Instructions for Authors

Manuscripts should be submitted through the journal’s website, Papers submitted to STATISTICA SINICA must have neither been published previously nor been under review by another journal. Papers must be written in English and should normally not exceed 30 manuscript pages. Important references that are unpublished or difficult to access should be included with the submission.

Authors without access to the journalˇ¦s website may submit manuscripts by regular mail to Editors, Statistica Sinica, Institute of Statistical Science, Academia Sinica, 128 Academia Road, Sec. 2, Nankang, Taipei 11529, Taiwan. Please include a cover letter to the editors, hard copies of the paper and other references in triplicate. Submitted materials are not returnable.


It is important that the following requirements are followed as closely as possible. A technically acceptable manuscript that fails to follow these requirements may be returned for retyping, leading to delay in publication.

The Latex file must be provided after the manuscript is accepted. The Latex templates for Windows and for Mac, respectively, are available on the journal site. Please click on Latex Template for accessing the files.

I. Layout
  1. The manuscript, including references, should be typed and double-spaced. If a word-processor is used, the typesetting should not be smaller than 12 characters per inch (25mm). The margins should be at least 1.0 inch (25mm) on all four sides. Pages should be numbered consecutively. All copies of the manuscript must be legible.
  2. The paper should start with a short abstract followed by key words and phrases in alphabetical order. Avoid the inclusion of formulas in the abstract.
  3. Provide a short running title of no more than 45 characters. Give the work and email addresses of each author, and the phone and fax numbers of the corresponding author.
  4. The paper should be divided into numbered sections with short titles. Subsections may be used, but not sub-subsections. Each subsection should also have a number and title.
  5. Footnotes should not be used except for tables.
  6. References in the text should follow the current style in STATISTICA SINICA. As to the in-text citations, list all authors’ names for a citation with less than or equal to three authors (e.g., Brown, Ivanoff and Weber (1986)). List only the first author’s name followed by et al. for a citation with four or more authors (e.g., Hainzl et al. (2013)). References to books or chapters should be to the latest edition; a page, section or chapter number is normally necessary (e.g., Box, Jenkins and Reinsel (1994, Chap. 9)). As to the list of references, references at the end should correspond to those in the text. A complete list of authors and editors should be given; et al. should not be used. References to books or chapters should include: title of book, editor(s), first and last page numbers of paper, publisher and where published.
    Examples for the journal article citations:
    Hall, P., Kerkyacharian, G. and Picard, D. (1999). On the minimax optimality of block thresholded wavelet estimators. Statist. Sinica 9, 33-49.
    Efron, B, Tibshirani, R., Storey, J. and Tusher, V. (2001). Empirical Bayes analysis of a microarray experiment. J. Amer. Statist. Assoc. 96, 1151-1160.
    Examples for the book citations:
    Hastie, T., Tibshirani, R. and Friedman, J. (2009). The Elements of Statistical Learning: Data Mining, Inference, and Prediction. 2nd Edition. Springer.

    StatSoft, Inc. (2013). Electronic Statistics Textbook. Tulsa, OK: StatSoft. Web:
    Examples for the chapter-in-book or article-within-book citations:
    Beadle, G. W. (1957). The role of the nucleus in heredity. In The Chemical Basis of Heredity (Edited by W. D. McElroy and B. Glass), 3-22. Johns Hopkins Press, Baltimore.
    Chen, T. T. (2015). History of statistical thinking in medicine. In Advanced Medical Statistics 2 (Edited by Y. Lu, J. Fan, L. Tian and H. Jin), 3-19. World Scientific Publishing Co., Singapore.
    Examples for the conference proceedings citations:
    Robins, J. M. (1993). Information recovery and bias adjustment in proportional hazards regression analysis of randomized trials using surrogate markers. In JSM Proceedings, the Biopharmaceutical Section, 24-33. Alexandria, VA: American Statistical Association.
    Yi, G. Y., Rao, J. N. K. and Li, H. (2013). A composite likelihood approach to analysis of survey data with sampling weights incorporated under two-level models. In Proceedings of the 2013 World Statistics Congress, the New Developments in Multilevel Model Inference from Complex Sample Survey Data session [Online]. Hong Kong: International Statistical Institute. Web:
  7. Acknowledgement should appear at the end of the paper and be as brief as possible. Essential derivations should appear in a separate appendix, which follows the acknowledgements but precedes the references. Each appendix should have a separate title.

II. Formulas and Equations

  1. Make efficient use of space. Avoid unnecessary display of formulas. Short formulas should be left in the text to save space where possible, but they must not be more than one line high. For example, a summation should be written as (if the limits of summation are obvious) or +... + . Also must not be left in the text; use if necessary. The repeated appearance of lengthy expressions should be avoided by introducing suitable notation. Long or important equations should be shown in a separate line. Equation numbers should be included only for those equations that are referred to in the text and must be placed on the right.
  2. Multiple under- and overbars such as must be avoided, as must . Subscripts and superscripts should be aligned horizontally, or be clearly marked. Avoid higher-order sub- and superscripts.
  3. Any script letters should be clearly marked throughout. Distinguish between easily confused characters like ,,,,,,;,,;,; etc.
  4. Use for expectation not or ; not ;, ... , not ,,... ,; or not . Avoid for product.
  5. Symbols should not be used at the start of a sentence. Special symbols like and should be avoided. Follow the usual conventions for brackets, exp, square root sign, etc. as in a recent issue. Do not use when the expression inside the square root sign is lengthy.

III. Tables and Figures

  1. Tables and figures should be numbered separately in the order they are to be printed and referred to in the text by number. They should be properly arranged to make efficient use of the STATISTICA SINICA sized page. Layouts that have to be printed sideways should be avoided. Each table and figure should have a short title or description that is as self-explanatory as possible.
  2. Original figure artwork must be submitted in a printable Portable Document Format (PDF) or PostScript (PS) file when a paper is accepted for publication. Photocopies are not acceptable.
  3. Artwork in STATISTICA SINICA is typically black and white. Only when figures benefit scientifically from use of color (e.g. the scan pictures), color figures are allowed to be printed in the paper edition. The corresponding author must alert the editors upon submission if color is absolutely necessary. Authors may submit figures that appear in black and white in the print version but in color in the online version. Under the circumstances, please note (1) the same figure must serve for both color and black and white and (2) figure captions and the text must not refer specifically to any color.

IV. Supplementary Documents

  1. Supporting material that is not essential for inclusion in the full text of the manuscript, but would benefit the reader, can be made available as online only content linked to the online manuscript as requested by the editors. Examples of material suitable for supplementary documents are detailed proofs, step-by-step computational procedures, extended data examples, and useful software codes. Please follow these instructions to include your supplementary materials with your paper.
  2. Add a section to your paper titled ˇ§Supplementary Materialsˇ¨ as the last section of your paper after Discussion and before Acknowledgements. This section should contain a brief description of the online supplementary material.
  3. The supplementary materials have to be properly referred to in the main manuscript.
  4. The online edition only accepts supplementary materials in one PDF file. The supplementary materials must be submitted to the editors at the same time as the manuscript and will be reviewed.
  5. The size of the PDF file should not exceed 10MB, and must be as small as possible.
  6. Please provide the same title and authors as the main manuscript for the supplementary document.
ˇ@ˇ@The supplementary materials may not be edited by the editors or managing editor, but may be rejected or returned for revision. Latex template for the supplementary document is also available in Latex Templates.