Editorial Policies and Instructions for Authors for the Lecture Notes in Logic



This series is intended to serve researchers, teachers, and students in the field of symbolic logic, broadly interpreted. The aim of the series is to bring publications to the logic community with the least possible delay and to provide rapid dissemination of the latest research. Scientific quality is the overriding criterion by which submissions are evaluated.

Books in the Lecture Notes in Logic series are printed by photo-offset from master copy prepared using LaTeX or (preferably) AMS-LaTeX and the ASL style files. For this purpose the Association for Symbolic Logic provides technical instructions to authors. Careful preparation of manuscripts will help keep production time short, reduce costs, and ensure the quality of appearance of the finished book. Production of an LNL volume takes approximately 8 weeks after completion of typesetting. No royalty is paid on LNL volumes.

Commitment to publish may be made by letter of intent rather than by signing a formal contract, at the discretion of the ASL Publisher. The Association for Symbolic Logic secures the copyright for each volume.

The editors prefer email contact and encourage electronic submissions.


Submissions are invited in the following categories:

  • Research monographs and Lecture and seminar notes
  • Reports of meetings
  • Out of print texts

Those considering a project which might be suitable for the series are strongly advised to contact the publisher or the series editors at an early stage.

Each listed author of a submission to the LNL must be an identifiable human being. In particular, anonymous authorship is not permitted. Pseudonyms are permitted as long as the editors receive full and accurate information about the name and contact data for the author.

In light of these requirements, no Artificial Intelligence (AI) tool can be listed as an author of any submission. However, any use of such tools in the research for, or the preparation of, the submission should be in compliance with the general guidelines mentioned above and must be fully acknowledged and described to both the editors and readers where relevant in the submission and in a general way in the Acknowledgements in the submission. Similarly, the use of other general aids, human or machine, in translation, writing or editing should be acknowledged in the Acknowledgements of the submission. This last requirement does not apply to standard word processing or translation programs.

Manuscripts are accepted for review with the understanding that all persons listed as authors have given their approval for the submission of the paper, and that the same work (1) has not been published elsewhere; (2) is not presently submitted or accepted for publication elsewhere; and (3) will not be submitted elsewhere unless the manuscript is either withdrawn from or rejected by the LNL first. Moreover, each listed author takes responsibility for its content and its compliance with the general guidelines for submissions to the LNL including expectations for proper citations, copyright rules and avoidance of conflicts or interest, defamation, bias, harassment or plagiarism. Authors should also review the ASL’s policy on Publication Ethics.

Research Monographs and Lecture and Seminar Notes

These categories will be emphasized by Lecture Notes in Logic and are normally reserved for works written by one or two authors. The goal is to report new developments quickly, informally, and in a way that will make them accessible to non-specialists. Books in these categories should include

  • at least 150 pages of text;
  • a table of contents;
  • an informative introduction, perhaps with some historical remarks, which should be accessible to readers unfamiliar with the topic treated;
  • a subject index.

In the evaluation of submissions, timeliness of the work is an important criterion. Texts should be well-rounded and reasonably self-contained. In most cases the work will contain results of others as well as those of the authors. In each case, the author(s) should provide sufficient motivation, examples, and applications. In this respect, Ph.D. theses will be suitable for this series only when they are of exceptional interest and of high expository quality.

Proposals for volumes in this category should be submitted (preferably electronic) to one of the series editors, and will be referred A provisional judgment on the acceptability of a project can be based on partial information about the work: a first draft, or a detailed outline describing the contents of each chapter, the estimated length, a bibliography, and one or two sample chapters. A final decision whether to accept will rest on an evaluation of the completed work.

Edited collections will be considered for publication provided that they are coherent, timely, focused, and of lasting interest.

Such collections should be planned and proposed by a volume editor or small team of editors.
They select/commission the papers which are suitable for inclusion and have them individually refereed as for a journal. Organizers should contact the Managing Editor of Lecture Notes in Logic in the early planning stages. Please note that Lecture Notes in Logic does not, apart from in very exceptional cases, publish volumes in honor of an individual, such as birthday conference proceedings.

Out of print texts

This category provides an avenue whereby out-of-print books that are still in demand can be made available to a new generation of logicians.


Works in English are preferred. After the manuscript is accepted in its final form, an electronic copy in LaTeX or (preferably) AMS-LaTeX format will be appreciated and will advance considerably the publication date of the book. Authors are strongly urged to seek typesetting instructions from the Association for Symbolic Logic at an early stage of their manuscript preparation.