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The International Journal of Biostatistics

Ed. by Chambaz, Antoine / Hubbard, Alan E. / van der Laan, Mark J.

IMPACT FACTOR 2015: 0.667
5-year IMPACT FACTOR: 1.188

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2015: 0.495
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2015: 0.180
Impact per Publication (IPP) 2015: 0.319

Mathematical Citation Quotient (MCQ) 2015: 0.04

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    Aims and Scope

    The International Journal of Biostatistics seeks to publish new biostatistical models and methods, new statistical theory, as well as original applications of statistical methods, for important practical problems arising from the biological, medical, public health, and agricultural sciences with an emphasis on semiparametric methods.  Given many alternatives to publish exist within biostatistics, IJB offers a place to publish for research in biostatistics focusing on modern methods, often based on machine-learning and other data-adaptive methodologies, as well as providing a unique reading experience that compels the author to be explicit about the statistical inference problem addressed by the paper.   IJB is intended that the journal cover the entire range of biostatistics, from theoretical advances to relevant and sensible translations of a practical problem into a statistical framework. Electronic publication also allows for data and software code to be appended, and opens the door for reproducible research allowing readers to easily replicate analyses described in a paper. Both original research and review articles will be warmly received, as will articles applying sound statistical methods to practical problems.


    Type of Publication:

    The International Journal of Biostatistics (IJB) is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to the entire range of biostatistics. Now indexed in Thomson/ISI, the journal offers cutting-edge research in biostatistical methods and models, statistical theory, biostatistics computing, and applications of statistical methods for important practical problems in the biological, medical, public health, and agricultural sciences. The journal is edited by the most prominent scholars in the field: Nicholas P. Jewell (UC Berkeley), Raymond Carroll (Texas A&M), James Robins (Harvard), and Mark van der Laan (UC Berkeley).


    Publication History

    One issue/year, updated continuously
    Content available since 2005 (Volume 1, Issue 1)
    ISSN: 1557-4679


    What scholars are saying about The International Journal of Biostatistics


    This is an important journal with relevant up-to-date developments of new statistical methods related to the design and analysis of clinical trials.

    Mario Stylianou, Researcher, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH


    This relatively new journal has quickly developed a reputation for the quality of papers that it publishes, and has a particularly strong record in the area of medical genetics.

    Michael Phillips, WA Institute for Medical Research, University of Western Australia

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    Editorial Information


    Antoine Chambaz
    Université Paris Ouest Nanterre

    Alan Hubbard
    University of California

    Mark van der Laan
    University of California

    Founding Editors

    Raymond Carroll
    Texas A&M University

    Nicholas Jewell
    University of California

    James Robins
    Harvard University

    Mark van der Laan
    University of California

    Editorial Board

    Moulinath Banerjee
    University of Michigan

    Arne Bathke
    University of Salzburg

    Marco Carone
    University of Washington

    Antoine Chambaz
    Universite Paris Descartes

    Kwun Chuen (Gary) Chan
    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

    Yong Chen
    University of Texas

    Ashkan Ertefaie
    University of Michigan

    Alessio Farcomeni
    Sapienza Università di Roma

    Magalie Fromont Renoir
    Université Rennes

    Debashis Ghosh
    Penn State University

    Susan Gruber
    Harvard University

    Annamaria Guolo
    Padua University

    Torsten Hothorn
    Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

    Jack Kalbfleisch
    University of Michigan

    Jay Kaufman
    McGill University

    Adeline Leclercq Samson
    Université Joseph Fourier

    Catherine Matias
    Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - UPMC

    Ian McKeague
    Columbia University

    Stephan Morgenthaler
    L'Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

    Pierre Neuvial
    Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - LaMME

    Christian Bressen Pipper
    University of Copenhagen

    Robert Platt
    McGill University

    Eric Polley
    Mayo Clinic

    Patricia Reynaud-Bouret
    Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - UNS

    Sherri Rose
    Harvard Medical School

    Michael Rosenblum
    Johns Hopkins University

    Daniel Rubin

    Laura Sangalli
    Politecnico di Milano

    Mark Segal
    University of California
    San Francisco

    Steve Shiboski
    University of California
    San Francisco

    Taki Shinohara
    University of Pennsylvania

    David A. Stephens
    McGill University

    Ori Stitelman
    University of California

    Jianguo Sun
    University of Missouri

    Yanqing Sun
    University of North Carolina at Charlotte

    Vivian Viallon

    David Vock
    University of Michigan

    Julian Wolfson
    University of Minnesota

    Min Zhang
    University of Michigan

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    • I agree that finding articles is cumbersome, and navigating the web site is difficult. For example, as a user, once I have successfully navigated to the IJB web page, I expect to be able to search within IJB by title, author, year, keywords, and any combination of those. Yet if I use the search box on the main IJB page, I find myself searching the entire De Gruyter website. When I instead (counter-intuitively) click on the "READ CONTENT" button, my search options are quite limited. In fact, although I have published multiple articles in IJB over the past few years, entering my last name in the search box and specifying the search be carried out within the Journal/Yearbook yields no results. Substantial improvements in search need to be made if dissemination of articles is to be facilitated instead of obstructed. I also had difficulty with the submission side of things. I cannot find author guidelines for preparing the manuscript. When I click on the link labeled "For Authors" I find a lot of "corporate speak." No, I am not looking for sales, marketing, or to hire an editor. What I would like is a latex template, information about margins, fonts, whether figures should be included in the text or placed separately at the end of the document, etc. It turns out that I have to start the submission process in order to access this information. It's not that this is hard to do, it's just that the user experience is less than satisfactory. I understand that no system will ever be perfect for everyone, however, I hope these comments spur improvements to the website that will enhance scholarship and readership.

      posted by: Susan Gruber on 2012-02-06 07:26 PM (Europe/Berlin)

    • I hope I can help with the concerns regarding our search functionalities: The slot for the quick search in the upper right hand corner is a customary website feature that you can use for searching for publications throughout the whole website. For example, you can use it to navigate to a journal homepage. Once you have navigated to the journal website, what you see is an information overview on all things concerning the journal, for example its aims and scope and other general information. "Read Content" brings you to the content. Once you are in the "content world", you are being offered a "Search within issue"/"Search within journal" option on the left-hand side, above the list of issues, which enables you to search for terms within a certain issue or the whole journal. You are right, there are still a few bugs affecting the "Search within" option at the moment. We are working to fix these as quickly as possible since we share your concerns about this feature being absolutely vital for a successful dissemination of the content! As for the information for authors, you find a link "Online Submission of Manuscripts" under "Additional Information" starting the respective procedure, as you have seen yourself. We are at the moment developing ideas on how to make this even clearer. Your idea to provide the required information one step earlier is something that some users really appreciate whereas others are totally fine with using the subscription tool to find out. But we will definitely take your suggestion into account. So thanks for your feedback, and yes, we are taking all your proposals seriously and do use it in order to improve this platform continuously. We appreciate your help on this!

      posted by: De Gruyter Online on 2012-02-09 05:37 PM (Europe/Berlin)