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This document discusses the process for submitting a manuscript, copyright issues, and the refereeing process.

1.0 New Manuscript

Manuscripts should be submitted to the editor at and should conform to the style guidelines as spelled out here. Please read Aims and Scope for a description of appropriate subject matter for manuscripts.

Manuscripts must be accompanied by a Pre-Submission agreement which must be signed by the corresponding author. If the paper is accepted, all authors must submit a Publication agreement. Agreements may be (1) scanned and emailed to (2) faxed to Robert Gould at 310-206-5658, or (3) mailed to Robert Gould, TISE, Department of Statistics, Box 951554, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1554. Please read the Submission Guidelines for information about formatting style.

Manuscripts must be originals and must not have been published elsewhere. Papers published in conference proceedings are not considered prior publications as long as the manuscript has been substantially expanded. Papres published as technical reports are not prior publications, as long as the submitted manuscript is not identical to the technical report. Papers posted on personal websites are not considered prior publications, nor are papers written by the submission author and previously published in a language other than English.

Authors are requested in the pre-submission agreement to recommend a suitable category for their paper, as described in the Guidelines. Categories are research papers, position papers, and technology innovations. Editors might, in consultation with authors, accept the manuscript for publication under a different category.

2.0 Copyrights

Copyrights are held by the author and are created using Creative Commons licensing. TISE supports only Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike licenses, so please follow the directions below. If you feel another type of license is needed, please contact the editor.

To select a license, visit the Creative Commons site. Under "Allow commercial uses of your work?" select No. Under "Allow modifications of your work?" select Yes. For "Jurisdication of your license" select Generic. Under "Tell us the format of your work" select Text. Finally click on "click to include more information about your work" and provide the appropriate information.

The resulting license is explained here. To summarize, rights are granted to copy, distribute, display and perform the work and also to make derivative works, but under the condition that the work be attributed to you, the author, that the work not be used for commercial purposes, and that if the work is altered, transformed, or built upon, it must be distributed under a license identical to this one.

Upon completing the procedure, you will be taken to a page that says "Here is the license you've chosen" and "What to do next". Under "Have your own website?", you will see some html code. If you wish, you can save this html code for your own records. It is not necessary to send us this code. Your published paper will include the following, which is sufficient to announce your copyright:

"This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 2.5 License. To view a copy of this license, visit or send a letter to Creative Commons, 543 Howard Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco, California, 94105, USA."

Authors are advised that a separate copyright should be obtained for video or software submitted. This should be discussed with the Editor prior to publication. Some guidance is provided at the Creative Commons homepage.

3.0 Referee

The editor, often in consultation with members of the editorial board, will make an initial assessment of the paper and either reject with comments, or pass the paper to an associate editor. The associate editor will act as internal referee and assign the paper to two referees for review. The associate editor will compile the referees' reports and made a decision to accept, provisionally accept, reject and encourage a resubmission, or reject.

To the extent possible, the process will be double-blind, but we advise authors that we are not responsible for removing identifying information from the manuscript. We therefore ask authors themselves to remove any such information. Authors must therefore provide two versions of their manuscript: one which includes authors' names and affiliations (and will be seen only by the editor and the internal referee) and another without (to be shown to the referees). Please refer to the Submission Guidelines for details.

Papers sent to referees will not be shared or sent to other people or organizations and referees may not use papers submitting for review in any way before publication.

Rights to Authors

Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works, unless the authors, as a condition of employment, have agreed to transfer copyright to their employer.

Basic policies for the eScholarship Repository are delineated at;view=policies. All eScholarship Repositorycontent may be browsed and downloaded at no cost and with no access restrictions. Once an article is published in an eScholarship Repository journal or peer-reviewed series, it may not be removed.

Rights of California Digital Library

The California Digital Library has the right to view and display, store and copy (for preservation purposes), and distribute all eScholarship Repository content. All eScholarship Repository content may be browsed and downloaded at no cost and with no access restrictions. Once an article is published in an eScholarship Repository journal or peer-reviewed series, it may not be removed.