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Statistics, Politics and Policy

Editor-in-Chief: Middleton, Joel

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    Aims and Scope

    Statistics, Politics, and Policy studies the ways that statistical analysis drives public policy decisions, and publishes significant research on the application of statistical ideas to problems that relate to policy implementation.

    The increasing amount and complexity of available data is constantly creating new challenges for statistical thinking in policy problems. While many academic statisticians tend to share among themselves their latest methods and models, less attention has been paid to the usefulness of those statistical methods and models to inform public policy decisions, and what statistical approaches might be most effective in designing how policies are implemented. In the policy sphere, statistical methods are sometimes taken as a given, with less attention to all the variations, assumptions, and effects of different methods in differing contexts. But it is in the policy sphere that statistical debates can have the great value and impact, and the intersection of statistics and public policy is a fertile ground for statistical research and analysis to address important policy issues that may have widespread ramifications.

    As an electronic journal, Statistics, Politics, and Policy will use a mix of voices and approaches to reach a broad audience. The journal aims to open avenues of communication between statisticians and policy makers on questions that pique the interest of the public. The journal will appeal to statisticians, policy analysts, and anyone interested in the implicit yet powerful ways that statistical thinking influences decisions that affect many aspects of public life.

    Statistics, Politics, and Policy will publish applied research articles that explore the implications of statistical thinking and methods applied to public policy issues. The journal will also publish engaging commentary pieces and innovative policy ideas on the public issues of the day where statistics plays, or ought to play, a role.

    For papers on applied statistical research, the focus should be on the relevant statistical issues, with a succinct description of the policy issue being addressed. The range of topics is wide and will include areas such as educational testing and policy, energy and environmental policy including demography and climate change, public finance, history and review of statistical ideas applied to public policy controversies, taxation and business policy, justice, crime and forensic analyses, health policy including health care finance, drug development, approval and monitoring, politics, sociological policy analyses, statistical methodology including study design and causal inference, and survey methods. In all the areas noted above, the primary objective of the journal will be to highlight the use of innovative statistical methodology in order to elucidate and resolve important public policy issues.

    Papers for the commentary and ideas section are short, ideally 600-2000 words, and are intended to be of general interest and readability. That is, they should contain deeper analysis than is found on the Op-Ed page of The Wall Street Journal or The New York Times, but to be of comparable interest the Statistics, Politics, and Policy readership. Readers include professional statisticians and statistically trained professionals from fields including epidemiology, education, economics, law, and policy analysis. Letters to the editor are encouraged and may comment on any column or letter. Letters must be less than 300 words.


    Type of Publication:

    Statistics, Politics, and Policy (SPP) studies the ways in which statistical analysis drives public policy decisions, and publishes significant research on the application of statistical ideas to problems that relate to policy implementation. In addition to applied research articles, the peer-reviewed journal includes timely and engaging commentaries about public issues where statistics plays a role. The journal will appeal to statisticians, policy analysts, and anyone interested in the implicit yet powerful ways that statistical thinking influences decisions that affect many aspects of public life. Editors come from highly regarded statistics and public policy programs such as UC Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, Duke, Harvard, and the University of Southern California.

    Publication History

    One issue/year, updated continuously
    ISSN: 2151-7509

    Submission of Manuscripts

    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 ready for publication. 
    The entire manuscript submission and review process is handled through an online system named ScholarOne. All manuscripts should be submitted to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/dgspp


    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.

    Ethical conduct of research: The authors must describe and confirm safeguards to meet ethical standards.
    Conflict of interest: When authors submit a manuscript, they are responsible for recognizing and disclosing financial and/or other conflicts of interest that might bias their work and/or could inappropriately influence his/her judgment. If no specified acknowledgement is given, the Publishers assume that no conflict of interest exists.

    Copyright: Manuscripts are accepted on condition of transfer of copyright (for U.S. government employees: to the extent transferable) to Statistics, Politics and Policy. Once the manuscript is accepted, it may not be published elsewhere without the consent of the copyright holders.

    Authors are strongly encouraged to contribute the computer code and data that are the basis for their paper to an online repository maintained by De Gruyter.

    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 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
     Areas of expertise: public policy, political science, education, economics, social sciences, humanities, ethics
    • Cyndy Brown
     Areas of expertise: political science, social sciences, humanities, ethics
    • Donna Reeder
     Reeder Literary Services
     Areas of expertise: political science, economics, mathematical economics, natural sciences, social sciences, technology, law, humanities, liberal arts, literary studies, health and medicine
    • Dorothy Schepps
     Areas of expertise: political science, emergency management, homeland security, community/land use planning, law, economics, cyber terrorism, and cyber security
    • Jane Cotnoir
     Areas of expertise: Local government management, international crime and terrorism, emergency/disaster management, humanities, social science
    • Patience Kramer
     Areas of expertise: Health and Medicine (CAM and drug policy and analysis), Economics and Business (with a focus on marketing)
    • Steve Peter
     Areas of expertise: LaTeX, Linguistics, economics, mathematics

    • Manuscripts should be submitted as Word, docx, rtf, or LaTex files
    • If your manuscript contains special characters, equations, etc. please make sure to also supply a PDF version as a reference file.  This will be used to ensure any formatting issues introduced during the submission  process can be corrected accurately.
    • Write your article in English
    • Use the following document structure:
     1. Introduction (titling this section is optional)
     2. Subsequent sections which include tables, references to figures and figure captions.
     3. Appendices (if any).
     4. References - Include a proper bibliography following the guidelines used by the Journal of the American Statistical Association.  See the References section below for further details.
     5.  Please upload figures as separate files (necessary for proper typesetting), and also include them either in-text or at the end of the article with figure callouts (e.g. ‘Fig. 2’) in the appropriate places in the text.  Please see the “Tables, Figures, and Graphs” section below for more detailed instructions regarding figure submission.

    • Book reviews must start with the citation of the book at the top of the first page.

    For authors working with LaTeX files, please see the related files and documentation at http://www.degruyter.com/staticfiles/pdfs/DeGruyter_LaTeX_template_package.zip, including a template for author use and instructions for working with the files.

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    The use of abbreviations and acronyms is permitted provided they are defined the first time they are used.

    Headings (e.g., title of sections) should be distinguished from the main body text:
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    • Be consistent in whether or not you use headline case, or you capitalize the first word and leave the rest in lower-case.

    • Footnotes strongly discouraged.

    • General requirements: All illustrations must be of reproduction-ready quality and in EPS, TIF, or JPG format. They will be reduced in size to fit, whenever possible, the width of a single column. Lettering of all figures within the article should be uniform in style (preferably a sans serif typeface like Helvetica) and of sufficient size (ca. 8 pt.).Uppercase letters A, B, C, etc. should be used to identify parts of multi-part figures. Cite all figures in the text in numerical order. Indicate the approximate placement of each figure.  For typesetting purposes, figures must be submitted as separate image files as well as placed in-text or pasted at the end of the manuscript with approprite callouts (e.g. Fig. 2) in the article. Only figures (graphs, line drawings, photographs, etc) should be labeled as ‘figures’, not tables or equations.
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    • Please upload figures as separate files, and include them either in-text or pasted at the end of the article, with appropriate figure callouts (e.g. ‘Fig. 2’) in the article.
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    Abstracting & Indexing

    Statistics, Politics and Policy is covered by the following services:

    • Baidu Scholar
    • Celdes
    • CNKI Scholar (China National Knowledge Infrastructure)
    • CNPIEC
    • Current Index to Statistics
    • De Gruyter - IBR (International Bibliography of Reviews of Scholarly Literature in the Humanities and Social Sciences)
    • De Gruyter - IBZ (International Bibliography of Periodical Literature in the Humanities and Social Sciences)
    • EBSCO (relevant databases)
    • EBSCO Discovery Service
    • ERIH PLUS (European Reference Index for the Humanities and Social Sciences)
    • Genamics JournalSeek
    • Google Scholar
    • J-Gate
    • JournalTOCs
    • Naviga (Softweco)
    • Primo Central (ExLibris)
    • ProQuest (relevant databases)
    • ReadCube
    • Research Papers in Economics (RePEc)
    • ResearchGate
    • Sherpa/RoMEO
    • Summon (Serials Solutions/ProQuest)
    • TDOne (TDNet)
    • Ulrich's Periodicals Directory/ulrichsweb
    • WorldCat (OCLC)

    Editorial Information


    Joel A. Middleton, University of California, Berkeley

    Associate Editors

    Jennifer L. Hill, New York University, Steinhardt School

    Peter M. Aronow, Yale University

    David W. Nickerson, Notre Dame

    Editorial Board

    Donald P. Green, Columbia University

    Comments (1)

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    • There is a good site with lots of political statistics here- http://politicsthatwork.com

      posted by: Tuhay Bey on 2014-11-19 03:33 AM (Europe/Berlin)