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Jonas Ranstam, BSc PhD, is a former professor of medical statistics at Lund University, Sweden, and an internationally active medical statistical consultant with extensive experience from collaboration in randomised trials and epidemiological studies. He has long had a particular interest in statistical reviewing, clinical trials, and chronic disease epidemiology and was in 2016 the overall winner of Publons' Sentinels of Science Awards. Of the more than 3 million researchers currently registered at Publons, Jonas Ranstam is still the most experienced reviewer.
Statistics is a science that uses mathematical models as essential tools, but it is not a branch of mathematics. While mathematics is about deduction, statistics is about inference. It aims to develop knowledge about the properties of unknown populations by studying sample data. The main task of statistical reviewers is to evaluate empirical evidence critically. The focus, particularly in clinical trials, causal observational studies, and meta-analyses, is on the limitations imposed upon findings by research questions, study designs, data collection, and statistical methods. Manuscripts based on qualitative studies, hypothesis presentations, and expert opinions do not benefit much from statistical reviewing because subjective opinions need not be evidence-based. The reviewer can perhaps check that unsubstantiated claims are not made.
Jonas Ranstam is a member of ISCB 🔗 and ISI 🔗.