Submit an Article
CHANCE is copublished quarterly by the American Statistical Association and Springer Science + Business Media, LLC. The magazine is designed for anyone who has an interest in the analysis of data, informally highlighting sound statistical practice. CHANCE is not a technical magazine, but rather a cultural record of an evolving field, intended to entertain as well as inform.
Since its creation in 1988, CHANCE has covered such topics as the 1990 census adjustment and the redesigned population survey, sports, the environment, DNA evidence in the courts, a variety of medical issues—even how to win on "Jeopardy." CHANCE offers a unique opportunity to reach beyond statistics professionals to a more general audience.
While we invite authors to submit articles in ready-to-publish form, we also encourage prospective authors to submit ideas for articles or articles that are not yet in final form, and we will try to help with their development.
Writing for CHANCE
We prefer short manuscripts of 10 to 15 double-spaced typewritten pages. Authors are encouraged to write in a relaxed, expository style; opinion, humor, and historical comments can (and should) be intermingled to make lively reading. Additional suggestions regarding writing for CHANCE are offered under Hints for Authors.
You may submit material via email as a PDF document or a Microsoft Word file or send three hard copies—along with a CD-ROM (preferably an ASCII text file, but a Microsoft Word document and PDF are acceptable)—to the editor at the following address:
- Sam Behseta
- CHANCE Editor
- Department of Mathematics
- California State University, Fullerton
- McCarthy Hall 154
- Fullerton, CA 92834
Details for listing and citing references are given in the ASA Magazine Style Guide (PDF).
Figures, Artwork, and Tables
Figures and tables should be numbered, consecutively titled, labeled, and referred to in the article text. We require every author to receive permission from the holder of the rights for all material.
File Formats for Graphics Preparation
This is the most preferred file format for printed graphs and illustrations. PostScript is a page description language developed by Adobe. Because it encodes vector artwork as a series of mathematic descriptions, the format allows text to be resized without lowering the resolution. This a useful format for line art, graphs, box plots, scatterplots, and combination figures. File suffix .eps.
Like a PostScript file, a PDF is able to store both vector and bitmap data. This format can be used for encoding individual images. If a graph or other line art is stored in this format, it should be saved at a very high resolution: 1200 dpi. File suffix .pdf
This is the preferred file format for photographs or continuous tone images. If line art is saved as a TIF, it must be saved at a high resolution (800-1,200 dots per inch). File suffix .tif
A type of compressed file suited for storing photographs. Because this file format discards some of the data in an image, it can transform the art and give it a blocky appearance and blur sharp edges and text. If the photograph is particularly large (i.e, 24 x 24) and 72 dpi, a production designer can simulate the pixils by shrinking the photograph by 70% and increasing the dpi to 300. Consequently, this file format should not be used for print, but is suited to the web. File suffix .jpg/.jpe/.jpeg
Graphics should not be saved in the following formats:
(BMP) Windows bitmap
This file is poorly supported by other operating systems and has limited support for color. It should be avoided for print and web.
(WMF) Windows metafile
A Microsoft Windows format, usually used for interchange of an image between Windows software.
Compuserve (GIF) Graphical interchange format
A compressed file format. This type of compression is only useful for images with flat/solid areas
of color. It is a useful format for the web, but with limited contrast and resolution size, it should not be used for print.
PICT (short for “pict”ure)
Useful only for previewing art on the computer.