Research Section


All members of the Royal Statistical Society are automatically members of the Research Section. The committee of the Research Section of the Royal Statistical Society handles papers submitted to the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series B as discussion papers.

This means that if and once the Research Section accepts a paper, an Ordinary Meeting is held in which the paper is presented and discussed. It is then published in the Journal together with discussion contributions from others. A list of previous read paper is available here.

To be accepted as a discussion paper, a manuscript should not only meet the standard of the Journal but also have the potential to generate an interesting discussion.

The procedure to submit a potential discussion paper is the same as for ordinary submissions to JRSSB, except authors must choose "Paper for Reading - Series B" in the "type" field. Authors should be aware that manuscripts submitted for reading receive more scrutiny: they are usually screened by at least five members of the research section, which may decide to either reject the paper or send it to several (4-6 generally) expert referees for a finer assessment. As a result, the reviewing process takes more time than for ordinary submissions.

Papers can be submitted online via ScholarOne Manuscripts.


The theory of statistics, the development and application of statistical methods


Chair: Prof. Chenlei Leng (University of Warwick)
Secretary: Prof. Paul Garthwaite (Open University)
Meeting Secretary: Prof. Axel Gandy (Imperial College London)
AE for Read Papers: Prof. Andrew Woods (University of Nottingham)

Committee members

Prof. Peter Bühlmann
Prof. Arnaud Doucet
Prof. Ruth King
Prof. David Leslie
Prof. Finn Lindgren 
Prof. Jonathan Rougier
Prof. Maria De Iorio 
Dr. Rajen Shah 
Prof. Sujit Sahu

Ex officio
Prof. David Dunson (JRSSB Joint Editor)
Prof. Piotr Fryzlewicz (JRSSB Joint Editor)
(Council representative)
Dr Karen Facey (Honorary Officer for Sections and Local Groups)
Dr. Jen Rogers

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