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Author Guidelines


When making a submission please use the template which you can download here.  If you have problems downloading the template please email

The journal is available internationally and aimed at those within Higher Education involved in the learning, teaching, assessment and support of Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research. This means the readership is primarily academics within Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research but also consists of educational and staff developers and support staff. It is published termly and aims to promote, encourage, enhance and disseminate research, good practice and innovation in all aspects of the student learning experience within Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research wherever these may be taught in Higher Education.

Submissions could include case studies, opinion pieces, research articles, student-authored or co-authored articles, resource reviews (technology, books, etc.), short update (project, policy, etc.) or workshop reports. If you have any questions about whether a topic you are writing on is suitable for submission, please do not hesitate to contact us.

All documents submitted for publication should be of a high quality and will be subject to peer review and reviewed by the Editors prior to publication. Please ensure that you have proof-read and corrected your documents prior to submission. The Editors reserve the right to correct documents for spelling, grammar, layout, consistency and style.

You should include references, where appropriate, and these must be presented using the Harvard system of citation. Articles should normally be no more than 3,000 words in length and should ideally include illustrations of some kind. The limit on the length is with the aim of publishing short, punchy contributions that will reach their audience quickly.  In some circumstances the editors will consider longer articles - if you feel that your proposed article would benefit from greater length, please contact the editors for advice before submission. (From the Editorial Team page, click on the name of one of the editors.  A window will appear which displays a small envelope icon; click on that to send an email to that editor. If you have any problems, email

Style Guidelines

The style and format to be used for submissions is as described below and should use the template provided.
  • Text should be in clear, concise, grammatical English, using English and not US spelling;
  • All data that needs to be presented in a fixed form must be within a table, and tables should be kept as simple as possible;
  • Authors must not use spaces or tabs to achieve the desired layout;
  • Paragraphs should be separated by a double carriage return only (no indent);
  • All illustrations, photographs, figures, and diagrams should be included within the text (along with a legend) and submitted as separate files;
  • Do not use footnotes, only endnotes;
  • All references should be listed at the end of the document;
  • Where acronyms are used, a full explanation should appear the first time they appear in the text;
  • Use numbered headings as given in the template;
  • All references must be presented using the Harvard system of citation.

Artwork and Equations

Authors must ensure that all diagrams are legible on a computer screen at standard zoom and when printed. All illustrations, photographs, figures, and diagrams should be included within the text (along with a legend) and submitted as separate files. Every image and diagram should have a caption or title.

Equations should be written within your word document using either the standard Equation Editor or MathType, and numbered where appropriate.

Copyrighted material

Authors are solely responsible for ensuring that the material submitted to the journal may be published in the journal. This includes obtaining permission for the inclusion of any material from third parties. You must ensure that you have permission to publish the material you submit, and that appropriate acknowledgements are given.


When citing references you should include: author(s), date, title, where published, publisher and edition. Include DOI number or a URL if available. If using a DOI number please ensure this is in the format: The title of the publication should be presented in italics.For example:


Davison, R. and Croft, A. (1999). Mathematics for Engineers: A Modern Interactive Approach. London: Addison Wesley.

A chapter within a Book

Hibberd, S. (2002). Mathematical modelling skills. In P. Kahn and J. Kyle, eds. Effective learning and teaching in Mathematics & its applications. London: Kogan Page, pp. 158-174.

A Journal Article

Croft, A.C. and Grove, M.J. (2006). Mathematics Support: Support for the specialist mathematician and the more able student. MSOR Connections, 6(2), pp. 39-43.

An Electronic Source

Cox, B. and Bidgood, P. (2003). Widening participation in mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research. Available via via (last accessed 15 June 2006)


Please note that contributions are accepted on the full understanding that the authors are solely responsible for the accuracy and contents of all published material. The Editors do not accept any liability for the accuracy of articles, breaches of copyright, or responsibility for mistakes, be they editorial or typographical, nor for any consequences that may arise from them.


Tony Mann, University of Greenwich, UK;
Alun Owen, Coventry University, UK;
Peter Rowlett, Sheffield Hallam University, UK.

Editorial board:

Shazia Ahmed, University of Glasgow, UK;
Noel-Ann Bradshaw, University of Greenwich, UK;
Cosette Crisan, University College London, UK;
Anthony Cronin, University College Dublin, Ireland;
Francis Duah, Ryerson University, Canada;
Jonathan Gillard, Cardiff University, UK;
Michael Grove, University of Birmingham, UK;
Duncan Lawson, Coventry University, UK;
Michael Liebendörfer, Paderborn University, Germany;
Birgit Loch, University of New England, Australia;
Ciarán Mac an Bhaird, Maynooth University, Ireland;
Eabhnat Ni Fhloinn, Dublin City University, Ireland;
Matina Rassias, University College London, UK;
Josef Rebenda, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic;
Frode Rønning, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway;
Katherine Seaton, La Trobe University, Australia.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format with the same stylistic formatting as outlined in the submission template. (If the previous link doesn't work download it here.  If you are still having problems downloading the template please email Tony Mann at
  3. Where available, DOI numbers for the references have been provided; where DOI numbers are not available but URLs are, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. All illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points (along with a legend), and submitted as separate files.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. You must ensure that you have permission to publish the material you submit, and that appropriate acknowledgements are given. Please note that contributions are accepted on the full understanding that the authors are solely responsible for the accuracy and contents of all published material.

Copyright Notice

The copyright of articles will remain with the author(s).


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