The 12 October Journal Club has passed. Thanks to all who participated. More information on our December Journal Club session will follow soon!

The Education Committee of the International Biometric Society (IBS) is excited to announce its next Journal Club discussion, which will be centered around the following paper recently published in JABES:

‘Selecting the Number of States in Hidden Markov Models: Pragmatic Solutions Illustrated Using Animal Movement’ , by Jennifer Pohle, Roland Langrock, Floris M. van Beest and Niels Martin Schmidt

Date: Thursday, 12 October 2017

Time: 15:00 UTC (GMT)

Organizer & Chair: Jim Todd (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)

Venue: Journal Club discussions are presented online. Instructions for accessing video and audio content will be made available to all confirmed participants.

Audience: The IBS Journal Club is open to all IBS members worldwide. (Not limited to English-speaking natives)

Registration Fee: Registration is free for IBS members. (Limited to the first 100 registered members per Journal Club)

Purpose and Plan: The IBS Journal Club is a new initiative designed by the Education Committee. The purpose is to widen the scope for understanding recent papers published in IBS journals and to provide a networking opportunity for IBS members through a regular internet forum.

The author of the paper will be asked to make a 20 minute presentation on the paper and its importance. A discussant will also be identified to highlight the main points and raise relevant questions for a maximum of approximately 10 minutes. The discussion will then be opened up to participants for comments, questions and responses to the paper, under the direction of the Chair.

IBS members interested in registering to attend should email

For more information about the IBS Journal Club, please contact Education Committee members Jim Todd ( or Jaakko Nevalainen ( ).