Are there mathematical journals like American Mathematical Monthly that publish very short papers like mathbits?

Mathbits are generally a proof of an old theorem or results.

  • do you mean letters like Applied Math. Letters, that publish very short (<6 pages) papers? But they are not exclusively on old results, but on short, concise results.
    – PsySp
    Commented Aug 6, 2017 at 9:58
  • I mean the paper can be a new proof of infinitude of primes or pythagorean theorem. Commented Aug 6, 2017 at 10:22
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    A new proof in infinitude of primes has (on rare occasions) been published in the Monthly. (I think twice, that I know of.) So you are asking if there are other places for such things?
    – GEdgar
    Commented Aug 6, 2017 at 12:55
  • @GEdgar Exactly. Commented Aug 6, 2017 at 12:56
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    The length isn't the key deciding factor, although some do specify length. Length varies considerably by subfield (I consider 20-30 pages normal, but in graph theory it seems to be under 10). A proof of an old theorem will not always be suitable for a research journal, so may fit better in a more magazine-style publication like AMM or the Mathematical Gazette.
    – Jessica B
    Commented Aug 7, 2017 at 14:09

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New proofs of old theorems are not always very short papers. In the 1960s Norman Levinson published a proof of the prime number theorem that was only six pages long, in contrast to earlier papers that were 50 or 100 pages.

The American Mathematical Monthly does publish some short papers of less than one page.

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    Thanks for your answer, but I am wondering if there is other journals that publish papers that short than a half page like Mathbits on Monthly. Commented Aug 7, 2017 at 8:38

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