Biometrika is a peer-reviewed scientific journal published by Oxford Journals for the Biometrika Trust. It was established in October 1901. Biometrika began life as a quarterly journal, running that way until 1977, when it switched to three issues per year; in 1992 it switched back to quarterly publications. It is published in English, French, German and Italian. As of May 2012, the editor-in-chief is AC Davison. There have been a total of only four editors-in-chief of this journal in the first 90 years of its existence.

The name of the journal was chosen by cofounder Carl Pearson, although, although his colleagues insisted the name be spelt with a “k” instead of a “c.”

The original primary focus of Biometrika was the study of biometrics — the statistical analysis of biological phenomena. According to the editors in the first issue: “It is intended that Biometrika shall serve as a means not only of collecting or publishing under one title biological data of a kind not systematically collected or published elsewhere in any other periodical, but also of spreading a knowledge of such statistical theory as may be requisite for their scientific treatment.”

Contents included memoirs on variation, inheritance, and selection in animals and plants, based upon the examination of statistically large numbers of specimens, those developments of statistical theory which are applicable to biological problems, numerical tables and graphical solutions tending to reduce the labor of statistical arithmetic, abstracts of memoirs, dealing with these subjects, which are published elsewhere, and notes on current biometric work and unsolved problems.

Since the 1930s, however, it has been a journal for statistical theory and methodology.

The journal is abstracted and indexed in: Biological Abstracts, BIOSIS Previews, CAB Abstracts, Current Contents/Agriculture, Biology, and Environmental Sciences, Current Contents/Life Sciences, Current Contents/Physical, Chemical and Earth Sciences, Current Index to Statistics, Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition, Mathematical Reviews, ProQuest, Research Papers in Economics, Science Citation Index, and Zentralblatt MATH.

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