Society of Statistics, Computer and Applications Registration No. 32833
Registered Under Societies Registration Act-XXI of 1860 (Registration No. 32833)
Established in 1998
The Society of Statistics, Computer and Applications (SSCA), founded in 1998, continues to create awareness among statistical fraternity of innovative application of statistical sciences to other sciences like agriculture, informatics, financial, medical, bio-sciences, management, industrial, etc. The SSCA constitutes a unique think tank and an important forum for harnessing statistical sciences for enhancing the quality of research of Indian researchers, who have keen interest in the dissemination and fusion of statistical sciences with other sciences. The society has since emerged as a vibrant national statistical sciences organisation devoted to promoting and popularising statistical research, education and knowledge pool towards a human activity with a human purpose that must evolve within a social or human system, promote human welfare, and improve quality of life and well-being by advancing the discovery and effective use of knowledge from data.
The mission of SSCA is to provide a platform for promotion and dissemination of research in Statistics, blended with information technology, among both theoretical and applied statisticians dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.
On 20 April 1998, SSCA was registered under the Societies Registration Act- XXI of 1860 with Registration Number 32833. Thus, a professional society started its journey in 1998 with its first conference being held at Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar during 23- 25 October 1998. Ever since its initiation, the society has grown in size and stature. The society has been expanding its horizons to cover almost every science where application of statistical sciences is possible. The annual conference of the society is being held regularly across the length and breadth of the country.
The society has instituted Dr. M.N. Das Memorial Young Scientist Award to recognise, encourage and motivate the meritorious and distinguished young scientists of Indian origin below the age of 35 years, who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their research programmes and made celebrated contributions to the advancement of research and education in statistical sciences, computer sciences, bioinformatics, bio-statistics and allied sciences with innovative applications in all other sciences. The award consists of cash / citation for the winner and merit certificate / plaque for the other two runner ups and is given every year during the annual conference.
The SSCA brings out a journal called "Statistics and Applications", with two issues per volume. The journal aims at providing a platform to researchers in Statistics, Computer Sciences, Bioinformatics and allied sciences from all around the globe to publish their research after a stringent review process. The journal encourages basic research for the advancement of statistical sciences, especially in the emerging areas and also facilitates innovative applications of statistical sciences in various other sciences like agricultural, social, medical, biological, industrial, financial, including health, hunger and hygiene. At times, the regular volumes of the journal are special volumes on thematic areas of current interest locally and globally. The papers appearing in these volumes are by invitation only but are published after the usual review process. The first issue of the journal was brought out in the year 1999. The Journal is now open access with ISSN number as ISSN 2454-7395 (online) and starting volume 6 (2008) onwards, all papers can be accessed online without any restriction or cost. However, for volumes prior to 2008 only the table of contents are available.
PEER REVIEW PROCESS
All the papers received for publication would be directed to the Executive Editor (EE), who would assign a manuscript number and acknowledge to the authors giving them the manuscript number for use in all future correspondences. The EE in consultation with the Chair Editor (CE) would decide the Associate Editor (AE) who would handle this paper. In some cases, the CE may suggest directly the names of the reviewers to whom the paper may be sent for review. All efforts would be made for equitable distribution of workload among AEs, keeping in mind their specialisation.
The EE will correspond with the AE or reviewers and give them 6 weeks-time to send the report on the paper. The AEs would be free to appoint their own reviewers for reviewing the paper. The AE would send the reports along with his/her own report about the paper very clearly to the CE. The report would clearly indicate (a) accept as such, (b) accept with minor revision, (c) major revision and to be again reviewed by AE, (d) reject the paper, (e) not suitable for this journal. The decision (e) or (d) could also be taken by the EE and/or CE without sending to AE. This would save time and energy. Once the report is received from AE, the EE would discuss with the CE and accordingly advise the authors about the decision.
In case of minor revision the authors would be requested to send the revised version within 10 days. But in case of major revision, the authors may be given 3 to 4 weeks time for making revision. In case the authors feel that the time allotted for revision is not sufficient or they are unable to complete it in stipulated time, they would request for extension of time.
In case the decision after first review is to get another revision of the paper, then in that case the time given to the authors would be two weeks only. The effort is concentrated on getting a decision on the paper within at most 16 weeks.
The final decision of the EE would be conveyed to the CE. The CE has the right to differ but only in exceptional cases. The acceptance or rejection of the paper would be conveyed to the corresponding author by the EE.