Meetings at which papers are presented and discussed live and then published in the appropriate series of the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society together with the discussion and authors' replies are called Ordinary Meetings (to distinguish them from the Society's annual general meeting and occasional special general meetings). They are held about 10 times a year, usually from October to July. The meetings may take the form of the presentation of a single paper, or lengthier meetings involving two or more papers on a specific theme. Alternatively, a meeting may comprise the presentation of a few short introductory papers on a matter of public concern to open a debate ('Ordinary Discussion Meetings').
Preprints of the papers are available before the meetings.
The papers span a very wide range of topics and those which may be suitable fall into any of the following guideline categories: a study of an applied statistical problem of sufficient general interest to warrant discussion and publication; new methodology; an interesting and new application of existing methodology; issues of general interest to statisticians, especially if a wide variety of views is to be found; work concerned with the interface between statistics and other fields; 'state of the art' reviews and critical summaries of important material which is widely scattered.
More details can be obtained in the publications section of this site and in the calendar of events.