Manuscript Preparation Guide for CMS Publications

Electronic submissions to Calcutta Mathematical Society should be in Portable Document Format (PDF). The submission should be in US Letter paper size (rather than A4), and should use atleast size 11 font.

This web page gives a few instructions and tips on preparing your submission document. On many platforms, it is fairly easy to prepare a document in a wide variety of formats, and then convert it to PDF. Most authors will be using LaTeX to prepare their submissions. While this approach is not strictly required at the time of first submission, it is strongly recommended.

Papers accepted for publication must be prepared using LaTeX (instructions for preparing final versions of accepted papers will be sent to authors of accepted papers). The remainder of this web page deals only with LaTeX (and in fact, only with LaTeX 2e, the "modern" version of LaTeX).

Font Size: 11pt

The CalMathSoc publications are printed with 11pt sized fonts. A document with fontsize below 11pt proves to be hard-reading and hence a problem for the reviewers and readers alike. For this reason, font size of 11pt is preferred for submissions. A 12pt submission will be good as well, but in case of accepted papers, the final version for publication is due only in 11pt fontsize. The instructions below should guarantee that you get 11pt font size, regardless of your system's default configuration.

Paper Size: Letter (8.5 x 11 inches)

The CalMathSoc publications are printed on US Letter sized paper. A document with an A4 paper size tends to get cropped when printed on US Letter papers. For this reason, the US Letter is the preferred paper size for submissions. The instructions below should guarantee that you get US letter paper size, regardless of your system's default configuration.

Preparing the LaTeX File

If you are not familiar with LaTeX, please check here first: LaTeX Guide. [Highly recommended]
Alternatively, check the MS Word preparation guide here: MS Word Guide. [Not recommended]

To get 11 point fonts, reasonable margins, and US letter paper size, make the first two lines of your LaTeX file look like this:

\documentclass[11pt]{article}
\usepackage[letterpaper,hmargin=1.25in,vmargin=1.5in]{geometry}


Please do not use any other commands to set the margins. Any smaller margins or fonts are not acceptable. You are free to use any LaTeX Style for your figures, tables or algorithms while preparing your document. But we will require those .sty files at the time of your final camera ready submission. A few recommendations for LaTeX environments are as follows.

1. Graphics and Figures: LaTeX default style [only .eps format is permitted]
2. Font style: \usepackage{amsmath, amssymb, amsfonts}
3. Theorem environment: \usepackage{amsthm} or the default LaTeX style

Converting to PDF

If you are using LaTeX and are familiar to its compilation and execution operations, you might already know how to do this using your LaTeX editor and compiler. Here is a brief set of instructions for the same.

If you are on a Linux or Unix platform: Run latex paper.tex, followed by dvipdf paper.dvi from the console

If you are on Windows platform: Run the LaTeX compile command on your editor followed by the DVI->PDF command

If you are on some LaTeX editor where you can not find these, please check with the Help files in the editor and you should find a guide to generate PDF from the TeX file. Please realize that we can not provide support for all your LaTeX queries. A few set of introductory instructions may be found here: LaTeX Guide.

Preparing the MS Word File

Please note that it is NOT recommended to use anything but LaTeX to prepare the manuscript, as you will be required to turn in the LaTeX source and figures at the time of final camera-ready submission if your paper is accepted for publication. Please check here for a nice introduction: LaTeX Guide.

In case you are in too hurry to learn the material now, here is a short guide to prepare your manuscript using Microsoft Word. But, please be familiar with LaTeX, just in case your submission is accepted for publication.

To get a reasonably good looking manuscript with good margins and US letter paper size, make sure to follow these steps:

1. Go to Page Setup in the MS Word editor
2. Set Margins manually: Top = 1.5", Bottom = 1.5", Left = 1.25", Right = 1.25"
3. Go to the Paper tab and set Paper Size = Letter [check that Width = 8.5", Height = 11"]
4. Font: Set Times New Roman and please use the same font throughout
5. Font Style:
Title and Section Headers 14pt Bold
Abstract, Keywords and Figure/Table names 10pt Normal
Subsection Headers 12pt Bold
Body text, Page numbers, References 11pt Normal

6. Convert to PDF: Print to File - Choose PDF format, or use any other DOC to PDF converter


Once again, this is NOT Recommended unless the submission is not absolutely urgent, and you need more than sufficient time to learn LaTeX. Please be familiar with LaTeX as it will be required for the final version of this paper. Moreover, it is the most widely used and most convenient document preparation medium for Mathematicians. We are sure you too will fall in love once you start using it.

LaTeX Guide: A short introduction

LaTeX is the most widely used typesetting system for authors in Mathematics and all other major Science subjects. This section intends to provide a bunch of relevant links for the beginners in LaTeX. If you want more, just Google LaTeX and you'll get lots more information regarding every aspect of this open source system.
What is LaTeX: http://www.latex-project.org/intro.html

Get LaTeX: http://www.latex-project.org/ftp.html

Get an Editor: Windows [LEd or WinEdt], Linux [gedit or Kile], Mac OS [TeXShop]

Learning Resources: Very Short guide to LaTeX, Short Math guide for LaTeX, Not so Short Intro to LaTeX 2e

We will keep updating this section and post more and more information about LaTeX typesetting. Stay in touch, and Happy LaTeX-ing!