LaTeX instructions for authors

The guidelines on this page are intended to help authors to prepare and submit their manuscripts. A LaTeX style file and several template files are made available to authors.

Style and template files

Articles, problems and solutions must be typeset using the LaTeX typesetting system and according to the standard layout of AMJ. The necessary LaTeX style file, along with some helpful templates and examples, can be downloaded here:

File(s)DescriptionLast update
arhimede.styLaTeX style file (its usage is mandatory).2016-12-22
amj-article-template.zipTemplate for articles. Includes many recommendations and tips for authors (also valid for problems and solutions).2015-12-29
Template for problems and solutions. See also the recommendations in the template for articles.2015-12-29

Should you encounter an error in these files or have suggestions for their improvement, please contact José Luis Díaz-Barrero:
jose (dot) luis (dot) diaz (at) upc (dot) edu

Preparing the manuscript

All contents should be as clearly written as possible. Please do keep in mind that high-school students with an appropriate mathematical problem-solving background should be able to understand most of the published content (possibly with the exception of some more technical articles).

The working language of AMJ is English. Therefore, all contributions must be written in English and respecting the rules of English writing. That is to say, mathematical writing in English is a specific form of English prose and, as such, grammar and punctuation rules apply.
AMJ allows both American and British English spellings, but authors should strive for consistency within their works. (For example, if you use “center”, then use “metrizable”; if you use “centre”, then use “metrisable”.)

Authors are expected to use LaTeX properly. This includes (but is not limited to) the following:

  • Articles must be well-structured with LaTeX sectioning commands: \section, \subsection and even \subsubsection (if needed).
  • Figures,tables,etc. must be in floating environments (such as figure or tabular) with a descriptive caption (which must be set with \caption).
  • Theorems, definitions, problems, solutions, etc. must use the corresponding environments available in the style file arhimede.sty (namely, theorem, definition, amjprob, amjsoln, etc.).
  • Bibliographies must be structured using biblatex, with citations made using the \cite command.
  • Sections, figures, theorems, definitions, etc. must be labelled with \label and cross-referenced with \ref or \autoref. Please do not reference page numbers.
  • Use \[...\] and align instead of $$...$$ and eqnarray. In general, follow the recommendations in l2tabu.

Most of these guidelines are further explained and illustrated with examples in the template for articles. As a “rule of thumb”, everything which concerns the final appearance of the work and which is easily automated by LaTeX must be left to the LaTeX typesetting system (which often does things better and with fewer mistakes than people would manually). For other situations not described here, use “common sense”.

Authors should take a large measure of responsibility for the finished appearance of their own work. AMJ is not a peer-reviewed journal. Editors proof-read every contribution before its publication, and often make minor changes to improve the appearance of articles or to conform to the journal style, but these changes should be minimal. In particular, editors are loth to tamper with the structure of articles or with mathematical arguments.


At initial submission, any legible free format is accepted (for instance, a PDF file), even though a LaTeX manuscript is highly preferred. Nevertheless please bear in mind that, should the contribution be accepted for publication, authors will be required to submit a LaTeX source file using the standard layout of AMJ. Several templates are supplied for this purpose in this page.

When authors are asked to submit a definitive manuscript, they must provide all LaTeX source files (which must use the AMJ style file and compile without errors with pdflatex) along with any additional files for bibliographies, figures and any other material belonging to the manuscript. A PDF version of the manuscript should be submitted as well.

Figures should be prepared electronically unless this is completely impracticable. Whenever possible, they should be provided in a vectorial format. If, on the contrary, a bitmap image is generated, it should be generated at the highest possible resolution. In any case, figures must be of publication quality. Please prepare a PDF file for each figure (unless the figure is directly drawn with some LaTeX package).

All files can be submitted by email to José Luis Díaz-Barrero:
jose (dot) luis (dot) diaz (at) upc (dot) edu