Information for Authors

Information for Authors


SIAM journals accept electronic submission of manuscripts because of the efficiency for authors, editors, and referees, and the resulting shorter review times. Submit your paper and a cover letter in PDF format via the Journal Submission & Tracking System. Figures, if any, must be embedded "inline" in the manuscript.

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Submission of a manuscript to a SIAM journal is representation by the author that the manuscript has not been submitted simultaneously for publication elsewhere, and papers that have been published elsewhere will not be considered. An exception may be made occasionally for a substantially revised conference proceedings paper, provided that it is so identified in the submission letter and in the paper itself.

If your 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. Complete addresses should be provided for all authors. To assist referees unpublished references can also be submitted with an indication of whether they have been accepted for publication.

Authors can suggest an editor from among those listed on the journal's masthead, but the editor-in-chief has the exclusive right to assign papers to members of the editorial board. The editors reserve the right to reject any manuscript that does not conform to the journal’s standards.

SIAM's Macros

Authors are highly encouraged to prepare their papers using SIAM's LaTeX 2e macros obtained from SIAM's web server below. Although doing so is optional, using the SIAM macros enables features that will aid editors and referees during review as well as reducing the time needed to process a paper after acceptance. If an author chooses not to use the SIAM macros, the SIAM office will reformat Plain TeX and AMSTeX files to use the appropriate SIAM LaTeX 2e macro package after the paper has been accepted for publication. The SIAM LaTeX 2e macro packages and documentation are available below or by email request.

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.

TeX Papers

Authors of accepted papers will be asked to provide SIAM their TeX files for typesetting. 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 acceptance for publication.


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.

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.

Color Text and Color Figures

SIAM journals are printed in black and white. For optimum quality all text within the article must be in black. Though art may appear in color online, it is printed in color only when it is deemed by the editor to be scientifically necessary. If it is your wish or expectation that any of the figures in your paper appear in color in the printed version, please inform us immediately. Color art that is not deemed scientifically necessary by the editor can be printed in color at the author's expense.

SIREV is an exception to this rule, with color art encouraged where it enhances the content of a figure. The all-electronic JUQ, SIADS, SIAGA, SIFIN, SIIMS, and SIMODS also strongly encourage color art.


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


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. Because the abstract must be able to stand independently, mathematical formulas and bibliographic references should be kept to a minimum; bibliographic references must be written out in full (not given by number). LaTeX commands specific to the article should be avoided; use the generally accepted form.

Keywords and Mathematics Subject Classifications

Keywords and MSC codes must accompany all articles. A list of the subject classifications can be accessed or searched online in the Annual Index of Mathematical Reviews.

Abbreviated Title

An abbreviated title, which will be used as a running head, must accompany all articles, must not consist of more than 50 characters (including spaces), and must not contain abbreviations.


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.

Citations Within the Text

A consistent style should be used, and the style of in-text citations should conform to the reference style chosen. To refer to a specific page or item in an article or book the following formats may be used: [2, p. 51]; [M, p. 51]; Mandelbrot [2, p. 51]; or Mandelbrot (1977, p. 51).

Page Limit Policies

SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics, SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization, SIAM Journal on Matrix Analysis and Applications, SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis, SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing, and SIAM Journal on Mathematics of Data Science have a page-limit policy of 20 pages per paper.

Multiscale Modeling and Simulation, SIAM Journal on Applied Algebra and Geometry, SIAM Journal on Optimization, and SIAM/ASA Journal on Uncertainty Quantification have a limit of 25 pages per paper. SIAM Journal on Mathematical Analysis asks that authors do not exceed 35 pages. Please refer to each journal's editorial policy for more information.

Please submit your paper in SIAM format and use the macros labeled LaTeX2e Multimedia Macros specifically for JUQ, SIADS, SIAGA, SIFIN, SIIMS, and SIMODS.

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Note: This service does not replace the copyediting SIAM performs on accepted journal articles, nor does use of the service guarantee acceptance in SIAM publications or conferences.

Crossref Similarity Check

SIAM is a member of Crossref Similarity Check, an initiative to help members prevent scholarly and professional plagiarism. Each paper submitted to a SIAM journal is run through the Similarity Check database, made up of content from new and archival scholarly literature. The resulting report compares the submission against tens of thousands of titles and identifies matching text, aiding in SIAM’s anti-plagiarism efforts.

Errors in Published Articles and Publication of Errata

SIAM considers posting of articles online as final publication. They cannot be considered “live” documents available for alteration after publication. Authors are always given the opportunity to check their articles during the course of production, so they should bear in mind the finality of publication when checking the proofs of their papers.

If there is an error in a published article, there are several ways to remedy the situation:

  1. If the problem is caused by an error or oversight of the author’s, the author should submit an erratum notice through the standard submission process here. The article may be very brief, explaining the error and presenting the correct information. Once accepted for publication, the erratum will be published as a normal article, but a PDF file of the erratum will also be attached to the original article’s PDF.
  2. If the error was caused by SIAM after proofs were reviewed by the author, SIAM will create the erratum, which will not be published separately, but a PDF of the erratum notice will be attached to the original PDF.
  3. Occasionally, errors occur after editorial work has been completed; these are usually technical problems with illustrations or fonts caused, for example, during distillation into PDF files. In these rare cases, SIAM will append the corrected file to the original PDF and change the article for the printed journal.

SIAM Macros

LaTeX2e Standard Macros for SIAM Journals

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LaTeX2e Multimedia Macros for Online-Only Journals

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LaTeX2e Macros for SIAM Undergraduate Research Online (SIURO)

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Style Manual

The style manual provides guidelines for SIAM's copy-editors. Authors may find the manual useful in the preparation of their manuscripts.

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