Instructions for Authors

Note regarding SIAM's macros: Authors are highly encouraged to prepare their papers using SIAM's multimedia LaTeX 2e macros. Although doing so is optional, using the SIAM macros enables features that will aid editors and referees during review as well as reducing the time needed to process a paper after acceptance. If an author chooses not to use the SIAM macros, the SIAM office will reformat Plain TeX and AMSTeX files to use SIAM's multimedia LaTeX 2e macros after the paper has been accepted for publication. The SIAM multimedia LaTeX 2e macro package and documentation are available here or by email request to [email protected].

Submitting a Manuscript

Submissions to the SIAM Journal on Applied Algebra and Geometry (SIAGA) must be in electronic form. Please enter submissions directly into the Journal Submission & Tracking System at Authors should submit both the manuscript and a cover letter in PDF format. Note: Figures, if any, must be embedded “inline” in the manuscript.

If you have not used the Journal Submission & Tracking System previously click on "New authors should register for an account." Fill out name, address, email and other contact information requested. You now have a username and password. If you're the corresponding author, click the Submit Manuscript link under Author Tasks. The manuscript submission process, including uploading your files, should take no longer than a few minutes. Instructions for using the Journal Submission & Tracking System are available here.

If you have any questions, email SIAM directly at [email protected].

Submission of a manuscript to SIAGA is representation by the author(s) that:

With the exception of those works indicated clearly in both a cover letter and a footnote on the first page of the paper, the authors certify that the general content of the manuscript, in whole or in part, is not submitted, accepted, or published elsewhere, including conference proceedings.  Authors should upload any such indicated overlapping works as supporting materials to the submission.

The authors also certify that the general content of the manuscript, in whole or in part, will not be submitted, accepted, or published elsewhere, including conference proceedings, while it is under consideration or in production.  The only exception is if the authors have received specific prior written approval from the editor-in-chief. These policies do not prohibit releasing the manuscript as a technical report, posting the manuscript to a preprint server, or publishing a short abstract at a conference or workshop that does not formally publish reviewed proceedings.

Failure to adhere to this policy is cause for rejection of the manuscript.

If your paper contains material (for example, tables or figures) from another source, that material must be accompanied by written permission from the copyright holder. Permission is needed in cases of alternations to the original, as well. To assist referees unpublished references can also be submitted with an indication of whether they have been accepted for publication.

Authors can suggest an editor from among those listed on the journal's masthead, but the Editor-if-Chief and Corresponding Editors have the exclusive right to assign papers to members of the editorial board. The editors reserve the right to reject any manuscript that does not conform to the journal's standards.

Supplementary Materials: Authors are encouraged to submit Supplementary Materials to complement articles in SIAGA. Supplementary Materials are not refereed but will be available to referees. These might include additional figures or examples, animations, data sets used in the paper, computer code used to generate figures or tables, or other materials that are necessary to fully document the research in the paper or to facilitate the readers' ability to understand and extend the work. See Supplementary Materials for more information.

Original scholarship: A large duplication of another author's or one's own work is a sign of poor scholarship. There is also a copyright issue if the source is not cited. Your manuscript should provide proper citations, use quotation marks or indentation (for quotations of five or more lines) to indicate borrowed wording, and minimize duplication. Refusal by an author to make these necessary changes is grounds for rejection.

Potentially Offensive Material: There is no general rule on what material is appropriate for publication in SIAM Publications. However, if a handling editor believes that the use of some material (text, images, etc.) may offend SIAM readers, the publication reverts to the editor-in-chief who will engage in an exchange with the authors on the need for the particular material and whether alternatives can be identified to express the same results. Unless the authors can make convincing arguments that the particular material is essential to convey the scientific contribution, it is expected that the material be replaced prior to review and further consideration for publication.

Resubmission: A resubmission of a manuscript previously rejected by this or another SIAM journal will be treated as a new submission, with the history of the manuscript made available to the handling editor and, if necessary, also referees. The cover letter should include the criticism in the referee reports and a detailed description of how the manuscript has been revised to meet all the criticism of the original submission. As a new submission, there is no guarantee that it will be handled by the same associate editor or that the original referees will be involved in the evaluation.

ORCID: SIAM is a member of ORCID - - a central registry of researchers. Authors submitting papers to SIAM journals can log in to the submission system ( through their ORCID account, or can go to their SIAM system profile to connect their ORCID to their SIAM journals work. If the paper is accepted and published, SIAM Journals Online will display an icon next to the author’s name which links to their ORCID page, which can in turn list their published article if the author chooses.

SIAM encourages authors to take advantage of ORCID’s capability, which can be viewed as a DOI for an individual. Wherever it is used, this unique identifier then pulls together the individual’s work and professional activities from across publications, disciplines and workplaces. The researcher controls, through his or her ORCID account, which work and activities are publicly displayed.

Those interested can register for an ORCID ID at Use it for login at manuscript submission, or contact SIAM at [email protected] to add it to your account.

TeX papers: Authors of accepted papers will be asked to submit their TeX files to SIAM for typesetting. More detailed information on SIAM's TeX-typesetting procedures is sent to authors following acceptance.

Marking of non-TeX papers: All variables will be set in italic type and should not be marked. Headings such as Introduction, Theorem, and Proof will be set according to SIAM style and should not be marked. Authors should ensure that all variables and symbols can be easily identified by copy editors and typesetters.

Illustrations: All illustrations must be of professional quality with no handwritten elements. Note that tables and algorithms are not considered figures and should not be treated as such. Illustrations must be numbered consecutively and cited in the text. If your article is accepted for publication, SIAM will accept electronic (TeX, PDF, PNG, JPG, and EPS) figure files. Hand-drawn artwork will not be accepted. SIAM will not redraw figures. Illustrations must use lines 1 point or thicker; thinner lines may break up or disappear when printed. When choosing line weight and character size, keep in mind that illustrations may be reduced.

Color: The use of color figures enhancing the paper is encouraged in SIAGA, an all-electronic publication. Color will appear in the all-electronic publication at no cost to the authors.

Title: Titles should be brief and appropriate for indexing and should specifically describe the content of the paper.

Abstract: An abstract not exceeding 250 words that summarizes the principal techniques and conclusions of the manuscript in relation to known results must accompany each manuscript. Because the abstract must be able to stand independently, mathematical formulas and bibliographic references should be kept to a minimum; bibliographic references must be written out in full (not given by number).

Key words and AMS subject classifications: Lists of key words and AMS subject classifications must accompany all articles. The subject classifications are listed in the Annual Index of Mathematical Reviews and can be accessed or searched online at

Abbreviated title: An abbreviated title, which will be used as a running head, must accompany all articles, must not consist of more than 50 characters (including spaces), and should not contain abbreviations.

References: References should be listed in either alphabetical order or order of citation at the end of the manuscript. The following reference styles should be used:
Citations within the text
: A consistent style should be used, and the style of in-text citations should conform to the reference style chosen. To refer to a specific page or item in an article or book the following formats may be used: [2, p. 51]; [M, p. 51]; Mandelbrot [2, p. 51]; or Mandelbrot (1977, p. 51).

Page limit policies: SIAM Journal on Applied Algebra and Geometry encourages brevity and asks that authors limit papers to 25 pages. Please submit your paper in SIAM format - see and use the macros labeled LaTeX2e Multimedia Macros specifically for JUQ, SIADS, SIAGA, SIIMS, and SIFIN.

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