EditorAnna Britten
First issueMarch 2004
CompanyOxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Statistical Society and American Statistical Association
CountryUnited Kingdom/United States

Significance, established in 2004, is a bimonthly print and digital magazine published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Statistical Society (RSS), the Statistical Society of Australia (SSA) and the American Statistical Association (ASA).[1] It publishes articles on topics of statistical interest presented at a level suited for a general audience. Articles are reviewed by an editorial board of statistics experts drawn from the three societies.[2] The founding editor-in-chief was Helen Joyce.[3] The current editor is Anna Britten. Significance replaced the RSS's journal, The Statistician.[4] The magazine also has a website.

In addition to ordinary articles in the magazine, additional "virtual issues" (collections of articles on a particular subject area) are made available online.[5] In November 2010 the magazine launched its website.[6] Having been launched as a quarterly magazine, Significance changed to a bimonthly frequency in 2011. In 2020, the regular column 'Dr Fisher's Casebook' was renamed 'the secret statistician', a review prompted by concern about Fisher's views on eugenics (and supported by the lack of salience of the homage to Dr Finlay's Casebook).[7]

Members of either the RSS or the ASA receive the magazine as part of their membership.[1] In January 2015, the RSS and ASA decided to make the magazine issues available to the public free of charge a year after their publication.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Significance Magazine—An ASA and RSS Partnership | Amstat News". American Statistical Association. 2010-05-13. Retrieved 2012-07-13.
  2. ^ "Author guidelines". Significance. doi:10.1111/(ISSN)1740-9713. Retrieved 2012-07-13.
  3. ^ "Helen Joyce". The Guardian. London. Archived from the original on 2008-01-10.
  4. ^ "Report of the Council for the session 2002-2003. Council Report". Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series D. 52 (4): 603–678. 2003. doi:10.1046/j.0039-0526.2003.02062.x.
  5. ^ "Virtual issues". Significance. doi:10.1111/(ISSN)1740-9713. Retrieved 2010-07-15.
  6. ^ "Significance Magazine Launches Official Web Site" (PDF). Amstat. November 16, 2010. Retrieved August 19, 2015.
  7. ^ Tarran,B (2020). "New look, new structure, new opportunities". Significance. 17 (4): 15. doi:10.1111/1740-9713.01419. S2CID 225442448.
  8. ^ "Opening the archives: a significant development". Retrieved 20 February 2015.