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Mathematics & Statistics

General subject guide for mathematics & statistics students, faculty, and staff at JMU.

The arXiv

The arXiv is the number one pre-print article database for mathematics, computer science, and physics. While it was original developed for physics, mathematics now represents around a quarter of all submissions

The Mathematics arXiv

There are many ways you can browse the mathematics section of the arXiv. You can refine by date and focus only on new articles or those submitted on a specific day, month, or year. You can filter even more using the arXiv's 36 mathematics subject categories, such as Functional Analysis, Combinatorics, and Metric Geometry. Within the categories you can again use dates to refine your results.

Note: The information on the arXiv has been submitted the article authors, while some may have been refereed there is no peer review required for articles in the arXiv.

Searching the arXiv for Mathematics

When searching the arXiv for mathematics it is keep in mind that you are searching hundreds of thousand highly technical research papers. This makes it very important to think deeply and try to make your searches as specific as possible. In general, unless you know an article's title or arXiv-id stick to the advanced search instead of using the search box on the front page.

arXiv advanced search with three boxes. The first with hypergraphs and All fields on the drop down, the second with AND as its boolean and total domination game in the box and title on the drop down, and the third with AND as the boolena, 68Q25 in the box and MSC classification chosen on the drop down. Under are subject checkboxes with only mathematics(math) chose, and below date filers will all dates chose, then submission filters with submission date (most recent) chosen

With arXiv's advanced search you can search for an article by its title, abstract, arXiv subject category, DOI, and Mathematical Subject Classification or for an author by their name, ORCID ID, and arXiv id, as well as filter by subject and date. For more general searches choose All Fields from the drop down and if you are searching for an author by name use the last name, first name format.

Automating the arXiv

The arXiv has two services which will allow you to automatically receive all of the new articles from subject areas of interest. Instructions follow.

How to receive new articles via email

Send an email to math@arxiv.org with the subject line set to subscribe *Your Name* and add *Name of Category* as the email's message.
For example to all the newly submitted Number Theory articles you would write add Number Theory in the email.
To then stop receiving email alerts about Number Theory articles you would send a second email with del Number Theory

How to receive new articles via RSS

The arXiv provides an RSS feed for all new mathematics articles, as well as mathematics specific feeds.
You can find the RSS for all mathematics articles at https://arxiv.org/rss/math
For a specific category just add .XY to the end of the URL, where XY is the category code.
For example the Group Theory RSS URL would be https://arxiv.org/rss/math.GR. You can find the category codes on the front page of the mathematics arXiv.