Notes for Contributors

Scope of the journals
Publishing policy
Submit a paper
Submit a revised version
Supplementary material
Privacy statement

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  • papers in applied probability presented at conferences that do not publish their proceedings,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.

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.

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 Accepted papers will not be published elsewhere without the written permission of the Trust.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.

Submit a paper

Papers must 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 should be submitted electronically as a single PDF file via the

online submission Website

Please do not send the .tex file at this time. As part of the submission process, you will be asked to choose an AP Editor whose research interests are closest to the subject of your paper.

You will be sent an acknowledgement immediately via email, confirming receipt of your submission.

The Applied Probability journals use iThenticate to check each manuscript for possible cases of plagiarism as a first step in the submission process. Any suspected cases of plagiarism will be handled as outlined in the COPE guidelines.

Submit a revised version

When uploading a revision of a previously submitted article, please do not use the above link. Submit your revision via the status link contained in the email you received from us regarding your earlier version.

Supplementary material

The Applied Probability journals support the submission and publication of supplementary material that is considered beneficial, but not essential for inclusion in the main article. Any such material must be submitted at the same time as the main article, as it will be peer reviewed with the article, and must ultimately be deemed necessary by the review board.

Supplementary material is exclusively published online alongside the main article on Cambridge Core. It will not be copyedited or typeset, but will be published as approved by the Editor in Chief. A link to the online supplementary material will be added to the footnote on the first page of the article during production. 

Privacy statement

The Applied Probability Trust respects your right to privacy. We will, at all times, only collect and process your personal information in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation.

This privacy statement details the personal information that the Applied Probability Journals collect, and the ways in which the Applied Probability Journals use that personal information. Submission of your article to the Applied Probability Journals shall constitute your consent to allow us to process your personal information in accordance with the terms of this statement.

When you provide us with personal information (e.g. when you submit an article), we will collect, store and use that information for any of the following purposes:

  • to verify your identity;
  • to process/publish a submission to one of the AP journals;
  • to ask you if you would be a referee for another author's article.

The information that we may collect includes your name, academic role, academic institutional address, area of expertise, and email address. Equivalent personal information of any co-authors you put forward may also be collected. Before you provide information about your co-author(s), you must ensure that you have permission from your co-author(s) to do so. By providing their information, you are asserting that they have consented to the use of their personal information for the purposes set out above.

We will retain your personal information on a secure server in the United Kingdom. We will not retain these records for longer than is necessary. If we consider that the information is out of date or is no longer required, we will destroy it.

We may disclose personal information as discussed above and as reasonably necessary for the purposes described in this privacy statement to our publishing partner, Cambridge University Press, and any third-party vendors they/we work with as part of the publication process, and as may be required or permitted by law. We may also share information regarding you and your manuscript as reasonably necessary with external editors and reviewers.

If you wish to discuss what personal information we may have pertaining to you, or you wish to withdraw consent, please contact us at