Instructions for Authors

To confirm that your paper may be suitable for publication in Algebra Universalis, please read our mission statement. Note that papers of more than 40 pages are discouraged, and papers of more than 50 pages are not normally considered.

Please ensure that you read and adhere to the Ethical Responsibilities of Authors. These can be found on the Springer website: click on "Instructions for Authors" and then on "Ethical Responsibilities of Authors". 

A.  The submission process

Use Editorial Manager to handle your submissions. Go to the web site

and log in as an author. Follow the on-screen instructions. Submit your manuscript as a PDF file.

If you need help using Editorial Manager to submit your article (or a revision of your article), please see our guide "How to submit an article to Algebra Universalis".

B.  The refereeing process

An Associate Editor will be assigned to your paper, taking into account any preference you may indicated when submitting the paper. Editorial Manager will inform you by email of the name of the Associate Editor assigned to your paper.

Once you have an Associate Editor, you correspond with the Associate Editor.

If there is a problem that can't be resolved between you and the Associate Editor, email Brian Davey at

In all correspondence concerning your paper, please be sure to use the ALUN number that was assigned to your paper.

The refereeing process should be completed in three months; longer papers in nine months. Based on the referee's report, the assigned Associate Editor will recommend acceptance or rejection to the Editorial Office. The possible outcomes of the editorial process are:

  • The paper is accepted without change.
  • The paper is accepted subject to minor changes.
  • The paper will be accepted subject to more substantial changes being made.
  • The paper might be acceptable but requires major revisions; in this case the paper will be regarded as withdrawn and any new version will be regarded as a new submission, and will be given a new file number.
  • The paper is rejected.

C.  Accepted articles

If your paper is accepted, you are required to provide Managing Editor Brian Davey ( with a LaTeX file of your paper. When preparing your LaTeX file, use the class file birkau.cls and follow the guidelines given in the AU Sample Article.

All the files you need are contained in Download and unzip this file. In it you will find:

  • birkau.cls (the Birkhäuser document class modified for AU)
  • AUsample.tex (the LaTeX version of the AU sample article for use with birkau.cls)
  • AUsample.pdf (the PDF version of the AU sample article)
  • spmpsci.bst (the BibTeX style file for those who use BibTeX ).

Please use the checklist given in the final section of the sample article before sending your file to Brian Davey. (This checklist replaces the more extensive list given in Davey's DOs and DON'Ts[6].pdf, which is still available to download for those who would like a more detailed version.) If the guidelines have not been followed, you will be asked to provide Brian Davey with a revised version.

D.  The production process

Your LaTeX file is sent by Brian Davey to the production team at Birkhäuser who will send you a set of page proofs. You must check these proofs very carefully as your LaTeX file will be converted by Birkhäuser into a proprietary format. The purpose of the page proofs is to allow you to check for typesetting or conversion errors and for the completeness and accuracy of the text, tables and figures. Substantial changes are not allowed. After online publication, further changes can only be made in the form of an Erratum.

E.  Continuous Article Publication

Accepted manuscripts will be published via Continuous Article Publication. Consequently, once you have approved your page proofs, your paper will be published electronically via Online First within a few weeks. It will be published in a printed issue in due course.

Brian Davey,
Aug 4, 2017, 6:17 AM
Brian Davey,
Aug 28, 2016, 10:18 PM
Jane Pitkethly,
Apr 3, 2012, 11:04 PM