27th International Workshop on Statistical Modelling
IWSM'27 • July 16–20, 2012 • Prague, Czech Republic
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Submission of abstracts
Authors are invited to submit an abstract using the abstract submission form. The presenting author must submit the PDF file prepared in LaTeX using the guidelines described below. The deadline for abstract submission was extended till February 19, 2012. On the abstract submission form, the presenting author must indicate whether he/she wishes to give an oral or poster presentation and whether he/she is a student who automatically compete for one of student awards. The workshop language is English.

All submitted abstracts will be refereed by the Scientific Committee. To ensure proper evaluation, abstracts should be approximately 3-6 pages and should serve if accepted as basis for a final manuscript which will be published in the conference proceedings volume (see below). They should describe the substantive problem and the data analysed, as well as the approach and models used. Also include a clear statement of the main results and conclusions and the key references.

Abstracts and final manuscripts must be prepared in LaTeX using the IWSM style file according to the guidelines. The authors should use the template file which is available as part of the zip file iwsm.zip. The following files are available inside iwsm.zip (to be downloaded here):
iwsm.styLaTeX style file
templateIWSM.texLaTeX template file to be modified by authors to prepare abstract and final manuscript
templateIWSM.pdfPDF file which results from compilation of templateIWSM.tex
smith-fig01.epsExample figure
MakefileMakefile which can be used on systems supporting make to compile templateIWSM.tex into templateIWSM.pdf. Windows users with MiKTeX like installations of LaTeX need to use sequence latex -> dvips -> ps2pdf of buttons to compile templateIWSM.tex into templateIWSM.pdf.
guidelines.pdfPDF file with guidelines.
guidelines.texLaTeX source file for guidelines. It can be used as additional example material.

Please, do not include in your source file any other LaTeX packages than iwsm, graphicx, amsmath, amssymb and psfrag. Do not use external bib-files and follow the guidelines very strictly.

Due to the fact that proceedings are archived electronically (as PDF) on the Statistical Modelling Society webpage and the PDF will be also available on CD included in the proceedings volume we encourage authors to submit their figures in colors. Nevertheless, in the printed version of proceedings, all figures will be by default printed on a grey scale. Hence the authors should make sure that their plots remain their informative value even when printed on a grey scale.

Refereeing and acceptance
Abstracts will be refereed by the Scientific Committee. A decision on the acceptance of the abstracts will be made around March 26, 2012, and a notification will be sent by e-mail. Due to the limited number of oral presentations (there will be no parallel sessions) some authors who have submitted an abstract for an oral presentation might be asked to provide a poster presentation instead. The maximum size of the posters is 120 x 90cm.

Proceedings volume
According to the tradition of IWSM, proceedings volume with manuscripts of presented papers (both oral and poster presentations) will be published and distributed at the conference. Nevertheless, there will be a change in the format of the proceedings book starting with IWSM'27. Several people pointed out that the proceedings book became too thick in last years and consequently it became rather unconfortable to bring the book to sessions and go through the papers during oral presentations which was originally the main purpose of such proceedings – to allow participants to make additional notes when listening to the talks. On top of that, several participants admitted that they have to throw the proceedings book away when leaving the conference to be able to comply with airline luggage weight limits.

Hence after discussions with the members of the Executive Committee of the Statistical Modelling Society, it was decided to produce the proceedings book in a format of a combined printed and electronic publication in a similar way like for example Proceedings of COMPSTAT 2004 conference (see here). Part I of proceedings which will be printed will contain all papers being orally presented during IWSM. Part II of proceedings will be available on CD which will make an integral part of the proceedings book and will contain papers corresponding to poster presentations. Nevertheless, we want to make it clear that both parts will be integral parts of one publication. This means, among other things, that there will be a common contents list for both parts which will be printed before the beginning of Part I. Both parts will also have a common page numbering going from page 1 at the beginning of Part I till page X at the end of Part II where X is the total number of pages of both parts. There will be also a single index of authors corresponding to both parts of the proceedings book.

Participants who would still request to have the full proceedings book in a printed form will be able to order it on the registration form for additional fee of 15 EUR.

We hope that none of regular IWSM participants will be discouraged from attending the conference by this change. As a small compensation there is no difference in the page limits between oral and poster presentations.

Final manuscript
The final manuscript to be published in the conference proceedings volume will be handled only for those presenting authors who register no later than April 23, 2012 and pay the registration fee no later than April 30, 2012. The authors must prepare their manuscript to be ready for printing and submit required files (see below) through the registration form no later than April 23, 2012.

The author will be asked to upload the following files:

  1. PDF file with the paper as it should look like,
  2. LaTeX source file,
  3. Associated graphics files with included figures in EPS or PS format.

Upon uploading the LaTeX and graphics files, it will be automatically checked whether it is possible to compile the supplied files by latex. It is responsibility of the author to check whether so created PDF file conforms to his/her concepts. Author is also responsible for treatment of all problems preventing compilation of the files.

Maximum length of final paper is 6 pages for both oral and poster presentations.

Authors of papers accepted for oral presentation who register later than April 23, 2012 or pay the registration fee later than April 30, 2012 might be re-allocated by organizers to poster presentation without inclusion of their paper in the proceedings volume.

Authors of papers accepted for poster presentation who register later than April 23, 2012 or pay the registration fee later than April 30, 2012 might not get their paper included in the proceedings volume.

Legal considerations
By submitting a final paper, authors agree to grant the organizers of the workshop the right to publish the paper in the conference proceedings volume, to be distributed at the workshop. The material should not have been published elsewhere before the workshop. The workshop does not claim copyright and authors are free to publish the same material elsewhere after the workshop. Authors should ensure that publication in the conference proceedings does not conflict with the rights of third parties, nor violates non-disclosure agreements or copyright laws.