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Preparation of Manuscripts

Instructions for Editors and Authors

To minimize costs, the major part of work will be done by the editor, and the following steps should be performed:

  1. Authors should prepare their files according to the LaTeX guidelines described here: The package of files contains the sample LaTeX file coll-sample.tex and the PDF file that is the result of the compilation. This sample should give authors enough hints for file preparation.
  2. Authors should prepare two versions of the LaTeX/PDF (for online and for print), using the following lines in LaTeX:
    a) \RequirePackage[colorlinks,citecolor=blue,urlcolor=blue]{hyperref}
    b) %\RequirePackage[colorlinks,citecolor=blue,urlcolor=blue]{hyperref}
  3. All files (including the ones, that are generated during the compilation, e.g. *.aux) should be sent to the Editor.
  4. The Editor has to check the collected files for layout and completeness. In case something is wrong, author should take care about the adjustments.
  5. For each article the editor should add the proper pagination, volume number, DOI number, etc. Then all files have to be recompiled once again with this new information. Note the DOI format is DOI: 10.1214/10-IMSCOLL702 Where 10.1214/ is constant "10" is the year of publication "7" is the volume number and "02" is article number.
  6. Editor is to prepare all prelims following the guides, that are on the page

These steps should give as result the final complete package of files for print and PDF. As mentioned before, we need the "blue" pdf, "black" pdf and the .tex file to use for Euclid metadata. These instructions assume some experience in LaTeX and the properly deployed LaTeX system.


Manuscripts should be written in LaTex using the imsart package (along with any other desired package) in conjunction with the IMS Collections template. Together these files will set the proper margins and font. Instructions about using both these files, as well as additional tools, can be found at the IMS LaTex support page.


The title should be descriptive and as concise as is feasible, i.e., it should indicate the topic of the paper as clearly as possible, but every word in it should be pertinent (e.g., avoid titles like “On an unsolved problem of …”.)

Abbreviated Title

An abbreviated title to be used as a running head is also required. This should normally not exceed 35 characters.

Affiliations and Addresses

Indicate the present institutional affiliation of each author as you would like it to appear. List the permanent mailing address, email address, and URL (if available) of each author after the references.


Each manuscript is required to contain a summary, clearly separated from the rest of the paper, which will be printed immediately after the title. Its main purpose is to inform the reader quickly of the nature and results of the paper; it may also be used as an aid in retrieving information. The length of a summary will clearly depend on the length and difficulty of the paper, but in general it should not exceed 150 words. Formulas should be used as sparingly as possible within the summary. The summary should not make reference to results or formulas in the body of the paper—it should be self-contained.


Footnotes should not be used except as described under Title Page Footnotes below. Such information should be included within the text.

Title Page Footnotes

The following items should be included as footnotes on the first page:

  • MSC 2010 subject classifications. Primary-; secondary-.

  • Key words and phrases.

  • Acknowledgment of support.

The list of classification numbers representing the primary and secondary subjects of the article can be found at or in the Mathematical Reviews Annual Subject Index.  Typically, one primary and several secondary classifications are appropriate.  The key words and phrases should describe the subject matter of the article; usually they will be words and phrases that appear in the body of the paper. These words and phrases will be used in electronic and print indexing systems (e.g., Current Index to Statistics), so think of the words and phrases for which you would search if you were looking for a paper like this one.  The acknowledgement of support should reference all grants and contracts that provided support for the research.


References in the body of the paper may use either the \citep{} command for a numbered bibliography, or \cite{} for a name/year bibliography.

Abbreviations for journals should follow the standard of Mathematical Reviews and can be found at or in the current index issue of Mathematical Reviews.

Complete references can be obtained using the MR Lookup feature.


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