Instructions to Authors
Submission of manuscripts
Manuscripts must be submitted online. Once you have prepared your manuscript according to the instructions below please visit the online submission web site.
Authors may not submit papers that are under consideration for publication elsewhere, and, if an author decides to offer a submitted paper to another journal, the paper must be withdrawn from IMAIAI before the new submission is made.
Manuscripts may include supplementary material to be made available by the publisher as online-only content, linked to the online manuscript. Manuscripts accompanied by online Supplementary material are designated with an 'S' in the Table of Contents in the print edition. For a definition of Supplementary material and guidelines for submitting it click here.
Form of manuscript
The required minimum line spacing in all parts of the manuscript including references is three lines per inch i.e. double the standard line spacing of typewritten text. Only one side of each page should be used in at least one of the copies. The title page should include the name, affiliation and address of each author, and a short abstract. Each section, including the introduction, should be numbered, with equations numbered, for example (2.1), (2.2), etc. in section 2, on the right-hand side of the page. Nonstandard notation should be explained in the text. Footnotes should be avoided. A list of tables and figure captions should be appended to the manuscript. Drawings should be suitable for direct photographic reproduction at printed size.
The abstract should be no more than 300 words. Authors are encouraged to limit their papers to fewer than 25 pages to ensure a rapid review process. An article less than 25 pages in length will receive a decision within 90 days, longer articles are acceptable but decisions may take longer.
Information and Inference: A Journal of the IMA will accept either UK or US spelling but it must be consistent within the manuscript.
Flexible Colour Option
Information and Inference: A Journal of the IMA is happy to provide a Flexible Colour Option. All figures submitted to the journal in color will be published in color online at no cost (unless the author specifically requests that their figures be in black and white online). Authors may choose to also publish their figures in color in the print journal for £350.00 per figure: you will be asked to approve this cost in an e-mail after your article is accepted for publication. Color figures must have a resolution of at least 300 dots per inch at their final sizes. You will be issued an invoice at the time of publication. Figure captions legends must be suitably worded to apply to both the print and online versions of the article.
References should be listed in either alphabetical order or order of citation at the end of the manuscript. The following reference styles should be used
- Journal articles (titles of journals should be abbreviated in accordance with Mathematical Reviews; abbreviations are available at http://www.ams.org/msnhtml/serials.pdf:
-  BANKS, W. H. H. & ZATURSKA, M. B. (1986) Eigensolutions in boundary layer flow adjacent to a stretching
wall. IMA J. Appl. Math., 36. (1986), pp 263–273
- BANKS, W. H. H. & ZATURSKA, M. B. (1986) Eigensolutions in boundary layer flow adjacent to a stretching wall. IMA J. Appl. Math., 36, 263–273
- Books, pamphlets, research reports:
 B. Mandelbrot, Fractal: Form, Chance and Dimension, W. H. Freeman, San Francisco, CA, 1977
- Paper in a bound collection:
 A. Nagurney, Parallel computation of economic equilibria, in Applications on Advanced Architecture Computers, G. Astfalk, ed., SIAM, Philadelphia, PA, 1996, pp. 265-276.
- Acceptable variants on IMAIAI references style are:
BANKS, W. H. H. & ZATURSKA, M. B. Eigensolutions in boundary layer flow adjacent to a stretching
wall. IMA J. Appl. Math., 36 (1986), 263–273.
BANKS, W. H. H. & ZATURSKA, M. B. (1986) Eigensolutions in boundary layer flow adjacent to a stretching
wall. IMA J. Appl. Math., 36, 263–273.
Citations within the text: A consistent style should be used, and the style of in-text citations should conform to the reference style chosen. To refer to a specific page or item in an article or book the following formats may be used: [2, p. 51]; [M, p. 51]; Mandelbrot [2, p. 51]; or Mandelbrot (1977, p. 51). For specific information regarding style, please refer to the IMA style guide
Upon receipt of accepted manuscripts at Oxford Journals authors will be invited to complete an online copyright licence to publish form.
Information and Inference authors have the option to publish their paper under the Oxford Open initiative; whereby, for a charge, their paper will be made freely available online immediately upon publication. After your manuscript is accepted the corresponding author will be required to accept a mandatory licence to publish agreement. As part of the licensing process you will be asked to indicate whether or not you wish to pay for open access. If you do not select the open access option, your paper will be published with standard subscription-based access and you will not be charged.
Oxford Open articles are published under Creative Commons licences. Authors publishing in Information and Inference can use the Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC-BY).
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You can pay Open Access charges using our Author Services site. This will enable you to pay online with a credit/debit card, or request an invoice by email or post. The open access charges applicable are:
Regular charge - £1750/ $2800 / €2275
List B Developing country charge* - £875 / $1400 / €1135
List A Developing country charge* - £0 /$0 / €0
*Visit our Developing Countries page for a list of qualifying countries.
Please note that these charges are in addition to any colour/page charges that may apply.
Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge. For orders from the rest of the European Union, OUP will assume that the service is provided for business purposes. Please provide a VAT number for yourself or your institution, and ensure you account for your own local VAT correctly.
Please note that by submitting an article for publication you confirm that you are the corresponding/submitting author and that Oxford University Press ("OUP") may retain your email address for the purpose of communicating with you about the article. You agree to notify OUP immediately if your details change. If your article is accepted for publication OUP will contact you using the email address you have used in the registration process. Please note that OUP does not retain copies of rejected articles.
Authors will receive electronic access to their paper free of charge. Printed offprints may be purchased in multiples of 100. Rates are indicated on the order form which must be returned with the proofs.
Acceptance of LATEX by Information and Inference: A Journal of the IMA
At submission authors can provide PDFs of their paper but after acceptance authors will be asked to provide the LATEX source files. In preparing the paper, please use the imamat.cls file and when sending the source file for submission, please ensure that all the macros used to write your paper accompany the manuscript. Additionally, please do not forget to send your accompanying .bib or .bst files with your main .tex file.
Please follow all the usual instructions to authors as detailed above, however, text width should be set to 30 picas (126 mm) and the page depth to 46 picas (195 mm). It is very important to follow the correct referencing system - see point 3 in the instructions to authors. For class files please click here
Particularly if English is not your first language, before submitting your manuscript you may wish to have it edited for language. This is not a mandatory step, but may help to ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by journal editors and reviewers. Language editing does not guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted for publication. If you would like information about one such service please click here. There are other specialist language editing companies that offer similar services and you can also use any of these. Authors are liable for all costs associated with such services.
Author Self-Archiving/Public Access policy
For information about this journal's policy, please visit our Author Self-Archiving policy page.' http://www.oxfordjournals.org/access_purchase/self-archiving_policy.html
Details of all funding sources for the work in question should be given in a separate section entitled 'Funding'. This should appear before the 'Acknowledgements' section.
The following rules should be followed:
- The sentence should begin: ‘This work was supported by …’
- The full official funding agency name should be given, i.e. ‘National Institutes of Health’, not ‘NIH’ (full RIN-approved list of UK funding agencies) Grant numbers should be given in brackets as follows: ‘[grant number xxxx]’
- Multiple grant numbers should be separated by a comma as follows: ‘[grant numbers xxxx, yyyy]
- Agencies should be separated by a semi-colon (plus ‘and’ before the last funding agency)
- Where individuals need to be specified for certain sources of funding the following text should be added after the relevant agency or grant number 'to [author initials]'.
An example is given here: ‘This work was supported by the National Institutes of Health [AA123456 to C.S., BB765432 to M.H.]; and the Alcohol & Education Research Council [hfygr667789].’
This Journal takes publication ethics very seriously. If misconduct is found or suspected after the manuscript is published, the journal will investigate the matter and this may result in the article subsequently being retracted.
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