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The Stata Journal

The Stata Journal

Promoting communications on statistics and Stata
2018 Impact Factor: 1.796
2018 Ranking: 31/123 in Statistics & Probabilitiy | 16/49 in Social Sciences, Mathematical Methods
Source: Journal Citation Reports (Web of Science Group, 2019)
Published in Association with StataCorp LLC

Editor
H. Joseph Newton Texas A&M University, USA
Nicholas J. Cox Durham University, UK


eISSN: 1536873 | ISSN: 1536867X | Current volume: 19 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: Quarterly

The Stata Journal is a quarterly publication containing articles about statistics, data analysis, teaching methods, and effective use of Stata's language. The Stata Journal publishes reviewed papers together with shorter notes and comments, regular columns, book reviews, and other material of interest to researchers applying statistics in a variety of disciplines.

The Journal Citation Reports of the ISI Web of Knowledge ranks the Stata Journal consistently in the top 20 among journals in the Social Sciences Mathematical Methods category in terms of citations, impact factor, and 5-year impact factor.

The Stata Journal has served as a hub for the collected wisdom of countless Stata users since 2001, continuing a tradition started with the publication of the first issue of the Stata Technical Bulletin in 1991. The Stata Journal includes peer-reviewed articles together with shorter notes and comments, regular columns, book reviews, and other material of interest for Stata users. Papers published in the journal help readers comprehend and apply cutting-edge statistical methods to their research, broaden the understanding of intermediate and advanced Stata users, and cover topics that are of practical importance to researchers yet are not often written about elsewhere.

Covering a broad spectrum of statistical techniques and helpful advice for Stata users, topics presented include survival analysis, panel data, time series, Bayesian analysis, choice models, meta-analysis, treatment effects, semi-nonparametric estimation, simultaneous equation modeling, and general statistical and graphical analysis. Whether you are a biostatistician, economist, data scientist, social scientist, behavioral scientist, survey analyst, or interested in rigorous applied statistical methods, you will find useful and insightful articles.

Editor
Nicholas J. Cox Durham University, UK
H. Joseph Newton Texas A&M University, USA
Associate Editors
Christopher F. Baum Boston College, USA
Nathaniel Beck New York University, USA
Rino Bellocco Karolinska Institute, Sweden
Maarten L. Buis University of Konstanz, Germany
A. Colin Cameron University of California, Davis, USA
Mario A. Cleves University of South Florida, USA
Michael Crowther University of Leicester, UK
William D. Dupont Vanderbilt University, USA
Philip Ender University of California, Los Angeles, USA
James Hardin University of South Carolina, USA
Ben Jann University of Bern, Switzerland
Stephen Jenkins London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Ulrich Kohler University of Potsdam, Germany
Frauke Kreuter University of Maryland, College Park, USA
Peter A. Lachenbruch Oregon State University, USA
Stanley Lemeshow Ohio State University, USA
J. Scott Long Indiana University, USA
Roger Newson Imperial College, London, UK
Austin Nichols Abt Associates, Washington, DC, USA
Marcello Pagano Harvard School of Public Health, USA
Sophia Rabe-Hesketh University of California - Berkeley, USA
J. Patrick Royston MRC CTU at UCL, London, UK
Mark E. Schaffer Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
Philippe Van Kerm Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research, Luxembourg
Vincenzo Verardi Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Ian White MCR Clinical Trials Unit at University College London, UK
Richard A. Williams University of Notre Dame, USA
Jeffrey M. Wooldridge Michigan State University, USA
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  • Submissions to the Stata Journal

    Types of submissions

    Copyright information

    Instructions to authors

    New and revised submissions

    Manuscript style

    Community-contributed software

    Submission

    English editing

    Software updates

    Manuscript style

    Community-contributed software

    Submission


    Types of submissions

     

    The Stata Journal publishes reviewed papers together with shorter notes or comments, regular columns, book reviews, and other material of interest to Stata users.

    A paper should potentially be of interest to users of the statistical software Stata. We are especially interested in publishing the following kinds of papers:

    Expository papers that link the use of Stata commands or programs to associated principles, such as those that will serve as tutorials for readers first encountering a new field of statistics or a major new technique.

    Papers that go “beyond the Stata manual” in explaining key features or uses of Stata that are relevant to intermediate or advanced users of Stata.

    Papers that discuss new commands or Stata programs of interest either to a wide spectrum of users (for example, in data management or graphics) or to some large segment of Stata users (for example, in survey statistics, survival analysis, panel analysis, limited dependent variable modeling).

    Papers that analyze the statistical properties of new or existing estimators and tests in Stata. This includes topics such as simulations of bias, convergence, or small-sample properties of estimators and tests; power analyses; and comparisons of tests or estimators.

    Papers of interest or usefulness to researchers, especially in fields that are of practical importance but not often written up in texts or other journals (for example, the use of Stata in managing datasets, particularly large datasets, with advice from hard-won experience).

    Papers of interest to those teaching with Stata. Topics might include extended examples of techniques and interpretation of results, simulations of statistical concepts, and overviews of subject areas.

    Notes and comments are normally short (about one page or less). Notes may include, for example, explanation of a neat trick using a few lines of Stata that appears to be worth publicizing. Comments should refer to material previously published in the Journal (or in the Stata Technical Bulletin).

    Columns and book reviews are solicited by the editors. Book reviews will concentrate on books about Stata or that contain examples using Stata. We will also carry occasional reviews of books that may be interesting or valuable to many readers. We welcome suggestions of books to review.

    Stata tips are concise notes about Stata commands, features, or tricks that users may not have encountered. A tip will draw attention to useful details in Stata or Stata’s uses. Tips must be brief, usually one or two printed pages. Tips, however, do not include expositions of community-contributed commands.

    This list is not intended to be exclusive, merely suggestive, and the editors are happy to consider other kinds of papers with some link to Stata.

    We do not publish in the Stata Journal 1) any articles on statistics or statistical science, however broadly defined, that lack Stata content or specific application to Stata use or 2) Stata programs that lack supporting discussion.

    Although the Stata Journal focuses on Stata-specific application of a general technique, the restriction above does not prohibit you from submitting your technique with a different focus to another journal.


    Copyright information

     

    Contributors must sign and send to StataCorp a copy of the Stata Journal Contributor Assignment Agreement before any article can be published. If an article has multiple authors, each author must sign the agreement. While you are waiting for a decision from the Journal, we are happy if you make the same material available via personal, institutional, or collective websites as a draft or working paper (or the equivalent) in your field. Such material should be flagged as under review by the Stata Journal. Papers published in the Stata Journal may be made available electronically according to the terms of the Contributor Assignment Agreement. We are happy if you distribute copies of your paper as reprints or photocopies in accordance with the Contributor Assignment Agreement. If the article is not accepted for publication, the Contributor Assignment Agreement will terminate and become void. You will be notified if this occurs.


    Instructions to authors

     

    New and revised submissions

    Manuscript style

    We prefer that articles be submitted in LaTeX. ASCII and Word contributions will be accepted as well. (A PDF file should accompany the Word document submission.

    The Stata Journal provides its own document class and Stata output package along with examples for authors new to the Stata Journal. See Getting started with the Stata Journal for instructions.

    Community-contributed software

    Choice of program names can be problematic. Authors may use any legal program names they like during development, but publication of programs brings some constraints:

    1. Your program names should not clash with those of previously written official commands or community-contributed programs. search myprogname will tell you whether myprogname is already in use. (Naturally, if it is you that previously used the name, say, by posting on SSC a program that you are now writing up for the Stata Journal, that is not a problem.)
    2. StataCorp requests that you avoid names that might be used in the future for new official commands. Short, simple words that can be found in an English dictionary are always attractive to StataCorp (for example, list, describe), as are standard abbreviations or contractions for existing techniques (pca, anova). It is, admittedly, difficult for authors to predict what StataCorp might do, or be thinking of doing, but in case of doubt, please contact the editors in the first instance, who will be happy to take soundings on your behalf.

    Submission

    Submissions should be sent to editors@stata-journal.com. Manuscripts will be acknowledged within a week of receipt. After a preliminary editorial review, articles will be sent to reviewers who have expertise in the subject of the article. The Stata Journal uses a blind review system. The review process generally takes 3–6 months. Authors may contact the editor at any time to check the status of their manuscript.

    Submission to the Stata Journal implies that 1) identical or substantially the same material is not currently under review by another academic journal and 2) the authors will not submit such material to another journal before they receive a decision from the Stata Journal.

    When submitting your article for review, please include the following:

    1. The article. If the article is in LaTeX or Word format, include the .tex or .docx (or .doc) file and a PDF file of the article.
    2. Figures. Figures should be submitted as EPS files in a monochrome scheme; we suggest using the sj scheme.
    3. Community-contributed software and code to reproduce the examples. All community-contributed programs (ado-files) and help files that are being introduced in the article should be submitted. All do-files and datasets used to generate the output in your article should be submitted. If the dataset used in the examples cannot be distributed, we suggest including a sample dataset for testing purposes. A note mentioning the dataset being nonpublic should be included with the submission.
    4. A readme.txt file. If you are submitting community-contributed software or code to reproduce examples in the manuscript, you must also submit a readme.txt file. Here is a template and here is an example.

    English editing

    Accepted articles will be grammatically edited by Stata Press technical editors, who follow guidelines set forth by the Stata Press style, which is a slightly modified set of guidelines based on the Chicago Manual of Style, and whose work is displayed in the Stata PDF Documentation. A galley proof is provided after the editorial process is complete to ensure that no errors have been inadvertently introduced.

    Software updates

    Software updates flag that software previously published in the Stata Journal or the Stata Technical Bulletin has been revised by the author(s). The revision could be, for example, a bug fix, an extension, a modernization, or some combination of these. Software updates are matched by an entry in Stata's .key files so that users who keep their Stata up to date are pointed to the latest version of any package published via the Stata Journal when they use search.

    Manuscript style

    The Software update submission should consist of at least one paragraph explaining the revision concisely and the updated community-contributed software files (.ado files, .sthlp or .hlpfiles, and any others). The text explaining the revision can be submitted in ASCII (preferred), LaTeX, or Word.

    Community-contributed software

    To submit a software update, download the official software from the Stata Journal website; see the Stata Journal FAQ for downloading instructions. Then, make the necessary changes to the files.

    Submission

    Submit the text explaining the update and the updated software files to editors@stata-journal.com.

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