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  • The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics publishing program looks to the mathematics education community for expertise, insights, and accurate content. Our authors, who include some of the most respected professionals in the field from the classroom, academia, coaching, and administration develop professional materials for our teacher, administrator, counselor, and parent members. Covering grades PK-14, NCTM publishes approximately 15 books and 5 journals over the course of a year.

    If you are an experienced, highly skilled mathematics professional, we want to hear from you on topics that you know best. Whether you're a teacher or a teacher educator, we want to know how you're doing your job. Administrators, math coaches, and researchers from district and state levels, as well, have a place within the pages of the NCTM journals and books. Many NCTM authors are practicing classroom teachers, others may be graduate students, professors, or staff developers. Some work is written by individuals, whereas other manuscripts are prepared by a team of educators. Whatever their niche, all NCTM authors are experienced, highly skilled mathematics professionals. 


    There are a few things you should know up front:

    • All manuscripts, whether for books or journals must be blinded.
    • As the author, you are responsible for obtaining permissions for all student work and/or copyrighted material that you use in your manuscript.
    • You must sign a copyright release to NCTM. You'll be asked to sign one in EJournal Press for journal manuscripts and as part of the contract-development process for books. Photographers and artists will be asked to sign a release prior to publication.
    • Read some of the books/journals that you want to write for so you can get to know your audience as well as the tone, and professionalism for each one.  

    What We DON'T Do in Books or Journals

    • We don't accept manuscripts in LaTeX. All manuscripts must be done in Word, using MathType.
    • We don't take fiction.
      • We don't publish curriculum/text books. Textbooks are defined as
        • publications designed to follow a year-long or semester-long study
        • publications that could be used in place of a traditional basal text
        • publications that cover a large majority of the standards and/or topics of a particular grade or course
        • publications that provide a comprehensive approach to curriculum, instruction, and assessment, including student problems and/or exercises intended or homework assignments.

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