Journal of the London Mathematical Society



Anthony J. Scholl and Ivan Smith
University of Cambridge

List of Editorial Advisers

Aims and Scope

Since 1926 the Journal of the London Mathematical Society has been publishing significant research, predominantly in pure mathematics. The Journal aims to publish papers which are of medium length (18–30 pages), of high quality, are well-written and appeal to a broad mathematical audience.

Journal information

The Journal  is a hybrid journal with standard subscription access as the default, and an Open Access option. For a summary of publishing rights, open access and archiving policies for the Journal, please see this fact sheet.

All surplus income from the LMS publishing programme is used to support the mathematics community in the form of conference grants, research grants, prizes and the promotion of mathematics.

Guidelines for submission

Papers can be submitted electronically; see here for details.

When preparing the paper for submission, consider using lms.cls. Upon acceptance, authors will agree to assign copyright to the Society. See sample copyright form.


This journal is compliant with the RCUK (Research Councils of the United Kingdom) Policy on Access to Research Outputs. Click here for details.

Subscription information

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Published papers available online

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Open Access funding (UK)

We recommend that authors apply now for funding to pay open access Article Processing Charges (APCs) also on research grants already passed. Some UK universities have already agreed to pay APCs for such papers.

Mathematics is unlike other science subjects in that peer review is slow and the paper may be accepted for publication some time after the research grant has finished. This puts mathematicians at the back of the queue when it comes to having both a paper and the corresponding APC funding ready for open access publishing. Future money will probably be allocated by subject and dependent in part on the initial uptake and interest in applying for APCs.  If payment is not allocated, then you may still make your paper freely available in the form accepted for publication, but not the final version of record.

The long-term future of the journals and the income they provide to the London Mathematical Society is dependent on receiving revenue through subscriptions or through APCs. We recommend getting involved as early as possible to help with a smooth and sustainable transition to open access publishing for the journals.

A summary of open access and archiving policies and publishing rights for the Journal can be found here.

Further details

The Journal was founded in 1926 and is now in its Second Series. It is published bi-monthly with articles published individually on line prior to appearing in a printed issue. The journal is owned by the London Mathematical Society. From 2017 it is typeset, printed and distributed on our behalf by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. 

If you have further enquiries about the journal, please contact Dr Ola Törnkvist, the LMS Editorial Manager, at

Please visit the Wiley Online Library for general information regarding prices and subscriptions.

Statement on Pricing Policy

The Society recognizes the importance of the dissemination of mathematical knowledge and the issues of rising costs, growth in research output and falling library budgets. The Society will retain the objective of increasing its support for mathematical activities and consequent benefits to the mathematical community in the UK and internationally. Within these parameters, the Council of the Society will apply a fair and reasonable pricing policy with respect to its publications.

Ethical Policy

The London Mathematical Society has recently adopted an ethical policy for its journals, including guidance on the expected behaviour of authors, referees and editors. The full policy can be found here.