Manuscripts should be written in LaTex using the imsart package (along with any other desired package) in conjunction with the Annals template. Together these files will set the proper margins and font. Instructions about using both these files, as well as additional tools, can be found at the IMS LaTex support page.

You will need a PDF version of your paper to upload it to EJMS. If your manuscript is not written in LaTex and you need help converting it to PDF, please contact the Production Editor, Patrick Kelly.


Journal space is extremely valuable. As indication (2016-2018), submissions had an average of 32 pages with a standard deviation of 13 pages (in the standard style for Annals of Applied Probability, cf. Manuscript Preparation Guideline).

AAP does not have a strict limit on the length of individual papers, but mind that processing times for long papers can be frustratingly long (as it is difficult to find competent and willing reviewers for such papers, in addition to the extra time required by editors and reviewer). It is furthermore our editorial view that ultimate acceptance of a long paper basically requires a significant breakthrough that can be expected to reshape its field for the foreseeable future. This is not very common.

For all these reasons, please consider very carefully the length of your submission. Whenever appropriate, consider optimizing your presentation. You may also place part of the work as supplementary material before you submit it, but this should only concern standard material and variations thereof that the experienced reader would typically skim over. This supplementary material should be attached to the submission. You will be asked to make it easily accessible if the paper is accepted and to quote explicitly the corresponding download link in the final AAP version of your work.


The title should be descriptive and as concise as is feasible, i.e., it should indicate the topic of the paper as clearly as possible, but every word in it should be pertinent (e.g., avoid titles like “On an unsolved problem of…”.)

Abbreviated Title

An abbreviated title to be used as a running head is also required. This should normally not exceed 35 characters.

Affiliations and Addresses

Indicate the present institutional affiliation of each author as you would like it to appear. List the permanent mailing address, email address, and URL (if available) of each author after the references.


Each manuscript is required to contain a summary, clearly separated from the rest of the paper, which will be printed immediately after the title. Its main purpose is to inform the reader quickly of the nature and results of the paper; it may also be used as an aid in retrieving information. The length of a summary will clearly depend on the length and difficulty of the paper, but in general it should not exceed 150 words. Formulas should be used as sparingly as possible within the summary. The summary should not make reference to results or formulas in the body of the paper-it should be self-contained.


Footnotes should not be used except as described under Title Page Footnotes below. Such information should be included within the text.

Title Page Footnotes

The following items should be included as footnotes on the first page:

  • MSC 2000 subject classifications. Primary-; secondary-.
  • Key words and phrases.
  • Acknowledgment of support.

The list of classification numbers representing the primary and secondary subjects of the article can be found at or in the Mathematical Reviews Annual Subject Index.  Typically, one primary and several secondary classifications are appropriate.  The key words and phrases should describe the subject matter of the article; usually they will be words and phrases that appear in the body of the paper. These words and phrases will be used in electronic and print indexing systems (e.g., Current Index to Statistics), so think of the words and phrases for which you would search if you were looking for a paper like this one.  The acknowledgement of support should reference all grants and contracts that provided support for the research.


References in the body of the paper may use either the \citep{} command for a numbered bibliography, or \cite{} for a name/year bibliography.

Abbreviations for journals should follow the standard of Mathematical Reviews and can be found at or in the current index issue of Mathematical Reviews.

Complete references can be obtained using the MR Lookup feature.