Aim and Scope
Algebraic statistics focuses on mathematical aspects of statistical models, where algebraic, geometric and combinatorial insights can be useful to study behavior of statistical procedures. This approach has a long history in statistics and it can be traced back to Sir R.A. Fisher who used Abelian groups for experimental design and Karl Pearson who used polynomial algebra to study Gaussian mixture models. Since the turn of the century, the field has expanded and re-focused on applications of algebraic geometry, commutative algebra, and geometric combinatorics to the study of statistical models primarily for discrete data.
Recent advances in algebraic statistics have broadened the field beyond the 'traditional' algebraic statistics that focused on contingency tables and experimental design. The field is currently expanding in several directions. First, the study of Gaussian models have become an important part of algebraic statistics. Second, its computational aspects relying on numerical algebraic geometry are advancing to address statistical questions crucial for validity of statistical inference. Third, singular learning theory enables to study asymptotic statistics for models with hidden variables. Fourth, establishing identifiability of statistical models become an integral part of algebraic statistics. Finally, there is a strong focus on applications of these methods to phylogenetics, machine learning, biochemical reaction networks, social sciences, economics, and ecological inference.
The Journal of Algebraic Statistics seeks to publish new research articles in the broad area of algebraic statistics, both theoretical advancements in the field - broadly defined - and its new applications. From time to time, review papers on an emerging topic will also be considered appropriate.
Peer Review Process
Each manuscript submitted is assigned to a member of the Editorial Board, who will oversee the refereeing process. Usually, two referees are selected per manuscript. The process is blind, but not double-blind (i.e., author names are not hidden).
The Editorial Board also reserves the right to reject without review articles that do not fall within the scope of the journal.
Reviews are requested within 8 weeks, but of course review time may vary. The JAS will send periodic reminders to reviewers who do not complete their review in time. Reviewers may request an extension.
Accpeted papers are published in the next available issue when it appears online.
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.
The Journal of Algebraic Statistics is an unaffiliated journal, run by the Managing Editors and the Advisory Board. Any future affiliations will be announced on this website.
Information for Authors
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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
2. Papers must be submitted electronically in PDF format. The journal requires that all submissions have been prepared in Latex.
3. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
4. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
Upon acceptance of a paper for publication, author(s) will be requested to format their paper using the JAlgStat Author Formatting Package. This package contains a template .tex file an the article class style file for this journal. The JAS will require submission of .tex and .bib files, which can be attached as supplementary files during the submission or revision process.
The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.
Information for Editors
As the editorial board member, you will be assigned to oversee the review of at least 2 articles per year. This includes:
- communicating and prompting action from authors and reviewers in the editorial review process;
- sending and receiving material;
- communicating required actions between the Journal and authors.
Rights for Authors and JAS
In consideration for publication of the article, the authors agree to abide by the following policies.
Attribution and Usage Policies
Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of JAS, requires credit to JAS as the publication venue. It also requires reference to the DOI of the published version of the article.
The following uses are always permitted to the author(s):
- Storage and back-up of the article on the author(s) computer and digital media (e.g. back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
- Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided the website is non-commercial. Such a posting requires the reference to the article's DOI;
- Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with an author(s)’s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota’s Department of Phrenology online publication series). Such a posting requires the reference to thearticle's DOI; and
- Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author. Such a posting requires the reference to thearticle's DOI.
People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.
Launched: January 2010 under Managing Editors Eyup Cetin and Unsal Tekir. Current Managing Editors serving since November 2011.
The journal has been published annually since 2010, and biannually since 2015.
Editorial Board membership rotation took place in 2014 and in 2017. Advisory Board updated in 2017. Managing Editors updated 2018.