Information for Contributors

At Vector we accept contributions of a wide variety. Vector caters to a diverse audience consisting of elementary to secondary to post-secondary mathematics educators and mathematicians. As such, we welcome submissions from all of these constituents and urge all authors to keep the diversity of our readership in mind when crafting their articles. Below you will find a list of the types of contributions we are seeking along with some specifications for each.  The editors are available to work with you on the shaping of an article to fit into one of these categories.

Questions, suggestions, submissions should be sent to the editors. Otherwise, please specify the category you are submitting your article under.

In addition, to the usual editorial help that you and your article will receive contributors now have an option to have certain articles peer reviewed. If you are submitting a Research Report, a Practicizing, Issues in Mathematics Education, Listserve in Brief, or a Book Review article you can opt to have it reviewed by members of the Vector editorial board. Readers benefit by reading more rigorously edited articles, while contributors benefit from being able to claim that their submission has been peer reviewed.

Contributors who opt for peer-review can expect to receive two independent reviews plus a summary of the reviews by one of the editors. You will then be asked to revise and resubmit your article in accordance to the reviewers’ comments. If you are submitting your article under the peer review option please indicate so at the time of submission.

A Day in the Life of …

We all teach in very different contexts — with some of these contexts differing more than others. Vector looks to publish anecdotes from teachers’ work in these diverse settings. Whether you work in a rural school, in a multi-grade classroom, in IB, in French Immersion, in an international school, in an inner city school, or even in a stereotypical classroom (if such a thing even exists), we would love to hear from you. First person tales of teaching are infinitely interesting to read.

The more edgy submissions will be published under the heading of Teaching on the Edge (please see Mike Physick’s articles in 51(2) and 51(1) for examples). Articles in this category should be written in the first person (unless they are about someone else).

Submission Criteria

Length: 1500–2000 words
Peer-Review Available: no
Images: must be sent as separate attachments (high resolution JPG and EPS files are preferred) and labelled accordingly
Contributor Bio: 50 words max; must be included

Research Reports

Like most mathematics education journals we are most interested in publishing reports of research conceived and executed. For the Vector audience, the more interesting of such articles will concern themselves with research done in the classroom about teaching and/or learning. If you have been experimenting with something in your teaching, or you have done investigations into the way students think or learn about specific mathematical topics, or you are examining students beliefs and attitudes about mathematics, Vector is interested in publishing it. Articles must clearly state the research question, the data collection, share some results and present the conclusions.

Submission Criteria

Length: 3000 words max
Peer-Review Available: yes
Images: must be sent as separate attachments (high resolution JPG and EPS files are preferred) and labelled accordingly
Contributor Bio: 50 words max; must be included

Practicizing

Practicizing articles are very much like research reports but with less rigour. As teachers we practicize when we theorize about our teaching and the effect that it has on learning and the learner. At Vector we are interested in hearing about this practicizing that teachers do. Articles should be an anecdotal account of things you do in your practice, the effects that has on learners and learning, and your theories of why it has that effect.

Submission Criteria

Length: 2000 words max
Peer-Review Available: yes
Images: must be sent as separate attachments (high resolution JPG and EPS files are preferred) and labelled accordingly
Contributor Bio: 50 words max; must be included

Implementation

For this category contributors may submit a report on something that they are doing in their classroom: reports of success or reports of struggles. They can include innovations in teaching, implementation of curriculum, and the like. Implementation articles should NOT include extensive resources like worksheets, tests, or rubrics. Such resources can be posted on the BCAMT Resource website and then referenced to within the article.

Submission Criteria

Length: 2000 words max
Peer-Review Available: no
Images: must be sent as separate attachments (high resolution JPG or EPS files are preferred) and labelled accordingly
Contributor Bio: 50 words max; must be included

Letter to the Editor

From time to time members of the BCAMT community feel a need to comment on current issues in the field. We welcome such commentary and see Vector as an ideal venue for the dissemination of such articles. Submissions could include, but is not limited to, commentary or reports on curriculum, teaching, articles published in Vector, articles published in popular media and newspapers, recent conferences and/or conference presentations, discussions on the BCAMT listserv, etc.. Letters to the Editor must clearly state what issue is being commented on, be respectful of the opinions and ideas of others, and be tactful in their commentary.

Submission Criteria

Length: 1000 words max

Issues in Mathematics Education

We are reinstituting a submission category that was prevalent in Vector in the 80’s. Articles under this category are commentaries on issues that are current and, perhaps, controversial, in the teaching and learning of mathematics in BC. These can be curriculum issues, assessment issues, technology issues, etc. They can also be protracted commentaries on issues around mathematics education that have sprung up in media or popular culture. Articles submitted under this category are not to be confused with a Letter to the Editor. Although they may tackle many of the same issues, Issues in Mathematics Education submissions are expected to be more formal both in tone and argument structure. Articles submitted to this category should not exceed 3000 words, be clear about what issue they are commenting on, be respectful of the opinions and ideas of others, and be tactful in their commentary.

Submission Criteria

Length: 1500–2000 words
Peer-Review Available: yes
Images: must be sent as separate attachments (high resolution JPG or EPS files are preferred) and labelled accordingly
Contributor Bio: 50 words max; must be included

Report

From time to time BCAMT members partake in an activity that the Vector readership may find interesting. This could be anything from participation in a conference to a professional development opportunity to engagement in a funded research project to collaboration with other teachers to participation in extra-curricular mathematics activities. Vector is interested in publishing reports of these activities. An article of this format should not exceed 3000 words and be written in a fashion so as to provide not only a frame for what the activity was but also (and more importantly) to present the details of the activity in such a way that the readership can benefit from it. A good example of this is TEDx and the Future of Education by Patrick Wadge in Vector 52(1).

Submission Criteria

Length: 1500–2000 words
Peer-Review Available: no
Images: must be sent as separate attachments (high resolution JPG or EPS files are preferred) and labelled accordingly
Contributor Bio: 50 words max; must be included

Listserv in Brief

From time to time a topic on the BCAMT Listserv will take on a life of its own. When this happens it would be nice to have a summary of the nature of the discussion that took place published in Vector. Through the use of narrative and carefully selected excerpts from the discussion such a summary should capture the essence of the discussion and any conclusions that were arrived at in an unbiased way. Authors intending to write such an article on a Listserv discussion should send an email to the editors first to ensure that only one such summary is being produced per discussion.

Submission Criteria

Length: 3000 words max
Peer-Review Available: yes
Images: must be sent as separate attachments (high resolution JPG or EPS files are preferred) and labelled accordingly
Contributor Bio: 50 words max; must be included

Book Review

We would like to see each edition of Vector include 2-4 reviews of books that might be of interest to our reading audience. We feel so strongly about this that we are offering to pay for any books you chose to review. For details about this please see the Call for Book Reviews page.

Submission Criteria

Length: 1500–2000 words
Peer-Review Available: yes
Images: must be sent as separate attachments (high resolution JPG or EPS files are preferred) and labelled accordingly
Contributor Bio: 50 words max; must be included

Retro Articles

In every issue of Vector we try to publish an article from the past editions of Vector. The types of articles we are interested in re-publishing under this category are many and varied. We are looking for articles that showcase what is old is new again, how some things have not changed, how some things have really changed, etc. We are also interested in articles written by key people in the BC mathematics education community. Anyone wishing to recommend an article for re-publication should send an email to the editors with their recommendation and an articulation as to why they believe the article they have chosen is a good one for consideration.

Student Submissions

From time to time an opportunity presents itself where a student does something that could be published in Vector. It could be anything from a novel solution to a problem to an op ed piece that they have written about mathematics to poetry or art work. Regardless of what it is, if you think that others would benefit from reading it and you have the student’s permission please submit it on their behalf along with their contact information. We will work with you and your student to help shape it (if necessary) into something that could be published in Vector.

Submission Criteria

Length: 1500–2000 words
Images: must be sent as separate attachments (high resolution JPG or EPS files are preferred) and labelled accordingly
Contributor Bio: 50 words max; must be included

Mathematical Explorations

Mathematics, it could be argued, is at the core of mathematics teaching. As such, Vector accepts articles based on mathematical explorations and investigations resulting in new ways to think about specific mathematics curriculum content, extensions of curriculum, and alternate ways in which to teach mathematics content.

It is preferred that all mathematics content in such articles is interesting and accessible to a wide readership. As such, we do not accept articles that are primarily a proof of a new theorem. The mathematical formulations and equations that often populate such articles are very arduous to edit. So, please take the time to ensure that equations are typed using Math Magic equation software and your submission is as close to camera ready as possible. If you are using a Mac, you can download their “lite” version for free OR if you’re using Windows, you can use their demo version.

Submission Criteria

Length: 2500 words
Images: must be sent as separate attachments (high resolution JPG or EPS files are preferred) and labelled accordingly
Contributor Bio: 50 words max; must be included

Specific Resources

In each issue of Vector we publish problem sets, lists of interesting web pages, and use student (art)work on the cover. We are always looking for contributions of these kinds. If you have something to offer please feel free to send them to us.

Submission Criteria

Images: must be sent as separate attachments (high resolution JPG or EPS files are preferred) and labelled accordingly
Contributor Bio: 50 words max; must be included

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