For the next issues of the SJIAOS we are inviting authors to send manuscripts on “The value and cost of Official Statistics”. Assessing the value of Official Statistics is becoming more and more important now that public budgets for statistical operations are progressively decreasing and official statisticians are requested to justify the large investments required for major data collections, such as the Censuses. This involves, on one side, assessing the benefits, in terms of economic and social welfare, gained from using data and statistics, and, on the other side, measuring the resources expended to collect, process, and analyze them. The key questions are: What is the impact of official statistics on decision making? How to measure the use of official statistics in policy processes and investment decisions? What is the impact of these informed-based policies and decisions? Or what would be the cost of the lack of essential statistical information? How to communicate the importance of official statistics to policy-makers? How can a business case for justifying an investment in a major statistical operation be built? Submit your articles here.