Rarely is the question asked: Are math papers getting longer?

Following earlier work by Nick Trefethen, Edward Dunne provides some data suggesting that (for certain journals, at least, and not the ones with page limits) the answer is yes. I'm not convinced by the suggested explanation that it's because they are taking more effort to explain "connections with other work", though: is that really a big enough fraction of most papers?


@11011110 I also wanna see if the number of diagrams/figures has generally increased too, possibly taking up more space in papers

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