Format Information

The Journal accepts submissions in a variety of formats and is willing to work with contributors in getting their work on the Web. All papers will be available as postscript files, and some papers will be available in other formats as well, depending on how they were submitted to the Journal.

The Journal prefers authors to submit their papers as TeX or LaTeX sourcecode, as that allows the editorial board to convert them to dvi and postscript forms. Information on those formats follows.


TeX is a powerful typesetting system created by Donald Knuth of Standford University. TeX's power lies in its ability to handle complicated technical and mathematical formulas and symbols. A TeX input file is simply an ASCII text file formatted with proper handles and tags, much like an HTML file. The TeX program accepts this input file and outputs a dvi file capable of being viewed and printed. The programs LaTeX, AMS-TeX, and AMS-LaTeX are similar to TeX, producing dvi files just like TeX, but they contain macros that make them easier to work with.

For more information, try these sources:


A dvi file is the end result of the TeX program. After an input file has been TeX'ed, the resulting dvi file can be viewed using a dvi viewer, printed using a dvi printer, or converted to postscript for viewing or printing.

For dvi viewers, dvi printers, and dvi-to-postscript converters, see the following familiar locations:


The postscipt format is a very common form in which files are stored. Looking at a postscript file will only show ASCII gibberish, but most printers understand such files very well. A dvi file can be converted to postscript (using a translator like dvips) and then viewed (using a viewer such as ghostview) and easily printed.

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