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International Statistical Review
Guidelines for Manuscript Submission


International Statistical Review has adopted ScholarOne Manuscripts, for online manuscript submission and peer review. The new system brings with it a whole host of benefits including:

  • Quick and easy submission
  • Administration centralised and reduced
  • Significant decrease in peer review times

All submissions to the journal must be made online at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/insr.

Manuscripts previously submitted using former procedures will continue through the old system.

Manuscript submission is a step-by-step process needing little special preparation other than having all parts of the manuscript in an electronic format and having access to a computer with an Internet connection and a web-browser. To submit a manuscript to International Statistical Review, authors should go to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/insr, where they can upload the manuscript and any other material they would like to communicate to the editor. Full help and instructions are provided on-screen. As an author, you will be prompted for author and manuscript details and then to upload your manuscript file(s). In order to ensure that your manuscript conforms to journal style, please consult the ‘Notes for Authors’, which is located at the back of every issue, or the ‘Author Guidelines’, which can be found at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1751-5823/homepage/ForAuthors.html.

A completed submission will be confirmed by e-mail immediately and your paper will then enter the editorial process. Your manuscript will have a unique manuscript number and you can check the progress of your manuscript at any time by returning to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/insr. When a decision is made, revisions can be submitted online, with an opportunity to view and respond to all comments.

Manuscript review will also be handled online. Reviewers will be given full instructions and access to the paper at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/insr. The review form and comments can be completed online and immediately made available to the Journal and the Editor.

Full support for both authors and reviewers is provided. Each page of the website has a ‘Get Help Now’ icon connecting directly to the online support system at http://mchelp.manuscriptcentral.com/gethelpnow/support.htm.

If you have any questions or experience any problems with your submission, please contact Mrs. Liliana Happel (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) at the Editorial Office.

ISI Regional Statistical Conferences – RSC


ISI Regional Statistical Conferences serve as a platform to promote statistics and the ISI in different parts of the world.

The first ISI Regional Statistics Conference was organized in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 16-19 November 2014. It was a successful and enjoyable event with over 500 participants from South East Asia.

The second ISI Regional Statistics Conference was held in Bali, Indonesia, from 21-24 March 2017.


Third Regional Statistics Conference/IAOS Conference

19-21 May, Livingstone, Zambia
Better Lives 2030: mobilising the power of data for Africa and the world.
Bringing together statisticians and all those in government, universities and education who care about the value of statistics to society

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Organised by the International Association for Official Statistics, International Statistical Institute and Republic of Zambia Central Statistical Office
  • Future of Statistics for Africa: statistics that leave no one behind
  • Skills for Africa in the era of data
  • Official statistics in society: they matter to all of us
  • Big data. Opportunities arising from the new data ecosystem
  • Statistics making a difference: public health, prevent and cure
  • Statistics making a difference: environment and climate
  • Statistics making a difference: from data to progress

Call for papers

More information


General principles for an ISI RSC.

ISI's Position on Methodological Concerns about the Argentine CPI &
the Position of Statisticians in Argentina


ISI Responses to the Methodological Concerns



The ISI has received several representations from members, including members of the ISI family in Argentina, about government interference in the methodology for the Argentine CPI. The concern is that the index methodology has been manipulated to provide a CPI that was lower than what it should be given the actual movements of consumer prices.


The issue is well known. It has been raised with international organisations like the IMF and ILO. It was discussed at the High Level Forum on the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics in New York in February 2011. It is also known among financial market participants who no doubt take this into account when assessing the risks associated with Argentine investments such as government bonds.


More recently, another issue has been raised in this connection. The Argentine Government has applied legislation which prevents others from publishing alternative views of official statistics. At the same time, statisticians and organizations working on alternative price measurements have been threatened with sanctions.


At the occasion of the ISI World Statistics Congress in August 2011 in Dublin, Ireland, the ISI Council was informed about the letter dated 11 August 2011 by the American Statistical Association to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression. The ISI Council decided to support the letter by ASA. The supporting letter of the President of ISI to the UN Special Rapporteur dated 29 September 2011 can be found here. The Statement dated 29 September 2011 by the ISI about the situation with the Argentine CPI and our colleague statisticians in Argentina can be found here.


The ISI had already undertaken several actions: In December 2009, the ISI President wrote a letter of concern and support to the President of the Statistical Society of Argentina. A recent initiative was for the ISI President to write to the ILO Director of Statistics. The ILO is responsible for international standards associated with the CPI and publishes internationally comparable CPI statistics. The letter proposed that the ILO modify the documentation associated with the Argentine CPI to reflect the actual methods that are currently being used. The current documentation would mislead users of these statistics. A copy of these letters is shown here and here.


ISI Statistical Capacity Building Committee



The ISI Strategic Plan 2017-2021 defines statistical capacity building as one of the strategic priority for the ISI.


Over the past few years, the ISI has been actively promoting statistical capacity in developing countries. Recent initiatives include: i) workshops for high-level official statisticians in Africa and Asia and ii) workshops for young statisticians in Benin, for practitioners in India, and on Environmental Statistics in Cape Town. These activities were funded in part by the World Bank with additional support from the African Development Bank, African Union Commission (AUC). Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). Heads of the NSOs from developing and developed regions as well as Heads of the Statistics from the National Central Banks in case of High Level Meeting in Data Governance in Tunis 2019, have played crucial role in shaping the meetings agendas and sharing good practices. Among others the Korean Statistical Office, National Bureau of Statistics Tanzania, National Institute of Statistics Cameroon and National Institute of Statistics Tunisia hosted the High Level workshops. Please find more information here.


In 2018 the ISI Executive Committee appointed the Task Force: Fabrizio Ruggeri, Irena Krizman, Pedro Silva, Misha Belkindas, Eric Vance, David Stern, Matthew Shearing, Delia North and Diane Stukel. The Task Force prepared the ISI SCB Strategy and Action Plan 2019 - 2021 and beyond.


To accelerate the SCB activities the ISI EC has launched the ISI Statistical Capacity Building Committee.



The ISI Statistical Capacity Building activities aim to develop the capacity of individuals and organizations to increase the impact of Statistics and Data Science by:
  • Enabling statistical practitioners in the public and private sectors to use state-of-the-art methods for data collection, analysis, and interpretation; and
  • Contributing to the development of statistical infrastructure and human resources in official, survey, environmental and business statistics as well as in statistical education and research.



The ISI Statistical Capacity Building Committee advises the ISI Executive Committee on the planning, development, and implementation of appropriate initiatives. These will include:
  • Working with local and regional stakeholders to identify current efforts in SCB in that region and determining the added value that the ISI can provide
  • Working with statistical societies from developed countries to identify possible collaborations
  • Based on the above, developing recommendations for capacity building efforts in specific regions
  • Identifying fund-raising opportunities
  • Working with ISI EC, ISI Council, ISI Associations , NSOs, and leadership of other partners (e.g., IFC, RSS, IBS, ASA and other national and international statistical societies, international organisations and regional frameworks)to prepare and implement the SCB programs
  • Assessing the effectiveness of ongoing efforts and
  • Organizing appropriate meetings and facilitating discussions at the World Statistical Congress.


The ISI Statistical Capacity Building Committee is also organising activities. Currently it is working on preparing a series of videos about courses in Statistics, courses on R for official statistics, courses on Data Science in cooperation with Data Campus at UK ONS, webinars within online courses and support for statistical literacy activities, also in cooperation with LISA. Some of those activities have been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.

For more information about our activities look at the ISI SCB activities page

SCB Committee Composition


  • Irena Krizman, Slovenia, former Director General Statistical Office Slovenia
  • Fabrizio Ruggeri, Italy, Research Director, Institute of Applied Mathematics & Information Technology of the National Research Council.



The SCB Committee is composed of the members of the Task Force on the SCB Action Plan 2019-2021 and Beyond:
  • Pedro Silva (Brazil) National School of Statistical Sciences, Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, President of the International Statistical Institute 2015-2017
  • Matthew Shearing (UK) LTS International
  • Eric Vance (USA) Director of Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA) Boulder, Associate Professor 2016 at University of Colorado Boulder, Department of Applied Mathematics
  • David Stern (UK) University of Reading UK, IDEMS International
  • Delia North (SA) Dean and Head of the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science at UKZN
  • Diane Stukel (USA) Senior Survey Methods Advisor Food and Nutrition Technical Aid
  • Misha Belkindas (USA) Managing Director of ODW Consulting
  • Oliver Chinganya, Director African Centre for Statistics, UNECA

International Statistical Review
Editorial Policy


The International Statistical Review (ISR) is the flagship journal of the International Statistical Institute and of its family of Associations. It publishes papers of broad and general interest in statistics and probability. The term Review is to be interpreted broadly. The types of papers that are suitable for publication include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • reviews/surveys of significant developments in theory, methodology, statistical computing and graphics, statistical education, and application areas;
  • tutorials on important topics;
  • expository papers on emerging areas of research or application;
  • papers describing new developments and/or challenges in relevant areas;
  • papers addressing foundational issues;
  • papers on the history of statistics and probability;
  • white papers on topics of importance to the profession or society; and
  • historical assessment of seminal papers in the field and their impact.

Papers must be of interest to a sufficiently broad spectrum of the members of ISI and its family of Associations, which include researchers and practitioners in academia, government, business, and industry. Selected papers will be published with discussions and a rejoinder by the author(s).

The journal will also publish interviews with statisticians who have made prominent contributions to applications, research, and to the development of the profession. Proposals should be sent to one of the co-Editors-in-Chief.



The ISI and its seven Associations publish several journals. Some are open access. For those requiring subscription, ISI and Association members are entitled to reduced subscription rates.

ISI’s flagship journal is the International Statistical Review (ISR) and it publishes papers of broad and general interest in statistics and probability. ISR also contains a Book Reviews section that provides a rapid book review service for academic statisticians and practitioners covering new books on statistics and related subjects.

ISI’s other important journal is Stat, a joint venture between the ISI and Wiley. Stat is an online only, rapid communication research journal, publishing articles in all facets of statistics and related interdisciplinary areas.


The Association journals, each focusing on a particular area of statistical interest, include


The open access journals include

Following a special agreement between the ISI, the Royal Statistical Society and the American Statistical Association, ISI members can subscribe to the magazine Significance at a reduced rate.

ISI’s World Statistics Congresses (WSC) are documented by the Proceedings which usually become available within one year after the WSC.

Our publications portfolio is completed by Open Access publications and the ISI multilingual Glossary of statistical terms.

Our Archive contains various materials including proceedings of former WSCs and ISI newsletters.

ISI Scientific Programme Committee (SPC) for ISI WSC 2021


The SPC is responsible for the Scientific Programme of the 63rd WSC in The Hague, The Netherlands, in 2021. It will develop the Invited Paper Sessions (IPS) and will coordinate with the Local Programme Committee (LPC) to prepare the Special Topics Sessions (STS) and Contributed Paper/Poster Sessions (CPS).

Current Composition





Yves-Laurent Grize Switzerland  


Kwok Tsui Hong Kong, China  
Jessica Utts USA  

Local Programme Committee Chair

Zainuddin Ahmad Malaysia  

Representatives of Associations

Rolando Ocampo  Mexico  IAOS
Cynthia Clark  USA  IASS
Bruno de Sousa  Portugal  IASE
Sugnet Lubbe   South Africa   IASC 
Mark Podolskij  Denmark  BS
Beatriz Etchegaray Garcia    USA  ISBIS
Giovanna Jona Lasinio  Italy  TIES


At-Large Members 

Alexandra Schmidt  Canada/Brazil  
Tamanna Howlader  Bangladesh  


Institutional/Ex Officio 

Helen MacGillivray, ISI President  Australia  
Fabrizio Ruggeri, Past SPC Chair  Italy  


Liaison with ISI PO 

Ada van Krimpen, ISI Director    
Shabani Mehta, ISI Associate Director    



ISI Short Course Committee for ISI WSC 2021

The Short Course Committee (SCC) is in charge of developing a short course programme for the ISI World Statistics Congress. The programme is submitted to the ISI Executive Committee for review and approval. The Committee includes representatives from ISI Associations as well as at-large ISI members. The organisation of the short courses is done in close cooperation with the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) and the ISI Permanent Office (PO). The LOC takes care of the local arrangements and logistics. The PO works with the course organiser and instructor(s).



Chair Natalie Shlomo
ISI PO Liliana Happel
Bernoulli Society Ingrid van Keilegom
International Association for Official Statistics Jean-Michel Durr
International Association for Statistical Computing David Banks
International Association of Survey Statisticians Maria Giovanna Ranalli
International Association for Statistical Education Alison Gibbs
International Society for Business and Industrial Statistics Olawale Awe
The International Environmetrics Society Elena Naumova
Past Chair Toh Hock Chai


Who is ISI

The ISI is a truly international association, bringing together and connecting all those whose work and interests involve statistics in all types of workplaces and from all over the world. All members of the ISI share the recognition of the value of statistics for the development of society.

The ISI is led by the ISI Executive Committee and the Council. The Executive Committee and Council report to the ISI members via Annual Reports and during the ISI General Assembly, which meets annually. Individual ISI members constitute the General Assembly, which is responsible for final decisions and approvals such as changes to the Statutes and appointment of the members of the Executive Committee.

The Executive Committee is made up of a President, President-Elect and four Vice-Presidents, and the Council comprises sixteen elected members and Presidents of the ISI Associations.

The ISI and its seven Associations, which cover a range of statistical areas and interests, make up the ISI family.

Standing and operational committees, special interest groups and regional networks support our work and influence within the international statistical community.


The ISI Permanent Office located in The Hague, The Netherlands, supports the operations of the ISI.

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