Journal of Probability and Statistics

Joint Models and Their Applications

Publishing date
01 May 2012
Submission deadline
01 Nov 2011

Lead Editor

1Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, College of Public Health, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 33612, USA

2Department of Statistics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z2

3Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada N2L 3G1

4Statistics Department, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695, USA

Joint Models and Their Applications


A common objective in longitudinal studies is to characterize the relationship between a longitudinal response process and a time to event. Considerable interest has been focused on so-called joint models, where models for the event time distribution and longitudinal data are often specified through a common set of latent random effects. Joint models of longitudinal data and/or survival data have received great attention in the literature over the past two decades. The importance of these models is well recognized, partly due to the fact that longitudinal data and survival data arise frequently in practice. Despite the extensive literature on this topic, these models continue to be a main research stream since they offer many advantages over separate analysis of longitudinal data and/or survival data. Many important issues may standout for joint models. For example, the common assumption of distributions for model errors and random effects in joint models is normal in most of the previous studies, but this assumption may lack the robustness against departures from normality. Other important issues also remain to be addressed, such as computational issues, model diagnostics and selections, and various choices of longitudinal models and survival models.

To stimulate the continuing efforts to understand various joint model development and associated statistical inference methods with their applications in biomedical, biological, engineering, and other studies, we invite authors to contribute original research articles as well as review articles. We are particularly interested in articles describing development of joint models with nonnormal or nonparametric distributions, the nature of common assumptions, computational aspects, model diagnostics, model selections, and other issues. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Joint modeling of mixed effects models and Cox PH models joint models
  • Joint models with skewed distributions such as skew-normal and skew-t distributions
  • Simultaneous inference on mixed effects models and accelerated failure time models
  • Joint models of longitudinal data and interval censored survival data
  • Joint models of longitudinal data and recurrent event data
  • Analysis of longitudinal data with informative observation times and/or drop out
  • Various joint modeling methods with their applications
  • Joint model diagnostics and selections

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's Author Guidelines, which are located at Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at according to the following timetable:

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