Guidelines for the Submission of Papers to Variance

(As Updated February 28, 2017)

Introduction

The purpose of these guidelines is two-fold: to assist all authors in the preparation of papers and to acquaint authors with procedures and rules governing the submission, evaluation, and acceptance of papers.

Mission Statement for Variance

Variance is a peer-reviewed journal published by the Casualty Actuarial Society to disseminate work of interest to casualty actuaries worldwide. The focus of Variance is original practical and theoretical research in casualty actuarial science. Significant survey or similar articles are also considered for publication. Membership in the Casualty Actuarial Society is not a prerequisite for submitting papers to the journal, and submission by non-CAS members is encouraged.

Who May Submit

Papers are welcomed from anyone regardless of their profession, education, geographic location. Submissions will be evaluated based upon the merits of the paper and not authorship.

Subject Matter

Papers must meet the following standards in order to be eligible for further consideration:

Papers on a wide variety of subjects are welcome. Casualty actuarial science is a broad and dynamic field and casualty actuaries must be knowledgeable about many subjects.

Preparation of Papers

Authors should observe the following guides in preparing papers:

Procedures for Submission
Authors must submit their papers via the CAS Publications submission portal on the ScholarOne website. Through the ScholarOne Author Dashboard, authors are guided through the following seven-step process:

Papers should be submitted in electronic format, preferably as a Microsoft Word document.

The Variance Editorial Board wishes to maintain anonymity of the author during the review process. Submissions should not contain any information that might reveal authors’ names or affiliations.

Questions on submissions can be emailed to Donna Royston, CAS Publications Production Coordinator at Editor@variancejournal.org.

The CAS Publications submission portal on the ScholarOne website should include responses to the following:

The CAS Publications Production Coordinator will acknowledge the receipt of the paper.

Exceptions

In specific instances, the Variance Editorial Board may recommend exceptions to these guidelines to the Vice President-Administration.

Initial Screening of Papers

Upon receipt of the paper, the CAS Publications Production Coordinator will determine whether the paper complies with the Procedures for Submission of Papers. If it does not, the paper will be returned to the author with comments as to the deficiencies. If the paper does comply, the paper will be forwarded on to the Editor in Chief and Associate Editor-Peer Review for initial review. If the paper is found to be relevant for publication in Variance the paper will be peer reviewed.

Procedure for Reviewing Papers

The editor to whom a paper is assigned determines the acceptability of the paper by evaluating the votes of the paper's reviewers. The paper will be accepted or rejected based upon a majority decision of the reviewers. The Editorial Board's decision will place the paper in one of the following categories:

The following general principles will be observed by the Editorial Board in evaluating papers. Neither disagreement by the Editorial Board with opinions of the author nor unorthodoxy in the views expressed by the author will be a bar to acceptance of an otherwise suitable paper. The Editorial Board welcomes candor and genuine debate subject to the usual expectations of clarity, pertinence, and courtesy. The paper should recognize other viewpoints and explore its subject in sufficient depth to contribute to general enlightenment. Where the paper is found to be fallacious in logic or misleading in matters of fact, the Editorial Board will reject it.

When a paper includes material that the Editorial Board finds itself not qualified to evaluate, the Editors may seek advice or opinion from recognized experts.

Guidelines for Resubmitting

Discussions of Papers

As a general rule, discussions of previously published papers are subject to the guides in the same manner as papers, with the following exceptions:

Authors' Replies

Authors will be given an opportunity to respond to discussions of their papers. Replies are treated in the same manner as discussion of papers.

Copyright

Before papers can be accepted for publication, authors are required to sign and return a CAS Copyright Assignment Agreement form to the CAS Office. This copyright agreement assigns the CAS exclusive right, title, and interest to the paper, including the right of the CAS to edit the paper and publish the author's name in connection with the publication of the paper in Variance. The CAS will grant back to the author certain rights under a limited license.

The Editorial Board of Variance will provide a Copyright Assignment Agreement form when notifying the author of the results of the committee's initial screening of a paper that falls into categories 1-3.

Authors will be asked to sign and return the Copyright Assignment Agreement form prior to official acceptance of the paper by the Editorial Board. Further consideration of the paper will be contingent upon the return of the signed Copyright Assignment Agreement form.

To protect the Casualty Actuarial Society's copyright, the following statement will be placed at the bottom of the first page of a paper after it has been accepted and before its reproduction:
"Reproduction in whole or in part without the written permission of the Casualty Actuarial Society is specifically prohibited, except that permission is granted to make copies for classroom or other educational use, but in no event for general distribution, advertising or promotional purposes, inclusion in new collective works, or for any commercial purposes."

Editing and Publication

Primarily, it is the responsibility of the author, working with the paper's copyeditor, to produce a final draft of the paper suitable for printing. After the author has been notified that the paper has been accepted for publication and the editorial review phase has concluded, the author must upload the paper as an electronic file along with its accompanying tables, appendices, etc. on the CAS Publications submission portal on the ScholarOne website. The electronic file should be prepared in a commonly used word processing software, preferably Microsoft Word. If an author has any questions about the compatibility of a particular word processing system, he or she should contact the CAS Publications Production Coordinator.

The author will have an opportunity to read, revise, and comment on the first typeset copy of the paper. Variance will not publish a paper if the author has not approved the page proofs at this stage. Any subsequent editing is normally minor and is not referred to the author.


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Mission Statement

Variance (ISSN 1940-6452) is a peer-reviewed journal published by the Casualty Actuarial Society to disseminate work of interest to casualty actuaries worldwide. The focus of Variance is original practical and theoretical research in casualty actuarial science. Significant survey or similar articles are also considered for publication. Membership in the Casualty Actuarial Society is not a prerequisite for submitting papers to the journal and submissions by non-CAS members is encouraged.