Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Methods, data, analyses (mda) publishes research on all questions important to quantitative methods, with a special emphasis on survey methodology. Mda is released in print and online as open-access  journal. All content is freely available and can be distributed  without any restrictions, ensuring the free flow of information that is crucial for scientific progress. Of course, mda does not raise any publication fees.

We especially invite authors to submit articles extending the profession's knowledge on the science of surveys, be it on data collection, measurement, or data analysis and statistics. We also  welcome applied papers that deal with the use of quantitative methods in practice, with teaching quantitative methods, or that present the use of a particular state-of-the-art method using an example for  illustration. In spite of the focus on survey methodology we also encourage submissions on other important topics of social science research methods.

 

Section Policies

Research Reports

We invite authors to submit articles extending the profession's knowledge on the science of surveys, be it on data collection, measurement, or data analysis and statistics. We also  welcome applied papers that deal with the use of quantitative methods in practice, with teaching quantitative methods, or that present the use of a particular state-of-the-art method using an example for  illustration. In spite of the focus on survey methodology we also encourage submissions on other important topics of social science research methods.

The total length of the manuscript shall not exceed 10.000 words.

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Research Notes

Research notes should consist of no more than 4500 words. We encourage researchers to submit smaller (experimental) studies to mda.

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Field Reports

mda publishes descriptions of innovative fieldwork methods. Such studies typically have high informative value for persons implementing surveys, but lack the statistical complexities and academic rigor of usual articles in our field, among other reasons because innovative methods are seldom implemented as an experiment.

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Peer Review Process

Mda aims for a quick peer-review process. All papers submitted to mda will first be screened by the editors for general suitability and then double-blindly reviewed by at least two reviewers. The decision on publication is made by the editors based on the reviews.

 

Publication Frequency

mda has introduced OnlineFirst as service for authors and readers.

OnlineFirst

OnlineFirst means that manuscripts are published online when they are final reviewed. Without OnlineFirst, articles are published when the printed issue is released. But this takes a lot of time, considering that mda only appears two times a year. Articles that are published OnlineFirst can be read and cited immediately. Therefore OnlineFirst is a great service, because authors don't have to wait for the printed issue and new discoveries can impact the community much faster.

Citation when published OnlineFirst

Papers won't be able to be cited with volume or page number immediately when they are online, because then the printed issue isn't released yet. However they will be given a DOI (Digital Object Identifier). This number can be used to cite instead of volume and page number, just like the following example:

author names. article title. mda. prepublished month, day, year, DOI: 10.1587/542258436876

Printed issue

Every article that is published OnlineFirst is assigned to an upcoming issue of mda. When the assigned issue is released the articles are given their volume and page numbers. It won't be possible to make any changes once a manuscript is published OnlineFirst. When the new issue is published the applied papers won't be found under the section OnlineFirst at our website anymore, but the issue they are released in. Also the papers can still be found using the DOI.

The mda appears in one regular issue (July) and one special issue (January) a year. All content is licensed using the creative commons attribution license (CC-BY).

 

Open Access Policy

Methods, data, analyses (mda) publishes research on all questions important to quantitative methods, with a special emphasis on survey methodology. Mda is released in print and online as open-access  journal. All content is freely available and can be distributed  without any restrictions, ensuring the free flow of information that is crucial for scientific progress. Of course, mda does not raise any publication fees.

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Vanessa Schaag
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