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The College Mathematics Journal

May 2018 Cover College Mathematics Journal


First published in 1970, The College Mathematics Journal is designed to enhance classroom learning and stimulate thinking regarding undergraduate mathematics.

It publishes articles, short Classroom Capsules, problems, solutions, media reviews, and other pieces in five issues each year. All are aimed at the college mathematics curriculum with emphasis on topics taught in the first two years.

Dominic Klyve, Editor
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About The College Mathematics Journal

The College Mathematics Journal is an international, peer-reviewed journal publishing high-quality exposition on mathematical topics related to the undergraduate curriculum. We welcome engaging writing on new mathematics or new perspectives on known mathematics, and encourage historical perspectives, pedagogical notes, and open questions where possible. Also, The College Mathematics Journal has a tradition of an annual issue dedicated to recreational mathematics.

The College Mathematics Journal accepts the following types of submissions: articles, Classroom Capsules, Proofs Without Words, problems, solutions to published problems, and Media Highlights. Letters to the Editor on any topic are also welcome, and all kinds of comments, criticisms, and suggestions for making CMJ more lively, entertaining, and informative.

CMJ articles are at most 12 pages long (including the author pictures and biographies) with a mean page length of 6. Supplementary materials such as computer code, exercise solutions, and long proofs can be made available on the journal website. See below for style and structure details.

A Classroom Capsule is a short article (1–3 pages) that contains a new insight on a topic taught in undergraduate mathematics, preferably something that can be directly introduced into a college classroom as an effective teaching strategy or tool.

Proofs Without Words supply visual understanding of a mathematical result in at most one page.

Problems and Solutions aim to challenge students and teachers of collegiate mathematics. They can address any part of the undergraduate curriculum. Whenever possible, a proposed problem should be accompanied by a solution, appropriate references, and any other material that would be helpful to the editors. Proposed problems should be sent to [email protected]. Solutions of published problems should be sent to [email protected].

Media Highlights are short reviews (up to half a page) intended to help CMJ readers monitor a broad spectrum of publications, web materials, professional activities, and instructional resources. Readers are encouraged to submit items that will be of interest to colleagues in the mathematical community. Media Highlights should be sent to [email protected].

LaTeX style files and template files are available here.

Submitting to the CMJ

Submissions of articles and Classroom Capsules are required via the CMJ’s Editorial Manager System. The name(s) of the author(s) should not appear in the file. Initial submissions in pdf or LaTeX form can be sent to the editor at By submitting a paper to the CMJ, the author asserts that it has not been previously published nor is it currently under consideration for publication at another journal.

The Editorial Manager System will cue the author for all required information concerning the paper. Questions concerning submission of papers can be addressed to the editor at [email protected]. Authors who use LaTeX are urged to use the CMJ article style (available here) and LaTeX's standard environments with no custom formatting.

Contributions to Problems and Solutions and Media Highlights should be submitted to the appropriate section editor at the address listed inside the journal. Letters to the Editor on any topic are invited. Comments, criticisms, and suggestions for making CMJ more lively, entertaining, and informative are welcome and should be forwarded to the editor at [email protected].

The "Mathematical Subject Classification Index (MSC)," available at, or in pdf form at When submitting your manuscript, please provide at least one and not more than two 5-digit MSC classifications that best describe your paper.

Topical Index to The College Mathematics Journal, 1970–2020

A searchable index (pdf) by title, author, and related curriculum subject of all articles, capsules, and book reviews published in The College Mathematics Journal since 1970. Maintained by Donald E. Hooley, Bluffton University, Bluffton, OH.

Problems and Solutions Index, 1973–2016

A list (pdf) in order of publication of all problems printed in The College Mathematics Journal together with their solutions (by title and issue). Maintained by Charles K. Cook, Sumter, SC.


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