Environmental and Ecological Statistics - Aims & Instructions for Authors

Aims & Scope

Environmental and Ecological Statistics publishes papers on practical applications of statistics and related qualitative methods to environmental science addressing contemporary issues. Emphasis will be on applied mathematical statistics, statistical methodology and data interpretation and improvement for future use with a view to advance statistics for environment, ecology and environmental health, and to advance environmental theory and practice using valid statistics.

Besides clarity of exposition, a single most important criterion for publication will be the appropriateness of the statistical method to the particular environmental problem. The Journal will cover all aspects of the collection, analysis, presentation and interpretation of environmental data for research, policy and regulation. The Journal is cross-disciplinary within the context of contemporary environmental issues and the associated statistical tools, concepts and methods.

The Journal will broadly cover theory and methods, case studies and applications, environmental change and statistical ecology, environmental change and statistical ecology, environmental health statistics and stochastics and related areas. Special features include invited discussion papers; research communications; technical notes and consultation corner; mini-reviews; letters to the Editor; news, views and announcements; hardware and software reviews; data management etc.

Instructions for Authors

1. Submission of Papers
Five copies of the paper should be sent to the Editor-in-Chief for review purposes. These should be typed double-spaced on one side of A4 paper with large left and right margins. Whenever possible, authors are encouraged to submit final versions of their paper on IBM diskette in LaTex format (preferred) on in ASCII format.

The journal makes no page charges. Offprints may be purchased from the Publisher on offprint forms which will be provided by the Publisher with galley proofs.

Each article will provide a short biographical sketch of the author(s). These should be submitted on a separate page. The sketches may be five to ten lines in length and should emphasize cross-disciplinary highlights relating to statistics and the environment.

2. Format of Papers
Footnotes (other than the author’s footnote) should not be used anywhere in the paper. The author’s footnote should be submitted on a separate page and should include a full mailing address for each author as ell as any funding sources, acknowledgements, etc.
The paper should be divided into numbered sections with an ‘Introduction’ as the first section. Subsections may be used and should be numbered as 1.1, 1.2, etc. The use of sub-subsections is discouraged, except in very long papers. When sub-subsections are used, they should be numbered 1.1.1, 1.1.2, etc.

3. Figures and Tables
Figures, Tables, and cross-referenced formulae should be numbered consecutively throughout the paper using arabic numerals. Please do not number items separately within sections. Equation numbers should appear on the right-hand side. Avoid numbering formulae that are not referred to.

Boldface should generally be used for vectors and matrices.

The order of the material in the paper should be as follows: Title, Authors’ names; Abstract; Keywords (in alphabetical order); Numbered Sections; References; Appendices.

Words and phrases appearing in the title of the paper should not be repeated in the list of keywords. Multiple appendices may be identified as Appendix A, Appendix B, etc.

Figures and tables should appear on separate pages at the end of the manuscript. Please indicate an appropriate insertion point within the body of the manuscript.

Authors are responsible for submitting camera-ready copy of all figures when the paper is accepted for publication. Colour reproduction is charged to the author at £600 per page.

If data are used in the paper, then the data set should also be given in the paper or, if this is impractical, readers should be advised of how the data may be obtained Public availability of data is ordinarily a requirement of publication; however, the editors may waive this requirement in appropriate circumstances.

Simulated or artificial data sets should be clearly identified as such.

4. Reference Style
References should be listed in alphabetical order at the end of the paper. Citations should be made in the following format:
Jones and Smith (1984, p. 106) claim that... ...as is well-known (Archerson, 1980; Jones and Smith, 1986a,b; Williams, 1990, 1992).

Long lists of citations should appear in chronological order. Use et al. if a citation involves more than three authors.
References to books almost always require a page, section, or chapter number.

Names of journals must be given in full, without abbreviations. Please adhere closely to the following format in the list of references.

Billiam, A.T. (1986) Effect of surface runoff on water quality measurements. Journal of Environmental Science, 84, 161-75.
Jones, A.B. and Smith W. (1984) Statistical Methods for Environmental Scientists. Wiley, New York.
Lawson, W. (1988) A survey of soil remediation methods. In Advances in Soil Science, A. Hall and B. West (eds), Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. pp.104-6.
Singer, J.M. (1988) Contributions to the theory of order statistics. Ph.D. thesis, University of Vermont.
USEPA. (1989) Methods for evaluating the attainment of cleanup standards. Volume 1: Soils and solid media. Statistical Policy Branch, US Environmental Protection Agency, 401 M Street SW, Washington, DC 20460.

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