulletin may be the abstract included in the thesis itself. However, the Bulletin will accept abstracts of up to three pages, which may include references. All the mathematical sciences are covered, including pure and applied mathematics, probability and mathematical statistics, mathematical physics, and mathematical computer science.

Ph.D. students should provide a PDF and a LaTeX file of their abstract. These should be sent through the Bulletin's online submission system (see above). To submit an abstract, you must first register as both a reader and an author. Apart from the abstract itself, the Bulletin needs the following information:

  • the name of the university awarding the degree;
  • the name(s) of the supervisor(s);
  • documentation, e.g., a written statement from the supervisor, that the degree has been approved;
  • the month of submission;
  • the month of approval of the degree (which is usually well before the degree is formally conferred);
  • appropriate 2010 Mathematics Subject Classification number(s).

Sometimes there is a form inside the thesis with most of the above information on it; a scanned copy of this is very useful. Publication is fast, usually within nine months of the approval of the degree. Abstracts must be received within six months of the approval of the degree.

If you need assistance, please email the secretary of the Bulletin at


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. I attest that
    1. The article is an original work, has not been published before, and is not currently under consideration for publication in another journal;
    2. The authors listed on the paper each contributed to the production of the work, and there is no other person who contributed and who might wish to be listed as an author;
    3. I am aware of and agree to the policy of the Australian Mathematical Publishing Association Incorporated that articles in the printed parts will be made freely accessible to the public five years after publication;
    4. The article contains no defamatory or unlawful statements and does not infringe the right of any third party;
    5. Where necessary to reproduce copyright material, written permission has been obtained (copies attached) from the copyright holder, and appropriate acknowledgment has been made to the original source.
    If accepted for publication, I hereby assign to the Australian Mathematical Publishing Association Incorporated full copyright in all formats and media in the article. I am the sole owner of the material, or a co-owner acting in accord with all other owners, and have full power to make this agreement. I hereby assert my moral rights as an author.
  2. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  3. The submission file is in Adobe PDF document file format.
  4. This submission is NOT a revision of an earlier submission. Revisions of earlier submissions must be uploaded via the "Author Upload" boxes on the "Review" and "Editing" pages for the earlier submission.

Copyright Notice

In these notes, the Australian Mathematical Publishing Association Incorporated, Cambridge Journals Online, Cambridge University Press, and the Bulletin are abbreviated to AMPAI, CJO, CUP, and the Bulletin.

Copyright is held by AMPAI. Under the standard arrangement, the article will be made freely accessible to the public five (5) years after publication. Alternatively, for an initial fee of $USD600, immediate open access under a creative commons license will be provided on the CUP online platform.

  1. The Bulletin's policy is to acquire copyright for as many articles as possible, for two reasons:
    1. ownership of copyright by one central organisation tends to ensure maximum international protection against unauthorised use;
    2. it also ensures that requests by third parties to reprint or reproduce a contribution, or part of it, are handled efficiently and in accordance with a general policy that is sensitive both to any relevant changes in international copyright legislation and to the general desirability of encouraging the dissemination of knowledge.
  2. Copyright acts in various countries confer 'moral rights' on authors. In some cases, an author's 'right of paternity', that is the right to be properly credited whenever the work is published (or performed or broadcast), must be asserted in writing.
  3. Notwithstanding the assignment of copyright in their contribution, all authors retain the following non-transferable rights:
    1. The right to post the abstract and a link to the online edition of the Bulletin at CJO or at the Bulletin website.
    2. The right to post the definitive version of the contribution as published at CJO (in PDF or HTML) in the Institutional Repository of the institution in which they worked at the time the paper was first submitted, no sooner than two years after first publication of the paper in the journal, subject to file availability and provided the posting includes a prominent statement of the full bibliographical details, a copyright notice in the name of the copyright holder (AMPAI or another body, as appropriate), and a link to the online edition of the Bulletin at CJO. Inclusion of this definitive version after two years in Institutional Repositories outside of the institution in which the author worked at the time the paper was first submitted will be subject to the additional permission of CUP on behalf of AMPAI (not to be unreasonably withheld).
    3. The right to make hard copies of the article or an adapted version for their own purposes, including the right to make multiple copies for course use by their students, provided no sale is involved.
    4. The right to reproduce the paper or an adapted version of it in any volume of which they are an editor or an author, but otherwise permission must be sought from CUP. Permission will automatically be given to the publisher of such a volume, subject to normal acknowledgement.
  4. CUP (on behalf of AMPAI) will use its best endeavours to ensure that any direct request received to reproduce a contribution, or a substantial part of it, in another publication (which may be an electronic publication) is approved by the contributor before permission is given. Multiple authors should nominate one author only to respond to such requests.
  5. CUP co-operates in various licensing schemes that allow material to be photocopied within agreed restraints (e.g., the CCC in the USA and the CLA in the UK). Any proceeds received from such licenses, together with any proceeds from sales of subsidiary rights in the Bulletin, directly support its continuing publication.
  6. It is understood that in some cases copyright will be held by the contributor's employer. If so, CUP (on behalf of AMPAI) requires exclusive permission to deal with requests from third parties, on the understanding that any requests received from third parties will be handled in accordance with paragraphs 4 and 5 above (note that approval will be sought for the proposed use from the contributor, not the employer).
  7. If a contribution includes textual or illustrative material not in your copyright and not covered by fair use/fair dealing, permission must be obtained from the relevant copyright owner (usually the publisher or via the publisher) for the nonexclusive right to reproduce the material worldwide in all forms and media, including electronic publication. The relevant permission correspondence must be attached to this form. If in doubt about whether or not permission is required, please consult: the Permissions Controller, Cambridge University Press, The Edinburgh Building, Shaftesbury Road, Cambridge CB2 2RU, UK. Fax: +44 (0)1223 315052. Email:
  8. The information provided on this form will be held in perpetuity by AMPAI for record purposes. The name(s) and address(es) of the author(s) of the contribution may be reproduced in the Bulletin and provided to print and online indexing and abstracting services and bibliographic databases


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