DataCritica aims to be a widely accessible bilingual (Spanish-English) peer-reviewed digital journal for the exchange of original research, ideas, and news about statistics. The title of the journal, DataCritica highlights the dual nature of a journal that aims at linking the science of collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and representing data, statistics, with the tradition of critical theory.
DataCritica promotes the conscious development of critical statistics, an approach to statistics that contests positivist attitudes that produce models of ahistorical and atheoretical quantitative sciences with pretensions of purely objective, universal, and non-normative knowledge.
DataCritica promotes a critical perspective on specific statistical facts, concepts, and methods, and examines the implicit worldview of professional statisticians. The nature of the journal rejects the traditional disciplinary division of knowledge, under which statistics is conceived as a field of mathematics. The journal, therefore, approaches statistical issues from a multiplicity of perspectives, which includes historical, sociological, cultural, rhetorical, philosophical approaches to statistics.
DataCritica conceives statistics as an essential tool to promote democracy and social justice; hence, it promotes the statistical literacy necessary for citizens¹ participation in democratic societies. DataCritica will serve as a forum where a diversity of forms of radical criticism can coalesce, aiming to build a community of critics of statistics and fostering the principled use of statistics for social and scientific criticism.
Luis A. Aviles