Papers wanted for special JSS issue on Bayesian statistics

I was asked by Virgilio Gómez Rubio to share the following announcement:

The Journal of Statistical Software (JSS) now reached an impact factor of over 22, and recently ended highest in the category “statistics and probability” on the ISI web of knowledge ranking.

Special issues of JSS are very popular and get a lot of citations. We now invite papers for a special issue of the Journal of Statistical Software on “Bayesian Statistics”. The conditions are the regular ones of JSS submissions [1], but the special issue aims at bringing together articles presenting open-source software developed by the authors focusing on (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • Bayesian modelling and inference.
  • Software for Bayesian Data Analysis.
  • Software for Bayesian Statistics.
  • Model selection and assessment.
  • Priors in Bayesian analysis.
  • Visualization of results.
  • Bayesian data analysis of highly structured data.
  • High-performance computing for Bayesian data analysis.
  • Bayesian methods for the analysis of ‘Big Data’.

Authors who intend to submit an article for this special issue are strongly encouraged to submit paper title, authors, and a preliminary abstract to or before December 31st, 2018.

Guest editors for this special issue are:

Dr. Michela Cameletti (University of Bergamo, Italy)
Dr. Virgilio Gomez-Rubio (University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain)
Prof. Martyn Plummer (Warwick University, UK)

Deadline for papers is Jun 30th, 2019. Submissions must clearly state that they are to be considered for this Special Issue, by mentioning it in the cover letter or by leaving a comment in the upload form.


With best regards,

Virgilio Gómez Rubio
Escuela de Ingenieros Industriales
Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha
Avda España s/n
02071 Albacete (Spain)

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Is this special issue still going ahead Ben?

I really appreciate that JSS is a free volunteer effort and publishes systems papers. I think that’s a critical service that needs to be supported.

I would never submit to JSS again because of turnaround time. Here’s the info from our Stan paper:

Submitted: 2013-07-30. Published: 2017-01-11.

They told me they had a high backlog. Apparently, they haven’t cleared it, as here’s the submission/acceptance dates for the first few papers from volume 89:

  • Submitted: 2016-04-05. Published: 2019-05-09.
  • Submitted: 2016-04-16. Published: 2019-05-09.
  • Submitted: 2015-07-24. Published: 2019-05-09.
  • Submitted: 2016-01-08. Published: 2019-05-09.
  • Submitted: 2016-06-02. Published: 2019-05-10.
  • Submitted: 2016-11-25. Published: 2019-05-13.

I’ll just stop after the first six.

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In this case, we are talking about a special issue that has deadlines, so I don’t think the historical turnaround time for regular papers is that applicable. EIther way, if you have / want to submit something, do; otherwise don’t.

Hey guys, thanks @bgoodri for posting and @Bob_Carpenter for your comment. Actually me and some colleagues are submitting a paper for this special issue, but it was not advertised on the newspaper’s website or anywhere else…weird. I had just received the confirmation mail from the editors when I submitted the abstract in december.

Anyway, if you have some further news let us know, thanks!


Submission deadline was yesterday, so now it’s an empirical question. I hope they clear their backlog and review in a timely manner going forward, because I think we need a journal like this and I don’t know a good alternative.

It looks like they increased the size of the editorial board, too, so that might also help.

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