Directions for Authors

Please note that the Co-Editors and Executive Editor of Biometrics do not pre-screen papers for their appropriateness for the journal. If you are unsure whether or not your paper is suitable, we ask that you submit it for possible publication. It will be reviewed by the Co-Editor to whom it is assigned, who will make this determination quickly. If the paper is deemed to be inappropriate, you will receive a swift response from the Co-Editor.

If you are unsure whether or not your paper is suitable, you may wish to consider carefully the descriptions of the Sections of Biometrics given below.


         A current issue may be used as a general guide to style. The following notes summarize some of the principal points.


A summary, one paragraph long, should be included completely summarizing the paper without repeating, verbatim, sentences from the paper. The summary should not exceed 225 words. Mathematical symbols should be avoided and any references to previous work should be given in full.

A list of up to six key words should follow the summary, typed in alphabetical order using exactly the style and punctuation in a recent issue. The main purpose of key words is to ensure a paper is identified by search engines, so please choose key words that are descriptive of and specific to the content rather than generic (e.g., "model," "inference"). Words/phrases from the title may be used as long as they are descriptive. Include one key word that is a high-level descriptor of the broad area in which the work falls, e.g., "longitudinal data analysis."


Acknowledgements should be placed at the end of the text before the references.


References in the text should be ordered by author's surname and publication date. In publications by three authors, all are listed the first time, and et al. used subsequently. For four or more authors, et al. is used throughout. In the list of references at the end of the paper, authors should be listed alphabetically by last name. For references with more than six (6) authors, only the first six (6) authors should be listed, followed by "et al." Journal titles should be complete and not abbreviated. Careful attention should be given to the format used in recent issues.


Appendices should be placed after references.


Tables and figures should represent only essential material. They should be placed on separate sheets at the end of the paper after appendices and identified by Arabic numerals and a short descriptive title.  Diagrams or graphs created by common computer software packages such as SAS, Splus, R,MATLAB,GAUSS, etc. are usually acceptable, and should be in black on white. The only lines appearing on a table should be horizontal. No vertical lines are allowed. All decimals and numbers should be aligned in columns. For printing, illustrations may be reduced to 1/2 or 1/3 their original dimensions; therefore, for all types of illustrations, lines should be of sufficient thickness, and lettering, numbering, decimal points, periods, dots, and plotting symbols should be large enough to reproduce well and be legible when reduced in size.

Color figures may be submitted and will appear in color in the electronic version of the journal.  However, figures must conform to the following guidelines.

Ordinarily, the journal does not print in color.  Authors desiring color figures to appear in the print version of the journal must pay a charge of $350 per page to cover the additional cost of paper and binding associated with including color figures. 

For authors not opting to pay for color figures, figures will need to be adapted so that they are interpretable in a black and white presentation, or color figures may be retained with a sentence included at the end of each color figure caption, 'This figure appears in color in the electronic version of this article.' If it is decided to retain the color figures, all references to specific colors should be removed from the figure captions.

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Author alterations on proofs may be charged to the author. To minimize these, please check your manuscript thoroughly.

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Papers accepted by Biometrics are published electronically shortly after their acceptance at the Early View section of the Biometrics website of Wiley-Blackwell ( much earlier than the following printed version in the Journal. Authors are required to return proofs to Wiley-Blackwell within 48 hours after receiving them. For detailed information on how to cite Early View publication, please visit the Biometrics website

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Books for review should be sent to:

Prof. Donna Ankerst
Life Sciences Mathematics Unit
Center of Life and Food Sciences Weihenstephan
Technical University Munich
Liesel Beckmann Str. 2
85354 Freising

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News and announcements should be sent to:

Dimitris Karlis
Department of Statistics
Athens University of Economics
76 Patision Str, 10434, Greece
Tel: +30 210 8203920
Fax: +30 210 8203692

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