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Submission Guidelines

This document discusses the process for submitting a manuscript and selecting a copyright license.

Papers are published on a rolling basis, and are published immediately after successfully passing through the refereeing and copyediting processes. New volumes are generated annually on January 1 and manuscripts that have completed the process will be published immediately under the volume current at the time the process is completed.

1.0 New Manuscript Submission

Manuscripts can be submitted using the "Submit" button on the TISE homepage. Upon selecting the Submit button, you will be required to login to your account. Those without an account should select "Create an eScholarship Account", located just below the login form. A link is provided for those who have forgotten their password.

During the on-line submission process, you will be required to acknowledge that your submission is original and unpublished. Published papers include those in conference proceedingsif they have been peer reviewed. Papers 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.

Ensuring a double-blind review process is tricky in an environment in which anyone can perform an internet search on a few key words and turn up information that might potentially destroy the blind. TISE asks all reviewers to promise that they will not use any information beyond the submitted manuscript and supplementary files in making their decision, and will ask that they do not attempt to break the blind by engaging in searches that might identify the authors.

A copy of a checklist to ensure blinded manuscripts is provided under the Submission Guidelines tab and can be accessed on the homepage of the journal.

At the same time, if the manuscript is based on work presented at conferences or technical reports, or if pre-prints are available online, then the author and co-authors should be aware that the blind could be broken. In these situations, during the submission process we ask authors to acknowledge that they are aware their identify is discoverable.

Submitted manuscripts must also conform to the TISE style guidelines.When submitting the manuscript you will also be asked to acknowledge that you have followed these guidelines.

You will also need to provide several other pieces of information during the submission process:

  • Full names, emails, institutional and departmental affiliations of all authors. One author must be identified as the corresponding author.
  • The section of the journal to which the manuscript is to be submitted (Statistical Investigations, Statistical Thinking, Technology Innovations, or Notes.) Please refer to the  Aims and Scope for a description of these sections.
  • A cover letter. Please also state the journal section to which you are submitting the manuscript within the cover letter.
  • A blinded version of the manuscript. Note that authors are responsible for ensuring that their manuscript has been properly blinded. Please refer to these guidelines.[provide link]
  • The title, abstract and keywords
  • The academic discipline most relevant for the submission. (Selected from a forced-choice menu.)
  • Acknowledgements (optional)

While you will have the opportunity to save your work and continue later, if necessary, we recommend you have this information ready before pressing beginning the submission process.

Finally, you will be asked to agree to the terms of the Copyright Notice (reprinted here):

I grant the California Digital Library (hereafter called the "Organized Research Unit") on behalf of The Regents of the University of California (hereafter called "The Regents") the non-exclusive right to make content for eScholarship (hereafter called the "Work") available in any format in perpetuity.

I warrant as follows:

  • (a) that I have the full power and authority to make this agreement;

  • (b) that the Work does not infringe any copyright, nor violate any proprietary rights, nor contain any libelous matter, nor invade the privacy of any person or third party; and

  • (c) that no right in the Work has in any way been sold, mortgaged, or otherwise disposed of, and that the Work is free from all liens and claims.

I understand that once the Work is deposited in eScholarship, a full bibliographic citation to the Work will remain visible in perpetuity, even if the Work is updated or removed.

2.0 Copyrights

Copyrights are held by the author and are created using Creative Commons licensing. TISE supports only Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike licenses. Essentially, under this type of license, 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. You can read more about this type of license, including the legal code, at the Creative Commons website. [link to]

Please follow the directions below. If you feel another type of license is needed, please contact the editor.

To select a license:

  • Navigate to the Creative Commons website ( and select “Share your work”.
  • In the “Choose a License” box, select “Get Started”
  • Under "License Features" select the following options:
  •  For “Allow adaptations of your work to be shared?“ selectYes, as long as others share alike.
  •  For “Allow commercial uses of your work?“ selectNo.
  • You can also (optionally) add some meta-data (e.g., title, authors) by clicking the link under “Help others attribute you!”.

As you complete this procedure, the information in the “Have a web page?” section will auto-populate including the HTML code that can be saved 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 4.0 International[ASZP1]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 any video or software submitted. This should be discussed with the Editor prior to publication. Some guidance is provided at the Creative Commons homepage.