Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations

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Edited By: George F. Pinder

Impact Factor: 1.212

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2012: 56/247 (Mathematics Applied)

Online ISSN: 1098-2426

Associated Title(s): Numerical Linear Algebra with Applications


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All literature references should be numbered consecutively in the order of appearance in the text. All references should be gathered together and placed after the end of text. References should be styled in accordance with the reference style of the AMS (American Mathematical Society). Sample references are given below.

1. G. Liao and D. Anderson, A new approach to grid generation, Appl Anal 44, (1992), 285-298.

2. Babuska, O. C. Zienkiewicz, J. Cafo, and E. R. Oliveira (Editors), Accuracy, estimates and adaptive refinements in finite element computations, Wiley, New York, 1986.

3. R. C. Y. Chin and G. W. Hedstrom, "Domain decomposition: An instrument of asymptotic-numerical methods," in Asymptotic analysis and numerical solutions of partial differential equations, H. G. Kaper and M. Garbey (Editors), Marcel Dekker, New York, 1991, p. 33.

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Revised Guidelines for Electronic Submission

The Journal has now adopted ScholarOne Manuscripts for online manuscript submission and peer review.

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