Instructions for Authors

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

A.  Submission

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".

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". 

B.  The refereeing process

A member of the Editorial Board will be the Associate Editor in charge of your article. If you have a preference for which member should handle your paper, please indicate to Editorial Manager. The Editorial Office will find an Associate Editor for your paper, taking into account any preference you may indicate.

Editorial Manager will inform you of the name of the Associate Editor assigned to your paper. The refereeing should be completed in three months; longer papers in nine months.

Based on the referee's report, the assigned Associate Editor recommends 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  • The paper might be acceptable but requires major revisions; in this case the paper will be regarded as withdrawn and any new version will be regarded as a new submission, and will be given a new file number.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 Executive Editor Brian Davey ( with a LaTeX file of your paper that you have prepared using our au.cls document class (see Section D below). When preparing the LaTeX file, please make sure that you follow the guidelines given in our sample article AUart.tex

Please use the file Davey's DOs and DON'Ts[6].pdf as a check list to avoid the most common LaTeX errors made by AU authors.

In particular:

  1. Use the au.cls class file.
  2. Do not change any of the size parameters: e.g., do not use options like 12pt to change the font size, do not use the \setlength command to change the page size.
  3. Do not insert vertical white space via \bigskip, \smallskip, \vskip, \vspace, etc.
  4. Use the standard amsart environments for Theorems, Propositions, Lemmas, Corollaries, Remarks, Proofs etc., as in the sample article.
  5. Do not create lists by hand. Use the standard LaTeX list environments: enumerate, itemize, etc. You may use your own customised list environments defined with the LaTeX list environment.
  6. Use the LaTeX \newcommand and \renewcommand to define your own commands. Do not use the plain TeX \def command.
  7. Produce your Bibliography in the same style as the sample article: see "Davey's DOs and DON'Ts.pdf" for a list of requirements and AUart.tex/AUart.pdf for examples. (If you would like to use BibTeX, please use the style spmpsci. Note that the output will still need to be edited to conform to the AU style.)

D.  Our document class

Our document class au.cls was written by Craig Platt. You do not have to learn anything new about au.cls to use it. It is a modification of the AMS article class: amsart.cls; the same rules apply.

Place au.cls in your article's folder (make sure you are using an up-to-date version), and start your article with \documentclass{au}.

The sample article AUart.tex gives instructions for preparing a LaTeX file in the AU format. It also serves as a template: you should model your own LaTeX file on the sample article. If you need help getting started with LaTeX, you can use George Grätzer's Short Course and video presentations.

E.  The Executive Editors

You will be in contact with several Executive Editors at various stages of the handling of your paper.

  1. You submit to Editorial Manager and Bob Quackenbush handles the paper until an Associate Editor is assigned.
  2. Once you have an Associate Editor, you correspond with the Associate Editor.
  3. If there is a problem that can't be resolved between you and the Associate Editor, email Brian Davey at
  4. Once the paper is accepted, your LaTeX file goes to Brian Davey (see Section C above), who makes sure that the LaTeX version is acceptable.
  5. The accepted papers are forwarded to Craig Platt. He steers the papers to proofs and then inclusion in an issue of AU.

Brian Davey,
Nov 9, 2015, 2:05 AM
Brian Davey,
Nov 22, 2014, 6:53 PM
Brian Davey,
Aug 28, 2016, 10:18 PM
Jane Pitkethly,
Apr 3, 2012, 11:04 PM
Brian Davey,
May 6, 2014, 1:25 PM
Jane Pitkethly,
Feb 13, 2013, 3:23 PM