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Author Guidelines

Please submit the paper as a PDF, formatted in an easy to read style.

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. If you use LaTeX, we prefer 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 butting "(Ed.)" behind the name.

  • Add "pp. " in front of the page range of papers in edited volumes, etc.. Example: pp. 1-20

In any case, authors have to adhere the following "Transparency and Openness Promotion" and "Data Citation" guidelines.

Transparency and Openness Promotion Guidelines

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

  1. to 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. to 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.


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 journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in PDF format.
  3. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  4. For publication, a file in one of the following formats will be provided: LaTeX, Rich-Text Format (RTF), OpenOffice-Document Format (OOD), or some flavour of Microsoft's Word Formats (*DOC).
  5. For publication, all graphs will be supplied as separate PDFs by the authors.
  6. For publication, replication materials will be uploaded as supplementary file.

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