The Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series B (Statistical Methodology) has a long tradition of publishing work that is at the leading edge of methodological development, with a strong emphasis on relevance to statistical practice. Included are papers on study design, statistical models, methods of analysis and the theory that underlies them - almost invariably motivated or illustrated by real examples. Series B aims to disseminate work which is innovative, insightful and likely to have a substantial impact on the way that data are collected and analysed; within these parameters the journal's scope is broad, embracing for example relevant work in applied probability, computational methods and the foundations of statistics. Methodological papers read before the Society at its Ordinary Meetings, organized regularly by the Research Section of the Society, are published in Series B with full discussion and authors' response.

Aims and Scope

The Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series B (Statistical Methodology), aims to publish high quality papers on the methodological aspects of statistics. The objective of papers should be to contribute to the understanding of statistical methodology and/or to develop and improve statistical methods; any mathematical theory should be directed towards these aims. The kinds of contribution considered include descriptions of new methods of collecting or analysing data, with the underlying theory, an indication of the scope of application and preferably a real example. Also considered are comparisons, critical evaluations and new applications of existing methods, contributions to probability theory which have a clear practical bearing (including the formulation and analysis of stochastic models), statistical computation or simulation where original methodology is involved and original contributions to the foundations of statistical science. Reviews of methodological techniques are also considered. A paper, even if correct and well presented, is likely to be rejected if it only presents straightforward special cases of previously published work, if it is of mathematical interest only, if it is too long in relation to the importance of the new material that it contains or if it is dominated by computations or simulations of a routine nature. 

Discussion papers

Series B also publishes papers which have been presented for discussion at meeting of the society. Forthcoming discussion papers are available from the society’s web pages. For recently published discussion papers, please browse the Series B online table of contents.

Restructuring the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society

As a result of a publications review by the Royal Statistical Society, a major restructuring of the Journal took effect from the beginning of 2004. Click here for further information.


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