Journal of Math Circles

Journal Policies


Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in Journal of Math Circles provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

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General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to Journal of Math Circles, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at Journal of Math Circles. If you have concerns about the submission terms for Journal of Math Circles, please contact the editors.

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Formatting Requirements

Journal of Math Circles has no general rules about the formatting of articles upon initial submission. There are, however, rules governing the formatting of the final submission. See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for details. Although bepress can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of the article as a high-quality PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format) file, or a Microsoft Word or RTF file that can be converted to a PDF file.

It is understood that the current state of technology of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) is such that there are no, and can be no, guarantees that documents in PDF will work perfectly with all possible hardware and software configurations that readers may have.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the ScholarWorks@CWU website and/or software agree not to misuse the ScholarWorks@CWU service or software in any way.

The failure of ScholarWorks@CWU to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between ScholarWorks@CWU and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism, a specific subset of academic dishonesty, is the representation of another person’s work, words, thoughts, or ideas, as one’s own. Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, copying material and using ideas from an article, book, unpublished paper, or the Internet without proper documentation of references or without properly enclosing quoted material in quotation marks. Plagiarism also includes sentences that follow an original source too closely, often created by simply substituting synonyms for another person’s words. “Plagiarism is copying another person’s text or ideas and passing the copied material as your own work. Thus, authors should both delineate (i.e., separate and identity) the copied text from your text and give credit to (i.e., cite the source) the source of the copied text to avoid accusations of plagiarism. Plagiarism is considered fraud and has potentially harsh consequences including loss of a job, loss of reputation, and the assignation of reduced or failing grade in a course.

    This definition of plagiarism applies to copied text and ideas (Plagiarism: What It Is and How to Avoid It”, Peter Cobbett, PhD, August 2016): regardless of the source of the copied text or idea; regardless of whether the author(s) of the text or idea which you have copied actually copied that text or idea from another source; regardless of whether or not the authorship of the text or idea which you copy is known; regardless of the nature of your text (journal paper/article, webpage, book chapter, paper submitted for a college course, etc) into which you copy the text or idea; regardless of whether or not the author of the source of the copied material gives permission for the material to be copied; and regardless of whether you are or are not the author of the source of the copied text or idea (self-plagiarism).

This definition also applies to figures and figure legends and for tables and table legends which you copy into your text.” Plagiarism can be said to have clearly occurred when large chunks of text have been cut-and-pasted. Such manuscripts would not be considered for publication in the journal. But minor plagiarism without dishonest intent is relatively frequent, for example, when an author reuses parts of an introduction from an earlier paper. The editors judge any case of which they become aware (either by their own knowledge of and reading the literature or when alerted by referees) on its own merits.