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Proceedings Royal Society Latex Template Assignment

Author Guidelines

Fuller guidelines are available from here. 

If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement

If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:
CTA Terms and Conditions http://exchanges.wiley.com/authors/faqs---copyright-_301.html

For authors choosing OnlineOpen

If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):
Creative Commons Attribution License OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit http://www.wileyopenaccess.com/details/content/12f25db4c87/Copyright--License.html.

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by certain funders [e.g. The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) or the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)] you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with your Funder requirements.

For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit: http://www.wiley.com/go/funderstatement.

Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to inform an Editorial Office that you intend to publish your paper OnlineOpen if you do not wish to. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.

LATEX Style File

A complete LATEX style file for DOS for submissions to this journal is available to download as a zip archive (81 KB) but it is not compulsory to use it: link

Click here to download the style guide in PDF format.

Overleaf Link

Wiley has partnered with Overleaf, a collaborative, cloud-based authoring tool to offer you Overleaf Link on the Royal Statistical Society journals. With Overleaf Link you have a dedicated article submission template, where you can write and edit your article in Overleaf, and then submit directly to the journal editorial office.

The article submission template for each journal is available below:

For more information, please visit our Overleaf Link webpage.

If you are new to Overleaf there are a number of video tutorials available at this link. If you need any help, we have a direct support arrangement with Overleaf. Please contact them at support@overleaf.com or visit www.overleaf.com/contact.  

Disclosure of financial and other interests

Some journals have policies requiring authors of submitted papers to declare potential conflicts of interest. The purpose is not to remove the conflict but to publicise it, and to allow readers to form their own conclusions on whether any conflict of interest exists. For many of the papers submitted to the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society this is unlikely to be an issue. However, such interests may take many forms, including financial considerations and situations where one or more of the authors have acted as consultants or advisors (paid or otherwise) to a project relevant to the submitted paper. This does not imply that there is anything wrong with holding such interests or that research published by authors with such interests is thereby compromised. With the aim of encouraging transparency and accountability, however, authors of material submitted to the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society are asked to disclose any financial or other interest that may be relevant and/or would prove an embarrassment if it were to emerge after publication and they had not declared it. The appropriate place for such disclosures is in the covering letter to the Editor. At the Editor's discretion, this information may be printed at the end of the paper if it is published.

Data sets and computer code

In the interests of transparency and reproducibility, it is the policy of the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society that published papers should, where possible, be accompanied by the data and computer code used in the analysis. Both data and code must be clearly and precisely documented, in enough detail that it is possible to replicate all results in the final version of the paper. In situations where authors are unable to release their data or code, e.g. because of data access agreements or use of proprietary materials, this must be justified clearly at the time of submission. Where possible, full details must be provided of how access to the materials can be obtained. It is the authors' responsibility to ensure that they have permission to distribute such details. If authors cannot provide either the data and code or any details of how these may be obtained, the reasons for this should be explained clearly at the time of submission. The Editors reserve the right to refuse publication of any paper for which the justification for failing to provide (details of how to access) data or code is deemed inadequate.


  1. Submissions will only be considered in English.  Manuscripts should be submitted via the ScholarOne Manuscripts (formerly known as Manuscript Central) online submission and peer review system for the journal at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jrss, where instructions on how to create an account and how to use the system can be found. Manuscripts must be original contributions which are not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts that are longer than 24 journal pages are unlikely to be accepted for publication.   

  2. A covering note should accompany the paper, giving full contact details of the author for correspondence and any other information that is relevant to the submission.

  3. If the paper is to be considered for reading at a Discussion Meeting of the Society, this should be indicated by selecting the correct manuscript type, i.e. 'Discussion Paper (any series)'. Notes about discussion meetings and on the criteria for papers for them are available from here. Papers which are not to be considered for reading should be indicated by selecting the intended journal series, i.e. Series A, Series B or Series C as the manuscript type.

  4. If accepted for publication, the source files of the final version will be required, preferably LaTex or Tex (or a Word document might be suitable), but for simplicity it is recommended that these forms should not be supplied for initial submission:  complete .ps or .pdf files (or Word documents) will upload more quickly and easily and are perfectly acceptable.

  5. A short summary (no more than about 100 words) should be included at the beginning of the manuscript, together with five or six keywords or key phrases, arranged in alphabetical order, to describe the content of the paper.  Although not compulsory, it is helpful for finding referees also to supply these details in completing the submission form.  References should not be cited in the summary.

  6. The author to whom proofs are to be sent and full postal and e-mail addresses must be clearly stated on the title page. No new material may be introduced at the proof-reading stage.

  7. Illustrations and tables can be either embedded within the text near the point of mention or separately at the end of the manuscript.  All illustrations (and tables) should be referred to sequentially in the text.  If any illustrations are intended to be reproduced in colour, confirmation that the full cost for doing so will be borne by the author must be given. Illustrations will be reproduced in colour online free of charge. A colour work agreement form may be downloaded here.

  8. References should not be numbered but should be standardised as follows:

    (a) in the text, only the authors' surnames should be given, followed by the year of publication in parentheses (for three or more authors, only the first surname should be given, followed by et al.; the abbreviations ibid., op. cit. and loc. cit. are not used);

    (b) at the end of the paper, the references should be listed in alphabetical order of surnames.

    Examples for a paper published in conference proceedings, a paper in a journal, a book and a report on the web are as follows:

    Andersson, S. A., Madican, D, and Periman, M. D. (1996) An alternative Markov prperty for chain graphs. In Proc. 12th Conf. Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence (eds F. V. Jensen and E. Horvitz), pp. 40-48. San Francisco: Morgan Kaufmann.

    Golm, G. T., Halloran, M. E. and Longini I. M. (1998) Semiparametric models for mismeasured exposure information in vaccine trials. Statist. Med., 17, 2335-2352.

    Hughes, B. D. (1996) Random Walks and Random Environments, vol. 2, ch. 3. Oxford: Clarendon.

    Office for National Statistics (2000) 2001 hard-to-count index. Office for National Statistics, London (Available from http://www.statistics.gov.uk/census2001/pdfs/sc0015.pdf.)

  9. Mathematical equations should be typed on separate lines, numbered consecutively and punctuated in the usual way. Matrixes should be indicated by italics and vectors by bold. The development of mathematical expressions, if necessary, should be presented in appendixes with only the relevant equations stated in the main text. The order of brackets in nested expressions is [{()}].

  10. Correspondence for publication relating to papers should be received within one year of publication of the original article. Letters should be typed with double spacing and limited to 400 words. The Editors reserve the right to shorten letters.

Copyright Assignment Form

Authors will be required to assign copyright in their papers to the Royal Statistical Society. Copyright assignment is a condition of publication and papers will not be passed to the publisher for production unless copyright has been assigned. To assist authors an appropriate copyright assignment form is available from the editorial office. (Government employees need to complete the Author Warranty sections, although copyright in such cases does not need to be assigned.) 

For further information or advice contact the Journals administrator (journals@rss.org.uk) at the Society.

Read papers as soon as they publish online with Early View

Articles which have been fully copy-edited and peer-reviewed are published online through our Early View feature before the print edition of this journal is published.

Pre-submission English Language Editing

Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/english_language.asp. Japanese authors can also find a list of local English improvement services at http://www.wiley.co.jp/journals/editcontribute.html. All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

Search Engine Optimization for Your Paper

Consult our SEO Tips for Authors page in order to maximize online discoverability for your published research. Included are tips for making your title and abstract SEO-friendly, choosing appropriate keywords, and promoting your research through social media.


The Proceedings  welcomes submissions of research articles where the final published length is

          25 PAGES OR MORE

For survey articles, see the submission page for the Bulletin.

Papers likely to be outside the page range of the Proceedings may instead be submitted to one of the sister journals as follows. 

Page estimate

To estimate the length of your paper you may use the LMS LaTeX class file. A dense page in the LMS style typically contains 45 lines of text.

A paper whose length is outside the allowed page range may be swiftly rejected.

Submitting your paper 

You may submit a paper electronically as a single PDF file. To do this, you will need to complete a web form.

  • Have a single PDF version of your paper ready to be uploaded as part of the web form submission.

    Please keep the .tex file that precisely corresponds to the PDF version that you are submitting. If your paper is accepted, we will require that particular version of the .tex file. Please do not send the .tex file at this time.

  • Have a look at the list of Editorial Advisers and be prepared to select one whose mathematical interests are closest to the subject of your paper.

Link to the web form for submitting a new article

You will be sent an acknowledgement immediately via email, confirming receipt of your submission. If you do not receive such an acknowledgement within 1 hour, please write to lmsjournals@lms.ac.uk.

From 2018, ORCID iDs will be mandatory for all corresponding authors submitting a paper to the BulletinJournalProceedings and Transactions of the London Mathematical Society, and to the Journal of Topology.

Corresponding authors will be asked to provide their ORCID iD as part of the submission process; those without an ORCID ID will be shown how to obtain one. This can be done in just a minute or two via the website https://orcid.org.

Author guide

The London Mathematical Society has produced a Guide to Authors which gives an overview of the peer review process as it applies to the Bulletin, Journal, Proceedings and Transactions of the LMS. The guide, which is available here, covers common practices in peer review as well as specific procedures and explanations of the EditFlow paper management system.

Revised version

If you wish to upload a revision of a previously submitted article, please do not use the link above. Instead, use the status link contained in the email you received from us about your previous submission. If you cannot find the link, then write to us.

The Editors prefer not to consider multiple versions of the same paper before a decision on the first version is sent, particularly if the changes are minor. If you have received a letter that firmly rejects your paper and does not mention that a resubmission would be considered, you would be advised to submit any revision of your paper to another journal.

General Submission Guidelines

  • Papers should be submitted in English or French.

  • Each paper must be submitted exclusively to one journal.

  • No paper that has been previously published, or which is being considered for publication elsewhere, should be submitted to the London Mathematical Society.

  • Nor may a paper that is under consideration by the London Mathematical Society be submitted elsewhere.

  • By submitting your manuscript to this journal you accept that it may be screened for plagiarism against previously published works. 

  • Authors should take care to keep a copy of all emails sent to the Society.

LMS class file

Authors may prepare their manuscripts in the ’LMS’ document class for LaTeX2e. The class file and its accompanying, concise author guide can be downloaded here.

Please remember that only the PDF file should be submitted electronically in the first instance. Even if you have prepared your paper using our class file, we do not want to receive the .tex files unless and until the paper has been finally accepted for publication by the Editor.

Please read the Instructions for Authors  for further information.

Ethical Policy

The London Mathematical Society has recently adopted an ethical policy for its journals, including guidance on the expected behaviour of authors, referees and editors. The full policy can be found here.

Note regarding U.K. research funding

This journal is compliant with the RCUK (Research Councils of the United Kingdom) Policy on Access to Research Outputs. Click here for details.

Conditions for acceptance

Upon acceptance, you will agree to assign copyright to the Society. See the sample copyright form.

Authors of accepted papers have the option (by paying a charge) to have their article published under 'Open Access'. If published under the open access model, the paper will be distributed under the terms of either

For more information about open access, click here.

If your paper relies on colour figures (or references to colour) that cannot be properly interpreted when the paper is converted to greyscale for printing, then the LMS may charge you for the cost of printing in colour, or alternatively may print your paper in greyscale with a note added to the abstract, explaining that references to colour may not be meaningful in the printed version. 

You may continue to post electronic versions of your paper, up to the version initially accepted for publication, on any web page, server or electronic archive, provided that you give a journal reference to the published version (with DOI, published page numbers, or 'to appear'). You should also include a statement that the two versions are different.

A summary of open access and archiving policies and publishing rights for the Proceedings can be found here.

On acceptance

To help you promote your own paper and make it maximally discoverable, cited and shared, Wiley has developed a Promotional Toolkit at http://wileyauthors.com/maximize with ideas specific to promoting individual papers. 

Paper management system

The LMS uses the journal management software EditFlow, a registered trademark of Mathematical Sciences Publishers. Further information about the EditFlow software is available here.

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