Write a Book for NCTM

  • NCTM books present new and different approaches to develop and support best practices in mathematics education. Do you have an idea? NCTM seeks content creators with innovative ideas for supporting teachers and the mathematics education community. See NCTM's online catalog www.nctm.org/store for an array of current NCTM publications.

    What to Write  

    NCTM’s Content Learning and Advisory Committee leads our efforts to discover and promote content creators to the math education audience. Submissions for publication by NCTM should represent approaches that are new and different from those found in other publications on a similar topic. Materials published by NCTM should provide K–12 classroom teachers with resources and services addressing problems that arise in their everyday teaching of mathematics.

    Book authors should first submit a proposal with an outline and sample chapters and then a completed manuscript after NCTM has commented on the proposal.  If the manuscript is already completed, the proposal form should accompany it.

    When preparing your material or proposal, pay attention to the following:

    1. Purpose: What is the intent of this manuscript? What do you expect teachers to do as a result of working with your material?
    2. Audience: Who is the audience? Is this audience consistent throughout the document? 
    3. Voice: Are your tone and language appropriate for the intended audience? 
    4. Topic: What is the source of your idea? Have you tried it with students? Did you consult the literature? 
    5. Appearance: What will your material look like? Consider artwork, photographs, and classroom-ready activity sheets. 
    6. Pedagogy: Is the pedagogy sound and appropriate to the grade level? 
    7. Style: NCTM books align with the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition. For references, we use the humanities style, which gives the full names of all authors and editors. Also refer to the NCTM style guide.
    8. Equity: Have you followed  NCTM's equity guidelines?


    How to Submit  

    Submit proposals and full manuscripts by emailing [email protected]. Each submission must be accompanied by a proposal for review.


    A proposal consists of the following:

    • The Publishing Committee proposal form;
    • A table of contents or a detailed, annotated outline; and
    • At least two sample chapters.

    Author Toolkit

    The NCTM Author Toolkit is designed to help authors navigate their way through the book production process. As an NCTM author, it is important that you review this packet before submitting your final manuscript.