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Review Text
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Review Submission
Making Changes
Reference lists in MathSciNet

Automated confirmation of receipt of review
Updating your reviewer information


AMS Web Log In
You will have the most satisfactory interaction with the Web submission process if you Log In. (Beginning Feb 4, 2013 it will be required to Log In.) In order to do AMS Web Log In you need to have an AMS Web Account with your Mathematical Reviews/MathSciNet reviewer number in the Profile. If you have not previously set up your AMS Web Account, go to www.ams.org/ams-web-account. If you have previously set up an AMS Web Account, but did not add your reviewer number to your Profile, please visit HERE

After Log In, you will be taken to the "View Reviewer Information" page. (See below regarding Updating.) There you can examine your reviewer information and choose an item to review from a list of all the review items that are presently out to you. Click on the Review button next to the item for which you want to submit a review and you will be taken to the Review Submission page to complete the review information. On that page, all your personal reviewer information will already be filled in: name, e-mail, postal address.

Normally, the item you are reviewing will be on the list. If it is not, simply fill in the MR Number in the box with the text Enter an MR Number. If the item is not on the list, it is helpful if you put a comment in the Remarks portion of the page. For example, the item might have been passed to you by a colleague, to whom it was assigned for review.

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Completing the Web Form
Following is a list of the fields on the interactive web form. Each field is described in detail within this help file. Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

TeX Type*
Reviewer Name*
Email*
Postal Mail
MSC Primary
MSC Secondary(s)
Review Text*
Remarks

TeX Type
At the top of the Web form you are asked to select the type of TeX to be used in processing your review. The four choices are: TeX, AMS-TeX, LaTeX, and AMS-LaTeX. Choose the type that you feel most comfortable using. If your review only contains roman text—no math symbols or other alphabets—none of the formatting features of TeX are needed. In this case it doesn't matter which type you choose. Following is some information on each type:

TeX
This type is sometimes called plain TeX. If you normally use plain TeX and need to use the AMS math or symbol fonts, select AMS-TeX. (For example, \Bbb uses the AMS Font package.)

AMS-TeX
This type of TeX is the closest to what is used internally at Mathematical Reviews and externally on MathSciNet for presentation of reviews. The AMS Font package (which includes blackboard bold) is loaded when this type is selected.

LaTeX
The text that you enter into the Review Text input box should not include \documentclass (or the older \documentstyle), \begin{document}, or \end{document}, all of which are automatically inserted by the Web form processor. If you insert them, you may not get a proper PDF preview. If you normally use LaTeX and need to use the AMS math or symbol fonts, select AMS-LaTeX. (For example, \mathbb uses the AMS Font package.)

AMS-LaTeX (Recommended)
Your insertion into the Review Text input box should not include \documentstyle, \begin{document}, or \end{document}, all of which are automatically inserted by the Web form processor. If you insert them, you may not get a proper PDF preview. The AMS Font package (which includes blackboard bold) is loaded when this type is selected.

Scientific Word/Workplace (choose AMS-LaTeX)
SW/SWP can be viewed as a special form of AMS-LaTeX. Prepare your review text in SW/SWP, save as a Portable LaTeX document, then use the Upload Review option to upload the Portable LaTeX file that you saved.

All types of TeX
Note that "#" and "&" have special meanings in TeX. If you need to use those characters in the text of your review, remember to use "\#" and "\&" instead.

Reviewer Name
Reviewer name is a required field. If you are Logged In, it is already filled in. This information is particularly important if you are a new reviewer or if the originally designated reviewer has passed the item to you. Reviewer name should be submitted in the format: last name, first name, middle initial.

Email
Email address is a required field. If you are Logged In, it is already filled in. Your email address will be used for sending an automated confirmation of your review submission, as well as for updating our reviewer information database. The automated confirmations are sent out once per day, so there can be a delay of up to 24 hours before you receive it.

Postal Mail
If you Logged In, your current postal mail address is already filled in. It is very important in maintaining timeliness that we have your most recent postal mail address when we send your next review item. Although the postal mail address is not required, please keep us informed of any changes to your address.

Mathematics Subject Classification (MSC)
The Mathematical Reviews Review Submission page asks for suggestions for the 5-digit classifications of the item being reviewed. You will find the recommendations of the editors at the top of the Review Submission page. You are not required to enter data in the MSC primary and secondary fields, but we encourage you to recommend a unique primary classification and, if desired, one or more secondary classifications. Classifications must be entered without internal spaces, e.g., "11D45", not "11 D 45". Multiple secondary classifications should be separated by a space in the input box. If you agree with the suggested classifications, you do not need to fill in these boxes.[Browse the MSC]

Review Text
Your review text can be entered directly into the review text box, or it can be uploaded from your local computer system. In either case, we ask that you do not use your own TeX definitions (\def or \newcommand) or TeX macros. Because of the nature of the review data in the Mathematical Reviews Database, all your definitions and macros will have to be removed, which will increase production time and expense. Do not use any \input, \usepackage, or \include commands, as they will have to be removed in production and may prevent you from receiving a PDF preview.

For those with TeX knowledge and access to TeX on their computer, the best way to create the text for insertion in this box is to first process your review using the TeX processor on your computer system. You may use plain TeX, AMS-TeX, LaTeX or AMS-LaTeX. When you are happy with the results as viewed on your system, either select the text of your review (you may leave out all preamble and postamble formatting commands, such as \bye in plain TeX and \begin {document} in LaTeX), copy the selected review text and paste it into the Review Text box; or use the upload button as follows:  use the Browse button to locate and open the TeX/LaTeX file to be uploaded; the name and location of the file should appear in the box to the left of this button. After selecting the Upload button, your review should appear in the Review Text box.  If the wrong file has been uploaded, you may Browse, Open and Upload a new file.

Example:
Sample review text

References in review text
References in review text are checked for accuracy and reformatted during the editing process. If you choose to include references with your review text, provide as much information as possible, including full author name, year of publication, journal name (or book or video title), title of the cited item, volume and paging. Include the MR Number if possible. For references found in MathSciNet, the procedure that is recommended is simply to copy the bibliographic data of the MathSciNet item, beginning with the MR Number, and paste into the appropriate part of the review text, surrounded by square brackets, [...]. References in the right format, including the MR Number, can often be found by using MRef, which is a free service of the AMS.

Remarks
Use the Remarks box to add any comments about the review item that you are submitting that will be helpful to the editors at Mathematical Reviews. This box can also be used if there is an error in the bibliographic information or title translation. Do not use this box for comments about other reviews or for regular correspondence. Regular correspondence should be sent by email to mathrev@ams.org.

TeX comments
The percent (%) character has a special meaning in TeX, signaling a comment which is not viewed as part of the text. It is assumed during editing that commented out material is not part of the review text. Place optional material in the Remarks box with an explanation. If a percent character is actually needed in review text, use \%.

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Review Submission
Once you have entered all of the required information on the Web form, click the "Submit" button. You will receive a confirmation screen that your review has been submitted to Mathematical Reviews. Also at this time the TeX processor is applied to your review text. There will be a link to view a PDF preview of your review if the TeX processor runs without errors. Following are some suggestions to ensure that TeX runs without errors:

If you have access to a TeX processor on your local system, it is recommended that you first process your review on your local system, to make sure that it is free of errors.

If you need AMS fonts (for example, the Euler fonts and bold math fonts), be sure to select either AMS-TeX or AMS-LaTeX.

Inclusion of external macro packages (\input or \usepackage, for example) not in standard TeX/LaTeX distributions will prevent the creation of a PDF preview. All macros invoked from such packages will have to be removed during the editing process, so please avoid using external packages. All user-defined macros also must be removed during the editing process.

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Making Changes
You are free to make changes after you push the "Submit" button. Once you get the confirming "Thank you" screen, you may select the "Edit Review" button to go back to the review text box. Make any desired changes and push "Submit" again. You may do this as many times as needed. If the preview of the PDF file is not as you expected, please make a note in the Remarks box to indicate your intentions.

If you submit an amended review in the same day (U.S. Eastern time), the new review simply writes over the old review and only the amended review will be processed. If you submit an amendment on a later day, place a note in the Remarks box that your amended review is intended to replace the original submission.

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Reference lists in MathSciNet
Selected journals covered in MathSciNet have the reference lists from the individual papers included with the MathSciNet Full Item information. These reference lists are keyed and processed independently of review text. No action on your part is needed to include these reference lists. These reference lists do not replace the valuable references that you may add in your review text; they supplement that information.

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Automated confirmation of receipt of review
The receipt of your review is confirmed by an automated e-mail system. These automated confirmations are sent out once per day.

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Updating your reviewer information
The View My Reviewer Information link takes you to a page with your reviewer information. Please check your list of classes and interests from time to time. These lists will determine the items that editors send you for review. At the top of the page you will find a link to change this information. While you will not see a change instantly take effect, your request will be sent to Mathematical Reviews for database updating. You may also use this page to send us updates to your name, e-mail, or postal address.

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