About the Journal
Survey Research Methods is the official peer-reviewed journal of the European Survey Research Association (ESRA). The journal publishes articles in English, which discuss methodological issues related to survey research. Three types of papers are in-scope:
- Papers discussing methodological issues in substantive research using survey data;
- Papers that discuss methodological issues that are more or less independent of the specific field of substantive research;
- Replication studies of studies published in SRM
Topics of particular interest include survey design, sample design, question and questionnaire design, data collection, nonresponse, data capture, data processing, coding and editing, measurement errors, imputation, weighting and survey data analysis methods.
Survey Research Methods focuses on data collection methods for large scale surveys, but papers on special populations are welcome. We do not publish pure mathematical papers or simulations. We also normally do not publish papers based on students, or on small sized experiments. Papers on larger experiments, or papers based on data from non-probability samples are welcome given that authors undertake steps to assess external validity or limitations concerning population estimates in detail.
Survey Research Methods publishes replications studies of articles published in the journal. Replication studies will undergo the same reviewing process as original journal articles. In case of publication, replication studies will be marked as such.
Survey Research Methods is indexed by the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, and the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). The journal has signed the Transparency and Openness Promotion Guidelines of the Center for Open Science; see the Author Guidelines for SRM's adoption of these guidelines.
2022 Journal Citation Reports
Journal Impact Factor: 4.8
Ranking among "Social Sciences, Mathematical Methods": 8 out of 53
(cf. Thomson Reuters 2022)
The editor assigns submissions to an associate editor who selects two reviewers for blind review. The associate editor makes a recommendation to the editor based on the reviews and his/her own reading.
Replication studies will undergo the same reviewing process as original journal articles. When they are published, replication studies will be marked as such.
Call for papers
Call for papers are published on discretion of the editor.
Peer Review Process
SRM applies a single blind review system.
The editor assigns submissions to an associate editor who selects two reviewers for blind review. The associate editor makes a recommendation to the editor based on the reviews and his/her own reading. The final decision is taken by the editor.
Manuscripts that does not adhere SRM's focus and scope will be desk-reject by the editor before starting the reviewing process. Manuscripts that do not follow SRM's author guidelines will be sent back to the authors for correction before starting the full reviewing process.
Reviewers are given 3 weeks to review a manuscript. Actual reviewing times may take longer depending on time constraints of associate editors and reviewers.
SRM appears three times a year in April, August, and December.
Open Access Policy
SRM is an open access journal, which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the DOAI definition of open access.
SRM does not levy any charges to its authors.
This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.