Cover of February 2023 issue of Significance
Cover of February 2023 issue of Significance
February 2023 cover
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 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]

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.