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Statistical Journal of the IAOS

Journal of the International Association for Official Statistics


37, 4 issues

Latest issue

37:3 online 07 September 2021

Next issue

37:4 scheduled for December 2021

Back volumes

From volume 24, 2007

ISSN print


ISSN online


Aims & Scope

This is the flagship journal of the International Association for Official Statistics and is expected to be widely circulated and subscribed to by individuals and institutions in all parts of the world. The main aim of the journal is to support the IAOS mission by publishing articles to promote the understanding and advancement of official statistics and to foster the development of effective and efficient official statistical services on a global basis. Papers are expected to be of wide interest to readers. Such papers may or may not contain strictly original material. All papers are refereed. The journal has an Editor-in-Chief who is responsible for ensuring that the journal focuses on current and emerging issues and challenges related to the management, production and use of official statistics and related public policy matters. The journal should publish papers of wide interest to both users and producers of official statistics. The journal should encourage papers with a focus on the basic principles for official statistics covering areas such as the importance of applying the best scientific methods, the need for statistical independence, balancing the needs of users with the burden on respondents, the continuing challenges around confidentiality, and the growing need for consistency and coherence across statistical domains and over time and for international comparability. As a guide, articles relating, but not exclusively, to the following broad topics will be of interest to the journal:

  • Developments and challenges for both global and national statistical systems
  • Statistical independence and legislation
  • New directions for official statistics
  • Delivering relevant and effective statistical services
  • New and innovative ways of increasing uses and users of official statistics
  • Quality of official statistics
  • Engagement of producers
  • Innovative use of ICT for official statistics
  • Creative use of both new and existing statistical sources
  • Organisation of statistical services
  • Statistical infrastructure and tools
  • Management of statistical and related meta data
  • Innovative statistical products and services
  • Training of statistical staff, users and producers
  • Improving statistical literacy in the community

Authors and referees of all papers should bear in mind that many of the readers of the journal (particularly in the developing world) do not have easy access to libraries or to other journals, and therefore are strongly encouraged to make the papers as self-contained as possible, while of course giving proper bibliographic credit. Papers of more than 30 manuscript pages, including diagrams, tables and references, will normally not be considered for publication.

Editorial Board

General Editors


Pieter Everaers
International Association for Official Statistics
Salzburg, Austria

General Editor

Kirsten West
International Association for Official Statistics

General Editor

Stephen Penneck
International Statistical Institute
Sutton, United Kingdom

Emeritus Editor-in-Chief

Fritz Scheuren

Technical Editor

Kim Willems
IOS Press
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Interview Editor
Nancy Torrieri
Statistical Journal of the International Association for Official Statistics
Washington, DC, United States

Discussion Platform Editor
James Whitworth
Statistical Journal of the International Association for Official Statistics
United Kingdom

Emphasis Editors

Qasem Alzoubi
Jordanian National Data Center for Science and Technology, Jordan
Emphasis area: Social and Financial Statistics

Lisa Grace Bersales
University of the Philippines
Manila, Philippines
Emphasis area: Managerial Issues on Official Stats, Human Resources

Derek Bond
Independent Adviser
Belfast, Ireland
Emphasis area: Strategic and Managerial Issues of Official Statistics

Luigi Biggeri
University of Florence (Università degli Studi di Firenze)
Florence, Italy
Emphasis area: Economic Statistics and Prices

Dario Buono
Emphasis area: New Technologies and Techniques (NTTS)

Alfredo Bustos
National Institute of Statistics and Geography of Mexico (INEGI)
Aguascalientes, Mexico
Emphasis area: Population and Social Conditions

Jose Luis Cervera
Valencia, Spain
Emphasis area: Technical assistance, information society and digital economy statistics, fishery

Oliver Chinganya
Africa Centre for Statistics
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
United Kingdom
Emphasis area: Capacity Development and Statistical Governance

Michele Connolly
Special Populations Editor
Columbia, MD, USA
Emphasis area: Special Population Groups

Aref N. Dajani
United States Cencus Bureau
Greenbelt, MD, USA
Emphasis area: Dissemination/Population and Social Conditions

Jean-Michel Durr
CAOS Consulting
Montrouge, Île-de-France, France
Emphasis area: Population and Housing Censuses

Fazel Famili
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, Canada
Emphasis area: Methodology

Jaume Garcia Villar
Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain
Emphasis area: Economic Statistics

Dag Gravem
Statistics Norway
Oslo, Norway
Emphasis area: New Data Sources

Peter Hackl
Vienna University of Economics and Business
Vienna, Austria
Emphasis area: Methodology and Quality

Gemma Van Halderen
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Bangkok, Thailand
Emphasis area: Strategic and Managerial Issues of Official Statistics/Ethics

Ivo Havinga
United Nations Statistical Division
New York, USA
Emphasis Area: Business Statistics and International Trade Statistics, Macro-economic Accounts, Change Management

Arthur Kennickell
National Bureau of Economic Research
Washington, DC, USA
Emphasis area: Methodology and Non-traditional Data

Steve Koczela
The MassINC Polling Group
Boston, MA, USA
Emphasis area: Methodology/Fabrication

James Lynch
University of Maryland
Maryland, USA
Emphasis area: Crime and Victimization

Steve MacFeely
World Health Organization
Geneva, Switzerland
Emphasis Area: International trade statistics, Development

Asta Manninen
Statistical Journal of the International Association for Official Statistics
Helsinki, Finland
Emphasis area: Dissemination and General and Regional Statistics

Kate Michalopoulou
Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences
Athens, Greece
Emphasis area: History of Official Statistics

Jennifer Parker
National Center for Health Statistics
Hyattsville, MD, USA
Emphasis area: Population and Social Conditions/Health and Data Quality

Santanu Pramanik
Indian Institute of Science
Bangalore, India
Emphasis area: Population and Social Conditions

Megan Price
Human Rights Data Analysis Group
San Francisco, CA, USA
Emphasis area: Human Rights

Nidal Rashid Sabri
Birzeit University
Birzeit, West Bank, Palestine
Emphasis area: Economy and Finance

Charles Renfro
Journal of Economic and Social Measurement
Bala Cynwyd, PA, USA
Emphasis area: Economics & Social Measurement

Aurel Schubert
WU Vienna
Vienna, Austria
Emphasis area: Government Finance Statistics/National Accounts

Denise Silva
Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Emphasis area: Methodology

Linda Young
United States Department of Agriculture
Washington, DC, USA
Emphasis area: Agricultural Statistics/Methodology

Wesley Yung
Statistics Canada
Ottawa, Canada
Emphasis area: Science, Technology and Digital Society

Elena Zarova
Plekhanov Russian Academy of Economics
Moscow, Russia
Emphasis area: General and Regional Statistics/Ecomonic


Author Guidelines


By submitting my article to this journal, I agree to the IOS Press License to Publish: https://www.iospress.nl/service/authors/author-copyright-agreement/ and the IOS Press Privacy Policy: https://www.iospress.nl/privacy-policy/.

Authors are requested to submit their manuscript electronically to the journal’s editorial management system.
Note that the manuscript should be uploaded as one file with tables and figures included. This file can be a Word document, a PDF, or a zip file. 

Required files for final submissions
After the article has been accepted, the authors should submit the final version as source files, such as Word or LateX (If using LaTeX, please use the standard article.sty as a style file and also send a PDF version of the LaTeX file).

Peer Review Process and Process for Appeals
The Statistical Journal of the IAOS operates a rigorous, timely, blinded peer review process (with an option for double-blind if requested) by experts in the field. Manuscripts submitted to The Statistical Journal of the IAOS will be assessed for suitability for publication in the journal by the Editor-in-Chief. Manuscripts that are deemed unsuitable may be rejected without peer review by the Editor-in-Chief and/or the Associate Editors, and the author will be informed as soon as possible. Manuscripts that are deemed suitable for peer review are forwarded to an Associate Editor with expertise in that area who then recruits appropriate anonymous referees (a minimum of two) for confidential review. Referee reports are then assessed by the Associate Editor, who makes a decision which is then subject to approval of the Editors-in-Chief. Once approved this decision is then conveyed to the author along with the referee’s anonymized reports. The initial decision will be one of the following: rejection, acceptance without revision, or potentially acceptable after minor or major revisions. Revised manuscripts will be appraised by the Associate Editor, who may seek the opinion of referees (prior or new) before making a decision, which again is subject to approval of the Editors-in-Chief. Once approved, this decision is then conveyed to the author along with the anonymized referee’s reports. Once accepted, manuscripts are normally published on-line without delay and appear in the next available print issue (published quarterly). The Editor-in-Chief has ultimate responsibility for what is published in the journal. Authors may appeal decisions by contacting the Editor-in-Chief (at editorial@iospress.com). Authors will be informed in writing of the result of their appeal.

Publication Fee
The Statistical Journal of the IAOS does not charge a publication fee.

Colour figures
It is possible to have figures printed in colour, provided the cost of their reproduction is paid for by the author. See Preparation of Manuscripts for the required file formats.

Open Access option
The IOS Press Open Library offers authors an Open Access (OA) option. By selecting the OA option, the article will be freely available from the moment it is published, also in the pre-press module. In the Open Library the article processing charges are paid in the form of an Open Access Fee. Authors will receive an Open Access Order Form upon acceptance of their article. Open Access is entirely optional.
See also our website for more information about this option IOS Press Open Library


Organization of the paper and style of presentation
Manuscripts must be written in English. Authors whose native language is not English are advised to seek the advice of a native English speaker, before submitting their manuscripts.

Peerwith offers a language and copyediting service to all scientists who want to publish their manuscript in scientific peer-reviewed periodicals and books.

Manuscripts should be prepared with wide margins and double spacing throughout, including the abstract, footnotes and references. Every page of the manuscript, including the title page, references, tables, etc., should be numbered. However, in the text no reference should be made to page numbers; if necessary, one may refer to sections. Try to avoid the excessive use of italics and bold face.

Manuscripts should be organized in the following order:

  • Title page
  • Body of text (divided by subheadings)
  • Acknowledgements
  • References
  • Tables
  • Figure captions
  • Figures

Headings and subheadings should be numbered and typed on a separate line, without indentation.

SI units should be used, i.e., the units based on the metre, kilogramme, second, etc.

Title page
The title page should provide the following information:

  • Title (should be clear, descriptive and not too long)
  • Name(s) of author(s); please indicate who is the corresponding author
  • Full affiliation(s)
  • Present address of author(s), if different from affiliation
  • Complete address of corresponding author, including tel. no., fax no. and e-mail address
  • Abstract; should be clear, descriptive, self-explanatory and not longer than 200 words, it should also be suitable for publication in abstracting services
  • Keywords

Number as Table 1, Table 2 etc, and refer to all of them in the text.

Each table should be provided on a separate page of the manuscript. Tables should not be included in the text.

Each table should have a brief and self-explanatory title.

Column headings should be brief, but sufficiently explanatory. Standard abbreviations of units of measurement should be added between parentheses.

Vertical lines should not be used to separate columns. Leave some extra space between the columns instead.

Any explanations essential to the understanding of the table should be given in footnotes at the bottom of the table.


Authors are requested to use the Vancouver Citation Style.

Place citations as numbers in square brackets in the text. All publications cited in the text should be presented in a list of references at the end of the manuscript. List the references in the order in which they appear in the text. Only articles published or accepted for publication should be listed in the reference list. Submitted articles can be listed as (author(s), unpublished data). If an article has a DOI, this should be provided after the page number details. The number is added after the letters 'doi'. Manuscripts will not be considered if they do not conform to the Vancouver citation guidelines.

References must be listed in Vancouver Style:

[1] Rose ME, Huerbin MB, Melick J, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Schiding JK, et al. Regulation of interstitial excitatory amino acid concentrations after cortical contusion injury. Brain Res. 2002;935(1-2):40-6.

[2] Murray PR, Rosenthal KS, Kobayashi GS, Pfaller MA. Medical microbiology. 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby; 2002.

[3] Berkow R, Fletcher AJ, editors. The Merck manual of diagnosis and therapy. 16th ed. Rahway (NJ): Merck Research Laboratories; 1992.

[4] Meltzer PS, Kallioniemi A, Trent JM. Chromosome alterations in human solid tumors. In: Vogelstein B, Kinzler KW, editors. The genetic basis of human cancer. New York: McGrawHill; 2002. p. 93-113.

[5] Canadian Cancer Society [homepage on the Internet]. Toronto: The Society; 2006 [updated 2006 May 12; cited 2006 Oct 17]. Available from: www.cancer.ca/.

[6] Tian D, Araki H, Stahl E, Bergelson J, Kreitman M. Signature of balancing selection in Arabidopsis. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. In press 2002.

[7] Fletcher D, Wagstaff CRD. Organisational psychology in elite sport: its emergence, application and future. Psychol Sport Exerc. 2009;10(4):427-34. doi:10.1016/j.psychsport.2009.03.009.


Footnotes should only be used if absolutely essential. In most cases it is possible to incorporate the information in the text.

If used, they should be numbered in the text, indicated by superscript numbers and kept as short as possible.

Number figures as Fig. 1, Fig. 2, etc and refer to all of them in the text.

Each figure should be provided on a separate sheet. Figures should not be included in the text.

Colour figures can be included, provided the cost of their reproduction is paid for by the author.

For the file formats of the figures please take the following into account:

  • Line art should be have a minimum resolution of 600 dpi, save as EPS or TIFF
  • Grayscales (incl photos) should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi (no lettering), or 500 dpi (when there is lettering); save as tiff
  • Do not save figures as JPEG, this format may lose information in the process
  • Do not use figures taken from the Internet, the resolution will be too low for printing
  • Do not use colour in your figures if they are to be printed in black & white, as this will reduce the print quality (note that in software often the default is colour, you should change the settings)
  • For figures that should be printed in colour, please send a CMYK encoded EPS or TIFF

Figures should be designed with the format of the page of the journal in mind. They should be of such a size as to allow a reduction of 50%.

On maps and other figures where a scale is needed, use bar scales rather than numerical ones, i.e., do not use scales of the type 1:10,000. This avoids problems if the figures need to be reduced.

Each figure should have a self-explanatory caption. The captions to all figures should be typed on a separate sheet of the manuscript.

Photographs are only acceptable if they have good contrast and intensity.


Copyright of your article
Authors submitting a manuscript do so on the understanding that they have read and agreed to the terms of the IOS Press Author Copyright Agreement.

Quoting from other publications
An author, when quoting from someone else's work or when considering reproducing figures or table from a book or journal article, should make sure that he is not infringing a copyright. Although in general an author may quote from other published works, he should obtain permission from the holder of the copyright if he wishes to make substantial extracts or to reproduce tables, plates or other figures. If the copyright holder is not the author of the quoted or reproduced material, it is recommended that the permission of the author should also be sought. Material in unpublished letters and manuscripts is also protected and must not be published unless permission has been obtained. Submission of a paper will be interpreted as a statement that the author has obtained all the necessary permission. A suitable acknowledgement of any borrowed material must always be made.


Accepted articles will be placed online as "pre-press" articles shortly after acceptance. This process will occur before the author receives proofs. The pre-press file will remain as the uncorrected proof version until the article is published in an issue and the final published version replaces the pre-press file.

The corresponding author will receive a pdf proof and is asked to check this proof carefully (the publisher will execute a cursory check only). Corrections other than printer's errors, however, should be avoided. Costs arising from such corrections will be charged to the authors.


How to order reprints, a PDF file, journals, or IOS Press books
The main author of a published paper is entitled to receive a one year online subscription to the International Statistical of the IAOS free of charge, unless otherwise stated. Authors also receive a complimentary Author’s Copy (watermarked) pdf of their published article. This pdf is for personal use only. An order form for reprints, additional journal copies or a pdf file will be provided along with the pdf proof.

If you wish to order reprints of an earlier published article, please contact the publisher for a quotation. IOS Press, Fax: +31 20 687 0019. Email: editorial@iospress.nl.

An author is entitled to 25 % discount on IOS Press books. See Author's discount (25%) on all IOS Press book publications.

Authors of published articles (non-prepress, final articles) will be contacted by Kudos. Kudos is a service that helps researchers maximize the impact and visibility of their research. It allows authors to enrich their articles with lay metadata, add links to related materials and promote their articles through the Kudos system to a wider public. Authors will receive no more than three emails: one invitation and a maximum of two reminders to register for the service and link the published article to their profile. Using and registering for Kudos remains entirely optional. For more information, please have a look at our authors section.


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The ISI World Statistics Conference, the IAOS conference and journals like the Statistical Journal of the IAOS, are traditional platforms where views on new developments and important issues in Official Statistics are exchanged. However, conferences occur only a few times per year, journal issues are released maybe four times per year and typically only reach specific interest groups. The online discussion platform of the SJIAOS will be an opportunity for anyone working or interested in Official Statistics, to contribute to topical discussions, at your own convenience.

Every three months a new discussion item

With each issue of the Statistical Journal of the IAOS a new discussion topic will be launched via a leading article. Statements from this article will then invite you to post your opinion and arguments. Each discussion will run for a year and be closed with a concluding commentary by the article author(s).