How to write a cover letter for journal submission

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When you submit your article to a journal, you often need to include a cover letter. This is a great opportunity to highlight to the journal editor what makes your research new and important. The cover letter should explain why your work is perfect for their journal and why it will be of interest to the journal’s readers.

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When writing for publication, a well-written cover letter can help your paper reach the next stage of the manuscript submission process – being sent out for  peer review . So it’s worth spending time thinking about how to write a cover letter to the journal editor, to make sure it’s going to be effective.

To help you, we’ve put together a guide to explain how to write a cover letter for journal article submission. You will receive cover letter instructions of what you should include and what you shouldn’t, and a word template cover letter.

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What should my cover letter include?

Before you start to write, please check the  instructions for authors  (IFAs) of your chosen journal, as not all journals will require one. You should also check the IFAs for any journal specific information on what to include. This may include a list of relevant articles written by you or your co-authors that have been or are currently being considered for publication in other journals.

Key points to include in your letter to the editor:

Editor’s name (you can usually find this on the journal page on  Taylor & Francis Online ).

Your manuscript’s title.

Name of the journal you are submitting to.

Statement that your paper has not been previously published and is not currently under consideration by another journal.

Brief description of the research you are reporting in your paper, why it is important, and why you think the readers of the journal would be interested in it.

Contact information for you and any  co-authors .

Confirmation that you have no  competing interests  to disclose.

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Things to avoid:

Don’t copy your abstract into your cover letter, instead explain in your own words the significance of the work, the problem that is being addressed, and why the manuscript belongs in the journal.

Don’t use too much jargon or too many acronyms, keep language straightforward and easy to read.

Avoid too much detail – keep your cover letter to a maximum of one page, as an introduction and brief overview.

Avoid any spelling and grammar errors and ensure your letter is thoroughly proofed before submitting.

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If you need further help to write a cover letter for a journal, you can download and use our sample template as a guide.

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You might find that the submission system for your chosen journal requires your cover letter to be submitted into a text box rather than as a separate document, but it is still a good idea to write a draft first to make sure you have included everything.

Always make sure to check the journal’s  instructions for authors  for any specific additional information to include.

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Use our submission checklist  to make sure you’ve included everything you need to.

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Cover letters

A good cover letter can help to “sell” your manuscript to the journal editor. As well as introducing your work to the editor you can also take this opportunity to explain why the manuscript will be of interest to a journal's readers, something which is always as the forefront editors’ mind. As such it is worth spending time writing a coherent and persuasive cover letter.

The following is an example of a poor cover letter:

Dear Editor-in-Chief, I am sending you our manuscript entitled “Large Scale Analysis of Cell Cycle Regulators in bladder cancer” by Researcher et al. We would like to have the manuscript considered for publication in Pathobiology. Please let me know of your decision at your earliest convenience. With my best regards, Sincerely yours, A Researcher, PhD

Instead, check to see whether the journal’s Instructions for Authors have any cover letter requirements (e.g. disclosures, statements, potential reviewers). Then, write a letter that explains why the editor would want to publish your manuscript. The following structure covers all the necessary points that need to be included.

  • If known, address the editor who will be assessing your manuscript by their name. Include the date of submission and the journal you are submitting to.
  • First paragraph: include the title of your manuscript and the type of manuscript it is (e.g. review, research, case study). Then briefly explain the background to your study, the question you sought out to answer and why.
  • Second paragraph: you should concisely explain what was done, the main findings and why they are significant.
  • Third paragraph: here you should indicate why the readers of the journal would be interested in the work. Take your cues from the journal’s aims and scope. For example if the journal requires that all work published has broad implications explain how your study fulfils this. It is also a good idea to include a sentence on the importance of the results to the field.
  • To conclude state the corresponding author and any journal specific requirements that need to be complied with (e.g. ethical standards).

TIP: All cover letters should contain these sentences:

  • We confirm that this manuscript has not been published elsewhere and is not under consideration by another journal.
  • All authors have approved the manuscript and agree with its submission to [insert the name of the target journal].

Submission checklist

Before submitting your manuscript, thoroughly check its quality one more time. Evaluate it critically—could anything be done better?

Be sure that:

  • The manuscript follows the Instructions for Authors
  • All files are in the correct file format and of the appropriate resolution or size
  • The spelling and grammar are correct
  • You have contact information for all authors
  • You have written a persuasive cover letter

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Writing a Cover Letter for Journal Submission [Free Template]

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Journal cover letters are your chance to lobby on behalf of your manuscript. This AJE Journal Cover Letter Guide offers some useful tips for getting them right. It also includes a free journal cover letter template.

Updated on September 20, 2018

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The cover letter accompanying your journal submission is your chance to lobby on behalf of your manuscript. The letter is far from just a formality and should be written with the same care as your manuscript's text (if not more). Ultimately, your cover letter is designed to influence the decision of the editor to send your manuscript out for peer review. The letter will argue that your manuscript is a good fit for the journal you are submitting it to and highlight your most important findings. Let us help you produce the most effective cover letter possible.

Getting ready to submit your manuscript? Download our comprehensive Free Journal Cover Letter Writing Guide with Template .

A cover letter should be written like a standard business letter :

Address the editor formally by name, if known. Include your contact information, as well. This information is probably available through the journal's online submission system, but it is proper to provide it in the cover letter, too.

Begin your cover letter with a paragraph that states the name of the manuscript and the names of the authors. You can also describe what type of manuscript your submission is (research article, review, case report, etc.). In this first paragraph and the next, describe the rationale behind your study and the major findings from your research. You can refer to prior work that you have published if it is directly related.

Next, write a short paragraph that explains why your manuscript would be a good fit for the journal. Do not simply state that your manuscript is “of interest to the field” or “novel.” Address specific aspects of the journal's Aims & Scope statement. If the journal expresses interest in research with a clinical application, be sure to highlight the importance of your work in terms of clinical implications. If the journal mentions that it focuses on nanostructured materials, explain how your work involved such materials. Even if your work is not a perfect fit for the journal, be sure to address some of the Aims & Scope statement, and explain why your manuscript would be of interest to the journal's readers.

Finally, close with a brief paragraph indicating the following:

  • The manuscript is original (i.e., you wrote it, not copied it)
  • No part of the manuscript has been published before, nor is any part of it under consideration for publication at another journal
  • There are no conflicts of interest to disclose
  • A list of potential reviewers (only if requested by the journal)
  • Any researchers who should NOT review your manuscript

Together, this information provides assurance to the editor that your manuscript merits consideration for publication in their journal and that you are interested specifically in their journal. Sometimes great science will be reviewed regardless of the cover letter, but a well written cover letter is useful for the vast majority of scientists who want to make their research stand out.

Best of luck with your research! If you have any questions about your cover letter, write us anytime.

Ben Mudrak, Senior Product Manager at American Chemical Society/ChemRxiv, PhD, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Duke University

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  • The name and contact information of the mathematician(s) who will be acting as your sponsor.
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Readers will be able to access the abstract separately from the paper, therefore your abstract should be concise, thorough, and informative.

Your submission should:

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  • be well-written, interesting to a wide range of readers, and have a level of mathematical maturity that is clearly beyond a typical homework assignment. You can expect that your typical reader will be an advanced undergraduate mathematics student; the exposition should be aimed accordingly;
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  • contain many examples and figures (as appropriate) to help the reader understand your work;
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You are responsible for requesting that a letter be sent to [email protected] by a mathematician familiar with your work and circumstances. We will not request a letter on your behalf. When you talk to your sponsor, please direct that person to the sponsor guidelines link found on the journal's homepage.

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What is the point of a cover letter in journal submission?

Many journals do specify that cover letters are optional. From my experience, most people write cover letters in journal submission, but I am also aware that articles can also be published without the cover letter. Therein arises the question: why are cover letters written if they are not necessary for the publication process? My guess is that perhaps it helps to prevent the desk-reject from the editor.

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  • 2 Not the same question, but a related one I asked:… –  Jessica B Commented Sep 21, 2017 at 8:21

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Prior to online submission forms, cover letters let the authors communicate information to the editors. Information I have included in covers includes:

  • Why the manuscript fits into the journal (if i recall correctly, Ecological Indicators explicitly requires a statement of what "indictor" you are addressing in the manuscript)
  • Potential reviewers and blocked reviewers
  • A statement that the manuscript is not under review elsewhere
  • Other pertinent information for the editor such as why the manuscript is timely (for example, perhaps you are studying a species that is under consideration for listing as an endangered species, and the information may be public, but not widely known)
  • Responses to reviewer comments
  • How I am meeting the journal's open data/open code requirements

With current online journal submissions, all of this information can be captured in online forms. Hence some journals either no longer require cover letters or outright do not allow authors to upload them. Conversely, I have seen other journals that still require cover letters.

I suspect journals use of cover letters depend upon the history of the journal, their current online publishing system, and the culture of the editorial team and office.

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  • 1 This is the best answer to the question because it addresses the "historical" aspect of cover letters. –  aeismail Commented Sep 21, 2017 at 18:02

I like to see the cover letter as the 'meta' part of your paper. What constitutes as meta is essentially anything beyond the purely scientific aspect of the paper, which can be easily gleaned by reading the abstract (in theory).

This is your chance to speak to the editor personally about your paper. Most basic advice about cover letter writing is emphasizing writing about why (1) your work is important and (2) why it is suitable for this journal in particular.

Even if your handling editor is an expert in your sub-field (and in my experience it rarely is - this is especially the case for general-interest journals), it is not always immediately obvious why your results are important, or even interesting. All scientists know about the 'hot topics' in their field, usually because they are published in high impact journals. But how did these topics get published in the first place without getting the recognition first? Usually some degree of convincing is needed.

There can also be other reasons for including a cover letter. Perhaps you may have spoken to the editor at a conference and you want to remind him that this is the paper you were talking about for submission. Or perhaps your paper was transferred from another journal and you want to inform him about the comments from the reviewers there. The cover letter can also be the place where you recommend reviewers for your paper.

It is easy to think for the writer that the merits of one's paper is obvious, or why waste your time? But this is not immediately obvious for the editor, who generally has a limited time to make a decision.

  • 2 This aptly summarizes many of the best justifications for a cover letter. In my experience, the cover letter is most critical for submissions at high-profile journals where the editor may reject the paper without input from referees. The Nature Methods summary is very good about this:… –  AJK Commented Sep 22, 2017 at 1:02
  • Isn't the abstract the place to emphasize why the work is important? –  David Richerby Commented Sep 22, 2017 at 9:31

Cover letters can be used to specify information which is relevant for the editors, but doesn't belong into the title and abstract. For example, if the paper is submitted upon invitation for a contribution to a special issue, that goes into the cover letter.

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I am also aware that articles can also be published without the cover letter.

The cover letter is not intended for the reader.

Therein arises the question: why are cover letters written if they are not necessary for the publication process?

There is far more to the publication process than what sees print.

The point of a cover letter is to introduce your paper to the editor of the journal and (potentially) the reviewers. It helps to frame the paper - why you think it's interesting, why you think it's interesting to that journal , and if there's any relevant information that might weigh on the decision to publish, or how to go about publishing it - for example, in biomedicine one might occasionally make a request for expedited publication for information relevant to an ongoing outbreak, or attempt to coordinate a publication's release date with the presentation of the paper at a major conference.

Some journals also use cover letters as a place to put in some boilerplate assurances, like the paper not being under consideration elsewhere.

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There is no point in these letters per se.

I presume they are there because of historical reasons, where people were actually submitting the manuscript with a physical letter, so obviously, you would need, back then, to have a cover letter to explain what is the intention of the parcel. But now we can communicate the same information with an email or an electronic form, serving by itself as a cover letter, i.e., giving possible important information to the editor in charge.

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Depending on the journal and/or field of research the title and abstract may not indicate clearly the topic or area of interest addressed by the submitted paper. Also consider that the editor may not be expert in the area that the paper addresses.

Are you submitting a paper to a journal that publishes a range of topics?

Are you submitting to a journal that publishes exclusively in one field?

Are you submitting to a journal that publishes exclusively in one area of one field?

Highly sought-after journals such as Nature and Science publish across a wide range of fields, so you would need to provide some specifics as to why you seek to be published in that journal. Also, why they should consider your submission (is it ground-breaking?).

You could submit to a journal that publishes exclusively for one field (physics, biology, chemistry, education...) but with so many areas of research in these fields you could not expect the editor to just know whether your paper is relevant, or which reviewers to assign.

So a cover letter can help define this for the editor - why you have selected that journal, the importance/relevance/originality/defining outcome of your paper, why they should publish/consider publishing your paper. It gives you a chance to give an outline with detail that may not be relevant in the abstract but goes towards background information so that they don't need to read some/all of the entire paper to make a decision.

Actually, if they need to read the whole paper first they may reject it without review, since at the least they may need to read title, abstract and introduction. A cover letter can save them time, which will be appreciated and help your chances of getting the paper reviewed.

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  • 4 I must say don't find this argument very convincing. If after reading my abstract the editor has no idea what I am writing about, there is a big problem either with the abstract or my choice of editor/journal. –  Federico Poloni Commented Sep 21, 2017 at 7:37
  • 1 @FedericoPoloni OP asks why are cover letters written... Your abstract is written for your peers, colleagues, researchers in your field and other interested readers - your audience. You cannot automatically assume the editor is in that circle but they do have to make the decision why to accept your paper over the (possibly) hundreds of similar submissions. –  Mick Commented Sep 21, 2017 at 7:53
  • 2 We must have very different contexts in mind, then. I am used to journals in which the editor is a "peer, colleague, researcher in my field". The editor is a good prototype of a "typical reader", at least for the journals I am used to. –  Federico Poloni Commented Sep 21, 2017 at 8:19
  • @FedericoPoloni Fair enough. I would say the same about the editors where I have published. I tried to be broad in my answer since the OP didn't give specifics. –  Mick Commented Sep 21, 2017 at 8:30

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I have been working as a Mathematician for the past three years and have developed a strong understanding of the field. I have a proven track record of success, and I am confident that I can deliver results for your company. I have a strong mathematical background and I am proficient in a variety of mathematical techniques and methods. I am also experienced in statistical analysis and data mining.

In addition to my skills and qualifications, I am also a hard-working and dedicated individual. I always strive to give my best to every task I undertake, and I always aim to exceed expectations. I am a team player to the core, and I believe in working as a team to achieve great things. I also believe that people should treat others the way they want to be treated themselves.

I would like to thank you for both your time and consideration, and I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience.

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I am writing to express my interest in the Mathematician position that you have posted. I believe that my background and experience make me an excellent candidate for this position.

I have a Master of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. I also hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. My academic background is complemented by extensive work experience in the field of mathematics. I have worked as a Mathematician at XYZ Corporation since 2010. I have also worked as a Mathematician at ABC Corporation from 2005 to 2010.

My work experience has given me the opportunity to develop my skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, and communication. I have also gained valuable knowledge about working in teams and managing projects. I am confident that my skills and experience will allow me to be an asset to your organization.

I would like to thank you for considering me for this position and look forward to hearing from you soon.

Mathematician Cover Letter Writing Tips

1. show your skills.

Mathematicians are in high demand, so it’s important to make sure your cover letter showcases your skills and experience. When writing your cover letter, be sure to:

  • Describe the types of problems you enjoy solving the most and any successes you’ve had in the past.
  • Talk about the different techniques you use to solve mathematical problems and how you came up with those techniques.
  • Explain how you use mathematics to help solve real-world problems.

2. Customize your cover letter

Just as with any other job application, it’s important to tailor your cover letter specifically for the position you’re applying for. Highlight your skills and experience that are the best match for the job, and explain how you can use your skills to help the company achieve their goals.

3. Show your passion for mathematics

Mathematicians need to be passionate about their work in order to be successful. When writing your cover letter, be sure to talk about your love for mathematics and how it drives you to succeed. This will show hiring managers that you’re the right person for the job.

4. Proofread your cover letter

As with any other job application, it’s important to proofread your cover letter for mistakes. Typos and errors can give the impression that you’re not detail-oriented or that you’re not taking the job seriously.

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Journals: the american mathematical monthly, first published in 1894, the american mathematical monthly publishes articles, notes, and other features about mathematics and the profession in ten issues each year. its readers span a broad spectrum of mathematical interests and abilities..

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When applying for a job in the field of mathematics, the cover letter is your opportunity to make a good impression. For many people, writing a convincing and effective cover letter can be a difficult and time-consuming task. However, with the help of a few key tips and examples, you can learn to create a compelling cover letter that will help you stand out from the competition. In this guide, we will provide you with useful advice as well as example cover letters to help you get started.

Why a Mathematics profession needs a cover letter

When it comes to applying for a mathematics position, crafting an effective cover letter can make a big difference in your chances of obtaining an interview and being considered for the job. A mathematics cover letter serves as an introduction to potential employers, highlighting your skills and experience, and providing a sense of who you are as a professional and as a person.

This is your chance to make a great first impression and demonstrate that you understand the field and have the qualifications the employer seeks. It should be professional, succinct, and tailored to the position you’re applying for. A well- written cover letter can show employers that you are the right fit for their organization and give you the opportunity to stand out from the competition.

When composing a mathematics cover letter, you should emphasize your understanding of mathematics, your experience with various mathematical concepts and techniques, and your ability to work successfully in a team environment. You can also include other relevant information, such as details about your educational background, any publications you’ve written, and awards you’ve won.

In order to make your cover letter stand out, focus on the areas of mathematics you’re most passionate about and demonstrate how your skills, knowledge, and experience can benefit the organization. By showing your enthusiasm for the field and your eagerness to apply your expertise, you’ll be able to demonstrate to potential employers that you are a motivated and capable candidate.

A mathematics cover letter is an important part of your job application, and taking the time to craft a well- written letter can help you get your foot in the door and stand out from the competition. With the right approach, you can make sure your cover letter catches the attention of employers and increases your chances of being considered for the job.

Writing the Perfect Mathematics Cover Letter

When you’re applying for any job, a great cover letter is essential to catching the attention of the hiring manager and getting your resume noticed. This is especially true when applying for a mathematics- related position. The perfect mathematics cover letter should be tailored to the specific job you’re applying for, while also highlighting the skills and experience you possess that make you a good fit for the job.

To begin, you’ll need to open your cover letter with a strong introduction. Introduce yourself and explain why you’re an ideal candidate for the job. Be sure to include your qualifications, such as degrees and certifications, that make you a good fit for the position. You should also explain why you’re passionate about mathematics and the specific position you’re applying for.

Next, you’ll need to provide an overview of your relevant skills and experience. While you may be tempted to include a long list of talents, be sure to highlight only those that are most applicable to the job you’re applying for. This is a great opportunity to discuss your interest in the subject and any relevant projects you’ve worked on that demonstrate your knowledge and expertise.

Finally, close your cover letter by expressing your enthusiasm for the position and your eagerness to learn more. You should also thank the hiring manager for their time and consideration.

By using these tips, you can craft an effective mathematics cover letter that will capture the attention of the hiring manager and help you stand out from other candidates.

What should be included in a Mathematics cover letter

A mathematics cover letter should include information about the applicant’s qualifications and experience in the field. It should also include a brief summary of the applicant’s research interests and any relevant professional accomplishments. Additionally, the cover letter should explain why the applicant believes they are the best nominee for the job and provide contact information, such as phone number and email address, so the employer can easily get int touch with them. Finally, the cover letter should be clear and concise, and should include a professional closing.

How to format a Mathematics cover letter

Subject: Cover Letter for Mathematics Position

Dear [Hiring Manager],

I am writing to apply for the Mathematics position at [Company]. My enthusiasm for the role and commitment to pursuing a career in mathematics make me an ideal fit for this position.

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Statistics from [University]. During my studies, I have gained the in- depth knowledge of mathematical concepts and the ability to reason and think logically. I have also developed a thorough understanding of calculus, linear algebra, probability, and statistics. I have a deep appreciation for mathematics, and I strive to stay updated on the latest developments in the field.

I have previous work experience in a similar position. In my current role, I am responsible for teaching students a variety of topics, including math, science, and technology. I have developed a successful system for teaching students math concepts, as well as providing them with the tools and resources needed to succeed. I have also acquired strong problem- solving skills and the ability to think critically.

I am confident that I possess the necessary skills and qualifications to make a positive contribution to your organization. I am eager to utilize my knowledge and experience in the field of mathematics to help your team meet its goals.

I am available for an interview at your convenience, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you for your consideration.

[Your Name]

Common mistakes to avoid when creating a Mathematics cover letter

  • Poorly formatted cover letter: It is important to ensure your cover letter is carefully formatted and easy to read. Pay attention to the font size, line spacing, and margins. Carefully proofread the cover letter for any typos, spelling mistakes, or grammatical errors.
  • Failing to highlight your specific skills and experiences: Don’t just write generic statements about why you would be a great fit for the position. Instead, focus on the specific skills and experiences that make you a unique candidate.
  • Using too much technical jargon: Don’t use too much technical language that the hiring manager may not understand. Instead, explain the technical aspects of your qualifications in plain language that anyone can understand.
  • Neglecting to customize: Avoid sending a generic cover letter for every job you apply for. Each cover letter should be tailored to the specific job you’re applying for, so make sure to mention the job title and include details about your qualifications that make you a good fit for the job.
  • Failing to express enthusiasm: Be sure to express your enthusiasm for the position in your cover letter. Show that you’re passionate about the position and eager to use your skills to contribute to the organization.
  • Forgetting to include contact information: Make sure to include your full name, address, phone number, and email address at the end of your cover letter. As well, if you have an online portfolio or website, include the link in your cover letter so the hiring manager can easily access it.

Benefits of submitting a Mathematics cover letter

A mathematics cover letter is an important tool for individuals looking to stand out in the job market and demonstrate their qualifications for a position. Submitting a mathematics cover letter can help you demonstrate your knowledge and experience in the field and make a strong impression with potential employers. Here are some of the key benefits of submitting a mathematics cover letter:

  • Highlight Your Expertise: A mathematics cover letter gives you the opportunity to showcase and highlight your expertise in the field. You can use the cover letter as a platform to discuss your qualifications, any relevant experience you have, and any special projects or awards you have received in the field. This will show employers that you are an experienced and qualified mathematician.
  • Showcase Your Communications Skills: A mathematics cover letter is also a great way to demonstrate your communication skills. Your cover letter will be the employers first impression of you, and you must ensure that it is well- written, articulate, and professional. This will show the employer that you are capable of conveying your knowledge in a concise and effective way.
  • Stand Out From the Competition: A mathematics cover letter is your opportunity to stand out from the competition. You can use it to discuss any unique skills or qualifications that you have that make you an ideal candidate for the position. This will help you stand out among other applicants and make a strong impression with potential employers.
  • Demonstrate Your Commitment: Submitting a mathematics cover letter is also a way to demonstrate your commitment to the field. By taking the time to craft a well- written and professional cover letter, you show employers that you take your job search seriously and are dedicated to the field of mathematics.

These are just a few of the key benefits of submitting a mathematics cover letter. By taking the time to craft a well- written and comprehensive cover letter, you can set yourself apart from other applicants and make a strong impression with potential employers.

Writing a cover letter for a job in mathematics can be challenging. It’s important to make sure that you provide the hiring manager with a strong, compelling case for why you’re the ideal candidate and why they should hire you. By following the tips and techniques outlined in this guide, and using the example mathematics cover letter provided, you can create a compelling cover letter that will give you a leg up on the competition and help you land the job you want. Good luck!

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A systematic literature review and bibliometric analysis of semantic segmentation models in land cover mapping.

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1. Introduction

2. materials and methods, 2.1. research questions (rqs).

  • RQ1. What are the emerging patterns in land cover mapping?
  • RQ2. What are the domain studies of semantic segmentation models in land cover mapping?
  • RQ3. What are the data used in semantic segmentation models for land cover mapping?
  • RQ4. What are the architecture and performances of semantic segmentation methodologies used in land cover mapping?

2.2. Search Strategy

2.3. study selection criteria, 2.4. eligibility and data analysis, 2.5. data synthesis, 3. results and discussion, 3.1. rq1. what are the emerging patterns in land cover mapping.

  • Annual distribution of research studies
  • Leading Journals
  • Geographic distribution of studies
  • Leading Themes and Timelines

3.2. RQ2. What Are Domain Studies of Semantic Segmentation Models in Land Cover Mapping?

  • Land Cover Studies
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Environment
  • Coastal Areas

3.3. RQ3. What Are the Data Used in Semantic Segmentation Models for Land Cover Mapping?

  • Study Locations
  • Data Sources
  • Benchmark datasets

3.4. RQ4. What Are the Architecture and Performances of Semantic Segmentation Methodologies Used in Land Cover Mapping?

  • Encoder-Decoder based structure
  • Transformer-based structure
  • Hybrid-based structure
  • Performance analysis of semantic segmentation model structures on ISPRS 2-D labelling Potsdam and Vaihingen datasets
  • Common experimental training settings

4. Challenges, Future Insights and Directions

4.1. land cover mapping.

  • Extracting boundary information
  • Generating Precise Land Cover Maps

4.2. Semantic Segmentation Methodologies

  • Enhancing deep learning model performance
  • Analysis of RS images
  • Unlabeled and Imbalance RS data

5. Conclusions

Author contributions, data availability statement, acknowledgments, conflicts of interest, abbreviations.

BANetBilateral Awareness Network
CNNConvolutional Neural Networks
DCNN Deep Convolutional Neural Network
DEANETDual Encoder with Attention Network
DGFNETDual-Gate Fusion Network
DL Deep Learning
DSMDigital Surface Model
FCNFully Convolutional Networks
GIDGaoFen Image Data
HFENetHierarchical Feature Extraction Network
HMRTHybrid Multi-resolution and Transformer semantic extraction Network
IEEEInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
IoUMean Intersection over Union
ISPRSInternational Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
LC Land Cover
LiDARLight Detection and Ranging data
LoveDALand-cOVEr Domain Adaptive
LULCLand Use and Land Cover
MAREMulti-Attention REsu-Net
MDPIMultidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
MIoUMean Intersection over Union
NLPNatural Language Processing
OAOverall Accuracy
PolSARPolarimetric Synthetic Aperture Radar
RAANETResidual ASPP with Attention Net
RQResearch Question
RS Remote Sensing
RSIRemote Sensing Imaginary
SARSynthetic Aperture Radar
SBANetSemantic Boundary Awareness Network
SEG-ESRGANSegmentation Enhanced Super-Resolution Generative Adversarial Network
SOCNNSuperpixel-Optimized convolutional neural network
SOTA State-Of-The-Art
UASUnmanned Aircraft System
UAVUnmanned Aerial Vehicle
VEDAIVEhicle Detection in Aerial Imagery
WHDLDWuhan Dense Labeling Dataset
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Data Sources Number of Articles References
RS Satellites
Sentinel-27[ , , , , ]
Landsat5[ , , , ]
Worldview-032[ , ]
Rapid eye1[ ]
Worldview-021[ ]
Quickbird1[ ]
ZY-31[ ]
PlanetScope1[ ]
GF-22[ , ]
Aerial images
Phantom m multi-rotor AUS1[ ]
Quadcopter drone1[ ]
Vexcel Ultracam Eagle Camera1[ ]
DJI-Phantom 4 pro UAV1[ ]
Sentinel-16[ , , , , , ]
GF-31[ ]
ALOS-21[ ]
Earth digitalglobe2[ , ]
Mobile phone1[ ]
Lidar Sources1 [ ]
ModelsDatasetsPerformance MetricsLimitation/Future Work
RAANet [ ] LoveDA,
ISPRS Vaihingen
MIoU = 77.28,
MIoU = 73.47
Accuracy can be improved with optimization.
PSE-UNet Model [ ] Salinas DatasetMIoU = 88.50Inaccurate segmentation of land cover features with low frequencies, superfluous parameter redundancy, and unvalidated generalization capabilities.
SEG-ESRGAN [ ]Sentinel-2 and WorldView-2 image pairs.MIoU = 62.78 The assessment of utilizing medium-resolution images has not been tested
Class-wise FCN [ ]Vaihingen, PotsdamMIoU = 72.35,
MIoU = 76.88
Enhancements in performance can be achieved through class-wise considerations for multiple classes, along with improved and more efficient implementations.
MARE [ ]VaihingenMIoU = 81.76Improve performance through parameter optimization and extend approach incorporating other self-supervised algorithms.
Feature fusion with dual attention and flexible contextual adaptation [ ]Vaihingen,
MIoU = 70.51,
MIoU = 56.98
Computational complexity issue.
Deanet [ ],
DSTL dataset,
MIoU = 90.28,
MIoU = 52.70,
MIoU = 71.80
Suboptimal performance. Future efforts involve incorporating the spatial attention module into a single unified backbone network.
An encoder-decoder framework featuring attention-guided multi-scale context integration [ ]GF-2 imagesMIoU = 62.3%Reduced accuracy on imbalance data.
Swin-S-GF [ ],GIDOA = 89.15
MIoU = 80.14
Computational complexity issue and
slow convergence speed.
CG-Swin [ ]Vaihingen,
OA = 91.68
MIoU = 83.39,
OA = 91.93
MIoU = 87.61
Extending CG-Swin to accommodate multi-modal data sources for more comprehensive and robust classification.
BANet [ ]Vaihingen,
UAVid dataset
MIoU = 81.35,
MIoU = 86.25,
MIoU = 64.6
Combine convolution and Transformer as a hybrid structure to improve performance.
Spectral spatial transformer [ ]Indian datasetOA = 0.94Computational complexity issue
Sgformer [ ]Landcover datasetMIOU = 0.85Computational complexity issue and
slow convergence speed.
Parallel Swin Transformer [ ]Postdam,
OA = 89.44,
OA = 84.67,
OA = 84.86
Performance can be improved.
ModelsDatasetsPerformance MetricsLimitation
RSI-Net [ ]Vaihingen,
OA = 91.83,
OA = 93.31,
OA = 93.67
Limitation in segmentation of pixel-wise semantics. Enhanced feature map fusion decoders can lead to performance improvements.
HMRT [ ] PotsdamOA = 85.99
MIoU = 74.14
Parameter complexity issue, decrease in segmentation accuracy due to a lot of noise. Optimization is required.
UNetFormer [ ]UAVid,
MIoU = 67.8,
OA = 91.0
MIoU = 82.7,
OA = 91.3
MIoU = 86.8,
MIoU = 52.4
Investigate the Transformer’s potential and practicality in addressing geospatial vision tasks is open for research.
(TL-ResUNet) model [ ]DeepGlobeIoU = 0.81Improve classification performance is open for research, and developing real time and automated solution for land use land cover.
CNN-enhanced heterogeneous GCN [ ]Beijing dataset,
Shenzhen dataset.
MIoU = 70.48,
MIoU = 62.45
Future endeavor is to optimize the utilization of pretrained deep CNN features and GCN features across various segmentation scales.
HFENet [ ]MZData,
LandCover Dataset,
WHU Building Dataset
MIoU = 87.19,
MIoU = 89.69,
MIoU = 92.12
Time and space complexity issues. Future work can be to automatically fine-tune the parameters to attain the optimal performance of the model.
Model’s Structures Batch SizeEpochsLearning RateData AugmentationBackbonePopular OptimizerParametersEvaluation Metrics
Encoder/decoder-based 4, 8, 16, 64100–5000.01YesResNetSGDLow–HighMIoU, OA, F1
Transformer-based 6, 8100–2000.0006YesResNet/SwintinyAdamHighMIoU, OA, F1
Hybrid models8, 1640–1000.0006YesResNetAdamLow–HighMIoU, OA, F1
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