With this issue Statistics in Medicine begins its 30th year of publication. As a leading journal of biostatistical/medical methods, motivated by real-world examples, it continues to realize the vision of its founding editors, Ted Colton, Laurence Freedman and Tony Johnson. That vision was to publish a journal that would enhance communication among statisticians, clinicians and medical researches with the common purpose of advancing knowledge and understanding of quantitative aspects of medicine. The journal is now published 30 times a year and contains more than 3000 pages per year. Its published papers cover the entire field of medical statistical methods relevant to humans including clinical trials, epidemiology, public health, Bayesian methods, meta-analysis, survival analysis, diagnostic medicine and genetics. As we have stated in the past, an outstanding virtue of the journal is that it appeals to a wide audience including the mathematically sophisticated and the users and consumers of biostatistical methods and applications.
Statistics in Medicine has made substantial administrative advancements over the years. It is now entirely web-based, ranging from online manuscript submission to online pre-publication (EarlyView) of accepted papers. The editorial structure consists of four Editors working with almost 50 Associate Editors, whose expertise covers all the aspects of biostatistics, and who in turn work with more than 1000 referees. Turnaround time has decreased substantially and detailed reviews are sent immediately to authors.
In addition to the excellent unsolicited submissions, the journal has developed and nurtured three special features: Featured Articles, Tutorials in Biostatistics and Special Issues. Beginning five years ago with the 25th Anniversary volume, the Editors have solicited outstanding authors to write Featured Articles covering major topics in biostatistics. These can range from review articles to position papers. The Editors will continue to commission Featured Articles and hope many will appear in the 30th volume of Statistics in Medicine. Topics such as Missing Data, Non-Inferiority, Adaptive Design, Risk Prediction and Advancements in Genetics Analysis are under discussion. We welcome and encourage readers to make proposals to the Editors for topics of such papers.
The Tutorials in Biostatistics has been among the most popular set of publications of the journal. In distinction to the Featured Articles, the tutorials are written to supply the reader with not only an understanding of the topic, but also with the tools to carry out the analyses. Tutorials dealing with Risk Estimation, Missing Data and Multiplicity are under discussion. Again, we encourage the readers to make proposals. Ralph B. D'Agostino is the Editor of the tutorials and proposals can be directed to him.
Special Issues consists of a series of papers with a common theme that are published as one issue of the journal. Special Issues dealing with Phase I studies, traditional Chinese medicine, Centers of Disease Control topics and the Study Design of Environmental Chemical Exposures and Gene Interaction are under development. The Editors encourage proposals. These can be sent to any of the Editors.
Over this coming year, we will continue to publish outstanding submitted articles in addition to the Featured Articles, Tutorials and Special Issues. These will cover current practice in addition to emerging areas. We hope our readers will continue to take an active role through their submissions and their support of our review process.
Lastly, we would like to take this opportunity to highlight two changes in the editorial structure of the journal. First, we would like to thank our colleague, John Whitehead, who will step down as an Editor to become Head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Lancaster University. We thank John for his hard work and devotion to the journal. It has been a pleasure and honor to work with such an outstanding scholar and considerate person. Second, we welcome Louise Ryan as an Editor. Louise comes with a substantial profile in statistics, especially in environmental statistics. She is currently the Chief of CSIRO Mathematics, Informatics and Statistics, Australia. Prior to moving back home to Australia, Louise was a member of the faculty of the Department of Biostatistics at Harvard University, where she served as Chair from 2006 to 2009. Louise is a Fellow of the ASA and the ISI, has been an Editor of Biometrics, and served as President of the Eastern North American Region (ENAR) of the International Biometric Society. We will miss John and wish him luck in his new position. We look forward to working with Louise.