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John Wiley & Sons has announced the launch of Stat, the new online-only, rapid communication research journal of the International Statistical Institute (ISI), publishing articles in all facets of statistics and related interdisciplinary areas.

Stat publishes short articles within four weeks of submission, using a streamlined submission and review system. Allowing readers to access and connect with content in novel ways, emphasis is placed on the online delivery of articles and innovative forms of supplementary material including data, graphs, images, video, software, and code. It will have an associated moderated online discussion, Statblog, to facilitate immediate discussion of published articles.

Kathryn Sharples, publisher for statistics and mathematics at Wiley, said: 'We are very excited to extend our publishing relationship with the ISI by collaborating with them on this new venture. Developments in a growing number of subject areas rely upon the early publication of research results and access to the underlying data. Stat is launched with this in mind. The journal’s novel rapid review process, coupled with fast publication, will enable authors to disseminate their findings and associated data within very short time frames, aiding interdisciplinary collaboration.'

Stat provides a means of rapid sharing of important new theoretical, methodological, and applied research for the international community of statisticians, researchers, and practitioners. Paper types include original articles, letters to the editor, discussion papers, and author responses, with a maximum article length of 10 pages of text.

'We want Stat to be a research journal for the 21st century,' said Nicholas Fisher, editor-in-chief of the journal. 'What that means is that we want to take advantage of current and emerging developments in information and communication technology to enhance the way researchers can announce their results and comment on others’ results.'

Complimentary online access is available until end of 2013.