Instruction for authors

Manuscript submission

Papers must describe original research not published nor currently under review by other journals. Parallel submissions will not be accepted. All submitted papers, if relevant to the themes and objectives of the journal, will go through an external peer-review process. The decision about any submitted paper will be taken within four to five months of receipt.

Publication in Statistica Applicata-Italian Journal of Applied Statistics is free of charge.

Authors are kindly asked to comply with all the Journal’s Instructions.

British and American English: the articles must be written in British English; nevertheless, also American English may be accepted.

Please, note that a mixed of these two English language styles cannot be accepted.

1)                  Initial submission

Papers should be submitted via e-mail to either in DOC (download) or LaTex format (download). Only papers in English will be considered.

The submitted article will be peer reviewed in a double-blind process (authors and reviewers are anonymous to each other).

Please submit both an unblinded and blinded version of your paper (two PDF files). On the unblinded version, include full author names and affiliations. Corresponding author:  the affiliation must  be completed  with  post and e-mail address; ensure that the e-mail address is given and that contact details are kept up to date by the corresponding author. On the blinded version, authors' names, affiliations, and contact information should be removed as well as any clues inside the paper to the identity of one or more of the authors.

Enter an abstract of up to 10 rows. An abstract is a concise summary of the whole paper, not just the conclusions, and is understandable without reference to the rest of the paper. It should contain no citation to other published work.

Include up to five keywords that describe your paper for indexing purposes.


2)                  Revision submission

When submitting your revision you must still sent a single blinded file.pdf that you have generated from your revised source files. Furthermore, you must also add two response letters (pdf files), one for each reviewer.


3)                  When accepted

NON-LATEX USERS: Editable source files must be sent at this stage (doc file). Figures should be sent as separate figure files (source files).

LATEX USERS: Editable source files must be sent at this stage (Tex source file). Figures should be sent as separate figure files (source files).



figures policy

In the production process, it is necessary for us to have separate electronic versions of the figures (original source files: .eps, .jpg, .png, .tiff). We recommend, therefore, that you submit your figures as individual files in addition to your MS Word or pdf file to avoid possible delay in publication. Your MS Word or pdf file must still contain any figures in the text and not at the end of the document.

The journal is printed in black-and-white. Therefore, we prefer that authors supply figures in greyscale so authors should ensure that colour is not critical to the understanding of any figures, and should not describe elements of the figure in terms of their colours.



Cite references in the text by name and year in parentheses. Some examples:

Text Text Text (Becker, 1993).

Text Text Text (Becker, 1993; Cox et al., 2009).


Reference standards

The list of references should only include works that are cited in the text and that have been published or accepted for publication. Personal communications and unpublished works should only be mentioned in the text. Do not use footnotes or endnotes as a substitute for a reference list.

Reference list entries should be alphabetized by the last names of the first author of each work.

Journal article:

Cox, D.R.,  Jackson, M. and Liu, S. (2009). On square ordinal contingency tables: a comparison of social class and income mobility for the same individuals. Journal of the Royal  Statistical  Society A. 172: 483-493.


Becker, G.S. (1993). Human Capital. Columbia University Press, New York

Book Chapter or Paper in Conference Proceedings:

Fabbris, L. (2010). Dimensionality of scores obtained with a paired-comparison tournament system of questionnaire items. In F. Palumbo, C. N. Lauro, and M. J. Greenacre, editors, Data Analysis and Classification. Proceedings of the 6th Conference of the Classification and Data Analysis Group of the Società Italiana di Statistica. Springer-Verlag, Berlin-Heidelberg: 115-162.

Online document:

Siegfrid, T., Odds Are, It’s Wrong. Last access: 20/05/2010.




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