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Instructions for authors

The Information and Technical Bulletin will accept submissions for articles that address methodological or technical topics related to the datasets that are available at the Research Data Centres.

Language of material
Length of submissions
File formats and layout of text
File formats and layout of tables and charts
Mathematical expressions
Style guide
Addresses for submission
The review process

Language of material

Manuscripts may be submitted in English or French. Accepted submissions will be translated into both official languages for publication.

Length of submissions

The maximum length of submitted articles should not exceed 20 pages, double-spaced, excluding programs and appendices. In addition to in-depth explanations of technical issues, the bulletin also accepts short (3 page) submissions that provide quick solutions to analytical problems and commentary from fellow researchers about material previously released in the bulletin.

File formats and layout of text

Manuscripts must be submitted in Microsoft Word (.doc) and may be sent by regular mail on a disk or CD or by email.

Manuscripts must have a cover page showing the names of the authors, their primary institution of affiliation, and the contact information (telephone number, mailing address and e-mail address) of the lead author.

Manuscripts must be prepared in 12pt Times New Roman, double-spaced, with 1-inch (2.5 cm) margins.

Titles should have sentence-case capitalization (e.g., Bootstrapping made easy…).

Boldface type should only be used for headings. Underlining and italics are not to be used for headings.

Footnotes and references should be single-spaced and formatted according to The Canadian Style: A Guide to Writing and Editing.

File formats and layout of tables and charts

Tables and charts must be submitted in Microsoft Excel worksheets (.xls) or in comma-separated value (.csv) format. Each file must be clearly named table1, chart6, etc.

Tables and charts may be sent by regular mail on a disk or CD, or by e-mail.

Do not insert tables or charts into the text, but indicate their location in the text by inserting the title, followed by the filename in parentheses, e.g.,

Chart 6. Chocolate consumption by children, Canada, 2000 (chart6)

Mathematical expressions

All mathematical expressions should be set out separate from paragraph text. Equations must be numbered, with the number appearing to the right of the equation flush with the margin.

Style guide

Please follow The Canadian Style: A Guide to Writing and Editing. It is available for purchase by contacting Government of Canada Publications, Public Works and Government Services Canada.

Addresses for submission

Manuscripts and all correspondence relating to the contents of the Bulletin should be sent to the Editorial Committee

  • by email to
  • or by regular mail to:
    The Editorial Committee, RDC Information and Technical Bulletin
    McMaster Research Data Centre, Statistics Canada
    Mills Library Memorial
    Library Room 217
    1280 Main Street West,
    Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4L6

The review process

The editorial committee conducts the initial article review process. Editors may solicit past authors of the Bulletin or subject matter experts to participate in the process. The articles submitted to the Bulletin are reviewed for accuracy, consistency, and quality.

Upon completion of the initial review, the articles undergo both peer and institutional review. Peer reviews are conducted in accordance with Statistics Canada's Policy on the Review of Information Products. Institutional reviews are be conducted by members of senior management within Statistics Canada in order to ensure that the material does not compromise the Agency's guidelines of standards, or reputation for non-partisanship, objectivity and neutrality.

For more information about the review process, please contact the Editorial Committee at the addresses above.

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