Metron Special Issue

The journal METRON ( is organizing a Special Issue dedicated to the 8th ITAlian COnference on Survey Methodology (ITACOSM 2023), held at the University of Calabria (Italy), from 7 to 9 June, 2023.

The Special Issue is intended to collecting original papers that promote and spread the multifaceted connections between new tools for data science and survey sampling methodology covering emerging topics in survey and official statistics. It would be an opportunity for survey practitioners, academic researchers, official statisticians and statistics stakeholders to assess the current state of survey sampling methodology and practice in a time when traditional survey methods are undergoing continuous and rapid revision, in terms of key aspects of design, collection, processing, estimation and dissemination. In fact, nowadays it is widely recognized that new methods and techniques, based on Machine and Statistical Learning algorithms and tools, are more and more gaining ground. At the same time, the scope of data sources is increasing due to the uptake of administrative registers and various forms of so-called big data.

Authors and participants to ITACOSM 2023 are invited to submit original papers which deal with novel and relevant statistical approaches, critical review papers and/or up-to-date applications covering one of the following topics (but not limited to):

  1. Adaptive sample designs
  2. Administrative registers, big data and sample survey
  3. Calibration methods for data integration
  4. Capture-recapture methods
  5. Data disclosure strategies and privacy protection
  6. Data fusion, data production and data quality
  7.  Estimation from different data sources
  8.  Estimation issues from informative designs
  9.  Graph learning
  10.  Integration and weighting in probability and nonprobability-based sample surveys
  11.  Machine and statistical learning methods in survey estimation
  12.  Missing data and imputation methods
  13.  Mixed mode surveys
  14.  Multiple frame surveys
  15. New methods for censuses
  16.  Population-size estimation
  17.  Record linkage
  18.  Resampling methods
  19.  Sample designs for complex populations (networks) and for integrated data
  20.  Sample selectivity
  21.  Sample surveys for sensitive data and indirect questioning
  22. Sampling and non-sampling errors
  23. Sampling for hard-to-reach populations
  24. Small area estimation
  25. Smart surveys
  26. Spatial sampling and use of remote sensing data
  27. Statistical matching
  28. Smart surveys
  29. Spatial sampling and use of remote sensing data
  30. Variance estimation

The Special Issue is also open to all researchers who want to give a contribution related to the topics listed above.

Authors who are not sure whether their research fall under the Call for Papers may preliminarily contact the Editors with an initial draft of the paper.

The deadline for submission is October 31, 2023. All manuscripts submitted to the Special Issue will undergo the classic double-blind review process as soon as they will be received.

Authors can find the details for the manuscript preparation and submission at the link:

When submitting the article, the Authors must select “S.I.: ITACOSM 2023 - New Challenges for sample surveys: innovation through tradition” from the window “Select Article Type”, and then proceed with the next steps.


Other important dates are:

January 31, 2024 – End of the revision process and notice to Authors

April 30, 2024 – Deadline for submitting the revised paper

September 2024 Publication of the special issue (tentative)


The editing and the review process will be handled by the Guest Editors:

Pier Francesco Perri (University of Calabria)

Fulvia Mecatti (University of Milano-Bicocca)

Daniela Marella (Sapienza University of Rome)

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