Journal of Statistical Distributions and Applications

I just got an email about a

*Springer* on a new *peer-reviewed, open access journal*

whose sole aim seems to generate more revenue for Springer. Indeed, papers published in this journal are charged $1025 each. Which is about the cost for a single subscription to the overpriced if scientifically excellent Statistics and Computing. (It takes a serious effort to discover the subscription rate of a Springer journal on their website!)

Indeed, I am quite surprised at a journal focussing on statistical distributions. What is a statistical distribution, exactly? The era when one would discover a new probability distribution in connection with a statistical estimation or testing problem and call it t, F, or Beta, seems long long gone! Just as gone as the production of statistical tables.  (This is also why I wrote such a negative review of The Handbook of Fitting Distributions.) The webpage of the journal indicates that

The scopes include, but are not limited to, development and study of statistical distributions, frequentist and Bayesian statistical inference including goodness-of-fit tests, statistical modeling, computational/simulation methods, and data analysis related to statistical distributions. Significant and well-written articles on theory and methods in areas of statistical distributions and their applications will be considered for publication.

but this sounds so broad as to cover almost any statistical paper. So I am wondering at the purpose of this journal, except as an experimentation in “open access” commercial journals that are fully supported by the authors, in essence making grants pay twice for research.

3 Responses to “Journal of Statistical Distributions and Applications”

  1. Without entering into judgement, I think this journal is a response to the explosion of new distributions appearing in recent years. In average, you can find in arxiv at least one paper proposing a new distribution every week. This journal will attract a good portion of this market, specially with that name.

  2. A fundraiser for Springer, for sure. But what do you think of the epijournal movement as an alternative to these commercial enterprises:

    http://episciences.org

    and

    http://gowers.wordpress.com/2013/01/16/why-ive-also-joined-the-good-guys/

  3. The journal title is meaningless indeed – the price seems rather normal for an OA journal of a big publisher though, see, e.g. http://theoreticalecology.wordpress.com/2013/03/27/the-future-of-academic-publishing-a-new-page/

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