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Editorial Policy and Information for Authors
CBMS Issues in Mathematics Education Series

I. Policy Statement

The Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences' Issues in Mathematics Education (CBMATH) series is a publication of the American Mathematical Society and the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences. It is devoted to upgrading the base of scholarly knowledge concerning learning, teaching, and curriculum at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the mathematical sciences, the education of pre-service teachers for the mathematical sciences, and graduate programs in education in the mathematical sciences. CBMATH publishes articles dealing with various facets undergraduate instruction in mathematics, including reports of research (including experiments, case studies, surveys, philosophical studies, and historical studies); proceedings of important conferences, literature reviews; theoretical analyses; critiques of articles or books; and commentaries on issues pertaining to the learning, teaching, and curriculum in the mathematical sciences at the undergraduate and graduate levels. 

Manuscripts accepted for publication must make significant contributions to learning, teaching, or curriculum in the mathematical sciences at the undergraduate or graduate levels. In particular, manuscripts should be well grounded and theoretically sound. They should move the field of education in the mathematical sciences forward in clearly identifiable ways . Such manuscripts must not have been accepted in total or part for publication in other sources.

II. The Review Process

Manuscripts submitted to CBMATH are peer-reviewed by professionals in the mathematical sciences and mathematical sciences education. When a manuscript is received, it is sent to at least four reviewers for their comments and recommendations. Based on these comments and recommendations, the editor makes one of four decisions: (a) accept, (b) accept pending revisions, (c) reject but encourage revision and resubmission, (d) reject. While the following is not a complete description of the meanings of these terms, the statements may help interpret both the meaning of the editor's recommendations and possible courses of action for author(s).

Overall Recommendations

Accept: The manuscript is well conceived and executed. Some minor changes may be required, but the majority of changes can be handled by the editorial process.

Accept Pending Revisions: The manuscript is strong, but needs some changes in order to raise to the level warranting publication. The related literature may be wanting, the theoretical grounding may need additional work, the analysis of findings may need strengthening, or the overall structure of the work may need attention to make it a more cohesive piece. Such changes should be of the nature that they can be handled by the editor and editorial board without additional reviews.

Reject but Encourage Revision and Resubmission: The manuscript is based on sound content and methods, but needs significant revision to bring it to the level of scholarship associated with CBMATH. The resubmission of a revised manuscript carries with it the presumption that the author(s) have responded to the original reviews and addressed shortcomings noted. The resubmission will be circulated to some of the original reviewers, as well as some reviewers who did not see the original manuscript.

Reject: The manuscript is not suitable for CBMATH. Reasons for this designation include topics inappropriate for publication in CBMATH relative to the goals of the publication. Other reasons include insufficient theoretical framework or data to support the findings, lack of links to related research, or failure to move the field forward in any identifiable way.