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Statistical Communications in Infectious Diseases

Editor-in-Chief: Evans, Scott

Mathematical Citation Quotient (MCQ) 2014: 0.12

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Aims and Scope

To serve as the primary vehicle for the communication and education of statistical thinking in infectious disease research and policy.

The infectious diseases community faces many difficult challenges. These include: (1) coping with continuing high-impact diseases such as HIV, malaria, TB, and flu; (2) dealing with infectious disease outbreaks such as Ebola, pandemic avian influenza, or SARS; and (3) preparing for the inevitable emergence of diseases that are unknown or are recognized but will reemerge in a more threatening form (e.g., antibiotic resistant (nightmare) bacteria or superbugs). Research in infectious diseases is also challenged by funding limitations, politics, and ethical dilemmas.
Increasingly complex data is also creating new challenges to the design and analysis of research studies. Enhanced statistical expertise is essential to address these challenges and to develop and evaluate medical and public health responses to potential outbreaks and epidemics.
Statistical Communications in Infectious Diseases (SCID) publishes significant research on the application of statistical ideas to problems arising from studies of infectious diseases. SCID takes a broad perspective on the role of statistics in infectious disease research including application, policy, education and theory. SCID fosters much-needed communication among statisticians on the best approaches to evolving complex infectious disease data, and is a venue for statisticians to enter a dialogue with other scientists and policy makers on the strengths and limitations of policies and methods for design, monitoring, analysis, and reporting of infectious disease research studies.

SCID goes beyond the application of statistical methods to data arising from infectious disease studies or new statistical strategies. SCID serves as a sounding board to discuss policy issues, e.g.,

• How heavily should the public invest in research or implementation of different prevention modalities?
• What is necessary to achieve control of epidemics (for example, do we require a vaccine to control the spread of HIV or what procedures are required to halt the spread of Ebola)?
• How can statisticians help with grass roots epidemic control efforts?
• How can we optimally evaluate the benefits vs. harms vs. costs of competing interventions?
• How can we best characterize the trade-offs between civil liberties and public safety?
• How should we adjust the traditionally required level of evidence to address areas of unmet medical need?
• How do we revise our traditional approaches to the design, monitoring, analyses, and reporting of infectious disease studies to improve medical practice and public health?


• Engage and raise the quality of the discussions of important issues in the public and scientific press
• Ensure that optimal scientific tools are utilized in infectious disease research
• Improve the training and practice of the next generation of professionals involved in infectious diseases research through educational articles
• Raise the profile of quantitative science in infectious disease research by demonstrating its value in decision-making and public health

Instructions for Authors


This document provides authors with details on policy, copyediting, formatting, and layout requirements pertaining to final manuscript submission to this journal. All manuscripts must have correct formatting to be considered for publication. 

The manuscript submission and review process is handled through ScholarOne Manuscripts. All manuscripts should be submitted to


Unpublished material: Submission of a manuscript implies that the work described is not copyrighted, published or submitted elsewhere, except in abstract form. The corresponding author should ensure that all authors approve the manuscript before its submission.

Copyright: Manuscripts are accepted on condition of transfer of copyright (for U.S. government employees: to the extent transferable) to Statistical Communications in Infectious Diseases. Once the manuscript is accepted, it may not be published elsewhere without the consent of the copyright holders.


The ScholarOne system has been designed to improve the scholarly publication process for authors. Among the many improvements we offer over traditional journals, the most significant is that we have dramatically shortened the period between the initial submission and the final publication of a peer-reviewed article. Much of this time savings is due to the innovative use of electronic publication. These innovations, however, require certain changes in the way authors need to prepare accepted manuscripts for electronic publication.

De Gruyter does provide a light copyedit of manuscripts for this journal, but authors remain responsible for being their own copyeditors.


All manuscripts must be written in clear and concise English.  If you have reasons to doubt your proficiency with respect to spelling, grammar, etc. (e.g., because English is not your native language), then you may wish to employ—at your expense—the services of a professional language editor.

Please get in touch with the Language Editors directly to discuss details. 

• Alexandra Griswold
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Halftone figures (grayscale and color) should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi and be of good contrast. Authors are welcome to submit color illustrations. We are pleased to offer both Print and Online publication of color figures free of charge.the services of a professional language editor.
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• Scott R. Evans, Department of Biostatistics and the Center for Biostatistics in AIDS Research, Harvard University, USA

• Alfred Balch, University of Utah
• Brad J. Biggerstaff, Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA
• Ron Bosch, Harvard T.H.Chan School of Public Health
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• Rui Wang, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard University, USA
• L.J. Wei, Harvard T.H.Chan School of Public Health
• Hulin Wu, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston USA

Clinical Editors
• Henry F. Chambers, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of California San Francisco, USA
• Anthony Harris, University of Maryland School of Medicine, USA

Column Editors

• Norberto Pantoja-Galicia, Office of Biostatistics, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, USA
• Gene Pennello, Office of Biostatistics, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, USA

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