The Journal welcomes papers of over 18 pages with no upper page limit.
The Journal of the London Mathematical Society has been publishing leading research in a broad range of mathematical subject areas since 1926. The Journal welcomes papers on subjects of general interest that represent a significant advance in mathematical knowledge, as well as submissions that are deemed to stimulate new interest and research activity.
Articles accepted by the Journal are of high quality and well-written, with a minimum length of 18 pages.
The Journal shares an Editorial Board with the Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society. The Bulletin publishes shorter research articles as well as survey articles and obituaries
The Journal is wholly owned and managed by the London Mathematical Society. All surplus income from its publishing programme is used to support mathematicians and mathematics research in the form of research grants, conference grants, prizes, initiatives for early career researchers, and the promotion of mathematics.
The Society also owns and manages the following general journals
- The Society's flagship title, the Proceedings
- The Transactions, a fully open access journal that welcomes papers of a general or specialised nature.
- Submit to the Journal
- You may submit a paper electronically as a single PDF file. Please keep the .tex file that precisely corresponds to the PDF version that you are submitting. If your paper is accepted, we will require that particular version of the .tex file. Please do not send the .tex file at this time.
- Have a look at the members of the Editorial Board and be prepared to select one whose mathematical interests are closest to the subject of your paper. (Please note that the Editorial Board may re-assign submissions to another Editor when appropriate.)
- From 2018, corresponding authors will be asked to provide their ORCID iD as part of the submission process; those without an ORCID ID will be shown how to obtain one. This can be done in just a minute or two via the website https://orcid.org.
- Authors may prepare their manuscripts in the ’LMS’ document class for LaTeX2e. The class file and its accompanying, concise author guide can be downloaded here.
General Submission Guidelines
When evaluating papers the Editorial Board considers a number of criteria such as general interest, novelty, innovation, significance, and advancement of the field of research.
The Editorial Board and/or Managing Editors will make an initial assessment of all papers against these criteria and typically send only those papers which, in their professional judgment are likely to meet expected standards for the Journal for full review. Preliminary expert opinions may be sought as part of this assessment step.
- Papers should be submitted in English or French.
- Each paper must be submitted exclusively to one journal.
- No paper that has been previously published, or which is being considered for publication elsewhere, should be submitted to the London Mathematical Society.
- Nor may a paper that is under consideration by the London Mathematical Society be submitted elsewhere.
- By submitting your manuscript to this journal you accept that it may be screened for plagiarism against previously published works.
For more information about submitting a paper to this journal, please see these guides:
- Author guide which is available here covers common practices in peer review as well as specific procedures and explanations of the EditFlow paper management system.
The London Mathematical Society has 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. The Society is also in agreement with the principles of the EMS Code of Practice.
If you wish to upload a revision of a previously submitted article, please do not use the link above. Instead, use the status link contained in the email you received from us about your previous submission. If you cannot find the link, then contact email@example.com
The Editors prefer not to consider multiple versions of the same paper before a decision on the first version is sent, particularly if the changes are minor. If you have received a letter that firmly rejects your paper and does not mention that a resubmission would be considered, you would be advised to submit any revision of your paper to another journal.
The LMS uses the journal management software EditFlow, a registered trademark of Mathematical Sciences Publishers. Further information about the EditFlow software is available here.
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Online Archive of all issues published 1920–present
The first issue of each year is made freely available to all for the duration of that year as a sample issue.
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LMS Members can receive free online access to the Bulletin, Journal, and Proceedings of the LMS if they have signed up for free online access via their LMS membership record. Free online access to these three journals can be activated via their LMS Membership Profile here: www.lms.ac.uk/user and selecting their preferred journals under the “My LMS Membership” tab. The LMS will then notify Wiley who will then issue members with a username and password to login to the Wiley Online Library.
Statement on pricing. The Society takes care to maintain reasonable and ethical pricing, including free online access for LMS members and for institutions in developing countries. Base subscription prices of individual journals are decided each year based on a balance of criteria reflecting the value to readers and authors. In order to sustain in real terms the funding of the Society’s charitable activities, in cases where other indicators are equal the LMS will normally only increase the base journal subscription prices in line with inflation. More information is available on the Society’s web page www.lms.ac.uk/statement-pricing.
- Open Access
The Journal is a hybrid journal with standard subscription access as the default, and a paid Gold Open Access option.
Your funder or institution may require you to publish gold or green open access. Wiley has an Author Compliance Tool to check the policies of your funder or institution.
Gold Open Access
The final, typeset version of the article is made immediately freely available online for all to read, download, and share.
- CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution License)
- CC BY-NC (Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial License)
- CC BY-NC-ND (Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial No Derivative Works License)
The APC associated with this option is $3000. Please note, some funders or institutions have an arrangement with Wiley to cover the fees articles rather then the author paying directly. Details of such agreements can be found on their Funder Agreements page.
Green open access/self-archiving
The author, institution or publisher places a version of the article online in a repository or website after publishing in a subscription-based journal – making it freely available to everyone.
Authors may (continue to) post electronic versions of their article up to the version initially accepted for publication‡ on the author’s personal website, in a not-for-profit subject-based preprint server or repository, or in a Scholarly Collaboration Network (SCN) that has signed up to the STM article sharing principles, or in the author’s company/ institutional repository or archive. This right extends to both intranets and the Internet. The accepted version must be accompanied by a legend as follows: “This is the accepted version of the following article: FULL CITE, which has been published in final form at [Link to final article].”
The embargo for posting the accepted version of the manuscript in arXiv or an institutional repository is currently zero months.
‡ These self-archiving rights do not extend to the final, published version except where the article is published with the paid Open Access option.
- Content Sharing
As of July 2017, subscribers of the Bulletin, Journal and Proceedings of the London Mathematical Society, and the Journal of Topology, are able to share content with each other in a new way.Our publishing partner Wiley has introduced a ‘peer-to-peer’ sharing initiative on their Online Library, where articles published in these journals are accessed digitally. Subscribers (with existing full-text access to the journals) can generate a URL that can be shared with other readers in the form of an ePDF provided by academic paper manager ReadCube,When shared with a fellow subscriber, the URL provides an unrestricted view of the electronic PDF and the usual ability to download or print it; a non-subscriber is granted restricted access to a read-only PDF with no print or download privileges.This new way to share articles should benefit researchers, institutions and society as a whole, facilitating collaboration and hopefully achieving a wider readership and impact of research.
- On Acceptance
Upon acceptance, you will be asked to agree to assign an Exclusive Licence to Publish to the Society or alternatively to opt to make the paper open access.
To help you promote your own paper and make it maximally discoverable, cited and shared, Wiley has developed a Promotional Toolkit at http://wileyauthors.com/maximize with ideas specific to promoting individual papers.
- Contact Us
Please email the LMS Publications staff via firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.