Significance (magazine)

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December 2009 cover
Editor Brian Tarran
Categories Statistics
Frequency Bimonthly
Circulation 28,000
First issue March 2004
Company Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the Royal Statistical Society and American Statistical Association
Country United Kingdom/United States
Language English
ISSN 1740-9705

Significance, established in 2004, is a bimonthly magazine published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) and the American Statistical Association (ASA).[1] It publishes articles on topics of statistical interest presented at a level suited for a general audience. Articles are reviewed by an editorial board of statistics experts.[2] The founding editor-in-chief was Helen Joyce.[3] The current editor is Brian Tarran. Significance replaced the RSS's journal, The Statistician.[4]

In addition to ordinary articles in the magazine, additional "virtual issues" (collections of articles on a particular subject area) are made available online.[5] In November 2010 the magazine launched its website.[6] Having been launched as a quarterly magazine, Significance changed to a bimonthly frequency in 2011.

Members of either the RSS or the ASA receive the magazine as part of their membership.[1] In January 2015, the RSS and ASA decided to make the magazine issues available to the public free of charge a year after their publication.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Significance Magazine—An ASA and RSS Partnership | Amstat News". American Statistical Association. 2010-05-13. Retrieved 2012-07-13. 
  2. ^ "Author guidelines". Significance. Wiley-Blackwell. Retrieved 2012-07-13. 
  3. ^ "Helen Joyce". The Guardian. London. 
  4. ^ "Report of the Council for the session 2002-2003. Council Report". Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series D. 52 (4): 603. 2003. doi:10.1046/j.0039-0526.2003.02062.x. 
  5. ^ "Virtual issues". Significance. Wiley-Blackwell. Retrieved 2010-07-15. 
  6. ^ "Significance Magazine Launches Official Web Site" (PDF). Amstat. November 16, 2010. Retrieved August 19, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Opening the archives: a significant development". Retrieved 20 February 2015. 

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