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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.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in PDF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • 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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

For review, please submit the paper as a PDF, formatted in an easy to read style. Further information can be found in the submission preparation checklist.

For Publication 

For publication, the source file of the PDF will be needed; acceptable formats are LaTeX, Rich-Text Format (RTF), OpenOffice-Document Format (OOD), or some flavour of Microsoft's Word Formats. The prefered format is LaTeX.

Graphs must be supplied as separate file in a vector format such as PDF, EPS, or SVG. Note carefully that the PDF should contain the real vector graph, not a pixel-preview of the underlying graph. A good test for having a real vector graph is to enlarge the graph as much as possible. If the graph resolution does not decrease, the graph will be in vector format.

If the bibliography was produced with software we ask for an extract of the database used for creating the citations. We prefer this extract to be in BiBTeX format. Authors creating their bibliography without sending us an extract of the data base are asked to format their references as follows:

  • Author/Editor names: Surname, Initials, with slashes between all author names. Example: Heerwegh, D./Abts, K./Loosveldt, G.
  • Publication data in parentheses, followed by a full stop. Example: (2007).
  • Titles of articles and books: Put the title in quotation markes. Example: "Minimizing survey refusal and noncontact rates: do our efforts pay off?"
  • Booktitles of edited volumes and journal names: Do not use any special punctuation
  • Volume (Issue) Pages for journal articles as in "1(1) pp. 3-10".
  • Separate address of publisher and publisher name with a colon followed by a blank. Example: New York: Wiley
  • Highlight names of editors by putting "(Ed.)" behind the name(s).
  • Add "pp. " in front of the page range of papers in edited volumes, etc.. Example: pp. 1-20

Transparency and Openness Promotion Guidelines

SRM supports the Transparency and Openness Promotion Guidelines of the Center for Open Science. Specifically, before publishing authors are requested to:

  1. cite the data being used; the article is not being published until appropriate citation for data and replication materials is provided. Citation standards are explained below.
  2. state whether data is available, and, if so, where to access it. Authors using original data are requested to make their data available at a trusted digital repository. Examples are:
  3. For self-archiving see:
  4. to upload replication materials (Stata Do-files, SPSS syntax files, .R files and the like) as supplementary file to your manuscript.

It is understood that in some cases access to replications materials or data is restricted to protect confidential or proprietary information. SRM grant exceptions to data and material access requirements in those cases. Those exceptions must be justified in the submitted manuscript.

Data citation

Data should be cited equivalently to published literature with an author-year scheme while following the citation recommendations of the data set provider; if available, a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) should be provided.

Example: An article that uses data from the European Social Survey could cite this data source as "European Social Survey Round 6 Data (2012)". The entry in the list of references would than be:

European Social Survey Round 6 Data (2012). Data file edition 2.1. Norwegian Social Science Data Services, Norway -- Data Archive and distributor of ESS data.

If replication materials of other authors have been used, it should be cited equivalently to published literature with an author-year scheme following the citation recommendations of the repository being used; if available, a Digital Object Idenifier (DOI) should be provided.


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

Replication studies will undergo the same reviewing process as original journal articles. When they are published, replication studies will be marked as such.

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