Research Section


The Research Section was formed more than 50 years ago. It caters to anyone with an interest in the theory of statistics, the development of statistical methods, new applications of established methods and related aspects of probability. 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, a Discussion 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: Guy Nason 
Secretary: Christophe Andrieu

Committee members

Heather Battey
Karthik Bharath
Natalia Bochkina
Yining Chen
Haeran Cho
Maria De Lorio
Robin Evans
Arthur Gretton
Judith Rousseau
Jenny Wadsworth
Claire Miller (Council Representative)

Ex officio
Simon N. Wood (Series B Editor)
David Dunson (Series B Editor)

Future meetings

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News and meeting reports

Read news about the section and reports from our meetings.

Additional information

Annual Report 2018