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The Notices both solicits articles and welcomes unsolicited articles for consideration. Authors are not paid; nor are authors asked to pay an Article Processing Charge (APC). The Notices publishes articles that have broad appeal for a diverse audience with many different types of readers: graduate students, academic mathematicians, industrial mathematicians, researchers in mathematically based fields, and amateur enthusiasts. The print edition of the Notices is sent to the approximately 30,000 members of the AMS, most of whom are professional mathematicians. In addition, Notices is accessible for free over the Internet.
Topics. The Notices seeks exceptional articles that report on major new developments in mathematics, or that describe great mathematicians (not just obituaries) or episodes from mathematics history that have connection to current research in the field. We also welcome articles discussing aspects of the mathematics profession, such as grant programs, the job market, professional opportunities for mathematicians, publishing, electronic communications, and mathematics education, at all levels. In addition, we publish reviews of books, films, plays, art installations, and software with mathematical themes, as well as mathematical tools.
Reaching the audience. Our goal is to provide valuable and enjoyable articles about new developments in mathematics and in the mathematics profession, as well as other related matters of interest. Articles should be interesting to our wide audience. Notices is not a research journal but rather a magazine of exposition and news. We do not publish research papers or scholarly survey articles, and every article should have at most five references. A Notices article is normally one to five pages, sometimes a little longer. Whenever possible, an article should have (high resolution) graphics, preferably in color, including portrait and action shots of the author(s), with written permissions for all artwork. (Ideal resolution is 300 DPI for color; permissions form here.) Please note that all articles are subject to extensive editing and cutting, without any guarantee of when or if they will appear in the Notices.
The "WHAT IS...?" Column and the Graduate Student Section
Starting in 2016 the Notices features a Graduate Student Section, which will include the "WHAT IS...?" column. This column should explain in an illustrated page or two, with at most one reference, a currently prominent mathematic object in terms that beginning graduate students can understand.