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Author Guidelines

Survey Practice provides a forum for research that advances the day-to-day practice of survey research. We are particularly interested in manuscripts that provide insight into best practices, that provide innovative experiments in survey design, or that may not be quite ready for peer review but that provide insightful and suggestive results for the future of survey research. Authors considering submissions should keep in mind the following guidelines: The electronic medium. Shorter sentences and paragraphs are best suited to electronic publications. Readers need text that is concise and useful rather than wordy and vague.
Survey Practice readers. Survey Practice readers are diverse, ranging from new to very experienced survey researchers. The levels of education range from undergraduates through PhDs. Survey Practice readers want to get to the important points of the articles quickly. Your message will be better understood with simple explanations and less complex sentences.
Consistency in style and format. Following the specified guidelines for style and the instructions regarding citations, references, and submission formats will create a smoother editorial process. Consistency in these elements also minimizes readers' confusion about the treatment of various elements. The Guidelines for Authors are not absolute but following them helps the editors and readers, and can simplify the preparation of your article. Please remember to keep articles brief, preferably under 2500 words. Citation Format. Citations should confirm to the Chicago Manual of Style author-date system. Extensive use of citations and quotations is not recommended. General Format. The last name of the author of cited work should appear in the paper, followed by the year of publication of the book, paper, report, or document, as in (Jones 1990). Reference Format. All citations in the paper should be listed in the References section. No citations should be listed in the References section that are not cited in the course of the paper. They could be included in a Further Readings section. Manuscript Submission All manuscripts should be submitted through the Survey Practice website. To submit, authors will need to register at Survey Practice
AAPOR Code of Professional Ethics & Practices All submissions must abide by the AAPOR Code of Professional Ethics & Practices. Manuscripts that make use of survey data must include, at minimum, the information below from Section III-A of the Code: A…. [I]nclude the following items in any report of research results or make them available immediately upon release of that report. 1. Who sponsored the research study, who conducted it, and who funded it, including, to the extent known, all original funding sources. 2. The exact wording and presentation of questions and responses whose results are reported. 3. A definition of the population under study, its geographic location, and a description of the sampling frame used to identify this population. If the sampling frame was provided by a third party, the supplier shall be named. If no frame or list was utilized, this shall be indicated. 4. A description of the sample design, giving a clear indication of the method by which the respondents were selected (or self-selected) and recruited, along with any quotas or additional sample selection criteria applied within the survey instrument or post-fielding. The description of the sampling frame and sample design should include sufficient detail to determine whether the respondents were selected using probability or non-probability methods. 5. Sample sizes and a discussion of the precision of the findings, including estimates of sampling error for probability samples and a description of the variables used in any weighting or estimating procedures. The discussion of the precision of the findings should state whether or not the reported margins of sampling error or statistical analyses have been adjusted for the design effect due to clustering and weighting, if any. 6. Which results are based on parts of the sample, rather than on the total sample, and the size of such parts. 7. Method and dates of data collection. Also, all submissions must include the following: 8. The response rate and details of its calculation (if response rate is not appropriate, the refusal rate). Accurate reporting of the response rate requires consulting the AAPOR Standard Definitions (, to identify the appropriate response rate definition. If the AAPOR recommendations are not followed, authors should explain why a nonstandard approach was employed. 9. For models fitted to the data, the equations of the models should be presented, including the numerical values of the parameter estimates, the respective standard errors, and goodness-of-fit statistics for the model. In addition, authors need to agree to make other specific information about the study available within 30 days of any request for such materials. This information is listed in Section III-B of the Code located at


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another e-journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the E-Journal.

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