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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. Note that due to the online format of the journal there is no restrictions in regard to use of color in your manuscript.

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 which identify individuals in their papers. An example participant photo release form is available here but the form should be reviewed by your organization to ensure it meets the group's expectations for consent and assent. Authors must also 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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Pre-Submission Checklist

  • Title Page. There are no formatting requirements for the title page.
    • Full name, institution information for all authors
    • Short biographical sketch for all authors
    • Email address of the corresponding author(s)
    • Full Article Title
    • Short Title (reduced to 65 characters or less)
    • Keywords or short phrases listed in alphabetical order
    • Abstract of 100 - 200 words
    • Any acknowledgments
    • If appropriate, a short description of the Math Circle that includes the Math Circle name, location, website, and contact information.
  • Blinded Manuscript (submitted as a single pdf)
    • 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).”
    • Do not add any photos that identify the Circle leaders or otherwise would make the program identifiable. You can add text describing the photo and the photo will be added back to the manuscript prior to publication.
  • Supplemental Files
    • Source file (Word or LaTeX)
    • Any multimedia files (images, videos, and worksheets) linked within the manuscript. All other supplemental files should be included in an appendix within the manuscript.
    These will be submitted as additional files to the website after you have submitted your primary submission (blinded manuscript).

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    Submission Process

  • Create an account with Central Washington University. You will be prompted to do this when you click submit article.
  • After you have confirmed your account you can go back and begin the submission process. You will be asked for information from you pre-submission check-list.

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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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