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Preparation of Manuscripts

Preparing Your Manuscript

  1. Feature manuscripts should be between 2000 and 2500 words, and not exceed 3000 (three thousand) words, not including tables and figures. Only a reasonable number of tables and figures that are essential to understanding should be included. Manuscripts submitted for consideration in departments should follow the guidelines for the particular department.
  2. Use double spacing for all material, including quoted matter, lists, tables, notes, references, and bibliographies.
  3. Leave margins of 1 inch on the sides, top, and bottom of each page.
  4. Indicate a paragraph by indenting the first line rather than by including an extra space between paragraphs.
  5. Provide accurate and complete bibliographical information. All references cited in the manuscript should be listed at the end of the manuscript. We recommend that you refer to recent issues for general bibliographical formatting. Use the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003) for complete style guidelines.
  6. Use dialogue and direct quotes sparingly. Incorporate the key ideas of conversations into the text when possible. If material is quoted, supply the complete source in the references and cite the page number with the quotation.
  7. Do not use footnotes. Integrate this information into your manuscript.
  8. Use mathematics editors (e.g., MathType) sparingly. Expressions and equations that can be typed using the keyboard, such as f(x)=3x2 and x < 3, should simply be typed, as you would the general text. Other mathematics displays that contain characters not found on the keyboard should be set using an equation editor program. For example, y = 2^1/5 should be expressed using an equation editor as


  9. No author identification should appear in the manuscript. Manuscript title and name(s) of author(s) should be in an Author Cover Letter only. Do not reference your own work or your school in a way that compromises the blind review process. Use pseudonyms for students’ or colleagues’ names and blind project or grant information, acknowledgments, and conference presentations appearing in a manuscript. Links to personal or institutional Web sites should also be blind. All blinded references can be re-inserted should your work be accepted for publication. Responses to referees/Editorial Panel member’s comments on revised manuscripts should be made through a blinded Rebuttal Letter under Object Type in the system. 
  10. Please proofread and spell check your manuscript before submission. Review it for grammar, completeness, mathematical correctness, and accuracy of references. Be sure to spell out all proper names, and fully identify all organizations and groups that are mentioned by initials or acronyms.
  11. Figures and tables should be embedded in the manuscript near their mention in the text. Should your manuscript be accepted for publication, publication staff will request that images be sent separately, but for the review process, they should be conveniently embedded in the text for easy reading by our referees.

When you are ready to submit your manuscript,  find the appropriate submission site here .

Additional Considerations

  1. Materials that have been published elsewhere or are being considered for publication by other journals, including other NCTM-affiliated group publications, should not be submitted.
  2. See the calls for manuscripts in recent issues of Mathematics TeacherMathematics Teaching in the Middle School, and Teaching Children Mathematics or the online calls pages for information on the latest priorities for articles.

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