Editorial Information
To be published in the Memoirs, a paper must be correct, new, nontrivial, and sig-
nificant. Further, it must be well written and of interest to a substantial number of
mathematicians. Piecemeal results, such as an inconclusive step toward an unproved ma-
jor theorem or a minor variation on a known result, are in general not acceptable for
Papers appearing in Memoirs are generally at least 80 and not more than 200 published
pages in length. Papers less than 80 or more than 200 published pages require the approval
of the Managing Editor of the Transactions/Memoirs Editorial Board.
As of May 31, 2009, the backlog for this journal was approximately 11 volumes. This
estimate is the result of dividing the number of manuscripts for this journal in the Provi-
dence office that have not yet gone to the printer on the above date by the average number
of monographs per volume over the previous twelve months, reduced by the number of
volumes published in four months (the time necessary for preparing a volume for the
printer). (There are 6 volumes per year, each usually containing at least 4 numbers.)
A Consent to Publish and Copyright Agreement is required before a paper will be
published in the Memoirs. After a paper is accepted for publication, the Providence
office will send a Consent to Publish and Copyright Agreement to all authors of the
paper. By submitting a paper to the Memoirs, authors certify that the results have not
been submitted to nor are they under consideration for publication by another journal,
conference proceedings, or similar publication.
Information for Authors
Memoirs are printed from camera copy fully prepared by the author. This means that
the finished book will look exactly like the copy submitted.
Initial submission. The AMS uses Centralized Manuscript Processing for initial sub-
missions. Authors should submit a PDF file using the Initial Manuscript Submission form
found at www.ams.org/peer-review-submission, or send one copy of the manuscript to
the following address: Centralized Manuscript Processing, MEMOIRS OF THE AMS,
201 Charles Street, Providence, RI 02904-2294 USA. If a paper copy is being forwarded
to the AMS, indicate that it is for it Memoirs and include the name of the corresponding
author, contact information such as email address or mailing address, and the name of an
appropriate Editor to review the paper (see the list of Editors below).
The paper must contain a descriptive title and an abstract that summarizes the ar-
ticle in language suitable for workers in the general field (algebra, analysis, etc.). The
descriptive title should be short, but informative; useless or vague phrases such as “some
remarks about” or “concerning” should be avoided. The abstract should be at least one
complete sentence, and at most 300 words. Included with the footnotes to the paper
should be the 2000 Mathematics Subject Classification representing the primary and sec-
ondary subjects of the article. The classifications are accessible from www.ams.org/msc/.
The list of classifications is also available in print starting with the 1999 annual index
of Mathematical Reviews. The Mathematics Subject Classification footnote may be fol-
lowed by a list of key words and phrases describing the subject matter of the article
and taken from it. Journal abbreviations used in bibliographies are listed in the latest
Mathematical Reviews annual index. The series abbreviations are also accessible from
www.ams.org/msnhtml/serials.pdf. To help in preparing and verifying references, the
AMS offers MR Lookup, a Reference Tool for Linking, at www.ams.org/mrlookup/.
Electronically prepared manuscripts. The AMS encourages electronically prepared
manuscripts, with a strong preference for
ATEX. To this end, the Society has pre-
ATEX author packages for each AMS publication. Author packages include
instructions for preparing electronic manuscripts, samples, and a style file that generates
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