About the Journal

Focus and Scope

STATISTICA publishes original articles, reviews and case studies from all fields of statistical application with a strong emphasis on relevance both to theoretical  contributions and to statistical practice. The Journal is open to critical debate in the objective wide ranging and free spirit of research. It has been increasingly directed toward epistemological developments of statistical thought and the deepening of statistical methods to analyze natural and social phenomena without a priori opposition to any schools of thought.

Peer Review Process

All papers will be subjected to a blind peer review.

Publication Frequency

Statistica is published on a quarterly basis.

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.
It releases its articles under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

This license allows anyone to download, reuse, re-print, modify, distribute and/or copy the contributions. The works must be properly attributed to its author(s). It is not necessary to ask further permissions both to author(s) or journal board.

Authors who publish on this journal transfer their copyrights to the journal.

Authors are welcome to post pre-submission versions, the original submitted version of the manuscript (preprint) and the final draft post-refereeing (postprint) on a personal website, a collaborative wiki, departmental website, social media websites, institutional repository or non-commercial subject-based repositories.

The journal has neither article processing charges nor submission processing fees.

Code of Conduct

The following statement is inspired by COPE Code of Conduct:

Duties for the Editors

Editors of Statistica are responsible for the selection process and the publication of articles submitted to the journal. They will take all reasonable steps to ensure the quality of the published material and to ensure a fair, unbiased and timely peer review process. Authors have the right to have manuscripts evaluated for their intellectual contents, without discrimination on grounds of their gender, sexual orientation, political or religious beliefs, ethnic or geographical origin.

The peer review process, as described in the journal policies, will be followed by Editors with accuracy. They will keep track of the process and will justify any important deviation of it.

The decision of the Editors as to accept or reject a paper for publication in the journal is based on subject relevance and originality, and is guided by the review of suitably qualified Reviewers. Editors will ensure that appropriate and qualified Reviewers are selected for each submission, and will send to Authors the entirety of their comments — unless their content is offensive.

The Editorial Team adopts a work-flow that ensure that material submitted to the Journal remains confidential while under review. Confidentiality of individual information obtained in the course of research or professional interactions must be guaranteed.

The Editorial Team provides guidance to Authors that encourage accuracy, completeness and clarity of research reporting, including technical editing and the use of appropriate guidelines and checklists.

Editors will manage their competing interests as well as those of the staff, Reviewers, and Authors.

Editors have a process for handling submissions from the Editors and members of the Editorial Team to ensure unbiased review and the blindness of the peer-review process.

Editors decision may be constrained by legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism.

Editors ensure that contents are published on a timely basis, following the stated frequency. Editors take all reasonable steps to guarantee that the published material is securely preserved and all articles are published in open access, freely available to anyone. Permanent identifiers as DOI and an archiving policy guarantee tracking and preservation of articles in the long term.

Duties for Authors

Authors are responsible for the articles they submit: they must assure the originality of their works, being aware of the consequences of misconduct. Authors should always acknowledge their sources and provide relevant citation details for all publications that have influenced their work. Authors must confirm that no one is omitted from the authorship list of the submitted material, despite qualifying for authorship.

Authors must declare all the financial and non-financial support for their research. Authors must declare any potential competing interest.

Authors are asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review. Authors are encouraged to deposit the underlying data in a public or institutional data repository for public accessibility and long-term preservation. Authors are also asked to provide full citation and a link to the deposited underlying data in the accepted manuscript. In case the underlying data cannot be shared on account of ethical or commercial restrictions, Authors should be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication and provide a suitable data availability statement.

Authors are asked to follow the Authors Guidelines published by the Journal, therefore ensuring accuracy, completeness and clarity of research reporting, including technical editing.

Authors have the responsibility to notify promptly the Editor if a significant error in their articles, both published and unpublished, is identified. Authors will cooperate with Editors in case any issue is raised with their articles.

Duties for Reviewers

Reviewers are provided guidance on everything that is expected of them including the need to handle submitted material in confidence.

Reviewers are required to disclose any potential competing interests before agreeing to review a submission.

Reviewers are encouraged to comment on the originality of submissions and to be alert to redundant publications and plagiarism. They will alert Editors regarding intellectual property issues and plagiarism and work to handle potential breaches of intellectual property laws and conventions.

Reviewers should help identifying relevant published work that has not been cited by the Authors.

Handling of errors and misconducts

Editors have a duty to act promptly in case of errors and misconducts, both proven and alleged. This duty extends to both published and unpublished papers. In case such as errors in articles or in the publication process, fraudulent publication or plagiarism, appropriate steps will be taken, following the recommendations, guidelines and flowcharts from COPE. Corrections will happen with due prominence, including the publication of an erratum (errors from the publication process), corrigendum (errors from the Author(s)) or, in the most severe cases, the retraction of the affected work.

The Journal policies will be reviewed periodically, particularly with respect to new recommendations from the COPE (last update: March 2019).

Indexing and Abstracting

The journal is indexed in the following databases:

Archiving Policy

The University of Bologna has an archival arrangement with the National Central Libraries of Florence and Rome within the national project Magazzini Digitali.

Management Quality

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Management quality system conforms to UNI EN ISO: 9001:2005 issued by Kiwa Cermet.
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Journal History

STATISTICA first appeared in 1931 as the Supplemento statistico ai nuovi problemi di Politica, storia ed Economia edited by the Universities of Bologna, Padua and Ferrara with the aim to emphasize the emerging role of Statistics in face of the evolution of social sciences. In the first Issue, the Editor, Paolo Fortunati wrote: “The Supplement to new problems means to represent the contribution of a group of scholars which want to be sensitive to the scientific and social changes of the present time and believe that quantitative methods be the most coherent with the new theoretical or not theoretical requirements. … From methodological statistics to applied statistics, an infinity of problems stir our days. … Furthermore it needs to give a suitable social view to these problems if we want Statistics arises to universal method”.

In 1941 the Supplement changed its name to STATISTICA and became a leading Journal for the Italian statisticians. Famous scholars collaborated to STATISTICA as members of Scientific Board or simply as authors of papers. Only a few references: Corrado Gini, Bruno De Finetti, Carlo E. Bonferroni, Marcel Fréchet, Samuel Kotz, Camilo Dagum, Estelle Bee Dagum, Italo Scardovi (Editor in Chief, 1981-2004). From 2005 to 2017 STATISTICA has been directed by a board of four Editors.

Past Editors

2018 – 2022

Editor: Simone Giannerini

Executive Editors: Giulia Roli, Mariagiulia Matteucci, Michele Scagliarini

2009 – 2017

Editors: Paola Monari, Michele Costa, Lucia Pasquini, Giorgio Tassinari

Executive Editor: Carlo Trivisano

2005 – 2008

Editors: Lorenzo Del Panta, Stefania Mignani, Paola Monari, Giorgio Tassinari

Executive Editor: Marilena Pillati

1981 – 2004

Editor: Italo Scardovi

Associate Editors: Camilo Dagum, Lorenzo Del Panta, Carlo Filippucci, Attilio Gardini, Paola Monari

Executive Editors: Giancarlo Bettuzzi, Carlo Filippucci, Stefania Mignani, Marilena Pillati, Paolo Paruolo

1931* – 1980

Editor: Paolo Fortunati (founding Editor)

Associate Editors: Alfredo De Polzer, Nora Federici, Giuseppe Ferrari, Giuseppe Mirabella, Giuseppe Parenti, Silvio Vianelli


* The journal was established in 1931 as the “Supplemento Statistico ai Nuovi Problemi di Politica, Storia ed Economia” and obtained its current title in 1941.