Guidelines for Referees
Thank you for agreeing to serve as a referee for the Statistical Science. We expect our referees to provide a careful and prompt
assessment of the paper. Submitting a report within two months of
receiving the paper will be especially appreciated by the editorial
board and the authors. In any case, if you now find that you will
not be able to submit a report within four months, please communicate
with the Associate Editor immediately. In this latter case, any
comments you can make, particularly regarding other possible referees,
will be appreciated.
If you do provide a report, your findings should be presented
in two parts:
An anonymous report to be sent to the author.
This report should contain detailed comments, concrete criticisms,
and constructive suggestions about the content and exposition
of the paper. Some questions to keep in mind are: Is the presentation
clear and well organized? Are the results new and interesting?
Are the proofs correct and given in adequate detail, or can
they be substantially simplified? Do the introduction and abstract
give an adequate summary? Can paper be streamlined?
A letter stating your opinion regarding the disposition
of the paper. This letter will only be seen by the editors
involved. It should set forth your frank opinions about the paper
(b) acceptance after some minor corrections, or
(c) acceptance after a substantial revision. Option (c) should
only be used if you are convinced that the paper will be acceptable
to you once the revisions are made. (In the case of a substantial
revision, the revised manuscript will be sent to you for your review.)
In the case of a poorly written paper with interesting ideas, we
would prefer to reject the paper and give the author the option
of resubmitting a new version.
Electronic submission of reports
Electronic submission of reports is strongly encouraged. Postscript
and pdf files are also preferable unless the Associate Editor handling
the manuscript has indicated otherwise. Tex and Latex files are
also acceptable if they do not depend on non-standard style files
or fonts. (For example, please avoid using Scientific Word.).
Handling the Manuscript
You should not return the manuscript to the associate editor,
unless you have written corrections for the author on it. All manuscripts
should be regarded as privileged and confidential, and their contents
not disclosed without the author's permission.
The success of the Statistical Science depends on the willingness
of referees to take the time to ensure the quality and importance
of the papers published. We are grateful for your assistance.