cond-mat@arXiv.org is a fully automated e-print archive for
condensed matter preprints (starting from April, 1992)
The list of subject classes within cond-mat is:
Disordered Systems and Neural Networks,
Materials Science (the mtrl-th archive has been moved into cond-mat),
Mesoscopic Systems and Quantum Hall Effect,
Soft Condensed Matter,
Strongly Correlated Electrons,
Superconductivity (the supr-con archive has been moved into cond-mat)
(From Nov, 1994 though September 1996, there were also archives
mtrl-th for materials theory, and supr-con for superconductivity.)
To communicate with the archive via e-mail, send messages to
WorldWideWeb access is available via "http://arXiv.org/"
Anonymous ftp access is available via arXiv.org
In the generic arXiv help text, substitute cond-mat@arXiv.org
for the generic e-mail address arch-ive@arXiv.org
Outgoing mail from the e-print archive has the username no-reply
(to avoid problems due to occasional mail that bounces back).
Commands to the system should always be sent to arch-ive@arXiv.org
with the command in the subject field (e.g. Subject: help).
Only one command at a time is accepted. Subscribers automatically
receive a listing of new titles/abstracts on days papers are received.
You will have a more pleasurable time using the archives if you read this
file carefully, read ALL responses you get to your interactions
with the archives, and follow the instructions therein.
This help file summarizes the email interface commands.
This information can be more easily accessed via the WorldWideWeb
at http://arXiv.org/help/ .
Additional help is available by using the `get' command to retrieve the
(this file): summary of e-mail commands
prep.txt: how to prepare your abstract and paper for submission
submit.txt: instructions for submitting to the archive
eput.txt: instructions for e-mail submissions,
including appraisal of different packaging formats
fput.txt: how to use anonymous ftp to put and replace papers
utilities.txt: utilities and applications to install for use
with the archives, and where to find them for many platforms
sizes.txt: how to slim down your PostScript files
Summary of Commands for the e-Mail Interface:
All commands to arch-ive@xxx may be abbreviated by any truncation that includes
at least the first three letters (e.g. rep, sub, can, dis, lis, com, ...).
(The term arch-ive a generic one; substitute an appropriate archive name like
hep-th when actually doing something). The command must be given in the
subject field (e.g., Subject: help ).
Commands for retrieving information
(get, cget, uget, list, find, distribution):
get <paper#> <macroname>
Returns paper specified by paper# (e.g. `get 9109001'), or macro specified
For abstracts alone, append .abs to the paper# (e.g. `get 9109001.abs').
Multiple requests in one `get' are allowed and preferred.
For example, `get 3 2.abs 9108001' returns multiple papers and abstracts.
get defaults to the current year/month so that during 10/91,
`get 1 2 5' or `get 01 2 005' will automatically prepend 9110's and the
necessary zeroes to result in `get 9110001 9110002 9110005'.
Numbers too large for the current year/month will have the previous
year/month prepended. get also defaults to the current year, e.g.
`get 9005' during 1995 gives `get 9509005', and months/numbers too big
for the current year default to the previous year.
You can freely mix formats, as in `get 1 08005 harvmac.tex 9109058 2.abs'.
As of 1 Jan 1996, the get command returns a single uuencoded, gzipped,
tar archive containing all files in a submission (except in the case
of a submission consisting of a single file [e.g. TeX, PS, or PDF],
which is instead just gzipped [i.e. not tarred] and uuencoded for e-mail).
For utilities to unpack these, read utilities.txt
(available via `get utilities.txt'). For those unable to process this new
format, there is now the `uget' command.
Same as the get command, but the file is cut into multiple parts
of size < 100 kB (195 blocks) to accommodate certain capricious
or limited mail routers and to speed bitnet transmission.
Same as the get command, but files are unpacked from our storage
format (gzipped tar files) and sent out individually. Meant for those
unable to adapt to our new (1 Jan 1996) packaging. Users should feel
encouraged to modernize to use gzip and tar (see utilities.txt
for more info, including cross-platform availability) in order to use
the normal get command.
Returns list of year/month's currently available
list <yymm's macros new pastweek>
Returns title/author's of papers currently held for given year/month
subset, e.g. `list 9109'.
`list macros' returns a list of the available TeX macros and various
utilities such as reform and uufiles.
`list new' resends the most recently sent title/abstract listing
of papers received (typically from the previous day).
`list pastweek' returns past week of title/author listings.
For title/author/abstract's of papers held for given yr/mo subsets,
append .abs: e.g. `list 9109.abs 9110.abs'
multiple requests allowed: e.g. `list 9109 9110.abs macros new pastweek'
clist <yymm.abs ...>
Same as the list command, but files are cut into multiple parts
of size < 100 kB (195 blocks) to accommodate certain capricious
or limited mail routers and to speed bitnet transmission.
Searches the title/author list for search-string (either author or word in
title, case insensitive) to retrieve paper number, e.g. `find goldstone'.
Find defaults to the past 12 months, so for earlier years use e.g.
`find goldstone 91'.
Search for `name' in e-mail distribution list.
Commands for submitting information:
(put, fput, replace, freplace, figures, add, cross, published)
Submit a paper (body of the message must be in the format
described in prep.txt, available via `get prep.txt').
Paper will be assigned a paper number, and added to the listings
(do not `put' the same paper to more than one e-print archive, instead use
the `cross' command to cross list the paper). Never `put' the same
paper twice. Instead use the `replace' command.
The preferred format for `put' is TeX/LaTeX source. Please don't submit
PostScript generated from TeX. We have an automatic TeX'ing script on-line
that will generate PostScript from your TeX source. As of
1 Jan 1996, all submissions are tested for automatic PostScript generation
before they can be entered into the archives.
See neworder.txt for more info.
fput <filename1 ... filenameN>
Submit a paper using ftp. First transfer files (filename1 ...) for
paper via anonymous ftp to arXiv.org's /incoming ftp directory.
Body of `fput' e-mail message is in same format as that of `put' command
(i.e. title/author and abstract fields delimited by \\'s), as described
in prep.txt, but nothing need follow the final \\
terminating the abstract. It is advisable to read the complete fput help
before using (available via `get fput.txt' ).
Replace a paper specified by paper# with a revised version (only
original submitter can do this, from the original e-mail account).
The paper should be resubmitted in the same format as for the
`put' command. Be sure to include the full abstract, since this is
replaced as well, although it won't appear in the daily mailing
(unless the `replace' is on the same day as the `put').
The Comments: field (i.e. after Title: and Authors: ) should contain a
short comment describing the severity of the changes so that others
can determine if it is worth their time to get your paper again.
Remember to include your original Comments: as well, because the
replacement wipes these out, and
the original comments still contain useful information.
Any cross-listed entries, e.g. hep-ph/9204201 already cross-listed to
hep-th, are automatically replaced, e.g. on hep-th, when you replace
hep-ph/9204201 on hep-ph -- additional action is no longer necessary.
You must resend all files contained in your submission. You can only
replace your entire submission. There is no way to replace only part
of it (e.g. a single figure).
In addition, replacements are subject to the same test for automatic
processing as for puts.
As of 1 Jan 1996, the text of the original submission is retained
if it is replaced after the first day (i.e, if it has already appeared in a
newlistings mailing). This is to prevent excessive backdating of content.
(The original submissions are not currently publicly available, but
will probably be made so at some later date.)
If you are replacing a paper to update the results because of subsequent
work by others, we require that you exercise professional
courtesy and refer to this work, preferably in the Comments: field.
(This avoids sticky priority disputes.)
The replace command can be used to withdraw a paper from the archives.
You cannot completely remove a paper that has appeared in a mailing;
you can only replace it with a statement that it is withdrawn.
freplace <paper#> <filename1 ... filenameN>
Submit a replacement using anonymous ftp, where filename1 ... have
already been deposited to arXiv.org's /incoming ftp directory.
The paper number must be the FIRST argument.
The body of an `freplace' message is the same as that for `fput'.
Remember to include the full abstract.
It is advisable to read the complete `fput/freplace' help before using
(available via `get fput.txt'). The caveats for the replace command
apply here as well.
This command is now obsolete (1 Jan '96). All files should be sent in a
single package. See eput.txt for more info.
This command is now obsolete (1 Jan '96). If your mailer imposes size
limits on outgoing mail, than you must use fput or freplace.
Cross-list paper from another e-print archive. e.g.
a) first put paper To: hep-ph@arXiv.org which assigns it hep-ph/9204201
b) wait until you see your paper listing in the next daily mailing.
This is important because paper numbers are not permanent until then.
c) then send an e-mail message (with blank message body)
Subject: cross hep-ph/9204201
so that the hep-ph entry will appear as well on astro-ph.
(NOTE: In the above case of a paper originally submitted to hep-ph,
obviously do not send the cross-list command To: hep-ph@arXiv.org .)
Generates abstract entry for daily listings and for access
by `find' and `list' commands. Cross-listed papers must be obtained
directly from the archive where the paper was originally submitted (i.e.
hep-ph in example above).
To cross-list to an archive that allows (or requires) subject classes,
include your desired subject class at the end of the cross command, e.g.
Subject: cross hep-th/9611010 Mathematical Methods in Physics
This can also be used to cross-list submissions to different
subject classes within an archive, e.g., for a submission originally
submitted to the cond-mat archive with Subj-class: Materials Science,
Subject: cross cond-mat/9611010 Superconductivty
will add Superconductivity as a secondary subject class.
Note that cross-listings should not be abused and inappropriate crosses
will be removed.
published <paper#> <reference>
Adds a Journal reference to paper's entry, accessible via `find', `list',
`list .abs', `get .abs' commands;
e.g., `published 9107001 Rec. Jnl. 180 (1992) 101'.
Journal-ref's should be complete bibliographic references, i.e. they
should include the journal name, volume, year, and page number. Anything
short of this belongs in the Comments: field.
(subscribe, cancel, subscribe all, cancel all):
subscribe <your full name>
Add new username to daily distribution list (e-mail address will
automatically be extracted from return address), `your full name'
is your full name (any number of words and initials) as you wish
it to appear on the distribution list. <<<Note: `suscribe' is not
a word>>> (It is of course no longer obvious why people subscribe
for intrusive e-mail receipt of abstracts when they have www
access on-demand from http://arXiv.org/ ). e-Mail addresses that
bounce three consecutive times are automatically cancelled. If you do
not receive a response to your `subscribe' message, it is most likely
because your mailer is misconfigured and the return address in the
From: line or Reply-To: line is broken. We have no way of contacting you
if this is the case, so you are on your own to figure out what is wrong.
Remove user@nodename from daily distribution list. The e-mail address is
extracted automatically, so cancel message must be sent from the same
account as originally used to subscribe.
Note that you may be subscribed instead through a remote listserv,
or through some local preprint distribution list at your end.
You can determine the origin of your subscription by examining the
the header from the daily mailing you receive.
If you no longer have access to your original subscription account,
the administrators at arXiv.org may be able to cancel it for you.
Send request as a comment, and be certain to
to include the entire header of a daily abstract mailing that you have
received so that we can determine how you are subscribed. (Do not send
a useless header from the failed `cancel' or from a `get', etc.)
subscribe all <password>
Receive daily list of changes to database. The list of changes comes
formatted in a form suitable for automated ftp scripts. The password
will be added to the Subject: line of the daily message so that
automated scripts can be reasonably sure that the messages are authentic.
Don't use your account password. If you do not include a password
then a random one will automatically be generated for you.
Cancel previously entered `subscribe all' (i.e. in order to no longer
receive daily list of changes to database). `cancel all' will not
cancel a regular subscription (one that sends you the complete abstracts
each day). You must use the `cancel' command for
each individual archive to which you are subscribed.
Forward message for human perusal. If you have any doubts about
how to submit something or where it should go, you can use this
command to ask questions. They are usually answered on a one day
turn around, often sooner. Style files of use to other authors
can also be sent in, along with a one-line description of the style.
Returns this file.
Do not make multiple requests for the same paper. If you receive nothing
(or if the response is slow) it means there is a problem at your end.
Anonymous ftp for getting and retrieving files is enabled on arXiv.org.
use login: anonymous
The relevant directories are listings and papers (the latter has
subdirectories 9108, 9109, ... ). If you are not already familiar with
anonymous ftp, this is not a good place to practice.
Papers can be put on the archives via anonymous ftp using `fput' and
`freplace' (see above, or `get fput.txt' for further info).
For european users, many of these databases are mirrored as
the equivalent email@example.com, which allows access both via the
above e-mail requests and via anonymous ftp.
WorldWideWeb access is available via http://arXiv.org/
and other mirror sites worldwide
Some other e-print archives running the same software:
hep-th@arXiv.org High Energy Physics - Theory, 8/91
hep-lat@arXiv.org High Energy Physics - Lattice, 2/92
hep-ph@arXiv.org High Energy Physics - Phenomenology, 3/92
astro-ph@arXiv.org Astrophysics, 4/92
cond-mat@arXiv.org Condensed Matter, 4/92
gr-qc@arXiv.org General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology, 7/92
nucl-th@arXiv.org Nuclear Theory, 10/92
chem-ph@arXiv.org Chemical Physics, 3/94
hep-ex@arXiv.org High Energy Physics - Experiment, 4/94
acc-phys@arXiv.org Accelerator Physics, 11/94
mtrl-th@arXiv.org Materials Theory, 11/94
supr-con@arXiv.org Superconductivity, 11/94
nucl-ex@arXiv.org Nuclear Experiment, 12/94
quant-ph@arXiv.org Quantum Physics, 12/94
atom-ph@arXiv.org Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, 9/95
plasm-ph@arXiv.org Plasma Physics, 9/95
physics@arXiv.org Physics, 10/96
alg-geom@arXiv.org Algebraic Geometry, 2/92
funct-an@arXiv.org Functional Analysis, 4/92
dg-ga@arXiv.org Differential Geometry, 6/94
q-alg@qrXiv.org Quantum Algebra and Topology, 12/94
nlin-sys@arXiv.org Nonlinear Sciences, 1/93
cmp-lg@arXiv.org Computation and Language, 4/94
ao-sci@arXiv.org Atmospheric-Oceanic Sciences, 2/95
Problems printing a paper should be directed to its authors.
Papers will be entered in the listings in order of receipt on an impartial
basis and appearance of a paper is not intended in any way to convey
tacit approval of its assumptions, methods, or conclusions by any agent
(electronic, mechanical, or other).
We reserve the right to reject any inappropriate submissions.
This e-print archive should not be used to distribute non-technical information
(such as news or information about political causes of potential special
interest to the academic community). Finally, this is an e-print archive.
Submissions of an abstract without a paper will be rejected outright.