In 1996, Statistics Portugal (INE, I.P.), well aware of how vital a statistical culture is in understanding most phenomena in the present-day world, and of its responsibility in disseminating statistical knowledge, started the publication of a scientific statistical journal called Revista de Estatística. The original language used in this publication was Portuguese and the idea behind it was to publish it, three times a year, containing original research results, and application studies, namely in the economic, social and demographic fields.
In 1998 it was decided that the publication should also include papers in English. This step was taken to achieve a broader dissemination, and to encourage foreign contributors to submit their work for publication.
At the time, the Editorial Board was mainly comprised of Portuguese university professors. It is now comprised of international university faculties and this has been the first step aimed at changing the character of Revista de Estatística from a national to an international scientific journal.
We have also initiated a policy of publishing special volumes that may be thematic highlighting areas of interest or associated with scientific events in Statistics. For example, in 2001, a special issue of Revista de Estatística was published containing three volumes of extended abstracts of the invited contributed papers presented at the 23rd European Meeting of Statisticians.
In 2003, the name of the Journal has been changed to REVSTAT - STATISTICAL JOURNAL, now fully published in English, with a prestigious international editorial board, aiming to become a reference scientific journal that promotes the dissemination of relevant research results in Statistics.