American Statistical Association Style Guide

The American Statistical Association (ASA) publishes the following quarterly journals:

  • The American Statistician (TAS)
  • Journal of the American Statistical Association (JASA)
  • Journal of Business & Economic Statistics (JBES)
  • Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics (JCGS) (jointly published with the Institute for Mathematical Statistics and the Interface Foundation of North America)
  • Technometrics (jointly published with the American Society for Quality)
  • Statistics in Biopharmaceutical Research (SBR)

ASA POLICY GUIDELINES

Copyright. ASA journals are copyrighted, and the corresponding author must sign a copyright transfer to ASA before publication. All authors of an article must sign and submit a disclosure form. Any articles written by U.S. government employees as part of their official duties are in the public domain; consequently such authors are exempted from transferring copyright.

Important Note for NIH-funded Authors. As part of its author services program, ASA’s publishing partner Taylor & Francis will deposit to PubMed Central (PMC) author manuscripts on behalf of authors reporting NIH funded research.  The corresponding author will receive proofs for review. At that time, the corresponding author will be able to enter NIH grant information for all contributing authors via the Central Article Tracking system (CATS). Taylor & Francis will deliver to PMC the final peer-reviewed manuscript. Taylor & Francis will also authorize the author manuscript’s public access posting 12 months after final publication in print or electronic form (whichever is the sooner). Following the deposit by Taylor & Francis, authors will receive further communications from the NIH with respect to the submission.

Use of Materials From ASA Publications. Original authors who publish in journals copyrighted by the ASA may use materials from their articles without any fee, provided full citation is given. A link to the original article, if possible, is greatly appreciated. All others who wish to use materials from ASA publications, please contact us directly.

Book Reviewers Rejoinders. The Book Review sections of the journals do not publish rejoinders to book reviewers.

The Journals Production Office has developed these guidelines to help authors prepare their manuscripts correctly before submitting them to one of the journals. For more information, please contact journals@amstat.org.

LaTeX

Manuscripts submitted in LaTeX (any version) should use the “article” style and should avoid as much as possible the use of any special macros.

ORGANIZATION

Manuscripts must be organized in the following manner:

  • Title Page
  • Author Footnote (JASA, JCGS, and TAS only)
  • Abstract and Key Words
  • Article Text
  • Acknowledgments (JBES, JCGS, SBR, and Technometrics only)
  • Appendices
  • References
  • Tables and Figures should appear in the manuscript as close as possible to their initial reference.

They should not be placed at the end of the submitted paper. All Table and Figures should have titles that describe the contents.

ASA STYLE

Title Page

The title page should include:

  • the article title in upper- and lowercase letters (initial uppercase for all important words, including all verbs, and for prepositions of four or more letters) (avoid mathematical notation and acronyms; spell out Greek characters),
  • the name(s) of author(s) in upper- and lowercase letters,
  • the affiliation(s) (including city, state, country if other than U.S., and postal/zip code), and email address (if desired).

Generally only the permanent or primary affiliation should be included. Visiting appointments and secondary employment may be noted in the author’s footnote for JASA, JCGS, and TAS, or the acknowledgment section for JBES, SBR, and Technometrics.

Author’s Footnote

The author’s footnote is used in JASA, JCGS, and TAS only. It gives the author’s position, employer, and complete address (including e-mail address). In JASA and TAS only, any acknowledgment of financial assistance should be stated next, followed by acknowledgment of individuals. Authors should use third person, not first person, as in the following example:

Jerome H. Friedman is Statistician, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Stanford, CA 94305 (e-mail: jerome@stanford.edu); and Lawrence C. Rafsky is Statistician, ADP Network Services, Ann Arbor, MI 48106 (e-mail: lawrence@adp.com). This work was partially supported by Department of Energy Grant E82-0001002. The authors thank William S. Cleveland, Joseph Kruskal, John Tukey, Paul Tukey, and the referees for helpful comments.

Abstract and Key Words

An abstract must be submitted with the manuscript. It precedes the article text. The abstract should summarize results, topics discussed, and main conclusions, but it should not contain any displays or complex mathematical notation and no references. There is a limit of 200 words for abstracts. If an abstract exceeds the word limit, it will be edited to meet the length restriction.

The abstract is followed by three to five key words or phrases that do not already appear in the title of the article. These are used by Current Index to Statistics to index the article. The following guidelines should be used in preparing key words.

  • Identify major techniques used, other areas to which the results apply, and commonly used synonyms for the terms in the title. Because Current Index indexes articles by their titles as well as key words, do not repeat strings of words from the title.
  • Do not combine concepts in one key word if both concepts are important for indexing; that is, “nonindependent and nonidentically distributed variables” would sometimes be separated into “nonindependent variables” and “nonidentically distributed variables.”
  • Do not use mathematical symbols and formulas. Spell out Greek letters.
  • Use the singular rather than the plural whenever possible: for example, use “Gaussian process” instead of “Gaussian processes.”
  • Do not use abbreviations and acronyms.

For information about the importance of key words and some additional guidance in their selection see Key Words and Phrases on this site by Gbur and Trumbo (1995).

Text of Article

Headings. The main body of the article should be divided by appropriate numbered section and subsection headings. Main headings are typed in all uppercase letters and centered; when numbering use arabic numerals followed by a period (e.g., 1. INTRODUCTION, 2. ANALYSIS OF DATA). When subheadings are needed, be sure to use no fewer than two under a main heading. They should be typed in upper- and lowercase letters, flush with the left margin; do not underline. Use arabic numerals in the following style: 1.1 Review of the Literature, 1.2 New Methods, and so forth. Sometimes a third level of headings is required. Whenever possible, ASA prefers to use an indented, underlined, upper- and lowercase paragraph heading ending with a period.

Acknowledgment. JBES, JCGS, SBR, and Technometrics include an Acknowledgment section at the end of the article. This section should acknowledge financial assistance in the form of grants or university funding, assistance by individual colleagues, and any other pertinent information.

Appendices. Authors are strongly encouraged to submit appendices as online supplements to their articles (see here for more information on supplements).  A single appendix is headed “APPENDIX: FOLLOWED BY A DESCRIPTIVE TITLE” (it is helpful to the reader to give the appendix a descriptive title). If there are two or more appendices, they should be labeled “APPENDIX A,” “APPENDIX B,” and so on. Section headings, displayed equations, tables, and figures that are part of the appendix are numbered A.1, A.2, A.3, and so on (if only one appendix, still use A.1, A.2, A.3, etc). All appendices must be cited in the main body of the article as “the Appendix” if there is only one and “Appendix A,” “Appendix B,” and so forth, if there are two or more.

Lengthy or extended appendices should certainly be supplied as supplemental material.

Footnotes. Footnotes are generally not used in ASA journals. If at all possible, footnotes should be incorporated into the text as parenthetical material or, when appropriate, added as an appendix at the end of the article.

If a footnotes are absolutely necessary, please use them sparingly and without any mathematical notation.

Reference Citations. All references included in the References at the end of an article must be cited in the text of the article. For text citations, ASA uses the author’s surname and date of publication, according to the following style.

  1. A direct citation of a reference places only the date within parentheses.Gentleman (1978) explored this in greater detail.
  2. An indirect citation of a reference as an example places both the name and the date within parentheses with no punctuation between them:Other recent suggestions include the use of Chernoff faces (Smith 1980).
  3. Citation of a particular page, section, or equation of a work should follow the date and be preceded by a comma. Use sec., chap, app., eq., p., and pp. in such citations.We rely on an algorithm of Das Gupta (1965, pp. 115-120). This distribution is known to be normal (Smith and Smith 1958, chap. 5).
  4. References following direct quotations must include the page number(s) of the quote:”This was found to be fallacious thinking upon closer investigation” (Smith and Smith 1958, p. 209).
  5. For works with multiple authors, use the full form of citation at all times for two authors. For three or more authors use the first author’s surname followed by the phrase “et al.” (not underlined).
  6. When two or more works by the same author are cited together, do not repeat the name(s):Tukey (1965, 1980)
    Gilula and Smith (1971a,b)
    (Tukey 1965, 1980)
  7. When citing several references within parentheses, place them in date order:(Smith and Smith 1958; Tukey 1965, 1980; Gilula and Smith 1971a,b; Smith 1980)

The Reference List

The parts of a reference are author, date of publication, title, and publication information. All parts must be supplied for each reference.

Author. Author names are typed in upper- and lowercase letters, surname first followed by a comma and initials with periods and a space between all:

Bowman, M. J., and Myers, R. G.

Editor(s) are identified by “(eds.)” following the name. The reference list is alphabetized by authors’ surnames, with work by a single author preceding that author’s work in collaboration with others. Works by multiple authors should include all authors’ names, never simply the first author’s name followed by “et al.” When more than one work is listed for the same author or team of authors, replace the name(s) with a long dash preceding the date for second and subsequent works.

Date of Publication. The date of publication follows the author name(s), within parentheses and followed by a comma:

Anderson, T. W. (1974),

If two or more works by the same author or team of authors have the same publication date, list them by order of appearance in the text and distinguish them by lowercase “a,” “b,” and so on, after the date: “(1970a).” Works accepted for publication but not off press are listed as “in press” instead of the anticipated date of publication; this may be changed on page proofs if the work comes off press by that time.

Title. The title of an article in a journal or a chapter of a book is given within double quotation marks and immediately follows the date. It is separated from the publication in which it appears by a comma (placed before the closing quotation mark). The title of a journal or book should be typed in italics; journal titles must be spelled out completely and no abbreviations used (unless that is the actual title of the journal). Follow these titles with a comma. All titles should be typed in upper- and lowercase letters, using initial uppercase for all important words and prepositions of four or more letters.

Publication Information. The details of publication for an article in a journal include the series designation (e.g., Series A), volume number (for “in press” articles also), issue number if each issue begins with page 1, and continuous page numbers (e.g., 1148–1152, not 1148-52). The details of publication for a book include the volume number and edition number (or revision) if any, placed within parentheses immediately following the title—(Vol. 1), (rev. ed.), (Vol. 1; 2nd ed.); editor name(s) if any (initials separated by periods and spaces followed by surname)—ed. A. Zellner; place of publication; name of publisher; and continuous page numbers if listing only a single chapter or contribution—pp. 209–244.

Unpublished or Obscure Works. ASA discourages references to unpublished or obscure works. If such a reference is necessary, the entry should include the type of document it is (unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, unpublished technical report, Technical Report 721, unpublished manuscript, etc.) and the sponsoring body or repository. Personal communications are not included in the reference list but are cited in text as follows:

(P. Smith, personal communication, March 2, 1984)

Following are some examples of correct format for different types of references commonly found in articles in ASA publications.

Berk, K. N. (1978), “Comparing Subset Regression Procedures,” Technometrics, 20, 1-6.

Bowman, M. J., and Myers, R. G. (1967), “Schooling Experience and Gains and Losses in Human Capital Through Migration” (with comments), Journal of the American Statistical Association, 62, 875-898; Corrigenda (1968), 63, 222.

Dixon, W. J. (ed.) (1983), BMDP Statistical Software (Vol. 1, 3rd ed.), Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Efron, B., and Morris, C. (1977), Comment on “A Simulation Study of Alternative to Least Squares,” by H. Clark and T. Schwisow, The American Statistician, 72, 102-109.

Freund, R. J. (1977), “An example of Prediction with Regression: A Comparison of Methods,” in American Statistical Association Proceedings of the Statistical Computing Section, pp. 218-221.

Hoerl, A. E., Kennard, R. W., and Baldwin, K. R. (1975), “Ridge Regression: Some Simulations,” Communications in Statistics, Part A – Theory and Methods, 4, 105-123.

Hogg, R. V., Smith, J., Jones, L., and Smith, S. (1973), “A New Sample Adaptive Distribution-Free Test,” Technical Report 24, University of Iowa, Dept. of Statistics.

International Mathematical and Statistical Libraries, Inc. (1976), IMSL Library 1 (5th ed.), Houston, TX: Author.

NOTE: When the publisher is the same as the author, simply state “Author” rather than repeating the name.

McQueen, M. Y. (in press), “Kruskal’s Proof Refuted,” in The Theorems and Proofs of Kruskal, eds. J. Doe and B. Doe, Chicago: Rand McNally.

Scheffe, H. (1958a), “Experiments With Mixtures,” Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series B, 20, 344-360.

——(1958b), “Optimal Asymptotic Tests of Composite Hypotheses,” in Probability and Statistics (1978 ed.), ed. U. Grenander, New York: John Wiley, pp. 255-279.

——(1973), “Symptotic Theory of Sequential Fixed-Width Confidence Intervals,” unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, Florida State University, Dept. of Statistics.

Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary (1983), Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster.

Citations of electronically published documents

In most cases, such citations will take the form of an author’s name, title of the document/publications, the type of medium (shown in square brackets), the date of publication, and the document’s availability, shown by its URL.

All elements of the reference should follow those of references to conventionally published documents, separated from each other by commas.

Bilodeau, A. (1994), “Into the Net: A Reporter’s Transformation,” Computer-Mediated Communication Magazine [online], 1, 8. Available at http://www.rpi.edu/decemj/cmc/mag/archive.html.

Funder, D. C. [cited July 28, 1994], “Judgmental Process and Content,” Psycholoquy [online], 5, 17. Available by FTP at princeton.edu.pub/harnad/Psycholoquy/1994.volume.5psycholoquy.94.5.17.baserate.12.funder.

Where possible (or if necessary), include the digital object identifier (DOI) with the reference.

Yan, X., and Su, X. G. (2009), “Stratified Wilson and Newcombe Confidence Intervals for Multiple Binomial Proportions,” Statistics in Biopharmaceutical Research [online], DOI: 10.1198/sbr.2009.0049. Available at http://pubs.amstat.org/loi/sbr.

Tables

General Guidelines. Tables should appear in the body of the submitted manuscript as soon as possible following their first reference, not in separate files nor at the end after the bibliography. Most tables are theoretical rather than empirical. They could be much more selective than has been customary, because the informed reader can usually reconstruct the omitted values from the algebraic formulas given, if they are really needed. Tables illustrating an argument given in the text should have a clear story line. Those merely recording numbers for reference can either be put in an appendix or even be omitted. Exceptions to this are rare.

In empirical tables it is best to use meaningful abbreviations in row and column labels, rather than let long descriptive labels cause irregular spacing or rows or columns. In contrast, in theoretical tables, labels constisting of merely arbitrary algebraic symbols (e.g., α1, a2, bi, βj, π) should be avoided and something more helpful given to the reader. Empirical tables will show better what the numbers are saying if the rows and columns are ordered by some measure of size, rather than being shown in, say, the alphabetical order of the row and column labels. The numbers in the table should be heavily rounded—more than two effective digits are seldom used even by the author in interpretations, so the reader will hardly need them. Row and column averages are also often helpful to the reader.

Numbering and Citing. Tables are numbered consecutively in the order in which they are cited. Therefore, each table must be cited. In page layout tables are placed in sequence as close as possible to their first citation in text.

Title. Each table must have a brief descriptive title:

Table 1. Mean Performance Scores of Students With Different College Majors

The title should not duplicate information in the headings of the table.

Column Headings. Every column must have a heading that identifies the content, including the stub column. A heading, should be brief and should not be much wider that the longest entry in the column. Standard abbreviations may be used without explanation (e.g., “no.” for number, “%” for percent), but abbreviations of technical terms and the like must be explained in a note to the table (if not already introduced in text). Sometimes a straddle heading may be appropriate to avoid repeating the same word in two or more column heads:

Level
________________________________________
10%    5%    1%
________________________________________

Headings are separated from the title by a double horizontal rule covering the entire width of the table, straddle heads are separated from column heads by a single horizontal rule straddling only the pertinent columns, and column heads are separated from the body by a single rule covering the entire width of the table. No vertical rules are used.

Body. No horizontal or vertical rules are used in the body of the table. Rows in a table should be single-spaced, with occasional gaps for big tables (e.g., every fifth line). Columns should be fairly close together, to help the eye move from one to the other. Only like items should be included in the same column. If the bottom part of a table requires different column headings, it should be presented as a separate table. Within columns decimal points should be aligned. If values are also given parenthetically, align decimals of values within parentheses separately. Close the body with a single horizontal rule covering the entire width.

Notes and Footnotes to Tables. When additional information must be given (e.g., explanations of abbreviations, descriptions of procedures, and anything applicable to the general comprehension of the table), it should be presented as a note immediately beneath the rule closing the body. The word “NOTE” should be typed flush left and followed by a colon and the text of the note. If a particular entry in a column requires explanation, use a footnote designated by a superscript lowercase letter next to the entry. The footnote should follow the word “Note” and should have a paragraph indent.

Tables From Another Source. Authors must obtain written permission to reproduce or adapt all or part of a table from a copyrighted source. This is obtained from the copyright holder and must be submitted with the manuscript. The source and reprint permission are given as a final note to the table. The word “Source” begins a new paragraph and is followed by a colon and the source information. Source information should be worded as requested by the copyright holder.

The following are useful references to consult for more information on tables:

Ehrenberg, A.S.C. (1978), Data Reduction: Analyzing and Interpreting Statistical Data (rev. ed.), New York: Wiley.
——(1981), “The Problem of Numeracy,” The American Statistician, 25, 67-71.

Figure Captions

Each figure must have a figure caption, including the figure number. Figures are numbered consecutively, using arabic numerals, as they are cited in text. Prepare the captions on a separate sheet. They will be typeset and placed beneath the figures.

Figures must be clearly described. The combined information of the figure caption and the text of the body of the paper should provide a clear and complete description of everything that is on the figure. Detailed captions can often be of great help to the reader. First, describe completely what is graphed in the display; then draw the reader’s attention to salient features of the display and briefly state the importance of these features.

Generally, it is a good idea to include the key to symbols in the caption to avoid cluttering the display. Abbreviations not already defined in text must be defined in the caption.

Figures and their titles are editorially reviewed. The following examples illustrate these guidelines.

Figure 1. Regression Quantiles in a Heteroscedastic Case. The scatter is an artificial sample of 100 points from a heteroscedastic model with Gaussian noise. Superimposed on the scatter are the regression quantile estimates for \theta \in {0.05, 0.25, 0.50, 0.75, 0.95}. The vertical dashed line is drawn through \chi.

Figure 2. Data and Components. The natural logarithms of calendar-adjusted Bell System telephone installations are plotted in the top panel, and the three components are plotted in the other panels. The scales of the panels are not the same. The bars to the right portray the relative scaling by representing the same amount of change in the data and components. For this example, the decomposition was run with the length of the trend smoother equal to 15 and the length of the seasonal smoother equal to 11. The seasonal component accounts for a substantial amount of variation in the series. The irregular component reveals two outliers, one in 1968 and one 1971, both of which are the result of strikes.

Figure Artwork

Figures should appear in the body of the submitted manuscript as soon as possible following their first reference, not in separate files nor at the end after the bibliography. Figures must be visually clear when viewed at the size they are likely to appear in the journal. They are printed the width of one column, one and one-half columns, or two columns. It is best to prepare artwork so that when reduced to one of these sizes, the letters and symbols will be no smaller than 8 points, the type size used for tables and figure captions. All lines, lettering, and plotting symbols must be sharp and dark enough to bear reduction without loss of clarity.

When feasible, put important conclusions into graphical form. Not everyone reads an entire article from beginning to end. When readers skim an article, they are drawn to graphs. Try to make the graphs and their captions tell the story of your article.

Make the quantitative information that is graphed stand out. Be sure that different items on a graph can be easily visually distinguished. Avoid cluttering graphical displays. For example, too much writing on the plotting region can interfere with the viewer’s perception of geometric patterns; put as much of the writing as possible in the figure legend. Do not overdo the number of tick marks and tick mark labels.

Proofread figures.

Preparing Artwork. Artwork may be in any electronic format, eps, pdf, jpg, tif, png, etc. Bitmap artwork, e.g., .jpg or .tif, should be 300 dpi resolution with all labels clear and readable. Please consider each journal’s format when preparing figures. Labels that look readable on a very large figure will lose legibility if the figure needs to be greatly reduced to fit in the journal’s space. The main criterion is that everything be sharp and black. To aid legibility of words, use upper- and lowercase letters—not all uppercase letters—for axis labels and any other labeling necessary.

The following are useful references to consult for more information on graphical displays:

The Chicago Manual of Style (15th ed.), Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Bertin, J. (W.J. Berg, trans.) (1983), Semiology of Graphs, Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press.

Chambers, J. M., Cleveland, W. S., Kleiner, B., and Tukey, P. A. (1983), Graphical Methods for Data Analysis, Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Cleveland, W. S. (1985), The Elements of Graphing Data, Monterey, CA: Wadsworth Advanced Books and Software.

Fisher, H. T. (1982), Mapping Information, Cambridge, MA: Abt Books.

Schmid, C. F. (1983), Statistical Graphics, New York: Wiley.

Tufte, E. R. (1983), The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Cheshire, CT: Graphic Press.

Figure Artwork From Another Source. Authors must obtain written permission to reproduce or adapt all or part of a figure from a copyrighted source. This is obtained from the copyright holder and must be submitted with the manuscript. The source and reprint permission are given at the end of the figure caption. Source information should be worded as requested by the copyright holder.

Mathematical Material

Numbered mathematical expressions should be typed and centered on a separate line and identified by consecutive arabic numerals in parentheses placed flush with the right margin. Short expressions requiring only one line should remain in the text unless there is need to refer to them elsewhere by number. Lengthy equations should be handled by the use of definitions or broken to conform to the column format.

Rule of Thumb: A mathematical expression that exceeds 50 characters and spaces will not fit in one column width and will need to be broken.

Keep in mind that space is placed around all operation symbols and before and after function words such as log, sin, and ln [unless they precede or follow a parentheses, e.g., log(x+y)].

ASA style aims for compactness (which lessens the expense of typesetting and printing) with the least possible loss of readability. Authors can help by remembering to limit the amount of material extending above and below the normal depth of letters on the line:

  1. If a fraction appears in the text, separate the numerator and denominator with a solidus (/) rather than a division bar [e.g., (w+x)/(y+z)].
  2. Represent exponentials by “exp(x+y)” instead of “e” with a superscript.
  3. Do not use double accents unless absolutely necessary.

EDITORIAL STYLE

In addition to content, manuscripts are judged on their clarity. Consequently, well-written and well-structured papers that will be of interest to a wide segment of the readership are preferred.

Although the production office does not undertake major revision or rewriting of manuscripts, it is ASA policy to copyedit all manuscripts and book reviews accepted for publication in accordance with the accepted rules of correct grammar, usage, spelling, and punctuation. In addition, ASA style includes deleting redundant words and phrases and Americanizing all spelling, usage, and punctuation.

Avoid common problems of style:

  1. Use quotation marks only when a standard term is used in a nonstandard way and to indicate the beginning and ending of a direct quotation.
  2. Hyphens are used when two or more adjectives or an adjective and a noun together modify another noun; for example, goodness-of-fit test is the equivalent of test for goodness of fit. Most words with prefixes such as sub and non are not hyphenated, for example, subtable, nonnormal.
  3. Italics are used to introduce important terms, when appropriate; they are to be used sparingly to indicate emphasis.
  4. Abbreviations and acronyms should be minimized; those that are used are spelled out on their first appearances in the manuscript with the shortened form given in parentheses, for example, best linear unbiased estimate (BLUE).
  5. Numbers under 10 are spelled out when they are not part of an equation or an expression containing symbols.
  6. The sign % is always used when giving a specific percentage, for example, 23%, not 23 percent. Otherwise use the word percent.

For guidelines on style, usage, and the preparation of technical manuscripts for publication, the following sources, used by most publishers and available in libraries, may be consulted.

The Chicago Manual of Style (15th ed.), Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Mathematics Into Type (rev. ed.) (1986), Providence, RI: American Mathematical Society.

Strunk, William, Jr., and White, E. B. (1979), The Elements of Style (3rd ed.), New York: Macmillan.

Skillin, Marjorie E., Robert M. Gay, and others, Words Into Type (3rd ed.) (1974), Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (10th ed.) (1994), Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster.

ASA BLINDING GUIDELINES

JASA, JBES, SBR, Technometrics, and The American Statistician all use a rigorous double-blind reviewing system. Papers for JCGS are currently reviewed using a single-blind system, with an author’s option for double-blind review.

Blinding References

For the blinded version, all works by an author of the submitted manuscript should be left as-is, and listed in the reference section as normal. For in-paper blinding, works by an author of the submitted manuscript should be referred to in the third person. Display citations to blinded references in a manner similar to “. . . as seen previously in Smith (2002)” NOT “. . . as we showed in earlier work (Smith 2002) . . .”

“In press” and “submitted” citations should be used sparingly, but included as normal references where absolutely necessary.

Pre-publication URLs should be removed, and the reference listed as “unpublished”.

Title Page

The title page and/or frontmatter of the blinded version of a paper should contain no references to any author or to his/her affiliation.

Acknowledgments and Miscellaneous

Remove any acknowledgments section in the blinded version. Also, delete any notes that indicate affiliation, conference presentations, grants, author or departmental web sites, etc.

Appendices, Tables, and Supplemental Materials

Integrate appendices, figures, and tables into the same electronic file as the manuscript. Be sure to remove references to the authors in the blinded version. Any supplemental material that is not integral to the paper but perhaps useful to a reviewer should be submitted separately as blinded and unblinded files.

For answers to specific problems not addressed in these guidelines, please contact the ASA Journals Department, journals@amstat.org.