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Mathematical Publishing: A Guidebook
Steven G. Krantz, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

2005; 297 pp; softcover
ISBN-10: 0-8218-3699-4
ISBN-13: 978-0-8218-3699-6
List Price: US$34
Member Price: US$27.20
Order Code: MATPUB
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Mathematicians are expected to publish their work: in journals, conference proceedings, and books. It is vital to advancing their careers. Later, some are asked to become editors. However, most mathematicians are trained to do mathematics, not to publish it.

But here, finally, for graduate students and researchers interested in publishing their work, Steven G. Krantz, the respected author of several "how-to" guides in mathematics, shares his experience as an author, editor, editorial board member, and independent publisher. This new volume is an informative, comprehensive guidebook to publishing mathematics. Krantz describes both the general setting of mathematical publishing and the specifics about all the various publishing situations mathematicians may encounter.

As with his other books, Krantz's style is engaging and frank. He gives advice on how to get your book published, how to get organized as an editor, what to do when things go wrong, and much more. He describes the people, the language (including a glossary), and the process of publishing both books and journals.

Steven G. Krantz is an accomplished mathematician and an award-winning author. He has published more than 130 research articles and 45 books. He has worked as an editor of several book series, research journals, and for the Notices of the AMS. He is also the founder of the Journal of Geometric Analysis.

Other titles available from the AMS by Steven G. Krantz are How to Teach Mathematics, A Primer of Mathematical Writing, A Mathematician's Survival Guide, and Techniques of Problem Solving.


Graduate students and research mathematicians interested in publishing their work.

Table of Contents

  • Creating graphics for use in AMS books and journals
Introductory thoughts
  • Why publish?
  • What do I publish?
  • Different types of publishing
Publishing an article or paper
  • Journal publishing
  • How to write an article or paper
Publication of a book
  • Your magnum opus
  • How to write a book
Publishing personnel
  • The people in publishing
  • The role of book editors
  • The nitty gritty of editing
Parts of the publishing process
  • The manuscript
  • What happens to your book at the publishing house
Legal matters
  • Copyright and author rights
  • Details of the book contract
Closing thoughts
  • Putting the scholarly life into perspective
  • Copy editor's/proofreader's marks
  • Use of copy editor's marks
  • Specialized mathematics symbols
  • Alternative mathematical notations
  • \(\mathrm{\TeX}\), Postscript®, Acrobat®, and related internet sites (plus tips on now to ftp)
  • The AMS consent to publish agreement
  • The AMS guidelines for journal editors
  • Glossary
  • References
  • Index
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