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IMA Proceedings Guideline/Document Style

It is our goal to publish a high quality book of well-written articles. Articles may be either expository or original. They should, however, not have been submitted or published elsewhere. Expository papers that refer to work published elsewhere for details are OK, but they must be original as exposition. There are no lower or upper bounds on length. (Past submissions have averaged about 20 pages per article.)

In case you are planning to include in your manuscript figures/tables/quotations or other illustrations derived from other sources you must obtain permission rights from the original publisher. An electronic version of the permission rights letter is available upon request.

Our aim is to quickly produce a volume of high quality reviewed papers collecting in one place a description of where we are now and where we are going, which we believe will be a valuable addition to the literature in the field. We encourage you to submit a manuscript. You may,of course, add one or more coauthors for the written contribution.

The Volume(s) will be prepared in a uniform style (using LaTeX). IMA Proceedings style files are available. Although we prefer to have the papers typeset in LaTeX2e we also accept all forms of electronic versions: plain TeX, AMSTeX, Word, ASCII file are also acceptable. You can send us the file by e-mail or disk, in addition to a hard copy, and we will handle the style formatting for you. The IMA Proceedings style files are available via the link below. If you are preparing your paper in LaTeX we can also e-mail the style files to you upon request. E-mail our Publications Office staff at

LaTeX2e IMA Proceedings Style Files

The files ima.cls and ima10.clo are based on LaTeX2e. These 2 files are modified version of siamltex.cls and siam10.clo respectively.

Some of the features of the IMA Proceedings Style include:

  • Provides automatic comma before the word "and" in case of multiple authors (more than 2).

  • You can use the command \same, \bysame or \sameathor in the Bibliography to indicate the same author preceding the current bibliographic entry.

  • Appendix can be invoked by \appendix or \Appendix and the word APPENDIX will automatically appear centered. Appendix must appear before the Bibliography. Section headings will come out as A, B, C, etc.

  • Figures/tables or any other floating images are numbered consecutively and not according to sections. Example: Figure 1, Figure 2, Figure 3 instead of Figure 1.1 Figure 1.2 and so on. Consequently, there is no need to do setcounter/addtocounter command whenever your start a new section. Due to the floating features of figures and tables, Springer-Verlag prefers to number the figures/table this way so it does not matter if the figures/tables float in the wrong section as long as they appear before the bibliography.

  • Most of the theorem-like environments are already predefined in ima.cls: Theorem, lemma, corollary, proposition, definition, remark, conjecture, axiom, example, exercise. By default, Theorems, Lemmas, etc. are numbered independently within the section. Examples: Theorem 1.1, Theorem 1.2; Lemma 1.1, Lemma 1.2, Corollary 1.1, Corollary 1.2, etc.

  • In incorporating graphics into the LaTeX source, you can use \usepackage{graphicx} or \usepackage{graphics}
    Example: \includegraphics[angle=, width=]{}


    Similarly, you can still use psfig and epsf which were written for LaTeX209 for figures/tables placement. Type \input{psfig} or \input{epsf}. Note that the curly braces must be used to avoid serious complications like overwriting existing files. In some cases you can also include "epsf" and "psfig" in the usepackage as shown in the "sample.tex."

  • For bibliography, use \bibliographystyle{siam} when using BibTeX program. You can also just append the filename.bbl to the LaTeX source. Otherwise, just follow the sequence in the example given at the bottom of this page.

  • Almost all the packages for LaTeX2e work with the ima.cls and ima10.clo except for those which deal primarily with theorem environment such as \amsthm and \amsmath,sw20aip, sw20amm1, sw20bams, sw20jart work.

  • Packages which work include \usepackage{afterpage,amsfonts,verbatim,amssymb,epsf,fancybox, graphics,graphicx, float,latexsym,amstex,epsfig,epic,eepic, doc,exscale, multicol}.

Below are the major guidelines for those who are submitting papers for the IMA Proceedings Volumes.

  • We do accept all electronic versions typed in plain TeX, AMS TeX or whatever typesetting program you have. However, we prefer to have the papers typeset in LaTeX whenever possible.
  • Use a 11pt size font under the documentstyle option (when you use the style files listed above you do not have to specify the font size)
  • The width of the paper should not exceed
    • 4.48 truein or
    • 324 truept or
    • 27 picas

The above dimension is particularly crucial when your manuscript includes an encapsulated postscript graphic using either the epsf.sty or psfig.sty files. The same width is also important in determining the length of your displayed equations/tables. Springer-Verlag is very strict with regard to overhanging text within the specified text margin.

  • Running title should make sense. Avoid cutting a long title just to fit the specified margin.

When you use the documentstyle file below you do not have to worry about the specifications mentioned above. just follow the procedures below:


%Note:  In case the names of all authors will not fit the text
%margin in the runninghead, just type in the first author's name 
%as it appears in the manuscript and put ET AL.  
%Example: \markboth{JOSEPH B. ANDERSON ET AL.}         

\title{ALL CAPS}

\author{AUTHOR's NAME ALL CAPS\thanks{author's address, e-mail
address, grant acknowledgement.}




{\AMSMOS %If you do not have a hard copy of the 2000 AMS Subject
      %  Classification Codes you can look at 

\section{Only the first letter of the first word is upper 
case except when it is a person's name or an abbreviation example: DNA}

\label{} \ref{} \cite{} 

%You can use the bibtex program here instead.
\bibliographystyle{siam} or \bibliographystyle{plain}

{\sc author's name}, {\sl title of the article}, volume number, publisher, year, pp. -- .                   

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