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Statistical Software Peer Review

We have expanded our peer review system include packages that implement statistical algorithms. To accommodate these packages, we have developed a new set of standards specific to statistical packages, expanded our editorial board to bring in additional expertise, and developed tools to support authors and reviewers in testing and examining code. We are currently accepting submission of packages in the following 7 categories of statistical software:

  1. Bayesian and Monte Carlo Routines
  2. Dimensionality Reduction, Clustering, and Unsupervised Learning
  3. Machine Learning
  4. Regression and Supervised Learning
  5. Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA) and Summary Statistics
  6. Spatial Analyses
  7. Time Series Analyses

We aim to expand the system to include the following four additional categories:

  1. Probability Distributions
  2. Wrapper Packages
  3. Networks
  4. Workflow Support

Full details of procedures for preparing and submitting statistical packages for peer review are containing in our "Statistical Software Peer Review" book. The system is currently in its trial phase. We ask that authors considering submission of a statistical package first via open a pre-submission inquiry. Those with questions and inquiries are welcome to contact the statistical software team (Mark Padgham, mark<at>, and Noam Ross, ross<at>

This work is supported through a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.


Our Advisory Board & Editors

Our advisory board members & editors are volunteers.

Emi Tanaka
Biological Data Science Institute, Australian National University
Toby Hocking
Northern Arizona University
stat peer-review advisor • editor
Rebecca Killick
Lancaster University
stat peer-review advisor • editor
Paula Moraga
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
stat peer-review advisor • editor
Adam Sparks
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
Jouni Helske
University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Former Advisory Board & Editors

Max Kuhn
stat peer-review advisor
Leonardo Collado-Torres
Lieber Institute for Brain Development
stat peer-review advisor • editor
Ben Bolker
McMaster University
stat peer-review advisor • editor
Stephanie Hicks
Johns Hopkins University
stat peer-review advisor • editor
Martin Morgan
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
stat peer-review advisor

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