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Journal of Math Circles (JMC)

JMC Information for Authors

Thank you for your interest in submitting a manuscript to the Journal of Math Circles. This open-access journal uses ScholarWorks to support the peer review process and publication of articles. All published manuscripts have unrestricted access and will remain permanently free to read and download.

The following information will be of use to authors who wish to submit to JMC:

JMC Article Submission Types

Manuscripts may be submitted in one of three areas: Manuscripts may be submitted in one of three areas:

Lesson Plans.

These papers are intended to support leaders of a Math Circle session or progression of sessions. Authors must identify the target audience of the session, briefly explain the underlying key mathematical ideas and provide references for further understanding of base material, outline the intended implementation of the activity, and reflect on successes and challenges of actual implementation of the lesson. The inclusion of participant work or session video is strongly encouraged. Supplemental materials such as handouts, presentation notes, and materials lists, should be included as appendices.

Outreach Programs.

These papers are intended to support individuals or organizations in starting or sustaining Math Circle outreach programs. Authors must identify the target audience of the program, explain the need for and goals of the outreach program, outline the intended implementation and management of the outreach program, and reflect on successes and challenges of actual implementation of the program. The inclusion of participant work or session video is strongly encouraged. Supplemental materials related to the program description should be included as appendices.

Professional Development.

These papers are intended to support leaders of K-12 Math Circle teacher professional development. Authors must identify the target audience of the professional development, explain how the professional development aligns with current standards and practices for mathematics teaching and learning, outline the intended implementation of the professional development, and reflect on successes and challenges of actual implementation of the professional development. The inclusion of participant work or session video is strongly encouraged. Supplemental materials such as handouts, presentation notes, and materials lists, should be included as appendices.

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Manuscript Preparation

Submit a single PDF document for the main manuscript, as well as the original LaTeX or Word file as a supplemental document. Papers will be published in LaTeX and authors are encouraged to create manuscripts using this source format.

Formatting

Manuscripts should be double-spaced and use 12-point Times Roman font, 1-inch margins, and equation editor or MathType for equations. Use tab stops or other commands for indents, not the spacebar.

Figures and Tables

All figures and tables should be embedded in the text and located near the relevant text where they are cited. Figures and tables should be numbered independently and consecutively throughout the paper using Arabic numerals and APA formatting guidelines. Each figure or table should have a concise caption explaining its contents. Images should be scaled to ensure legibility and fit within the margins of the text.

Headings

Use a decimal system of headings with no more than three levels. 1 Chapter
1.1 Section
1.1.1 Subsection

References

In-line citations and the reference list should follow APA formatting guidelines. The reference list must reference all works cited, including math problems and activities. Only those works cited in the text should appear in the reference list.

Permissions

Authors must obtain consent and assent from participants/participant guardians to include participant images or participant-generated work in their papers. Authors must obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) to include figures, tables, or text passages published elsewhere. Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the authors.

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Submission Checklist

  • Cover Letter/Title Page
    • Full name, institution information, and short biographical sketch for all authors
    • Email address of the corresponding author
    • If appropriate, a short description of the Math Circle that includes the Math Circle name, location, website, and contact information
    • Abstract of 100 - 200 words
    • Keywords or short phrases listed in alphabetical order
    • Any acknowledgments
  • Blinded Manuscript
    • Double check manuscript preparation guidelines
    • Remove author names, institutions, Math Circle name, and city location of Math Circle. Replace Math Circle name with “City Math Circle,” city location with “Town” or “Region,” and author names with “Author(s).”
  • Supplemental Files
    • Source file (Word or LaTeX)
    • Any multimedia files linked within the manuscript. All other supplemental files should be included in an appendix within the manuscript.

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    Review Process

    Manuscripts are reviewed using a double-blind review process and with high expository standards. Submissions are first assessed by an editor-in-chief to determine if the manuscript is appropriate for the journal. Suitable papers are sent to at least two independent reviewers. The editors-in-chief make the final decision for all manuscript submissions.

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    Acceptance and Publication

    Final papers will be published online at a LaTeX formatted PDF.

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