Statistical Journal of the IAOS

Journal of the International Association for Official Statistics

ISSN print
ISSN online
31; 4 issues
Last issue (volume 30:4) online on 16 December 2014
Next issue
31:1 scheduled for March 2015
Back volumes
1-23 of the Statistical Journal of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe 24-30
Social Sciences, Statistics
Institutional subscription for 2015 €550 / US$755 Excluding VAT
Subscription Rates Free Sample Copy
Share this journal

This is the flagship journal of the International Association for Official Statistics and is expected to be widely circulated and subscribed to by individuals and institutions in all parts of the world. The main aim of the journal is to support the IAOS mission by publishing articles to promote the understanding and advancement of official statistics and to foster the development of effective and efficient official statistical services on a global basis. Papers are expected to be of wide interest to readers. Such papers may or may not contain strictly original material. All papers are refereed. The journal has an Editor-in-Chief who is responsible for ensuring that the journal focuses on current and emerging issues and challenges related to the management, production and use of official statistics and related public policy matters. The journal should publish papers of wide interest to both users and producers of official statistics. The journal should encourage papers with a focus on the basic principles for official statistics covering areas such as the importance of applying the best scientific methods, the need for statistical independence, balancing the needs of users with the burden on respondents, the continuing challenges around confidentiality, and the growing need for consistency and coherence across statistical domains and over time and for international comparability. As a guide, articles relating, but not exclusively, to the following broad topics will be of interest to the journal:

  • Developments and challenges for both global and national statistical systems
  • Statistical independence and legislation
  • New directions for official statistics
  • Delivering relevant and effective statistical services
  • New and innovative ways of increasing uses and users of official statistics
  • Quality of official statistics
  • Engagement of producers
  • Innovative use of ICT for official statistics
  • Creative use of both new and existing statistical sources
  • Organisation of statistical services
  • Statistical infrastructure and tools
  • Management of statistical and related meta data
  • Innovative statistical products and services
  • Training of statistical staff, users and producers
  • Improving statistical literacy in the community

Authors and referees of all papers should bear in mind that many of the readers of the journal (particularly in the developing world) do not have easy access to libraries or to other journals, and therefore are strongly encouraged to make the papers as self-contained as possible, while of course giving proper bibliographic credit. Papers of more than 30 manuscript pages, including diagrams, tables and references, will normally not be considered for publication.

General Editors

Fritz Scheuren

Stephen Penneck
Editor-in-Chief Emeritus 

Daniel Lee
Managing Editor   

Kim Willems
Technical Editor

Natalie Shlomo
Methodology Editor

Neville Davies

Jim Ridgway



Regional Editors 

Muriel Dow
Africa Editor 

John Dunne
Western Europe Editor 

Don Royce
North America Editor 

Denise Silva
South America Editor 

Nidal Rashid Sabri
West Asia Editor 

Elena Zarova
Central Eurasia Editor 

Santanu Pramanik
South Asia Editor 

Lisa Grace Bersales
East Asia Editor

Gemma Van Halderen
Oceania Editor

Emphasis Editors 

Fride Eeg-Henriksen
Big Data Co-Editor

Peter Hackl
Big Data Co-Editor 

Lars Thygesen
Census Editor 

Ron Jarmin
Confidentiality Editor 

Paul Cheung
Geospatial Engineering and Analytics 

Megan Price
Human Rights Editor 

Jennifer Parker
Health Editor 

Michele Connolly
Indigenous Editor 

Kirsten West
Interview Editor   

Charles Renfro
JESM Editor 

Luigi Biggeri
Migration Co-Editor 

Martin Karlberg
NTTS Editor 

Dennis Trewin
Quality Editor 

Derek Bond
Small/Local/Urban Area Co-Editor 

Asta Manninen
Small/Local/Urban Area Co-Editor


Authors are requested to submit their manuscript electronically to the journal’s editorial management system.
Note that the manuscript should be uploaded as one file with tables and figures included. This file can be a Word document, a PDF, or a zip file. 

Required files for final submissions
After the article has been accepted, the authors should submit the final version as source files, such as Word or LateX (If using LaTeX, please use the standard article.sty as a style file and also send a PDF version of the LaTeX file).

Colour figures
It is possible to have figures printed in colour, provided the cost of their reproduction is paid for by the author. See Preparation of Manuscripts for the required file formats.

Open Access option
The IOS Press Open Library® offers authors an Open Access (OA) option. By selecting the OA option, the article will be freely available from the moment it is published, also in the pre-press module. In the Open Library® the article processing charges are paid in the form of an Open Access Fee. Authors will receive an Open Access Order Form upon acceptance of their article. Open Access is entirely optional.
See also our website for more information about this option IOS Press Open Library®


Organization of the paper and style of presentation
Manuscripts must be written in English. Authors whose native language is not English are advised to seek the advice of a native English speaker, before submitting their manuscripts.

International Science Editing offers a language and copyediting service to all scientists who want to publish their manuscript in scientific peer-reviewed periodicals and books.

Manuscripts should be prepared with wide margins and double spacing throughout, including the abstract, footnotes and references. Every page of the manuscript, including the title page, references, tables, etc., should be numbered. However, in the text no reference should be made to page numbers; if necessary, one may refer to sections. Try to avoid the excessive use of italics and bold face.

Manuscripts should be organized in the following order:

  • Title page
  • Body of text (divided by subheadings)
  • Acknowledgements
  • References
  • Tables
  • Figure captions
  • Figures

Headings and subheadings should be numbered and typed on a separate line, without indentation.

SI units should be used, i.e., the units based on the metre, kilogramme, second, etc.

Title page
The title page should provide the following information:

  • Title (should be clear, descriptive and not too long)
  • Name(s) of author(s); please indicate who is the corresponding author
  • Full affiliation(s)
  • Present address of author(s), if different from affiliation
  • Complete address of corresponding author, including tel. no., fax no. and e-mail address
  • Abstract; should be clear, descriptive, self-explanatory and not longer than 200 words, it should also be suitable for publication in abstracting services
  • Keywords

Number as Table 1, Table 2 etc, and refer to all of them in the text.

Each table should be provided on a separate page of the manuscript. Tables should not be included in the text.

Each table should have a brief and self-explanatory title.

Column headings should be brief, but sufficiently explanatory. Standard abbreviations of units of measurement should be added between parentheses.

Vertical lines should not be used to separate columns. Leave some extra space between the columns instead.

Any explanations essential to the understanding of the table should be given in footnotes at the bottom of the table.


Place citations as numbers in square brackets in the text. All publications cited in the text should be presented in an alphabetical list of references at the end of the manuscript in the following style:

[1] B. Newman and E.T. Liu, Perspective on BRCA1, Breast Disease 10 (1998), 3-10.
[2] D.F. Pilkey, Happy conservation laws, in: Neural Stresses, J. Frost, ed., Controlled Press, Georgia, 1995, pp. 332-391.
[3] E. Wilson, Active vibration analysis of thin-walled beams, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Virginia, 1991.

Footnotes should only be used if absolutely essential. In most cases it is possible to incorporate the information in the text.

If used, they should be numbered in the text, indicated by superscript numbers and kept as short as possible.

Number figures as Fig. 1, Fig. 2, etc and refer to all of them in the text.

Each figure should be provided on a separate sheet. Figures should not be included in the text.

Colour figures can be included, provided the cost of their reproduction is paid for by the author.

For the file formats of the figures please take the following into account:

  • Line art should be have a minimum resolution of 600 dpi, save as EPS or TIFF
  • Grayscales (incl photos) should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi (no lettering), or 500 dpi (when there is lettering); save as tiff
  • Do not save figures as JPEG, this format may lose information in the process
  • Do not use figures taken from the Internet, the resolution will be too low for printing
  • Do not use colour in your figures if they are to be printed in black & white, as this will reduce the print quality (note that in software often the default is colour, you should change the settings)
  • For figures that should be printed in colour, please send a CMYK encoded EPS or TIFF

Figures should be designed with the format of the page of the journal in mind. They should be of such a size as to allow a reduction of 50%.

On maps and other figures where a scale is needed, use bar scales rather than numerical ones, i.e., do not use scales of the type 1:10,000. This avoids problems if the figures need to be reduced.

Each figure should have a self-explanatory caption. The captions to all figures should be typed on a separate sheet of the manuscript.

Photographs are only acceptable if they have good contrast and intensity.


Copyright of your article
Authors submitting a manuscript do so on the understanding that they have read and agreed to the terms of the IOS Press Author Copyright Agreement.

Quoting from other publications
An author, when quoting from someone else's work or when considering reproducing figures or table from a book or journal article, should make sure that he is not infringing a copyright. Although in general an author may quote from other published works, he should obtain permission from the holder of the copyright if he wishes to make substantial extracts or to reproduce tables, plates or other figures. If the copyright holder is not the author of the quoted or reproduced material, it is recommended that the permission of the author should also be sought. Material in unpublished letters and manuscripts is also protected and must not be published unless permission has been obtained. Submission of a paper will be interpreted as a statement that the author has obtained all the necessary permission. A suitable acknowledgement of any borrowed material must always be made.


Accepted articles will be placed online as "pre-press" articles shortly after acceptance. This process will occur before the author receives proofs. The pre-press file will remain as the uncorrected proof version until the article is published in an issue and the final published version replaces the pre-press file.

The corresponding author will receive a pdf proof and is asked to check this proof carefully (the publisher will execute a cursory check only). Corrections other than printer's errors, however, should be avoided. Costs arising from such corrections will be charged to the authors.


How to order reprints, a PDF file, journals, or IOS Press books
The main author of a published paper is entitled to receive a one year online subscription to the International Statistical of the IAOS free of charge, unless otherwise stated. Authors also receive a complimentary Author’s Copy (watermarked) pdf of their published article. This pdf is for personal use only. An order form for reprints, additional journal copies or a pdf file will be provided along with the pdf proof.

If you wish to order reprints of an earlier published article, please contact the publisher for a quotation. IOS Press, Fax: +31 20 687 0019. Email:

An author is entitled to 25 % discount on IOS Press books. See Author's discount (25%) on all IOS Press book publications.

EBSCO database
Google Scholar
Inspec IET
Ulrich's Periodicals

Statistical Leadership: the Statistical Journal of the IAOS celebrates the International Year of Statistics

05 Sep 2013 - One of the ways the International Association of Official Statistics (IAOS) Journal is helping celebrate this “Year of Statistics” is to devote an entire special interview issue on some of the leaders of our profession. To celebrate them! We chose eight top leaders to showcase, four women and four men. They are from five different countries: Britain, Canada, China, Haiti, and the United States....

IOS Press Celebrates the International Year of Statistics

22 Mar 2013 - IOS Press supports the International Year of Statistics (Statistics2013) to support awareness and public understanding of the power and impact of statistics on all aspects of society. Statistics is becoming more acute as academia, businesses, and governments come to depend on data-driven decisions, significantly increasing the demand for statisticians. ...

IOS Press Supports Women Statisticians on International Women’s Day

08 Mar 2013 - STM publishing house IOS Press, participating in the International Year of Statistics (Statistics2013), joins women around the world in the celebration of International Women’s Day today....

Fritz Scheuren is to be the new Editor-in-Chief of the Statistical Journal of the IAOS

01 Feb 2013 - The IAOS is pleased to announce that Fritz Scheuren, former President of the ASA and a senior Fellow and Vice President of the Centre for Excellence in Survey Research at NORC has agreed to be the new Editor-in-Chief of the Statistical Journal of the IAOS....