Author Guidelines

Fuller guidelines are available from here

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 your Funder requirements.

For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

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.

LATEX Style File

A complete LATEX style file for DOS for submissions to this journal is available to download as a zip archive (81 KB) but it is not compulsory to use it: link

Click here to download the style guide in PDF format.

Overleaf Link

Wiley has partnered with Overleaf, a collaborative, cloud-based authoring tool to offer you Overleaf Link on the Royal Statistical Society journals. With Overleaf Link you have a dedicated article submission template, where you can write and edit your article in Overleaf, and then submit directly to the journal editorial office.

The article submission template for each journal is available below:

For more information, please visit our Overleaf Link webpage.

If you are new to Overleaf there are a number of video tutorials available at this link. If you need any help, we have a direct support arrangement with Overleaf. Please contact them at or visit  

Disclosure of financial and other interests

Some journals have policies requiring authors of submitted papers to declare potential conflicts of interest. The purpose is not to remove the conflict but to publicise it, and to allow readers to form their own conclusions on whether any conflict of interest exists. For many of the papers submitted to the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society this is unlikely to be an issue. However, such interests may take many forms, including financial considerations and situations where one or more of the authors have acted as consultants or advisors (paid or otherwise) to a project relevant to the submitted paper. This does not imply that there is anything wrong with holding such interests or that research published by authors with such interests is thereby compromised. With the aim of encouraging transparency and accountability, however, authors of material submitted to the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society are asked to disclose any financial or other interest that may be relevant and/or would prove an embarrassment if it were to emerge after publication and they had not declared it. The appropriate place for such disclosures is in the covering letter to the Editor. At the Editor's discretion, this information may be printed at the end of the paper if it is published.

Data sets and computer code

In the interests of transparency and reproducibility, it is the policy of the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society that published papers should, where possible, be accompanied by the data and computer code used in the analysis. Both data and code must be clearly and precisely documented, in enough detail that it is possible to replicate all results in the final version of the paper. In situations where authors are unable to release their data or code, e.g. because of data access agreements or use of proprietary materials, this must be justified clearly at the time of submission. Where possible, full details must be provided of how access to the materials can be obtained. It is the authors' responsibility to ensure that they have permission to distribute such details. If authors cannot provide either the data and code or any details of how these may be obtained, the reasons for this should be explained clearly at the time of submission. The Editors reserve the right to refuse publication of any paper for which the justification for failing to provide (details of how to access) data or code is deemed inadequate.


  1. Submissions will only be considered in English.  Manuscripts should be submitted via the ScholarOne Manuscripts (formerly known as Manuscript Central) online submission and peer review system for the journal at, where instructions on how to create an account and how to use the system can be found. Manuscripts must be original contributions which are not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts that are longer than 24 journal pages are unlikely to be accepted for publication.   

  2. A covering note should accompany the paper, giving full contact details of the author for correspondence and any other information that is relevant to the submission.

  3. If the paper is to be considered for reading at a Discussion Meeting of the Society, this should be indicated by selecting the correct manuscript type, i.e. 'Discussion Paper (any series)'. Notes about discussion meetings and on the criteria for papers for them are available from here. Papers which are not to be considered for reading should be indicated by selecting the intended journal series, i.e. Series A, Series B or Series C as the manuscript type.

  4. If accepted for publication, the source files of the final version will be required, preferably LaTex or Tex (or a Word document might be suitable), but for simplicity it is recommended that these forms should not be supplied for initial submission:  complete .ps or .pdf files (or Word documents) will upload more quickly and easily and are perfectly acceptable.

  5. A short summary (no more than about 100 words) should be included at the beginning of the manuscript, together with five or six keywords or key phrases, arranged in alphabetical order, to describe the content of the paper.  Although not compulsory, it is helpful for finding referees also to supply these details in completing the submission form.  References should not be cited in the summary.

  6. The author to whom proofs are to be sent and full postal and e-mail addresses must be clearly stated on the title page. No new material may be introduced at the proof-reading stage.

  7. Illustrations and tables can be either embedded within the text near the point of mention or separately at the end of the manuscript.  All illustrations (and tables) should be referred to sequentially in the text.  If any illustrations are intended to be reproduced in colour, confirmation that the full cost for doing so will be borne by the author must be given. Illustrations will be reproduced in colour online free of charge. A colour work agreement form may be downloaded here.

  8. 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 prperty 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

  9. Mathematical equations should be typed on separate lines, numbered consecutively and punctuated in the usual way. Matrixes should be indicated by italics and vectors by bold. 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 [{()}].

  10. Correspondence for publication relating to papers should be received within one year of publication of the original article. Letters should be typed with double spacing and limited to 400 words. The Editors reserve the right to shorten letters.

Copyright Assignment Form

Authors will be required to assign copyright in their papers to the Royal Statistical Society. Copyright assignment is a condition of publication and papers will not be passed to the publisher for production unless copyright has been assigned. To assist authors an appropriate copyright assignment form is available from the editorial office. (Government employees need to complete the Author Warranty sections, although copyright in such cases does not need to be assigned.) 

For further information or advice contact the Journals administrator ( at the Society.

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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.

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