Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Austrian Journal of Statistics is an open-access journal with a long history and is published approximately quarterly by the Austrian Statistical Society. Its general objective is to promote and extend the use of statistical methods in all kind of theoretical and applied disciplines. Special emphasis is on methods and results in official statistics.

 

Original papers and review articles in English or in German will be published in the Austrian Journal of Statistics if judged consistently with these general aims. All papers will be refereed. Special topics sections will appear from time to time. Each section will have as a theme a specialized area of statistical application, theory, or methodology. Technical notes or problems for considerations under Shorter Communications are also invited. A special section is reserved for book reviews.

 

Members of the Austrian Statistical Society receive a copy of the Journal free of charge. To apply for a membership, see the website of the Society. Articles will also be made available through the web.

 

Section Policies

Articles

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Special Issue on Lifetime Data Modelling

Editors
  • Vikas Sharma
  • Helga Wagner
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Official Statistics

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Special Issue CDAM 2013

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Editorials

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Q2014

Editors
  • Gerhard Nachtmann
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Special Issue on R

Editors
  • Andreas Alfons
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Compositional Data Analysis

Editors
  • Josep Martin-Fernandez
  • Santi Thio
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Statistical Applications and Methods in Phenological Research

In consistency with the aims and scope of the Austrian Journal of Statistics among the
contributions to the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2016, up
to 4–8 papers will be selected. Authors of the selected papers will be invited to prepare
an extended peer-reviewed version for this special issue of the journal.
In addition to full length papers, we also encourage the submission of short articles.
All submissions must contain original unpublished work not being considered for pub-
lication elsewhere.
We cordially invite you to submit your manuscript to this special issue under the
section “pheno”. Please see the Guidelines for Authors located on the journal’s web page
www.ajs.or.at
for further details. Authors are strongly encouraged to produce
their papers using LaTeX, but standard Office formats might be accepted as we

Editors
  • Helfried Scheifinger
  • Barbara Szabo
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Special Issue CDAM conference

Editors
  • Peter Filzmoser
  • Yuriy Kharin
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CoDaWork 2017

Editors
  • Karel Hron
  • Josep Martin-Fernandez
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Peer Review Process

All contributions will be anonymously refereed which is also for the authors in order to getting positive feedback and constructive suggestions from other qualified people. Cited literature which is hardly available, should accompany the submitted manuscript. It should also be considered to place used and analyzed data at disposal for the referees (if there are no legal or technical arguments against). Editor and referees must trust that the contribution has not been submitted for publication at the same time at another place. It is fair that the submitting author notifies if an earlier version has already been submitted somewhere before. Submitting authors will obtain immediately an acknowledgment of receipt. Manuscripts stay with the publisher and referees. The refereeing and publishing in the Austrian Journal of Statistics is free of charge. The publisher, the Austrian Statistical Society requires a grant of copyright from authors in order to effectively publish and distribute this journal worldwide.

 

Publication Frequency

This journal is published 4 times per year.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

 

Publication ethics and malpractice statement

The Austrian Journal of Statistics is committed to meeting and upholding standards of ethical behaviour at all stages of the publication process. Below is a summary of our key expectations of editors, peer-reviewers, authors and authorship/publication.


1. ETHICAL EXPECTATIONS

The Austrian Journal of Statistics is committed to ensuring ethics in publication and quality of articles.
Conformance to standards of ethical behavior is therefore expected of all parties involved: Authors, Editors, Reviewers, and the Publisher.

 

In particular, 


Publication and Authorship / Authors Responsibility:

 

  • To maintain accurate records of data in readable (non-binary, non-prohibet format) form associated with their submitted manuscript, and to supply or provide access to these data, on reasonable request. Where appropriate and where allowed by employer, funding body and others who might have an interest, to deposit data in a suitable repository or storage location, for sharing and further use by others.
  • To confirm/assert that the manuscript as submitted is not under consideration or accepted for publication elsewhere. Where portions of the content overlap with published or submitted content, to acknowledge and cite those sources. Additionally, to provide the editor with a copy of any submitted manuscript that might contain overlapping or closely related content.
  • Authors should ensure that any studies involving human or animal subjects conform to national, local and institutional laws and requirements (e.g. WMA Declaration of Helsinki, NIH Policy on Use of laboratory Animals, EU Directive on Use of Animals) and confirm that approval has been sought and obtained where appropriate. Authors should obtain express permission from human subjects and respect their privacy.
  • To declare any potential conflicts of interest (e.g. where the author has a competing interest (real or apparent) that could be considered or viewed as exerting an undue influence on his or her duties at any stage during the publication process).
  • To notify promptly the journal editor or publisher if a significant error in their publication is identified. To cooperate with the editor and publisher to publish an erratum, addendum, corrigendum notice, or to retract the paper, where this is deemed necessary.  
      
  • To confirm that all the work in the submitted manuscript is original and to acknowledge and cite content reproduced from other sources. To obtain permission to reproduce any content from other sources. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. Authors should not submit articles describing essentially the same research to more than one journal. The corresponding author should ensure that there is a full consensus of all co-authors in approving the final version of the paper and its submission for publication.
     
  • The Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY) allows users to copy, distribute and transmit an article, adapt the article and make commercial use of the article. The Austrian Journal of Statistics use this licence. See the COPYRIGHT section for more details on it.


Editors:

 

  • To act in a balanced, objective and fair way while carrying out their expected duties, without discrimination on grounds of gender, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, ethnic or geographical origin of the authors. Editors should take reasonable responsive measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper.
     
  •  editors have complete responsibility and authority to reject/accept an article; 
     
  •  Editors should evaluate manuscripts exclusively on the basis of their academic merit. An editor must not use unpublished information in the editor's own research without the express written consent of the author. 
     
  • To handle submissions for sponsored supplements or special issues in the same way as other submissions, so that articles are considered and accepted solely on their academic merit and without commercial influence.
      
  • To adopt and follow reasonable procedures in the event of complaints of an ethical or conflict nature, in accordance with the policies and procedures of the Society where appropriate. To give authors a reasonable opportunity to respond to any complaints. All complaints should be investigated no matter when the original publication was approved. Documentation associated with any such complaints should be retained.
     
  • the editor preserve anonymity of reviewers



Reviewers:

 

  • To contribute to the decision-making process, and to assist in improving the quality of the published paper by reviewing the manuscript objectively, in a timely manner.
     
  • Judgments should be objectiveJudgments should be objective
  • To maintain the confidentiality of any information supplied by the editor or author. To not retain or copy the manuscript
     
  • reviewers should point out relevant published work which is not yet cited
  • To alert the editor to any published or submitted content that is substantially similar to that under review. 
  • To be aware of any potential conflicts of interest (financial, institutional, collaborative or other relationships between the reviewer and author) and to alert the editor to these, if necessary withdrawing their services for that manuscript.
Publisher or Society responsibilities
 
  • The Austrian Statistical Society on behalf of which it publishes shall ensure that good practice is maintained to the standards outlined above.
     
  • The editorial board monitores/safeguardes publishing ethics.
     
  • The AJS will publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.

 

2. PROCEDURES FOR DEALING WITH UNETHICAL BEHAVIOUR
 
 
Identification of unethical behaviour
 
·        Misconduct and unethical behaviour may be identified and brought to the attention of the editor and publisher at any time, by anyone.
 
·        Misconduct and unethical behaviour may include, but need not be limited to, examples as outlined above. 
 
·        Whoever informs the editor or publisher of such conduct should provide sufficient information and evidence in order for an investigation to be initiated. All allegations should be taken seriously and treated in the same way, until a successful decision or conclusion is reached.
 
Investigation
 
  • An initial decision should be taken by the editor.
  • Evidence should be gathered, while avoiding spreading any allegations beyond those who need to know.
 
Minor breaches
 
  • Minor misconduct might be dealt with without the need to consult more widely. In any event, the author should be given the opportunity to respond to any allegations.
 
Serious breaches
 
  • Serious misconduct might require that the employers of the accused be notified. The editor, in consultation with the publisher or Society as appropriate, should make the decision whether or not to involve the employers, either by examining the available evidence themselves or by further consultation with a limited number of experts.  
 
Outcomes (in increasing order of severity; may be applied separately or in conjunction)
 
  • Informing or educating the author or reviewer where there appears to be a misunderstanding or misapplication of acceptable standards.
  • A more strongly worded letter to the author or reviewer covering the misconduct and as a warning to future behaviour.
  • Publication of a formal notice detailing the misconduct.
  • Publication of an editorial detailing the misconduct.
  • A formal letter to the head of the author’s or reviewer’s department or funding agency.
  • Formal retraction or withdrawal of a publication from the journal, in conjunction with informing the head of the author or reviewer’s department, Abstracting & Indexing services and the readership of the publication.
  • Imposition of a formal embargo on contributions from an individual for a defined period.
  • Reporting the case and outcome to a professional organisation or higher authority for further investigation and action.