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Statistics, Politics and Policy

Editor In Chief: Uwe Wagschal


Topic: Real-Time data in Social Science Research
Submission deadline: 31.10.2020
Please see the detailed call for papers here

Topic: Research on the Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) Pandemic
Submission deadline: 31.01.2021
Please see the detailed call for papers here

The current Call for Papers does not correspond with your research topic? Submit your paper to our regular issues if your field of research corresponds with the overall focus of Statistics, Politics and Policy (SPP). We are always looking forward to publish new and innovative contributions to the fields of political, social, economic and statistical sciences.

Your benefits

  • Prestigious editors
  • High quality peer review
  • International recognition of the journal
  • Innovative approach to Statistics, Politics and Policy
  • Practical use of scientific knowledge in policy implementation

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 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.

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.

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.

  • Applied statistical research
  • Policy issues
  • Educational testing and policy
  • Energy and environmental policy
  • Demography
  • 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

Article formats
Research articles, commentaries

Information on submission process

Journal Metrics

European Reference Index for the Humanities


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

Abstracting & Indexing

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

  • Baidu Scholar
  • CNKI Scholar (China National Knowledge Infrastructure)
  • CNPIEC - cnpLINKer
  • Current Index to Statistics
  • Dimensions
  • EBSCO (relevant databases)
  • EBSCO Discovery Service
  • EconBiz
  • ERIH PLUS (European Reference Index for the Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • Genamics JournalSeek
  • Google Scholar
  • IBR (International Bibliography of Reviews of Scholarly Literature in the Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • IBZ (International Bibliography of Periodical Literature in the Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • J-Gate
  • JournalTOCs
  • KESLI-NDSL (Korean National Discovery for Science Leaders)
  • Microsoft Academic
  • MyScienceWork
  • Naver Academic
  • Naviga (Softweco)
  • Primo Central (ExLibris)
  • ProQuest (relevant databases)
  • Publons
  • QOAM (Quality Open Access Market)
  • ReadCube
  • Research Papers in Economics (RePEc)
  • Semantic Scholar
  • Sherpa/RoMEO
  • Summon (ProQuest)
  • TDNet
  • Ulrich's Periodicals Directory/ulrichsweb
  • WanFang Data
  • WorldCat (OCLC)
  • Yewno Discover


You can easily submit your manuscript online. Simply go to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/dgspp and you will be guided through the whole peer-reviewing and publishing process.

Your benefits of publishing with us
  • Easy-to-use online submission, peer review, and publication system
  • Short turnaround times
  • High quality independent linguistic adjustment and peer-review
  • Every article easily discoverable because of SEO and comprehensive abstracting and indexing services
  • Convenient citation tracking via e-mail alert
  • Secure archiving by De Gruyter and the independent archiving service Portico
  • Professional sales and marketing activities

Submission process
  • Submission of your paper via submission management tool following the Instructions for Authors
  • Peer review process (you will be guided through every step)
  • Decision on your paper
  • If accepted: you have the option to publish it open access
  • Publication online and in print

Please note
  • Before submitting your article please have a look at our copyright agreement
  • Once your article is accepted you have the option to publish it open access
  • Our repository policy allows you to distribute 30 PDF copies of your published article to colleagues (the PDF has to include the information that it is an author's copy). Please also feel free to distribute the link to the online abstract
  • If you have any general questions please visit our FAQ page for authors

We look forward to receiving your manuscript!

Hybrid Open Access

For complete details on hybrid open access publishing at De Gruyter please see: https://www.degruyter.com/page/560

Effective 1st January 2016, authors from an institution affiliated with either the Association of Dutch Universities (VSNU), the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries or some UK libraries participating in the Jisc Collections SMP may publish primary research and review articles open access in any of De Gruyter’s OnlineOpen journals at a discount of 90% of the APC price. For more information and to confirm whether your institution is eligible please see the following:

The Netherlands: https://www.degruyter.com/page/1461
The UK: https://www.degruyter.com/page/1462
Switzerland:  https://www.degruyter.com/page/1463

Uwe Wagschal, University of Freiburg, Germany

Assistant Managing Editor
Felix Ettensperger, University of Freiburg, Germany

Associate Editors
David W. Nickerson, Temple University, USA
Georg Wenzelburger, University of Kaiserlautern, Germany

Editorial Board
Hanna Bäck, Lund University, Sweden
Keith Dowding, The Australian National University, Australia
Carsten Jensen, Aarhus University, Denmark
Gary King, Harvard University, USA
Bernhard Kittel, University of Vienna, Vienna
Maria Kolosnitsyna, Higher School of Economics, Russia
Jonathan Slapin, University of Essex, UK
Adrian Vatter, University of Bern, Switzerland
Barbara Vis, Vrije University Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Professional statisticians, statistically trained professionals from fields including epidemiology, education, economics, law, and policy analysis; policy analysts, and anyone interested in the implicit yet powerful ways that statistical thinking influences decisions that affect many aspects of public life.