Instructions for authors

Authors are welcome to submit preprints in Algebraic Number Theory or Arithmetic Geometry to the archives. Here is the procedure.

Prepare a file named 'info' containing basic information about the paper in the following plain ascii format.

Author: John Q. Author
Title: On prime pseudonumbers

In this paper we prove an interesting theorem
about prime pseudonumbers.  We also prove
an interesting corollary.

The Author, Title, and Email address are required information. The blank line after the header lines is required. The remainder of the file should contain an abstract of the paper, together with any auxiliary information about handling the files.

You may mark up the body of the file (not the header) with HTML commands, as in the HTML specification. For example, the abstract may contain multiple paragraphs, separated by the symbol <P>.

Now use ftp to contact the machine "" with login name "n-theory" and with password "n-theory", and enter the directory "incoming" with the "cd" command. Make a new directory there with a temporary name you choose, and enter that directory. Upload the file "info" along with the dvi file or files that constitute your paper or book. Remember to specify binary mode for the dvi files with the "binary" command.

We convert your dvi files into postscript automatically, assuming "letter" size paper. If your dvi files are intended for A4 size paper, please include the TeX command "\special{papersize=21cm,29.7cm}" in your tex file somewhere on the first page of the document. This will be useful to dvips.

Long works may be separated into multiple dvi files to facilitate viewing over the network. These files should be named so that alphabetic ordering of the file names provides the natural order for viewing.

An additional file whose name has the form can be included to provide information about your file xxxx, if necessary.

That's all there is to it. Eventually someone will notice that you've placed files on our machine and move them into the archives.

When your paper is ultimately published we would greatly appreciate being informed. At that time we will remove the preprint and leave a pointer to the journal in which it was published.

Here is an actual example of the use of anonymous ftp to upload a paper. Two files are uploaded: wfilt.dvi and info. They are inserted into a subdirectory of the incoming directory I called dan-test. The prompts for the user are of the form "%" and "ftp>".
    % ftp
    Connected to
    220 symcom FTP server (UNIX(r) System V Release 4.0) ready.
    Name ( n-theory
    331 Password required for n-theory.
    ftp> cd incoming
    ftp> mkdir dan-test
    257 MKD command successful.
    ftp> cd dan-test
    250 CWD command successful.
    ftp> binary
    200 Type set to I.
    ftp> put wfilt.dvi
    200 PORT command successful.
    150 Binary data connection for wfilt.dvi (,48063).
    226 Transfer complete.
    local: wfilt.dvi remote: wfilt.dvi
    133956 bytes sent in 0.21 seconds (6.1e+02 Kbytes/s)
    ftp> put info
    200 PORT command successful.
    150 Binary data connection for info (,48065).
    226 Transfer complete.
    local: info remote: info
    15 bytes sent in 0.00058 seconds (25 Kbytes/s)
    ftp> ls
    200 PORT command successful.
    150 ASCII data connection for /bin/ls (,48067) (0 bytes).
    226 ASCII Transfer complete.
    17 bytes received in 0.36 seconds (0.047 Kbytes/s)
    ftp> dir
    200 PORT command successful.
    150 ASCII data connection for /bin/ls (,48069) (0 bytes).
    total 290
    -rw-r--r--   1 ftp      guests        15 Jan  5 14:58 info
    -rw-r--r--   1 ftp      guests    133956 Jan  5 14:58 wfilt.dvi
    226 ASCII Transfer complete.
    136 bytes received in 1.1 seconds (0.12 Kbytes/s)
    ftp> quit
    221 Goodbye.
Further help within ftp is available with the 'help' command. Other useful commands you may wish to investigate are 'rmdir' and 'del'.
Note for Macintosh users

If you can figure out how to upload a dvi file without the resource fork, please do that. Otherwise we have to try to remove it manually. Also, it appears that the "export" file from DVI-Tool is the one we can use here. If you are using Fetch, then you should send the file as "raw data".

If you have further questions about how to get an article submitted to these archives, please send email to one of us:
Nigel Boston <>
Daniel R. Grayson <>