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Editor-in-Chief: Marc Genton

Online ISSN: 2049-1573

Author Guidelines

Stat is an innovative electronic journal for the rapid publication of novel and topical research results, publishing compact articles of the highest quality in all areas of statistical endeavour. Its purpose is to provide a means of rapid sharing of important new theoretical, methodological and applied research.

Stat is a scientific journal for the international community of statisticians and researchers and practitioners in allied quantitative disciplines.

Read the Founding Editor-in-Chief's guide to getting published in Stat here.

Submission of a manuscript will be held to imply that it contains original unpublished work and is not being submitted for publication elsewhere at the same time.

All papers must be submitted via the ScholarOne Manuscripts (formerly known as Manuscript Central) online submission and peer review system at:

The language of the journal is English. 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.

Articles must be a maximum length of 10 pages (excluding references, figures, tables and other forms of exhibit, but including text in appendices). Articles that exceed this page length will be rejected. See below for submission of Supporting Information. See here for the Word template and here for the Stat LaTeX class file.

During the submission process you must enter the full title, short title of up to 70 characters and names and affiliations of all authors. Give 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 up to 200 words for all articles. An abstract is a concise summary of the whole paper, not just the conclusions, and is understandable without reference to the rest of the paper. It should contain no citation to other published work. Also enter five or six keywords or key phrases from the list of keywords on the ScholarOne site, arranged in alphabetical order, to describe the content of the paper.

If your article is accepted Reviewer, Associate Editor and Editor comments on your article may be posted on Statblog.

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 is provided in addition to the source files and the Stat LaTeX class file must be used: see here. Figures may be provided in .tiff or .eps format.

Illustrations. Upload each figure as a separate file in either .tiff or .eps format, with the lead author's name, 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

All illustrations (and tables) should be referred to sequentially in the text.  Illustrations will be reproduced in colour online free of charge.

References should not be numbered but should be standardised as follows:

(a) in the text, only the authors' surnames should be given, followed by the year of publication in parentheses (for three or more authors, only the first surname should be given, followed by et al.; the abbreviations ibid., op. cit. and loc. cit. are not used);
(b) at the end of the paper, the references should be listed in alphabetical order of surnames.
Examples for a paper published in conference proceedings, a paper in a journal, a book and a report on the web are as follows:

Andersson, S. A., Madican, D, and Periman, M. D. (1996) An alternative Markov property for chain graphs. In Proc. 12th Conf. Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence (eds F. V. Jensen and E. Horvitz), pp. 40-48. San Francisco: Morgan Kaufmann.

Golm, G. T., Halloran, M. E. and Longini, I. M. (1998) Semiparametric models for mismeasured exposure information in vaccine trials. Statist. Med., 17, 2335-2352.

Hughes, B. D. (1996) Random Walks and Random Environments, vol. 2, ch. 3. Oxford: Clarendon.

Office for National Statistics (2000) 2001 hard-to-count index. Office for National Statistics, London (Available from

Where possible the DOI should be included at the end of the reference. The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) is an identification system for intellectual property in the digital environment. Developed by the International DOI Foundation on behalf of the publishing industry, its goals are to provide a framework for managing intellectual content, link customers with publishers, facilitate electronic commerce, and enable automated copyright management. Online citations should include date of access.

Mathematical equations should be typed on separate lines, numbered consecutively and punctuated in the usual way. The development of mathematical expressions, if necessary, should be presented in appendixes with only the relevant equations stated in the main text. The order of brackets in nested expressions is [{()}].

Supporting Information. Supporting Information that is referred to in the text of the article may be made available alongside the article and so is in addition to the 10 page allowance. This might include detailed proofs, additional tables and figures, appendices, computer code, software scripts (e.g. R scripts, MATLAB, FAS scripts, etc.), datasets and movie files. Guidelines for the preparation of Supporting Information are available here. Any supporting information should be listed after the references, with the opening statement: 'Supporting Information: Additional information for this article is available' followed by brief captions for the Appendices/Figs/Tables that are included. These should be numbered Appendix S1, Fig. S1, Table S1, etc. Supporting Information should include a list of references for any literature referred to therein, to make it a self-contained piece of work. This may mean duplicating references if any literature is cited in both the main text and the Supporting Information.

All Supporting Information should be submitted as part of the main manuscript via the ScholarOne Manuscripts system. Please name your supporting files as ‘Supporting Information' and upload them with the main document. This allows the submission system to combine all the relevant files together but keep them separate when it comes to publication stage. NB: the 'Supporting information' files can be named as 'for review' or 'not for review', depending on their content. In either case, the files will be accessible to the editor/reviewers if they wish to access them.

Any articles that have been rejected will not be eligible for resubmission.

OnlineOpen. 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.

Pre-submission English Language Editing. Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of 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.

Search Engine Optimization for Your Paper. Consult our SEO Tips for Authors page in order to maximize online discoverability for your published research. Included are tips for making your title and abstract SEO-friendly, choosing appropriate keywords, and promoting your research through social media.

Copyright and Permissions

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.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement

If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen

If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by certain funders [e.g. The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) or the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)] you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

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.

Post Acceptance

Further information. For manuscripts where the reviewers have suggested changes to the submitted manuscript the publisher will supply proofs to the corresponding author prior to publication. This stage is to be used only to correct errors that may have been introduced during the review process. Prompt return of the corrected proofs, within one day of receipt, is essential. 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.

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