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Scope of the journal

The Annals of Actuarial Science (AAS) is published by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, with Cambridge University Press. The AAS publishes research in all areas of actuarial science and related fields, with the aim of promoting work that is rigorous and of clear relevance to actuarial applications. The AAS welcomes papers in life insurance, non-life insurance, pensions, health insurance, finance and investment, statistics and econometrics, insurance economics, and quantitative risk management. Furthermore, we welcome contributions in contiguous but non-traditional fields for actuaries, including (but not restricted to) machine learning/artificial intelligence, mathematical and computational finance, climate science, cyber/operational risk, and actuarial/statistical software - as long as their relevance to the insurance industry is clearly demonstrated.

The AAS publishes papers of the following type:

  • Original research papers
  • Review papers
  • Actuarial software

Authors of accepted articles are welcome to submit a proposal for a practice-oriented feature in The Actuary magazine - see https://www.theactuary.com/contribute

What types of articles are suitable for the AAS?

Original Research Papers

Contributions can be methodological or empirical. Methodological papers should demonstrate relevance and applicability to insurance/actuarial problems. Empirical papers need to offer novel insights on insurance/actuarial problems. For all papers, their contribution to the actuarial literature needs to be clearly framed.

Review Papers

Review papers should give a comprehensive but succinct overview of a field of substantial current and importance to actuarial science. While we welcome reviews in contiguous non-traditional fields for actuaries, these need to be clearly embedded in the relevant actuarial literature. 

Actuarial Software

We welcome contributions of open-source software, including code packages or libraries of functions, that are of relevance to academics and practitioners in actuarial science. The software may be based on methodological contributions published in the academic literature or implementation of new methods, which will be reviewed as part of the same submission. The AAS will publish a reproducible scholarly article documenting the methods used and demonstrating the use of the software, with the software itself available as supplementary material. Please see the Actuarial Software submissions page for more details.

In addition, the AAS occasionally publish book reviews. These are not formally peer reviewed but subject to editorial checks. If you would like to review a book (or have your book reviewed) in the AAS, please email journals@actuaries.org.uk with your proposal.

Article preparation

When preparing your manuscript for the AAS please note:

  • Articles must be written in English (UK). Authors who are unsure of the quality of their written English, should consider to have their manuscripts checked by a fluent English speaker before submission; see also https://www.cambridge.org/core/services/authors/language-services
  • The writing should be clear and concise. From the introduction, a well-informed reader (but not necessarily a subject specialist) should be able to understand what the paper’s aims and conclusions are, how its contribution fits into the published literature, and what the practical relevance of the paper’s results are.
  • The overall structure of the manuscript should be: Title; Author name(s); Abstract (150-200 words); Keywords; Correspondence details; Main text; Acknowledgements; References; Appendices.
  • Equations should be consecutively numbered and displayed.
  • Referencing should follow the conventions of the Harvard system.
  • Submitted articles should be no more than 35 pages. Authors can help ensure that their work doesn't exceed this by preparing their article with a font size of 10, with single line spacing, and right and left margins of 15 mm and 19 mm respectively. If necessary, excess material such as Appendices can be made available as Supplementary Materials.

For more detail on the journal style (including referencing and numbering/labelling of Sections, Tables and Figures), please refer to published articles in the AAS as examples. Furthermore, you are encouraged (but not obliged) to use the AAS LaTeX template.

All published work should be acknowledged, and references given. The author is responsible for securing written permission to include any copyrighted material. Notwithstanding any scrutiny and any alterations made, authors remain solely responsible for the accuracy of all material provided and views expressed. Submitted papers should not have been copyrighted or submitted for possible publication elsewhere at the same time as being submitted to the AAS. Any previous publication, for example in conference proceedings, should be notified to the Editor at the time of submission. If the paper is accepted for publication, the author(s) must sign an author publishing agreement, giving the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries a license to publish the paper.

Submission of papers should take place via ScholarOne Manuscript Central system . Manuscripts should be prepared using standard software, such as LaTeX or software compatible with MS Word. The submitted manuscript should be in a single pdf file, including all figures, tables and appendices. If the appendices are meant for publication as supplementary materials, please let the Editor know in your cover letter. If the article is accepted, you will be required to submit the source code for the manuscript as well as any figures, as high-resolution images. Please address questions on the submission process to Journals@actuaries.org.uk.

Each manuscript is handled by one of the journal’s Editors. Upon submission, the handling Editor decides whether the article is potentially suitable for publication in the AAS. If so, the manuscript is reviewed by (typically two) anonymous referees. In the case of conflicting referee reports, the Editor may ask for additional input from an Associate Editor with specialised subject-expertise. Based on the referees’ recommendations, the Editor will decide whether the manuscript should be (a) rejected (b) revised and resubmitted or (c) accepted. There may be more than one round of revisions before a final decision. Please address questions relating to editorial policy to the Editor-in-Chief, Andreas Tsanakas TsanakasAAS@gmail.com.

The journal encourages authors of accepted articles to make replication materials publicly available, including code and, where appropriate, data. The publication of replication materials is important, as it allows others to understand, verify and reproduce new findings; furthermore, it enhances the impact of published research. As part of the submission process, authors need to notify the Editor of their intentions in relation to replication materials, by completing the journal’s Data Availability Form and submitting it together with their manuscript. On revision, authors are asked to submit a ‘Data Availability Statement’ in the ScholarOne submission form that summarises whether and how those replication materials can be accessed. This statement will be published in the article. See the journal's Transparency and Openness Promotion Policy, which includes details of how to make replication materials available and example Data Availability Statements to use. Note that the submission of replication materials is compulsory for submissions under the Actuarial Software stream.

Peer review

The AAS operates a single-blind model of peer review.  See this page for resources and ethics guidelines for reviewers. 

Open access

The AAS policies regarding open access, pre-prints and social sharing can be found on this page. Many more authors are now able to publish their AAS article on an open access basis with no requirement to pay an article processing charge, thanks to Read & Publish agreements that Cambridge has formed with over 1,000 institutions. Check if you are eligible via this tool.

Transparency and Openness Promotion policy

Authors must complete a Data Availability Form on submission to notify the Editor of their intentions in relation to replication materials. See the AAS's Transparency and Openness Promotion Policy, which includes details of how to make replication materials available and example Data Availability Statements to use. Note that the submission of replication materials is compulsory for submissions under the Actuarial Software stream.

Publishing ethics

Cambridge University Press is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and follows the COPE Guidelines for resolving authorship disputes and other ethical issues in relation to publishing. For more information see this page.

Digital preservation

AAS articles are deposited in the following digital archives by Cambridge University Press to guarantee their long-term digital preservation:

  • CLOCKSS
  • Portico
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