This series of high-quality, refereed proceedings written by recognized experts in their fields maintains high scientific standards. Volumes draw from worldwide conferences and symposia sponsored by the American Mathematical Society and other organizations.
Proposals for the publication of conference proceedings are reviewed by the Contemporary Mathematics (CONM) Editorial Committee. The Managing Editor of CONM requests conference organizers to submit as much information as possible about the conference, including:
Organizers/editors are encouraged to include some expository articles that give an overview of and new developments in the particular field of focus.
Proposals should be directed to Christine Thivierge, Associate Editor for Proceedings, via email at cxt at ams.org or by mail to 201 Charles Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02904-2213 USA. Questions regarding the status of projects under consideration should also be directed to her.
Initial approval, in most cases, is considered to be provisional; final approval is granted after receipt and review (by the CONM Editorial Committee) of referee reports for all papers.
The minimum number of pages for a volume is 150 and, the Society limits proceedings volumes to 350 pages.
Preliminary papers (to be published elsewhere in final form) or summaries of results previously published or soon to appear are not acceptable for inclusion in a proceedings volume unless specific approval from the AMS has been sought and obtained. This was approved by the Society's Executive Committee and Board of Trustees (ECBT) in May 1993.
CONM is published as a dual product in both print and electronic formats. The AMS will provide contributors with detailed manuscript preparation instructions.
The Society promotes consistency among papers within a volume and has consequently developed an author package for the series (Contemporary Mathematics proceedings) in AMS-LaTeX (compatible with LaTeX2e) which properly formats manuscripts. It is available, free of charge, from the AMS web site: http://www.ams.org/authors/procpackages. The AMS has both pre-production and technical support staff available to answer questions about the formatting of papers.
The ECBT has established guidelines to affect the policy of rapid publication of conference proceedings; timeliness of the publication of research material is essential. Editors are required by the ECBT to set the manuscript submission deadline from three to at most five months after the conference. The completed volume (refereed and accepted papers) should be submitted to the AMS within twelve months from the date of preliminary acceptance.
The AMS will write to contributors on behalf of the volume editor(s) giving submission deadlines, information on which editor(s) to submit their manuscripts, and instructions on the preparation of manuscripts.
When the refereeing process is complete, the referee reports should be sent to Christine Thivierge and she will forward them to the Chairman of the CONM Editorial Committee for final review and approval of the volume. Production cannot begin until the volume has received final approval.