Detailed Information

The 2015 ISI World Statistics Congress (WSC) will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil during the period July 27-31, 2015. The Bernoulli Society is soliciting invited paper session (IPS) proposals for the Rio WSC scientific program.

All proposals should be sent to:

Professor Byeong U. Park, The Bernoulli Society Representative for the Rio WSC scientific program, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The deadline for submission of IPS proposals is October 4, 2013

The proposal should include:

[1] Name, affiliation, contact email address of the proposer;

[2] Name, affiliation, contact email address of the organizer (if different from the proposer);

[3] Title, description and justification of the proposal

The Bernoulli Society aims at striking a proper balance between statistics and probability in organizing IPS sessions. All proposals will be evaluated and selected by the Bernoulli Society Representative, based on importance of theme and possibility of attracting general audience. If selected, the proposers will be asked to complete their proposals by listing proposed speakers, their affiliations and (tentative) titles of their talks. There will be not much time between the selection of the proposals and the completion of the selected proposals because of a tight schedule. We expect that the successful proposers can have only 5 weeks to complete the selected proposals. Thus, it is advised to think of possible speakers and contact them in advance. The completed proposals will be sent to WSC Scientific Program Committee (SPC) by December 1, 2013, for further evaluation and final selection. The final selection by the WSC-SPC will be based on quality and diversity. Note that ISI is keen for proposals with diversity in region. Proposals with speakers in a single continent will be given a low priority. The Bernoulli Society aims at diversity in age and gender as well. It is suggested to include promising young or women speakers if at all possible.



Elsevier owns and publishes Stochastic Processes and Their Applications (SPA).  SPA is designated as an official journal of the Bernoulli Society. During the SPA conference in Oaxaca, Mexico in 2011 the Bernoulli Society and Elsevier extended the term of the contractual concerning SPA that extends until March 2015.

The society had expressed its concerns about the about the price of the journal. Elsevier understood these concerns and agreed to reduce the price very considerably over the next few years. The price issue is slightly complicated, so some background information is needed. SPA presently has two different institutional subscription prices, the so-called "full" and "alternative subscription'' price, that correspond to the ``standard institutional'' and ``alternative institutional'' subscriptions, respectively.  The alternative subscription price is substantially lower than the full price, and is advertised prominently at the SPA website.  Any library can order the alternative subscription, which gives full electronic access, while the printed journal is received quarterly rather than monthly.  To our best knowledge, all published comparisons of journal prices have used the high full price rather than the much lower alternative.

Concerning the price of SPA, Elsevier shared our concerns and have already reduced the main institutional price.  They have further agreed that during the course of the agreement, the journal will align to one advertised institutional subscription price that will be closer to the lower of the two current subscription prices.  This will be achieved by reducing the higher institutional subscription rate by the equivalent of at least 10 per cent per annum through 2014 - at the end of which the Alternative Institutional Subscription price will no longer be advertised.

Another concern addressed in the negotiations was Open Access.  Free online access has been offered on SPA, back to Volume 1, Issue 1, for Bernoulli Society members, for some years.   It has been further agreed that SPA will have delayed Open Access, i.e. each article becomes freely available four years after publication to all comers, back to 1995 under the Open Archives initiative.  (This initiative, effective for all articles published from 2008 onwards, involves no charges or other costs to the authors.) Also, Elsevier accepts that authors deposit to ArXiv preprints of the final accepted version of their SPA-papers including all editorial changes.  In fact, the editors encourage all SPA authors to do so. The difference with the practice of IMS published journals is that SPA authors have to upload their papers themselves.

Among the benefits for the Bernoulli Society from the contract is that Elsevier sponsors the annual SPA lecture at the SPA-conference or at the World Congress, and the Ito prize that is given every two years for the best paper published in SPA, over the corresponding period, in addition to other special sessions at conferences in probability and statistics. Moreover, Elsevier annually sponsors 2-4 travel awards to Bernoulli Society conferences, especially for young researchers.

It was agreed to reduce the full price by at least 10% annually. In fact, the full price of SPA was reduced by 15 per cent from 2011 to 2012. Specifically, the full price ($ denoting USD) developed as follows in the years 2010-2012:

2010      2011      2012

$2858     $2572   $2189

The full price of SPA is accordingly projected to decrease to $1773 by 2014.

If the number of printed pages is assumed to equal 3200 (the average number in the period 2009-2011), the price per page will decrease as follows:

2012    2013    2014

$0.68    $0.62    $0.55

The alternative subscription price in 2012 is $1550, corresponding to a price per page of  $0.48.

It is of interest to compare these prices to prices of other journals.  2008 prices per page can be calculated from an AMS survey of journal prices (

Here are some examples of probability journals:

Probability Theory and Related Fields:  $0.77/page

Stochastic Analysis and Applications:  $1.62/page

Annals of Applied Probability:             $0.11/page

Annals of Probability:                          $0.12/page

Bernoulli:                                           $0.19/page (significantly lower than reported in AMS survey)

The last three journals are published by societies and are therefore lower. One reason is that journals published by societies are usually subsidized in some way. For instance, editors-in-chief for society-sponsored journals are generally not financially supported to offset the time commitment outside normally expected duties of academic and other regular employers.

Comparison to the commercial publication Probability Theory and Related Fields by Springer-Verlag is particularly relevant for perspective. In 2012 the price of PTRF is $1513.  If the number of pages is as in 2008, then this corresponds to $0.80/page.

The increase in both the  breadth and the mathematical technicality of many areas of specialization in probability and statistics can be mitigated by expertly written survey articles that will communicate an historic perspective on the successes, failures, and general health of important areas, as well as provide young researchers with a point of entry to the frontiers of a given field.  To acknowledge the general importance of such efforts, The Bernoulli Society for Mathematical Statistics and Probability is pleased to announce the establishment of ``The Bernoulli Prize for an Outstanding Survey Article in Probability or Mathematical Statistics''.

 A prize of 1000€ and official certificate will be awarded biennially, alternating between the respective areas of mathematical statistics and probability.   Awards will be made by recommendations of a prize committee appointed by Bernoulli Council,  based on nominations solicited by the prize committee from the general membership.  Look for future calls for nominations in Bernoulli Newsletter, Bernoulli E-Briefs, ISI Newsletter, and on Bernoulli and ISI web sites.

 Probability and statistics are undergoing a substantial increase in both the breadth of scope and the mathematical technicality of many areas of specialization. There is a need for expertly written survey articles that will communicate an historic perspective on the successes, failures and general health of the area, as well as provide young researchers with a point of entry to the frontiers of the field. The Bernoulli Society plays a role in recognizing and communicating the importance of such scholarly efforts through a special award.

 The Bernoulli Prize for an Outstanding Survey Article is to recognize authors of an influential survey publication in the areas of probability and mathematical statistics, respectively. The paper should be timely in addressing areas of active or emerging importance, but have been in circulation long enough for there to be evidence of its impact.

The award consists of the prize amount of 1000€ together with an award certificate. The combined awards are biennial, starting with a paper in probability and presented in a formal ceremony at the Bernoulli World Congress (BWC) in the summer of 2012, and a prize for a paper in mathematical statistics is awarded in 2014, and formally presented at the ISI Statistics World Congress (SWC) in the summer of 2015, and each so awarded every four years, thereafter.

The Committee for the Bernoulli Prize for an Outstanding Survey Article in Probability has been formed as follows: David Aldous (Chair), Alain-Sol Sznitman, Nina Gantert.

Call for nominations in probability

According to the award specifications, nominations exclude self-nominations, and can otherwise be submitted to the committee chair David Aldous This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nominations should include full name and email address of both the nominee and nominator, as well as a pdf file of the published article in probability.  Nominations should be submitted by November 30, 2011.

The Committee for Conferences on Stochastic Processes is pleased to announce the approval by the Bernoulli Society Council of a new prize. The prize is to honour the scientific work of Wolfgang Doeblin and to recognize and promote outstanding work by researchers at the beginning of their mathematical careers in the field of Probability.

Wolfgang Doeblin was born in Berlin in 1915. His family, of Jewish origin, were forced into exile and settled in Paris, where Doeblin attended the Sorbonne. From 1935, when he began work on Markov chains under Fréchet, until his death in 1940, he was occupied whenever he was able with research in Probability. In this short time he made many deep and original contributions.

From 1938, he served in the French Army and was stationed in defence of the German invasion, which came in May 1940. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre for an action under enemy fire, to restore communications to his unit. Facing capture in June 1940, he took his own life.

Until the invasion, Doeblin had continued to work on mathematics. In February 1940 he sent to the Académie des Sciences de Paris a pli cacheté entitled Sur l'équation do Kolmogoroff. When finally in the year 2000 it was opened, it showed that he had understood many important ideas of modern Probability, including the potential crucial role of martingales.

The Wolfgang Doeblin Prize will be awarded for the first time in 2012 at the World Congress of the Bernoulli Society in Istanbul, and afterwards every two years.

It will be awarded to a single individual for work in the field of Probability, and who is at the beginning of his or her mathematical career.

The Wolfgang Doeblin Prize is generously supported by Springer. The awardee will be invited to submit to the journal Probability Theory and Related Fields a paper for publication as the Wolfgang Doeblin Prize Article, and will also be invited to present a Doeblin Prize Lecture in a later Conference on Stochastic Processes and their Applications or Bernoulli Society Congress.

James Norris Chair,
Committee for Conferences on Stochastic Processes

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