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Statistical Journal of the IAOS

Journal of the International Association for Official Statistics

CiteScore
2023
1.2

Volume

39, 4 issues

Latest issue

40:1 online 22 March 2024

Next issue

40:2 scheduled for June 2024

Back volumes

From volume 24, 2007

ISSN print

1874-7655

ISSN online

1875-9254

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

Editor-in-Chief

Pietro Gennari
International Association for Official Statistics
Rome, Italy
E-Mail: gennari.sjiaos@gmail.com 

General Editors

Pieter Everaers
International Association for Official Statistics
Salzburg, Austria
E-Mail: pevssjiaos@gmail.com 

Stephen Penneck
International Statistical Institute
Sutton, UK
Emphasis area: Organisation of Official Statistics, dissemination, quality, economy, new development, SDG’s, IAOS history
E-Mail: stephen.penneck@gmail.com

Kirsten West
International Association for Official Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau
Washington, DC, USA
Emphasis area: Difficult manuscripts from the quality of grammar and general theme
E-Mail: kwestiaos@gmail.com

Emeritus Editor-in-Chief

Fritz Scheuren

Technical Editor

Kim Willems
IOS Press
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
E-Mail: k.willems@iospress.nl 

Emphasis Editors

Qasem Alzoubi
Jordanian National Data Center for Science and Technology
Irbid, Jordan
Emphasis area: Censuses and surveys and new methodologies, social and financial statistics
E-mail: qasemsz53@outlook.com 

Emanuele Baldacci
Director of General Human Resources and Security, European Commission
Brussels, Belgium
Emphasis Area: New technologies and techniques, data science skills, data integration, data quality
E-mail: Emanuele.BALDACCI@ec.europa.eu 

Dario Buono
Eurostat, European Union (EU)
Luxemburg
Emphasis area: New Technologies and Techniques (NTTS), seasonal adjustment, outlier identification and treatment, inferential statistics, measure of uncertainty, data skills, and machine learning
E-mail: dario.buono@ec.europa.eu  

Victor Alfredo Bustos
National Institute of Statistics and Geography of Mexico (INEGI)
Aguascalientes, Mexico
Emphasis area: Population and social conditions (methodology and new developments)
E-mail: alfredo.bustos@inegi.org.mx 

Jillian Campbell
Monitoring, Review and Reporting Unit, Implementation Support Division Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity
Montreal, QC, Canada
Emphasis area: Environmental statistics, environmental accounting, biodiversity
E-mail: campbell7@un.org 

Fernando Cantu-Bazaldua
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Vienna, Austria
Emphasis area: Governance in international Official Statistics
E-mail:  F.CANTU@unido.org 

Eileen Capilit
Africa Centre for Statistics
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Emphasis area: Price statistics, Purchasing Power Parity, economic statistics, system of national accounts, statistical business registers and enterprise data
E-mail: ecapilit@yahoo.com 

Elisabetta Carfagna
Department of Statistical Sciences, University of Bologna 
Bologna, Italy
Emphasis area: Statistical methods and applied academic statistics
E-mail: elisabetta.carfagna@unibo.it 

Jose Luis Cervera Ferri
DevStat Servicios de Consultoría Estadística
Valencia, Spain
Emphasis area: ICT, information society and digital economy statistics, fishery statistics, regional statistics, technical assistance to developing countries
E-mail: jcervera@devstat.com

Oliver Chinganya
Africa Centre for Statistics
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Emphasis area: Capacity Development and Statistical Governance, Africa issues, SDG’s
E-mail: chinganya@un.org 

Jean-Pierre Cling
INSEE, Institut National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques
Montrouge, France
Emphasis area: Cooperation and Capacity Development in Statistics
E-mail: jean-pierre.cling@insee.fr 

Michele Connolly
International Group for Indigenous Health Measurement 
Columbia, MD, USA
Emphasis area: Special population groups, indigenous people, inclusiveness
Email: michelebabb@verizon.net 

Olivier Dupriez
The World Bank
Washington, DC, USA
Emphasis area: Data documentation, metadata standards, microdata curation, dissemination, and protection, data management
E-mail: odupriez@worldbank.org 

Jean-Michel Durr
CAOS Consulting
Montrouge, Île-de-France, France
Emphasis area: Population and Housing Censuses, social statistics, agri censes
E-mail: jmdurr@ymail.com 

Jessamyn Encarnacion
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)
New York, NY, USA
Emphasis area: Gender statistics, strategic and managerial issues, income, consumption, and poverty statistics, demographic and social statistics, well-being, quality of life measures
E-mail: jessamyn.encarnacion@unwomen.org

Pirmin    Fessler
Austrian Central Bank
Vienna, Austria
Emphasis area: Income and Wealth Distribution Statistics, survey methodology and measurement
E-mail: Pirmin.Fessler@oenb.at 

Peter Hackl
Vienna University of Economics and Business
Vienna, Austria
Emphasis area: Methodology and quality, governance and ethics, European Statistics
E-mail: peter.g.hackl@gmail.com 

Gemma van Halderen
Department of Social Services (DSS), Australian Government
Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Emphasis area: Strategic and managerial issues of official statistics/Ethics
E-mail: gvhcox@tpg.com.au 

Hossein Hassani
Webster University
Vienna, Austria
Emphasis area: AI and ML, Big data, new methodologies, forecasting
E-mail: hassani.stat@gmail.com

Ivo Havinga
Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations Statistics Division, United Nations Secretariat
New York, NY, USA
Emphasis area: National Accounts, environmental accounting, UN issues, international organizations
Email: ivohavinga@outlook.com 

Daniel Hopp
UNCTAD
Geneva, Switzerland
Emphasis area: Network analysis, artificial intelligence, nowcasting/forecasting, new methodologies and techniques in general
E-mail: daniel.hopp@un.org 

Ashish Kumar
Department of Mathematics & Statistics, Manipal University Jaipur
Jaipur, India
Emphasis area: Reliability modeling and analysis, sampling theory, stochastic processes
E-mail: ashish.kumar@jaipur.manipal.edu 

Steve Mac Feely
Director of Data and Analytics, World Health Organization
Geneva, Switzerland
Emphasis Area: Governance, forecasting, SDG’s, ethics and UNFPOS
E-mail: macfeelys@who.int 

Asta Manninen
Statistical Journal of the International Association for Official Statistics
Helsinki, Finland
Emphasis area: Dissemination and General and Regional Statistics (population and social conditions, current important themes in general) 
E-mail: asta.m.manninen@outlook.com 

Angela Me
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Vienna, Austria
Emphasis area: Drugs statistics, crime statistics, criminal justice statistics, victimization surveys
E-mail: angela.me@un.org 

Kate Michalopoulou
Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences
Athens, Greece
Emphasis area: History of Official Statistics Survey methodology (issues of probability sampling applications, non-response and attitude measurement) and classifications (unemployment)
E-mail: kmichal@panteion.gr 

Hernan Daniel Munoz
FAO: UN Food and Agricultural Organisation, Sapienza University
Rome, Italy
Emphasis area: Governance, reform and modernization of statistical offices, strategical planning, statistical capacity development, NSS coordination, good statistical practices, quality assurance and international relations
E-mail: hernandaniel.munoz@uniroma1.it

Per Nymand-Andersen
European Central Bank
Frankfurt, Germany
Emphasis area: Central Bank Statistics, Communication, Data Science, Fintech and alternative data sources
E-mail: percannes@googlemail.com 

Francesca Perucci
Policy and Partnerships, Open Data Watch
Washington, DC, USA
Emphasis area: Development data and SDG indicators, gender and social statistics, demographic statistics, household surveys, open data, data governance
Email: francesca.perucci@gmail.com 

John Pleis
National Center for Health Statistics
Hyattsville, MD, USA
Emphasis area: Multi-level modelling, small area estimation, statistical modelling, statistical theory, health statistics
E-mail: JPleis@cdc.gov 

Megan Price
Human Rights Data Analysis Group
San Francisco, CA, USA
Emphasis area: Human rights
E-mail: meganp@hrdag.org 

Aurel Schubert
Vienna University of Economics and Business
Vienna School of International Studies
Vienna, Austria
Emphasis area: Government Finance Statistics, National Accounts
E-mail: aurel.schubert@kabelplus.at 

Denise Silva (Britz do Nascimento)
Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Emphasis area: Methodology, social surveys, inferential statistics, human resource management in statistics
E-mail: denise.silva@ibge.gov.br 

Amani Siyam
Department of Health Systems Development, World Health Organization
Geneva, Switzerland
Emphasis area: Health statistics, epidemiology and biostatistics, social statistics, demographic statistics
E-mail: siyama@who.int 

Rosanna Verde
Department of Mathematics and Physics
Università della Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”
Caserta, Italy
Emphasis area: Data Science, classification and prediction methods
E-mail: rosanna.verde2@gmail.com 

Kieran Walsh
Department of Statistics ILO, Statistical Standards and Methods Unit
Geneva, Switzerland
Emphasis area: Labour statistics, Labour Force Surveys, Household Surveys
E-mail: walshk@ilo.org 

Michael Yang
NORC, University of Chicago
Chicago, IL, USA
Emphasis Area: New methodologies, survey methodology
E-mail: Yang-Michael@norc.org 

Linda Young
United States Department of Agriculture
Washington, DC, USA
Emphasis area: Agricultural statistics, Methodology
E-mail: ljyoung999@gmail.com 

Wesley Yung, PhD
International Cooperation and Methodology Innovation Center, Statistics Canada
Ottawa, ON, Canada
Emphasis area: Methodology and techniques, North America issues, high level group issues
E-mail: wesley.yung@canada.ca

Author Guidelines

SUBMISSION OF MANUSCRIPT 

By submitting my article to this journal, I agree to the Author Copyright Agreement, the IOS Press Ethics Policy, and the IOS Press Privacy Policy.

High standards of ethical behavior are expected from all parties involved in the publishing process; these include author(s), editor(s), reviewer(s), and publisher. IOS Press follows the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), in particular COPE’s Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing.

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

PREPARATION OF MANUSCRIPTS

Organization of the paper and style of presentation
Manuscripts must be written in English. Authors whose native language is not English are advised to consult a professional English language editing service or a native English speaker prior to submission.

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

Authorship
Any author included in the author list should have contributed significantly to the paper, and no person who has made a significant contribution should be omitted from the list of authors. Please read the IOS Press authorship policy for further information.

Tables
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.

References

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. Available from: www.cancer.ca/. [Accessed 17 October 2006].

[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
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.

Figures
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.

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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.

Article sharing
Authors of journal articles are permitted to self-archive and share their work through institutional repositories, personal websites, and preprint servers. Authors have the right to use excerpts of their article in other works written by the authors themselves, provided that the original work is properly cited. The consent for sharing an article, in whole or in part, depends on the version of the article that is shared, where it is shared, and the copyright license under which the article is published. Please refer to the IOS Press Article Sharing Policy for further information.

Quoting from other publications
Authors, when quoting from someone else's work or when considering reproducing figures or tables from a book or journal article, should make sure that they are not infringing a copyright. Although in general authors may quote from other published works, permission should be obtained from the holder of the copyright if there will be substantial extracts or reproduction of 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.

PROOFS AND PRE-PRESS

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.

The corrected proof is published online in the journal’s pre-press module shortly after the proof is created and author corrections are implemented. This is not the final version. As soon as the article is assigned to an issue, the final bibliographic information will be added and the pre-press file will be replaced by the updated, final version. Pre-press articles are fully citable by using their DOI number.

PURCHASES

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.

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Open Access

By default, articles published in Statistical Journal of the IAOS are available only to institutions and individuals with access rights. However, the journal offers all authors the option to purchase open access publication for their article as part of the IOS Press Open Library. This means that the final published version will be freely available to anyone worldwide, indefinitely, under a Creative Commons license and without the need to purchase access to the article. This is also referred to as “gold” open access.

Gold open access pricing
Authors who choose gold open access publication will be subject to an article publication charge of € 1500 / US$ 1500 for publication under the CC BY-NC 4.0 license or € 2150 / US$ 2150 for publication under the CC BY 4.0 license. Pricing is exclusive of possible taxes. After an article is accepted for publication, the corresponding author will be informed regarding the open access option during the production stages, and will have the opportunity to purchase open access for their article. It could be that the open access fee of an article is waived completely due an institutional agreement IOS Press has with the corresponding authors' institution. Please check the institutional agreements page for details.

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Authors who do not make use of the gold open access option may still make their article freely available using self-archiving, also referred to as green open access. Authors may make their final accepted manuscript available for free download from their personal or institutional website or institutional archive. This model is free for the author.

Peer Review

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. Please visit our reviewer guidelines for further information about how to conduct a review.

All submitted manuscripts are automatically screened for plagiarism through iThenticate. 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.

CALL FOR PAPERS

The value and cost of Official Statistics

For the next issues of the SJIAOS we are inviting authors to send manuscripts on “The value and cost of Official Statistics”. Assessing the value of Official Statistics is becoming more and more important now that public budgets for statistical operations are progressively decreasing and official statisticians are requested to justify the large investments required for major data collections, such as the Censuses. This involves, on one side, assessing the benefits, in terms of economic and social welfare, gained from using data and statistics, and, on the other side, measuring the resources expended to collect, process, and analyze them. The key questions are: What is the impact of official statistics on decision making? How to measure the use of official statistics in policy processes and investment decisions? What is the impact of these informed-based policies and decisions? Or what would be the cost of the lack of essential statistical information? How to communicate the importance of official statistics to policy-makers? How can a business case for justifying an investment in a major statistical operation be built? Submit your articles here.

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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).