Significance, the outreach magazine of the Royal Statistical Society and the American Statistical Association, is looking for contributions for its upcoming issues. This is a very good opportunity for all young science writers to explore broad uses and functions of statistics.

I had a feature published in the magazine last year and the experience was very rewarding. Julian Champkin, the editor, masterfully edited my first couple of drafts and provided constructive criticism and feedback. Plus, I definitely learned from his edits. He also proved to be a very nice person to work with which I think is very important for young writers.

As writes Julian in the short brief below, Significance has opportunities for both the magazine and the online component of the publication. So, if you fancy promulgating statistics to the masses, I recommend you pitch something to Significance.



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Significance magazine, published jointly by the Royal Statistical Society and the American Statistical Association, is looking for contributions from writers to communicate stats and the use of data in an accessible manner and fitting the Significance remit of “statistics making sense”.

Significance is primarily a general interest magazine and not a journal. Articles are not peer-reviewed and are intended for anyone interested in statistics and the analysis and interpretation of data. Significance aims to communicate and demonstrate in an entertaining and thought-provoking way the practical use of statistics in all walks of life and to show how statistics benefit society.

Significance has two outlets, a magazine and website. The magazine carries longer and more detailed articles (around 2,000 – 2,500 words) whilst the website carries shorter (around 800 words) and more topical articles. Recent articles published in the magazine include a look at Usain Bolt and how much faster he can run (with minimal effort, apparently), assessing the risk of space travel, counting crowds, voting systems around the world, underestimating the impact of the Deepwater oil spill and of Khalil’s “we come from one” – tracing evolution to its very roots.

The magazine has seen articles as diverse as Google’s h-index rank v the impact factor, a comparison of prices indices, safer gambling, the Oscars, immigration, electoral fraud in Russia, Bibliometrics and much more.

There are also opportunities to review a wide range of technical, popular and academic books which are featured on the website and the magazine. If you think you can write about an area or application of statistics that is of wide relevance or has an important and topical application, in a way that lives up to both meanings of the tagline "Statistics making sense", we would like to hear from you.

Julian Champkin