Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Established in 2015, The Mathematics Technology and History Journal (MaTH Journal) is a peer-reviewed publication of the Mathematics Teacher Preparation Program at Miami University.  The MaTH Journal seeks lively, well-motivated articles that will enrich mathematics instruction, as well as expository papers that stimulate the thinking and broaden the perspectives of those who teach K through 12 level mathematics. Articles involving all aspects of mathematics are welcome, including those focusing on mathematics history, problem solving with technology, pedagogy, applications, computation, and so on.

 

Section Policies

Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

Upon submission, each manuscript is logged by the OJS system and given a manuscript reference number (e.g., JPR-2011-XXX). The Editor-in-Chief first checks the form and format, particularly the figures, tables and reference style then considers if the manuscript is suitable in form and content for the MaTH Journal. If the content is judged to be inappropriate for the journal it is rejected without review; otherwise it is then assigned to a team of 2-3 reviewers. Additional reviews, or the advice of Editor-in-Chief, may be sought in cases where the initial reviews are conflicting. To facilitate a timely review process reviewers are asked to return their reviews within three weeks. Normally the interval from submission to first decision is in the order of 3-5 weeks.

To try to avoid overloading reviewers with requests, the MaTH Journal maintains a comprehensive database of past reviewer history. Once the required number of reviews is received, based on the reviews and the Editor's own assessment of the manuscript, he/she makes a recommendation, which is forwarded to the Editor-in-Chief.

The EIC then, following the advice of the Editor together with the reviews, communicates an initial decision to the author(s). This can be, in unusual cases, “Accept”. Otherwise the decision will be either “Accept with Revision”, or “Reject”. The reviews are copied verbatim with the decision letter, but reviewers may also provide “Confidential comments to the Editor”, which are taken into account in making the decision. For “Accept with Revision” authors are asked to return their revised manuscript within 6 weeks.

Normally, for papers that are rejected, the MaTH Journal will not consider resubmission of similar or related material. Reviewers are thanked, informed of the decision, and the reviews that form the basis are shared anonymously between the reviewers. To facilitate timely publication, if a revision is not returned within the specified period, the Editorial Office will contact the authors asking whether they intend to submit a revision. If there are extenuating circumstances and extension may be granted. Otherwise the paper is considered withdrawn and any future version of the manuscript that is received is treated as a new submission.

Revised manuscripts are forwarded to the original reviewers or to the EIC, who decides whether the authors have responded adequately to comments and suggestions from the first round of review. In most cases, particularly for major revisions, revised manuscripts are sent for re-review to one or both of the original reviewers. Based on his/her assessment of the manuscript and any re-reviews, the Editor then makes a recommendation on the paper. This may either be for acceptance, rejection, or a further round of revision. 

Once a final recommendation on a paper is received the EIC writes to the author with the final decision. The authors are asked if they would like to submit appropriate high-resolution images for consideration for the journal front cover. In the case of papers that are accepted, the EIC then reads through them and carries out a light “scientific edit” where appropriate. They are then checked by the Editorial Office and then transmitted to the MaTH Journal production team.

A copy-editor at MaTH lightly edits the manuscript to ensure that the grammar is correct. The copy editor also checks that 1) all literature references in the text appear in the list of references and vice-versa, 2) figures and tables are cited in the proper order in the text. The manuscript is then typeset and galley proofs are sent to the author. Authors receive proofs as an Adobe PDF file attachment.

From the time that the Editorial Office sends the manuscript to the MaTH Production to the time that authors receive proofs is normally under 4 weeks. Authors are asked to check their proofs carefully and respond to any specific “Author Queries”. Proofs should be returned within 2 or 3 days or publication will be delayed. Errors generated by the author cannot be corrected at a later stage, so careful checking of proofs is important.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...