Our journals and research publications

Our journals and research publications advance the body of knowledge of actuarial science and its applications. They promote new research and knowledge transfer and are a valuable resource for practitioners, academics, and policy makers.

Our journals

As part of our objective to advance all matters relevant to actuarial science, the IFoA owns and manages two journals: Annals of Actuarial Science (AAS) and British Actuarial Journal (BAJ). Both are published by Cambridge University Press.

Your IFoA membership fees include free access to our journals.

International research, bridging the gap between theory and practice

Annals of Actuarial Science (AAS) publishes peer-reviewed research in all areas of actuarial science and related fields, with the aim of promoting work that is rigorous and of clear relevance to actuarial applications.

AAS welcomes papers in life insurance, non-life insurance, pensions, health insurance, finance and investment, statistics and econometrics, insurance economics, and quantitative risk management.

Furthermore, we welcome contributions in contiguous but non-traditional fields for actuaries, including, but not restricted to machine learning and artificial intelligence, mathematical or computational finance, climate science, cyber or operational risk, and actuarial or statistical software. Their relevance to the insurance industry must be clearly demonstrated.

Member Access 

Online access to the AAS is free to access for IFoA Members by following this dedicated member link

Submit a paper

AAS publishes original research papers, review papers, and actuarial software. If you would like to submit a paper please read the instructions for contributors and visit ScholarOne.

Editorial Board

Editor-in-Chief Andreas Tsanakas, City, University of London, UK

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Current practitioner research and discussion in actuarial science

British Actuarial Journal (BAJ) publishes papers presented in the Sessional Research Programme of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA), along with transcripts of the discussions and debates.  It also contains Presidential addresses; memoirs and papers of interest to practitioners.

Member Access 

Online access to the British Actuarial Journal is free to access for IFoA Members by following this dedicated member link

Submit a paper

If you would like to submit a paper to the BAJ please read the instructions for contributors.

Editorial Board

Editor: Adrian O’Hagan, University College Dublin, Ireland

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Longevity Bulletin

The Longevity Bulletin provides a combination of research-based articles and thought pieces that focus on some of the biggest challenges facing society and policymakers in the context of longevity, ageing, and population change.

Each issue of the Longevity Bulletin presents and explains actuarial perspectives on themes emerging from, or impacting, population longevity. It also looks beyond the actuarial world for statistics, research, and the latest thinking on related subjects. In doing so, it aims to provide general and technical perspectives to best address relevant longevity topics, as well as serve to provoke thought and further discussion.

Issue 15: The machine learning issue

Machine learning offers the actuarial profession a range of opportunities. For example, models and methodologies can deepen understanding of mortality risk and benefit stakeholders. It can also add value to the work of data scientists in areas such as interpretation and communication. Issue 15 of the Longevity Bulletin:

  • looks at machine learning in relation to mortality modelling and survival analysis
  • explores practical aspects of using machine learning within an actuarial framework, including technical, professional, and ethical considerations
  • outlines the development of a model and app revealing new insights into how mortality and longevity varies across England
  • considers how actuaries have engaged with and applied machine learning techniques to datasets in electronic health records
  • highlights the CMI’s use of generalised linear modelling in the analysis of mortality and morbidity

Join the webinar on 11 September 2023

On 11 September, join the editor of the bulletin and two of the authors as they discuss highlights from issue 15.

Register at: Machine learning in mortality: highlights from the IFoA Longevity Bulletin


Issue 14: The social care issue

As our societies age, the question of how to care for the elderly and most vulnerable becomes more pressing. This issue explores key social care issues from actuarial, epidemiological, and technological standpoints, both in the UK and internationally. Download issue 14 (PDF, 1.04 MB)

Issue 13: The coronavirus issue

Considers aspects of the biggest worldwide catastrophe of our age and looks at the ongoing pandemic and its ramifications from a number of different perspectives. Download issue 13 (PDF, 767KB)

Issue 12: The Pharmacology issue 

The theme of pharmacology is greatly relevant to our current situation, as the search for a vaccine shows how much we rely on pharmacological research and innovation. This issue explores the topic of pharmacology from a number of different perspectives. Download issue 12 (PDF, 951KB)

Issue 11: The technology edition 

Examines a range of technological developments and highlights key issues for consideration as the relationships between society and technology continue to evolve. Download issue 11 (PDF, 2.1MB)

Issue 10: Is the tide turning 

For the first time, the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries has joined forces with the Society of Actuaries in the US and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries on its latest Longevity Bulletin, 'Longevity: Is the tide turning?' This bulletin takes an international approach to explore potential reasons for the slowdown in life expectancy. Download issue 10 (PDF, 1.07MB)

Issue 9: The big data in health issue 

Examines recent advances in the field of big data and explores potential impacts for insurers. Download issue 9 (PDF, 1MB)

Issue 8: Antimicrobial resistance 

Examines the clinical implications, impact on longevity and the potential economic cost of current trends in AMR. Download issue 8 (PDF, 1.9MB)

Issue 7: Modelling edition 

Discusses some potential drivers of longevity trends and considers aspects of longevity modelling. Download issue 7 (PDF, 1.3MB)

Issue 6: Pandemic issue 

Looks at pandemic risks from various angles including risk modelling, epidemiology, health policy and technology. Download issue 6 (PDF, 3MB)

Issue 5: The gender edition 

Addresses lifestyle and the genetic reasons for changes in the ‘gender gap’ around the world, as well as illustrates the trends, policy, and business landscape that actuaries must navigate. Download issue 5 (PDF, 1.4MB)

Issue 4: Health life expectancy

Focuses on the important issue of health expectancy, a natural extension of life expectancy – defined as the remaining years at a particular age spent healthy. Download issue 4 (PDF, 1.4MB)

Issue 3: Variation in longevity 

Sets some basic actuarial relationships between average lifespan and the variation of lifespan within a population in the context of some emerging theories from recent studies in demography. Download issue 3 (PDF, 1.4MB)

Issue 2: Is life expectancy the lifespan we should expect? 

Explains life expectancy and outlines how it should be interpreted. Download issue 2 (PDF, 1.4MB)

Issue 1: International forecasts of future longevity 

Reviews some national statistics to see what is projected for future longevity in the populations of selected countries. Download issue 1 (PDF, 987 KB)

Longevity Bulletin: Issue 15

Longevity Bulletin: Issue 15

The machine learning issue (PDF, 1.67 MB)
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The Archive of Faculty and Institute journals

Members can also view the archive of Faculty and Institute journals, and the journals of the Staple Inn Actuarial Society and the Actuarial Society of Edinburgh.

Use your IFoA member access to the Actuarial Knowledge Hub to view:

  • Journal of the Institute of Actuaries (1851-1994)
  • Transactions of the Faculty of Actuaries (1903-1992)
  • Transactions of the Actuarial Society of Edinburgh (1886-1901)
  • Journal of the Institute of Actuaries Students' Society/Journal of the Staple Inn Actuarial Society (1911-1987, 1988-1993)
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