Page 1 of 1

Where to publish

Posted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 2:45 pm UTC
by Klotz
In my spare time I wrote a short mathematical paper deriving an expression for what seems to be a mathematical coincidence, thus showing that it isn't one.

First I submitted it to the Canadian Mathematical Bulletin (I'm Canadian), but they rejected it in three minutes and told me to try the American Mathematical Monthly. I sent it there and it lasted a few weeks before giving me the ol' thanks-but-no-thanks.

So I'm wondering, are there any math journals out there that I can submit to for my interesting and amusing but not very important article?

Re: Where to publish

Posted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 8:51 pm UTC
by kgrizzly
Does it involve Fibonacci numbers? If so, there is the Fibonacci Quarterly (if it is still being published).

Re: Where to publish

Posted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 9:40 pm UTC
by t0rajir0u
Out of curiosity, what's the paper like? The problem might be that the paper isn't even correct.

Re: Where to publish

Posted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 9:59 pm UTC
by Klotz
I take a mathematical coincidence, show that it's a generalized pattern, and then derive an expression for the pattern and showing the coincidence is a specific case. It stands up to the "enter random values and compare" test as well as the "do the whole thing in one step with maple and compare" test.

Would Mathematics Magazine or College Mathematics Journal be appropriate?

Re: Where to publish

Posted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 12:41 am UTC
by HenryS
It is on arXiv?

Re: Where to publish

Posted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 12:59 am UTC
by t0rajir0u
In the interest of honesty, if it was rejected by AMM it either wasn't written well enough or it's a trivial exercise in algebra. Could I take a closer look at it?

Re: Where to publish

Posted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 1:20 am UTC
by heyitsguay
On sort of a similar note, I'm working on a project concerning the distribution of certain patterns of Gaussian primes, with the intention of eventually publishing it. The professor who has been helping me out recommended I try for one of the MAA journals such as the Monthly. That's still what I'm shooting for but I am curious: do any of you with some publication experience have other recommendations?

Re: Where to publish

Posted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 1:46 am UTC
by Klotz
t0rajir0u wrote:In the interest of honesty, if it was rejected by AMM it either wasn't written well enough or it's a trivial exercise in algebra. Could I take a closer look at it?


Probably more like the second.

Re: Where to publish

Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 9:39 pm UTC
by taby
You could always try Chaos, Solitons & Fractals. Haha. Sorry, I couldn't resist.

Re: Where to publish

Posted: Mon Jan 19, 2009 11:34 am UTC
by DavCrav
Klotz wrote:In my spare time I wrote a short mathematical paper deriving an expression for what seems to be a mathematical coincidence, thus showing that it isn't one.

First I submitted it to the Canadian Mathematical Bulletin (I'm Canadian), but they rejected it in three minutes and told me to try the American Mathematical Monthly. I sent it there and it lasted a few weeks before giving me the ol' thanks-but-no-thanks.

So I'm wondering, are there any math journals out there that I can submit to for my interesting and amusing but not very important article?


Unfortunately all of the bigger journals, such as CMB, are only interested in 'difficult' mathematics. (One definition for this could be, give an average mathematician the result, come back in half an hour, and if a proof hasn't been given already, it passes that test.) While interesting-but-easy maths is nice sometimes, journal publishers can't really make money off it as there isn't a massive market in it. You might have to resort to the arXiv, or on-line puclishing on your own website.

(Full disclosure: have three papers either accepted or in print with journals, one rejected from Advances in Mathematics (boo, hiss), so I have experience with both.)

Re: Where to publish

Posted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 12:35 pm UTC
by Incompetent
DavCrav wrote:You might have to resort to the arXiv, or on-line puclishing on your own website.


These days mathematicians often put 'preprints' on the arXiv and on their own website, as well as trying to publish them in a proper journal, assuming the journal doesn't object to this. If you want other people to be able to access your papers quickly and easily, it doesn't hurt to put them in several places.