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Guidelines for Authors

The Mathematical Gazette is read by teachers and students in schools and universities, academic mathematicians and enthusiasts who enjoy reading about the subject. As a vague guide, the level is from GCSE through A level up to the first year of undergraduate studies, although there are many exceptions to this rule, particularly in Euclidean geometry which is hardly taught nowadays. We also welcome articles on the history of mathematics, on the application of mathematics in the real world and of a cultural or biographical nature. We are particularly keen to include material which is useful in the classroom for enriching the syllabus. Although many of the contributions contain genuine original insights or even new results, the Gazette is not a research journal, and authors are discouraged from submitting papers written in a formal academic style which would not appeal to a broad readership.

Contributors are advised to study previous issues of the Gazette (which are available on JSTOR) to see what successful articles look like. The following details of house style should be noted.

Do not include abstracts or keywords.

Footnotes should be used in preference to endnotes, but ideally should be incorporated into the main text.

Equations should be produced using a dedicated application such as TeX, MathType or Equation Editor, but if this is unavailable please add them to the manuscript by hand.

Equations should be numbered when they are going to be cited later in the text.

Lengthy equations should be displayed (but not necessarily numbered). Do not place equations online when they get in the way of the narrative.

Diagrams should be drawn either by hand or by a graphics application. Geometrical figures are acceptable using any of the dynamic geometry tools.

Avoid lengthy captions to diagrams or tables. These can nearly always be incorporated into the text and the diagram or table referred to by a number.

References should appear at the end of the article. They should be arranged in the order of their citation in the article, and indicated by square brackets.

Include your name, address and email address at the end of the submission.

Manuscripts may be submitted by email to the Editor (Dr Gerry Leversha: preferably in pdf format, or, if sent by post, should be typed and two copies included. Do not include CDs or floppy discs. All submissions are acknowledged electronically and will then be peer-refereed.

For further information about The Mathematical Gazette please contact the Editor (Dr Gerry Leversha:

Cambridge Language Editing Service

We suggest that authors whose first language is not English have their manuscripts checked by a native English speaker before submission. This is optional but will help to ensure that any submissions that reach peer review can be judged exclusively on academic merit. We offer a Cambridge service which you can find out more about here, and suggest that authors make contact as appropriate. Please note that use of language editing services is voluntary and at the author’s own expense. Use of these services does not guarantee that the manuscript will be accepted for publication nor does it restrict the author to submitting to a Cambridge-published journal.


The policy of The Mathematical Gazette is that authors (or in some cases their employers) retain copyright and grant Cambridge University Press a licence to publish their work. Authors must complete and return an author publishing agreement form as soon as their article has been accepted for publication; the journal is unable to publish without this. Please download the appropriate publishing agreement here.