Submissions to the Stata Journal
- Types of submissions
- Copyright information
- Instructions to authors
- New and revised submissions
- Software updates
Types of submissions
The Stata Journal publishes reviewed papers together with shorter notes
or comments, regular columns, book reviews, and other material of interest to
A paper should potentially be of interest to users of the statistical software
Stata. We are especially interested in publishing the following kinds of
- Expository papers that link the use of Stata commands or programs to
associated principles, such as those that will serve as tutorials for
readers first encountering a new field of statistics or a major new
- Papers that go “beyond the Stata manual” in explaining key
features or uses of Stata that are relevant to intermediate or advanced
users of Stata.
- Papers that discuss new commands or Stata programs of interest either
to a wide spectrum of users (for example, in data management or graphics)
or to some large segment of Stata users (for example, in survey
statistics, survival analysis, panel analysis, limited dependent
- Papers that analyze the statistical properties of new or existing
estimators and tests in Stata. This includes topics such as simulations
of bias, convergence, or small-sample properties of estimators and tests;
power analyses; and comparisons of tests or estimators.
- Papers of interest or usefulness to researchers, especially in fields
that are of practical importance but not often written up in texts or
other journals (for example, the use of Stata in managing datasets,
particularly large datasets, with advice from hard-won experience).
- Papers of interest to those teaching with Stata. Topics might include
extended examples of techniques and interpretation of results,
simulations of statistical concepts, and overviews of subject areas.
Notes and comments are normally short (about one page or less). Notes
may include, for example, explanation of a neat trick using a few lines of
Stata that appears to be worth publicizing. Comments should refer to
material previously published in the Journal (or in the Stata
Columns and book reviews are solicited by the editors. Book reviews will
concentrate on books about Stata or that contain examples using Stata. We
will also carry occasional reviews of books that may be interesting or valuable
to many readers. We welcome suggestions of books to review.
Stata tips are concise notes about Stata commands, features, or tricks that
users may not have encountered. A tip will draw attention to useful details
in Stata or Stata’s uses. Tips must be brief, usually one or
two printed pages. Tips, however, do not include expositions
of user-written commands.
This list is not intended to be exclusive, merely suggestive, and the
editors are happy to consider other kinds of papers with some link to Stata.
We do not publish in the Stata Journal 1) any articles on statistics or
statistical science, however broadly defined, that lack Stata content or
specific application to Stata use or 2) Stata programs that lack supporting
Although the Stata Journal focuses on Stata-specific application of a
general technique, the restriction above does not prohibit you from submitting
your technique with a different focus to another journal.
Contributors must sign and send to
StataCorp a copy of the Stata Journal Contributor
Assignment Agreement before any article can be published. If an article
has multiple authors, each author must sign the agreement.
While you are waiting for a decision from the Journal, we are happy if
you make the same material available via personal, institutional, or
collective websites as a draft or working paper (or the equivalent) in your
field. Such material should be flagged as under review by the Stata
Journal. Papers published in the
may be made available electronically according to the terms of the
Contributor Assignment Agreement.
We are happy if you distribute copies of your paper as reprints or
photocopies in accordance with the
Contributor Assignment Agreement.
If the article is not accepted for publication, the Contributor
Assignment Agreement will terminate and become void. You will be notified
if this occurs.
Instructions to authors
New and revised submissions
- Manuscript style
- We prefer that articles be submitted in LaTeX. ASCII and Word
contributions will be accepted as well. (A PDF file should
accompany the Word document submission.)
- The Stata Journal provides its own document class and Stata
output package along with examples for authors new to the
Stata Journal. See
Getting started with the Stata Journal for
- User-written software
- Choice of program names can be problematic. Authors may use any legal
program names they like during development, but publication of
programs brings some constraints:
- Your program names should not clash with those of previously written
official commands or user-written programs. search
myprogname will tell you whether myprogname is already in use.
(Naturally, if it is you that previously used the name, say, by posting on SSC
a program that you are now writing up for the Stata Journal, that is not
StataCorp requests that you avoid names that might be used in the
future for new official commands. Short, simple words that can be found
in an English dictionary are always attractive to StataCorp (for example,
list, describe), as are standard abbreviations
or contractions for existing techniques (pca,
anova). It is, admittedly, difficult for authors to predict
what StataCorp might do, or be thinking of doing, but in case of doubt, please
contact the editors in the first instance, who will be happy to take soundings
on your behalf.
- Submissions should be sent to
Manuscripts will be acknowledged within a week of receipt. After a
preliminary editorial review, articles will be sent to reviewers who have
expertise in the subject of the article. The Stata Journal uses a
blind review system. The review process generally takes 3–6 months.
Authors may contact the editor at any time to check the status of their
- Submission to the Stata Journal implies that 1) identical or
substantially the same material is not currently under review by another
academic journal and 2) the authors will not submit such material
to another journal before they receive a decision from the
- When submitting your article for review, please include the following:
- The article. If the article is in LaTeX or Word format, include the
.tex or .docx (or .doc) file and a PDF file of the article.
- Figures. Figures should be submitted as EPS files in a monochrome scheme;
we suggest using the sj scheme.
- User-written software and code to reproduce the examples. All user-written
programs (ado-files) and help files that are being introduced in the
article should be submitted. All do-files and datasets used to generate
the output in your article should be submitted. If the dataset used in the
examples cannot be distributed, we suggest including a sample dataset for
testing purposes. A note mentioning the dataset being nonpublic should
be included with the submission.
- A readme.txt file. If you are submitting user-written
software or code to reproduce examples in the manuscript, you must also submit
a readme.txt file. Here is a
and here is an
- English editing
- Accepted articles will be grammatically edited by Stata Press
technical editors, who follow guidelines set forth by the Stata Press
style, which is a slightly modified set of guidelines based on the
Chicago Manual of Style, and whose work is displayed in the
Stata PDF Documentation. A galley proof is provided after the
editorial process is complete to ensure that no errors have been
Software updates flag that software previously published in the Stata
Journal or the Stata Technical Bulletin has been revised by the
author(s). The revision could be, for example, a bug fix, an extension, a
modernization, or some combination of these. Software updates are matched by
an entry in Stata's .key files so that users who keep their Stata up
to date are pointed to the latest version of any package published via the
Stata Journal when they use search.
- Manuscript style
- The Software update submission should consist of at least one paragraph
explaining the revision concisely and the updated user-written software
files (.ado files, .sthlp or .hlp files, and any
others). The text explaining the revision can be submitted in
ASCII (preferred), LaTeX, or Word.
- User-written software
- To submit a software update, download the official software
from the Stata Journal website; see the
Stata Journal FAQ
for downloading instructions. Then, make the necessary changes to the
- Submit the text explaining the update and the updated software files to