Objective Journal of Causal Inference (JCI) is a fully peer-reviewed, open access, electronic-only journal. JCI publishes papers on theoretical and applied causal research across the range of academic disciplines that use quantitative tools to study causality.
The past two decades have seen causal inference emerge as a unified field with a solid theoretical foundation, useful in many of the empirical and behavioral sciences. Journal of Causal Inference aims to provide a common venue for researchers working on causal inference in biostatistics and epidemiology, economics, political science and public policy, cognitive science and formal logic, and any field that aims to understand causality. The journal serves as a forum for this growing community to develop a shared language and study the commonalities and distinct strengths of their various disciplines’ methods for causal analysis.
Existing discipline-specific journals tend to bury causal analysis in the language and methods of traditional statistical methodologies, creating the inaccurate impression that causal questions can be handled by routine methods of regression or simultaneous equations, glossing over the special precautions demanded by causal analysis. In contrast, JCI highlights both the uniqueness and interdisciplinary nature of causal research.
Topics Any field aiming at understanding causality, especially
Biostatistics and epidemiology
Causal model and target parameter specification
Quantitative statistics’ elaboration of causal methods in applied data analyses
Cross-disciplinary methodological research
History of the causal inference field and its philosophical underpinnings
Article formats Original research articles, book reviews, short communications on topics that aim to stimulate public debate and bring unorthodox perspectives to open questions