Notes for Contributors

Scope of the journals
Publishing policy
Requirements for papers 

Scope of the journals

Papers published in Journal of Applied Probability (JAP) may be either:

  • research papers not exceeding 20 printed pages, or
  • short communications of a few printed pages in the nature of notes or brief accounts of work in progress
  • Letters to the Editor relating specifically to articles that have previously appeared in JAP.

Papers published in Advances in Applied Probability (AAP) can be:

  • review papers
  • longer research papers in applied probability, which may include expository material
  • expository papers on branches of mathematics of interest to probabilists
  • papers outlining areas in the biological, physical, social and technological sciences in which probability models can usefully be developed
  • papers in applied probability presented at conferences that do not publish their proceedings
  • Letters to the Editor on any appropriate topic in applied probability
  • contributions relating to stochastic geometry and statistical applications to appear in the SGSA section of AAP.

Publishing policy

A submission to Applied Probability is considered as a submission to either JAP or AAP. Longer papers are typically published in AAP, but the assignment of papers between the two journals is made by the Editor-in-Chief on an issue-by-issue basis. Short communications and letters specifically relating to papers appearing in either JAP or AAP are published in JAP. The section on stochastic geometry and statistical applications is published separately in AAP for the last time in 2015. Submissions in the area remain welcome and will be treated as submissions for the general section.

Upon publication, corresponding authors will be sent an electronic (PDF) offprint of their published article at the email address supplied on submission, unless advised otherwise. Printed offprints can be purchased by completing the offprint order form posted with the acceptance letter, provided that the form is returned by the proof correction stage.

Papers submitted to the Applied Probability journals are considered on the understanding that they have not been published previously and are not under consideration by another publication. Accepted papers will not be published elsewhere without the written permission of the Trust. Submitted papers should be in English. It is the author's responsibility to ensure an acceptable standard of language, and a paper failing to meet this requirement may go back to the author for rewriting before being sent out for review.

There are normally no charges to authors unless their paper has very unusual production requirements.

Requirements for papers

Papers must state the names and postal and email addresses of all authors, and should also include:

  • a short abstract of 410 lines giving a non-mathematical description of the subject matter and results
  • a list of keywords detailing the contents
  • a list of classifications according to the 2010 Mathematics Subject Classification scheme (

(Letters to the Editor need not include these.)

To assist authors in writing papers in the Applied Probability style, they may use the LaTeX class file aptpub.cls, along with the template file template.tex, and the APT bibliography style file, apt.bst. We also recommend that authors consult the document guide.pdf, which explains how to use the Applied Probability LaTeX class file. Use of this class file is not a condition of submission, but will considerably increase the speed at which papers are processed for press.

Papers may be submitted as hard copy or as electronic files. All submissions will be acknowledged on receipt.

Electronic submission: Email a double-spaced PostScript™ (.ps) or portable document format (.pdf) file, not exceeding 1 Mb. The files must be clearly identified by name in a separate covering message, and the full title of the paper and all author names must be clearly stated. The address for all email submissions is

The subject line must contain the word "Submission".  For all other queries, contact us

Hard-copy submission: Send two copies of the paper, at least one of which should be double-spaced. All submissions must be accompanied by a covering letter stating the full postal addresses and affiliation of all authors.

Send hard-copy submissions to:

Executive Editor
Applied Probability
School of Mathematics and Statistics
The University of Sheffield
Sheffield S3 7RH