2020 was a massive year by any scale. We have gathered highlights here so you can easily find the research that will drive your next discovery. We present articles, chapters, highly cited journals and new books reflecting the year in Mathematics. You can browse this page, or dive more deeply into our individual imprints.

A selection of 2020's highlighted research

Insights from the Editorial Team

Marc Strauss, Editorial Director, Mathematics

Marc Strauss

First and foremost, I hope that all of the members of our mathematical communities and their families have been healthy and safe, and will continue to be so during the duration of the COVID-19 crisis. 

I also want to take this opportunity to thank all of our authors, editors, referees, and readers for their continued support, loyalty, and hard work during these extraordinary times. Despite our many challenges this year, we are proud that with your help and perseverance we have continued to be able to publish some of the most seminal results and advances in mathematics in our journals.  2020 has also been a time of important new beginnings for us, as we have published the inaugural volumes of our new journals SN Partial Differential Equations and Applications and SN Operations Research Forum this year. 

Over the Summer, SN Partial Differential Equations and Applications has also begun a new weekly webinar series, which comprises live lectures based on several of the first articles published in the journal. Our Birkhäuser family of journals  also proudly welcomes Sampling Theory, Signal Processing, and Data Analysis to our portfolio. Finally, we are happy that this year we have been able to extend our collaboration with the Association for Women in Mathematics beyond their book series, as we have reached an agreement with them to publish their new journal La Matematica beginning in 2022.

Dr. Thomas Hempfling, Editorial Director , Mathematics

Thomas Hempfling

While the pandemic has influenced our daily lives and lecturers and students sometimes struggle with virtual environments, many researchers have taken the opportunity and worked on manuscripts. Thus we saw a good inflow of highly interesting works and look forward to a fruitful further development of program and content.

Here are some of my favorites: 

  • the results of the ICIAM conference in Valencia in more than 10 volumes as part of the SEMA SIMAI Springer series; 
  • the second volume of the growing Handbook of Geometry and Topology of Singularities; 
  • the new official journal of the Association for Women in Mathematics, La Mathematica; 
  • the continuation of the weekly webinars related to the recent SN PDE journal; 
  • volume 25 of Texts in Computational Science and Engineering and volume 30 of the Compact Textbooks in Mathematics; 
  • the first book in the new series on Frontiers in Elliptic and Parabolic Systems; 
  • and Norbert Schappacher's Framing Global Mathematics on the history of the IMU which will be published with Open Access.

Get in touch if you have ideas for publications, stay safe, and have a pleasant and productive 2021!