TYPES OF SUBMISSIONS ACCEPTED

Authors submitting regular articles, i.e., full length papers that would be suitable for Biometric Methdology or Biometric Practice, should indicate in the cover email/letter for which of these sections they wish their article to be considered. Authors should select what they believe to be the most appropriate section. If the Co-Editor judges a submission to have merit but to be better suited for the other section, the paper will be reviewed in that context.

Biometric Methodology

The Biometric Methodology section is designed for papers that focus on the development of new methods and results of use in the biological sciences. These should where possible be made accessible to biologists and other subject-matter scientists by the inclusion of an introductory section outlining the application and scientific objectives on which the new methods focus, with discussion of real data or settings that exemplify the issue being addressed. The journal typically insists on illustration of new methods with real data wherever possible. Extensive mathematical derivations and proofs should be removed to an appendix.

Biometric Practice

The Biometric Practice section is designed for the following types of papers: (i) They demonstrate innovative applications of existing methods to areas in which such a method has not been previously employed. Consequently, substantial new insights or findings are provided.

(ii) They creatively illustrate the proper use of different methods under various explicit/implicit assumptions. Consequently, clearer guidance and understanding of the use of different methods is offered.

(iii) They propose innovative and practical data analysis strategies, based on a combination of experience, intuition, and methodological arguments.

(iv) They re-examine from a new perspective statistical practices that are widely used in biometric applications, providing useful alternatives to the current standard.

Papers in this section may, but do not need to, contain new methodology. The key of a successful publication in the Biometric Practice section is its ability to provide substantial new insight. This means that the paper must present information that goes beyond the existing literature in a way that an expert in the relevant field would regard as significantly eye-opening. Papers consisting primarily of routine simulation-based comparisons of competing methods are generally not suitable for the Biometric Practice section.

Reader Reaction

The Reader Reaction section is designed for papers that refer directly to an article recently published in the journal (including Early View articles), typically within up to three years of the original publication date. These papers directly respond to a previously published article, either (1) by describing important extensions or improvements to methods developed in the original article; (2) by offering alternative perspectives; or (3) by raising key issues left originally unaddressed.  There always should be appropriate justification.  In contrast to papers in the Biometric Methodology or Practice sections, where new methods or ideas may be based on a compendium of previous work appearing in several outlets, Reader Reaction papers should be in direct, focused response to the content of a published Biometrics article.  The key to a successful publication in this section is the demonstration that the work is clearly a direct reaction to the original article and the provision of important commentary or additions to the topic addressed in that article.

Letters to the Editors

The Letters to the Editors section welcomes letters providing short comments in direct response to articles appearing previously in the journal, typically within two years of publication of the article. The section also accepts letters relating to general scientific/editorial matters within the ambit of the journal.

We will not publish letters dealing with journal format and presentation issues, but readers with comments on such topics may send them to us for our consideration.

Correction

Corrections are very short notes identifying and correcting substantial errors, misstatements, or omissions in published (in an issue of the journal or in the Early View section) articles, submitted by the author(s).  Examples include corrections to mathematical content, such as typographical errors or incorrect derivations; additions such as acknowledgements to individuals who played a major supporting role in the work or to funding agencies not included original accepted version of the paper; and explanations of and corrections to flaws in reasoning or interpretation of results.  Corrections should be submitted when an error, misstatement, or omission is serious enough to compromise the integrity or correctness of the article or places it in violation of funding agency requirements.  Questions regarding Corrections should be send to the Executive Editor at biometrics@tibs.org.  Examples of published Corrections can be found in the December 2014 issue.