Below are the three basic categories of submissions for formal peer-review in BAMS:
Articles of less than 7,500 words. The main text (not counting abstract and references) of BAMS articles should average around 4,500 words (about 15 double-spaced manuscript pages). The 7,500 word maximum is for rare and strongly justified cases. Manuscripts cannot exceed maximum length without permission from the Editor in Chief. Authors should justify additional length in their Proposals.
Essays based on experience, opinion, and qualitative or quantitative analysis. These peer-reviewed contributions are designated within the Articles section as a “Forum” selection. They should be less than 5,000 words and average about 3,500 words.
Comments and Replies making technical points about papers published in BAMS. The Comment should be less than 1,500 words and the author of the originating article is offered an opportunity to write a Reply. Generally, comments should be submitted within two (2) years of the publication date of the original paper, although the Editor can waive this time limit based on extenuating circumstances. Nontechnical comments are often published as Letters to the Editor.
Below are the three most common submission type accepted by the journals followed by additional submission types specific to some journals.
Articles - Full-length, up to 7500 words or 26 double-spaced pages of text (not including abstract, references, figure and table lists, and figures).
Expedited Contributions - Shorter articles with an expedited peer-review and publication cycle, limited to 2,500 words (approximately 9 double-spaced text pages), not including abstract, references, figure and table lists, and figures, and no more than a combined total of 6 figures and tables. Multi part papers are not allowed. For Expedited Contributions the Editor will expedite the review process and the AMS publication department will accelerate manuscript preparation for publication in final form. Authors will have a deadline of 4 weeks to complete revisions. Expedited Contributions should be published 10 to 12 weeks after final acceptance. If the manuscript grows beyond the maximum length or figure criteria specified above during the review and revision, the Editor will decide if the paper remains an Expedited Contribution or becomes a regular article. If, however, the paper requires a second round of reviews the contribution must move out of the expedited contributions category and will be considered as a regular article.
Comment and Reply Exchanges - Comments are written in response to a published article. The author of the article being commented upon always has the opportunity to write a reply. These exchanges are published together. Generally, comments should be submitted within two (2) years of the publication date of the original paper, although the Editor can waive this time limit based on extenuating circumstances.
Policy Fora – Policy fora synthesize or integrate policy debates with scientific research. Length can be up to 1500 words.
Reviews – Reviews of books, workshops, and gray literature are solicited by the editors.
Discussion – Comments from readers, not to exceed 500 words, may be written in response to a published article, note, or forum. The author of the article being commented upon always has the opportunity to write a reply. These exchanges are published together.