Pharmaceutical Statistics

Cover image for Vol. 15 Issue 2

Editors-in-Chief: David Morgan, Thomas Permutt and Gerd Rosenkranz

Impact Factor: 0.833

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 65/122 (Statistics & Probability); 223/255 (Pharmacology & Pharmacy)

Online ISSN: 1539-1612

Author Guidelines

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Author Guidelines


Pharmaceutical Statistics is an industry-led initiative, tackling real problems in statistical applications. The Journal publishes papers that share experiences in the practical application of statistics within the pharmaceutical industry. It covers all aspects of pharmaceutical statistical applications from discovery, through pre-clinical development, clinical development, post-marketing surveillance, consumer health, production, epidemiology, and health economics.

The Journal is both international and multidisciplinary. It includes high quality practical papers, case studies and review papers.

The journal accepts high quality papers in the following formats:

Main Paper (Original Article)
Teacher's Corner
Book Review
Literature Review

The aims of the Journal are to:

1. Disseminate information and practical examples of the full range of statistical methods and statistical thinking in all stages of drug development, from discovery to production;
2. Debate the current practice and application of statistics within the pharmaceutical industry and how this can best be developed;
3. Discuss and bring awareness to regulatory guidance documents;
4. Provide a vehicle for communication between practitioners, researchers, educators and policy makers concerned with the application of statistics within drug development; and
5. Provide guidance and tutorials to statisticians working within the pharmaceutical area.

Note to NIH Grantees. Pursuant to NIH mandate, Wiley-Blackwell will post the accepted version of contributions authored by NIH grant-holders to PubMedCentral upon acceptance. This accepted version will be made publicly available 12 months after publication. For further information, see NIH Mandate.

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Manuscript Submission

All papers must be submitted via the online system. Pharmaceutical Statistics operates an online submission and peer review system that allows authors to submit articles online and track their progress via a web interface. Please read the remainder of these instructions to authors and then click to navigate to the Pharmaceutical Statistics online submission site. Full instructions and support are available on the site and a user ID and password can be obtained on the first visit. If you require assistance then click the Get Help Now link which appears at the top right of every ScholarOne Manuscripts page. If you cannot submit online, please contact Priscilla Goldby in the Editorial Office by telephone (01865 765933) or by e-mail (

IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.

File types. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are .doc, .rtf, .ppt, .xls. LaTeX files may be submitted provided that an .eps or .pdf file and a Word .doc format is provided in addition to the source files. Figures may be provided in .tiff or .eps format. Pharmaceutical Statistics will not accept .pdfs as source files. Main document and Image files must be supplied in one of the preferred document formats.


NON-LATEX USERS: Upload your manuscript files. At this stage, further source files do not need to be uploaded.

LATEX USERS: For reviewing purposes you should upload a single .pdf that you have generated from your source files. You must use the File Designation "Main Document" from the dropdown box.


NON-LATEX USERS: Editable source files must be uploaded at this stage. Tables must be on separate pages after the reference list, and not be incorporated into the main text. Figures should be uploaded as separate figure files.

LATEX USERS: When submitting your revision you must still upload a single .pdf that you have generated from your now revised source files. You must use the File Designation "Main Document" from the dropdown box. In addition you must upload your TeX source files. For all your source files you must use the File Designation "Supplemental Material not for review". Previous versions of uploaded documents must be deleted. If your manuscript is accepted for publication we will use the files you upload to typeset your article within a totally digital workflow.

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Online Open

OnlineOpen is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers on publication, or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers upon publication via Wiley Online Library, as well as deposited in the funding agency's preferred archive. For the full list of terms and conditions, see

Any authors wishing to send their paper OnlineOpen will be required to complete the payment form available from our website at:

Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to inform an Editorial Office that you intend to publish your paper OnlineOpen if you do not wish to. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.

Copyright and Permissions

To enable the publisher to disseminate the author's work to the fullest extent, the author must sign a license agreement transferring copyright in the article from the author to the publisher, and complete the agreement with the article presented for publication. Submission of a manuscript will be held to imply that it contains original unpublished work and is not being submitted for publication elsewhere at the same time. Submitted material will not be returned to the author, unless specifically requested.

If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

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English Editing

Papers must be in English. Oxford English Dictionary or American spelling is acceptable, provided usage is consistent within the manuscript.

Manuscripts that are written in English that is ambiguous or incomprehensible, in the opinion of the Editor, will be returned to the authors with a request to resubmit once the language issues have been improved. This policy does not imply that all papers must be written in "perfect" English, whatever that may mean. Rather, the criterion will require that the intended meaning of the authors must be clearly understandable, i.e., not obscured by language problems, by referees who have agreed to review the paper.

Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. Information on Wiley Editing Services can be found at Japanese authors can also find a list of local English improvement services at All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

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Presentation of papers

Manuscript style. Use a standard font of the 12-point type: Times, Helvetica, or Courier is preferred. It is not necessary to double-line space your manuscript.

Tables must be on separate pages after the reference list, and not be incorporated into the main text. Figures should be uploaded as separate figure files.

  • During the submission process you must enter
    1) the full title
    2) the short title of up to 70 characters
    3) names and affiliations of all authors and
    4) the full address, including email, telephone and fax of the author who is to check the proofs.
  • Include the name(s) of any sponsor(s) of the research contained in the paper, along with grant number(s).

  • Enter an abstract of no more than 250 words for all articles. Please see the guidance below on acceptable abstract writing for PST.

  • Keywords. Authors should prepare no more than 5 keywords for their manuscript.

  • Appendices. Any additional material which is not essential to the article, data and tables should be submitted as an online-only Appendix. Please upload the Appendix as “Supplementary material not for review” on the online system.

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Writing Abstracts

An abstract is a concise summary of the whole paper, not just the conclusions. The abstract should be no more than 250 words and convey the following:

1. An introduction to the work. This should be accessible by scientists in any field and express the necessity of the experiments executed
2. Some scientific detail regarding the background to the problem
3. A summary of the main result
4. The implications of the result
5. A broader perspective of the results, once again understandable across scientific disciplines

It is crucial that the abstract conveys the importance and novelty of the work and be understandable without reference to the rest of the manuscript to a multidisciplinary audience. Abstracts should not contain any citation to other published works.

Mentoring for First Time Authors

Authors who have not submitted a paper to a journal before are encouraged to contact the Editors who can arrange for a mentor to support a first submission to Pharmaceutical Statistics. Mentors will not be able to provide the detailed scientific scrutiny of peer review but can answer questions about the submission process and review. They can also answer questions about what makes an article interesting and clear to a scientific reader.

Reference Style

References should be cited in the text in square brackets, e.g. [1] and listed at the end of the paper in the order in which they appear in the text. All references must be complete and accurate. References should be listed in the following style:

  1. Chen Z, Wang Y. A new class of coherent risk measures based on p -norms and their applications. Applied Stochastic Models in Business and Industry 2007; 23:9-62. DOI: 10.1002/asmb.636

  2. Kuo W, Chien WTK, Kim T. Reliability, Yield and Stress Burn-in (2nd edn), Vol. 1. Kluwer: Norwell, MA, 1998; 35-70.

  3. Engel KH, Heidlas J, Tressl R. Food is wonderful, I can't get enough. In Food Flavours Part C. The Flavour of Fruit, Morton ID, MacLeod AJ (eds). Elsevier: Amsterdam; 1990; pp. 190-195.

  4. The Oncology Website. Available at: (accessed 24 April 1999).


Upload each figure as a separate file in either .tiff or .eps format, with the figure number and the top of the figure indicated. Compound figures e.g. 1a, b, c should be uploaded as one figure. Tints are not acceptable. Lettering must be of a reasonable size that would still be clearly legible upon reduction, and consistent within each figure and set of figures. Where a key to symbols is required, please include this in the artwork itself, not in the figure legend. All illustrations must be supplied at the correct resolution:

  • Black and white and colour photos - 300 dpi
  • Graphs, drawings, etc - 800 dpi preferred; 600 dpi minimum
  • Combinations of photos and drawings (black and white and colour) - 500 dpi

Tables should be part of the the main document and should be placed after the references. If the table is created in excel the file should be uploaded separately.

Colour policy

The cost of printing colour illustrations in the Journal will be charged to the author. If colour illustrations are supplied electronically in either TIFF or EPS format, they may be used in the PDF of the article at no cost to the author, even if this illustration is printed in black and white in the Journal. The PDF will appear on the Wiley Online Library website.

Supporting Information

Supporting Information can be a useful way for an author to include important but ancillary information with the online version of an article. Examples of Supporting Information include additional tables, data sets, figures, movie files, audio clips, 3D structures, and other related nonessential multimedia files. Supporting Information should be cited within the article text, and a descriptive legend should be included. It is published as supplied by the author, and a proof is not made available prior to publication; for these reasons, authors should provide any Supporting Information in the desired final format.

For further information on recommended file types and requirements for submission, please visit:

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Citing Early View Articles

To include the DOI in a citation to an article, simply append it to the reference as in the following example:

P.J. Weaver, A.M.-F. Laures, J-C. Wolff. Investigation of the advanced functionalities of a hybrid quadrupole orthogonal acceleration time-of-flight mass spectrometer. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 2007, DOI: 10.1002/RCM.21464.

To link to an article from the author’s homepage, take the DOI (digital object identifier) and append it to "" as per following example:

DOI:10.1002/pst.20941, becomes

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Article Formats Published in PST

PST publishes research papers, book reviews, literature reviews, software reviews, viewpoint articles, consultants’ forum articles, new starters and teachers’ corner articles.

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Publication Ethics

Wiley's Best Practice Guidleines on Publishing Ethics are now available. The aim for these guidelines remains to support all those involved in scholarly publishing with a summary of best practice guidance from leading organizations around the world. Our guidelines are written for societies, editors, authors, librarians, students, funders, corporations, and journalists.

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Further Information

For accepted manuscripts the publisher will supply proofs to the submitting author prior to publication. This stage is to be used only to correct errors that may have been introduced during the production process. Prompt return of the corrected proofs, preferably within two days of receipt, will minimise the risk of the paper being held over to a later issue.

Free access to the final PDF offprint or your article will be available via Author Services only. Please therefore sign up for Author Services if you would like to access your article PDF offprint and enjoy the many other benefits the service offers. There is no page charge to authors.

To purchase reprints in smaller quantities, please visit Restrictions apply to the use of reprints – if you have a specific query, please contact Corresponding authors are invited to inform their co-authors of the reprint options available

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Potential threat to security.  Where a reviewer is concerned that an article might include information that could be a threat to security then the Editor will treat the article as possible DURC (dual use research of concern) and may consult a specialist reviewer.  Their advice will be taken into account by the Editor in making any final decision on publication

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