Cambridge University Ethics in Mathematics Project

Discussion Paper Policy


Our purpose

Ethics in Mathematics Discussion Papers is part of the Cambridge University Ethics in Mathematics Project, based in the Faculty of Mathematics at Cambridge University, where we want to help to stimulate and disseminate discussion around ethical issues in mathematics, the teaching of ethics to mathematicians, and a corpus of case studies where mathematicians have acted ethically well and ethically questionably as part of their professional mathematical activities.

Our goal is not general ethical discussions that all people should engage in, but those very specifically faced by mathematicians as part of their professional working lives in academe and in industry. What we want to host in these Discussion Papers are the sort of discussions that would be difficult to find a home in the current journal literature; papers that are complex and deep philosophical arguments, or the result of extensive and deep research should probably be published in a more established journal. Ethics in Mathematics Discussion Papers is a citable internally peer reviewed publication (ISSN:2632-4245). We would like to stimulate a nascent discipline that does not really exist at the moment – the study of ethics in mathematics – by providing a forum for extended written discussions amongst like-minded mathematicians (taken broadly). In time, we hope that the people interested in these questions will come to publish material that will fit into the standard journal literature – and we may evolve these Discussion Papers into a Journal of Ethics in Mathematics … all in good time.

Who can contribute?

Our objective is to stimulate discussion amongst professional mathematicians, so we are looking for mathematicians to talk to other mathematicians about ethical issues specific to the profession, practice, and discipline of mathematics. Whilst we would never exclude a priori contributions from others – and it would be wonderful to get perspectives and discussion on ethics in mathematics from those in the legal profession, human sciences, and computing, for example – the focus of this project is for mathematicians, by mathematicians. So we expect that most contributions will come from those with a direct involvement in research, teaching, and the application of mathematics in academe and in industry. Most, but by no means exclusively.

Submission and publication

We expect submissions for inclusion in the Discussion Papers to be original, has not been previously published, and not under consideration elsewhere. We expect the author to retain copyright under a Creative Commons License (see below). The Editors reserve the right to reject submissions that appear to be outside the scope of ethics in mathematics as we have outlined it.

We would prefer submissions in English (for reasons of universality rather than mere cultural arrogance), but articles in German, French, and Italian will be considered. Non-English language articles will need to include a short and long Abstract (see below) in English as well.

Submissions should be in a form that we can read and work with, so Word, rtf, or editable pdf files seem the most reliable. We would prefer footnotes not endnotes (articles will be published as pdfs so the reader will see pages) and citations should be in a simple standard form, e.g. [Bloggs 1902, pp.17-18], and articles should have a full bibliography a simple, standard form if needed. Each submission should include a short Abstract to go on the website Table of Contents page and a longer Abstract in any reasonable combination of languages, and a short (ca.5 sentences) biographical sketch of the author(s). All submissions will be internally peer reviewed, and it is the aim of the Editors to get papers published extremely quickly.

We have no rigid expectations of length of submissions, but something in the region of 10-20 pages would seem to be reasonable; a great deal shorter might not be substantive enough for readers’ attention, and a great deal longer might be better broken up into different papers. Papers that are comments on other papers are welcome (play nice …) and if there is a demand for shorter submissions we will add a “letters” page.

We do not wish to assert copyright on the works published on this website, and we ask that authors agree to apply one of the Creative Commons Licenses (CCL) By default we will assert the CC BY-NC-ND “Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs” license (this is the most restrictive of the six license forms of CCL, only allowing others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you; they cannot change them in any way or use them commercially). Alternative copyright or licenses can be discussed, if you need something different.

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