Mar 29, 2018

Statistics Surveys: a message from the Editors

You’ve probably heard of the IMS co-sponsored journal Statistics Surveys. It publishes survey articles in theoretical, computational, and applied statistics. The Editors would like to tell you a little more about the journal, and how you can help. They write:

Statistics Surveys is not about survey statistics. It is a journal dedicated to publishing high-quality review papers on emerging topics in the statistical universe.

Statistics Surveys is a child with four parents: the American Statistical Association (ASA), the Bernoulli Society (BS), the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS), and the Statistical Society of Canada (SSC). In nearly one-to-one correspondence, there are five editors: Ranjan Maitra, representing the ASA; Sara van de Geer, representing the BS; David Banks, representing the IMS; and Richard Lockhart, representing the SSC. Additionally, the Coordinating Editor is Wendy Martinez—one of the co-founders of this electronic journal collecting review papers—and she makes the review trains run on time.

The journal’s website can be found at; it contains instructions on how to access papers, how to submit papers, how to submit supplementary material, and how to referee papers.

Invited session at JSM

As a result of what may be complex, backroom, and even sinister negotiations, the management committee for the Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) has agreed upon a rotation schedule that permits each of the member societies’ journals to be showcased in an invited session every few years. We are pleased to report that in 2018, the deterministic roulette wheel has landed upon Statistics Surveys, and we are primed to please. Our session will include survey talks on “Visualizing Data Using t-SNE” (Laurens van der Maaten, Facebook AI Research), “Topological Data Analysis” (Adam Jaeger, Indiana University, Bloomington), and “Tensor Methods in Multivariate Statistics” (Maryclare Griffin, University of Washington, Seattle). All of these topics are prominent in contemporary statistical research.

Your paper (especially if you’re a new PhD!)

Finally, the call. Statistics Surveys is always eager to get new papers, and quite frankly, we do not receive enough good submissions. Our standards for publication will always be high, but as a matter of practicality, our editors want to work with authors to find a way to get to an acceptance. We particularly hope to get submissions from new PhDs: the first chapter of most dissertations is a nearly useless literature review—Statistics Surveys is a great way to make that work pay off.


Leave a comment



Welcome to the IMS Bulletin website! We are developing the way we communicate news and information more effectively with members. The print Bulletin is still with us (free with IMS membership), and still available as a PDF to download, but in addition, we are placing some of the news, columns and articles on this blog site, which will allow you the opportunity to interact more. We are always keen to hear from IMS members, and encourage you to write articles and reports that other IMS members would find interesting. Contact the IMS Bulletin at

What is “Open Forum”?

In the Open Forum, any IMS member can propose a topic for discussion. Email your subject and an opening paragraph (to and we'll post it to start off the discussion. Other readers can join in the debate by commenting on the post. Search other Open Forum posts by using the Open Forum category link below. Start a discussion today!

About IMS

The Institute of Mathematical Statistics is an international scholarly society devoted to the development and dissemination of the theory and applications of statistics and probability. We have about 4,500 members around the world. Visit IMS at
Latest Issue