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Author Guidelines

When preparing a paper for submission, please consider the following guidelines:

  • Submissions are free of charge.
  • Manuscripts should…
    • be written in English, using American English spelling. Please use correct grammar and punctuation. Non-native English speakers should consider a professional language editing prior to publication.
    • be typed in a 12 pt Roman font, double-spaced throughout.
    • be submitted as MS Word documents.
    • be anonymized ("blinded") for review.
  • Please also send us seperately an abstract of your paper (approx. 300 words), a front page with a brief biographical note (no longer than 250 words), and a list of 5-7 keywords for your paper, as a supplementary file.
  • Please ensure a resolution of at least 300 dpi and take care to send hiqh-quality graphics. Line art images should have a resolution of 500-1000 dpi.
  • The type area of our journal is 11.5 cm (width) x 18.5 cm (height). Please consider this when producing tables or graphics.
  • Footnotes should be used sparingly.
  • Please number the headings of your article. Doing so will make the work of the layout editor easier. However, please avoid references to chapter numbers in the text, as these are - according to APA standards - removed during layout.
  • If your text includes formulas we would like to ask you to upload your text also as a PDF, additional to the Word document.
  • By submitting a paper to mda the authors agree to make data and program routines available for purposes of replication.
  • Response rates in research papers or research notes, where population surveys are analyzed, should be calculated according to AAPOR standard definitions.
  • Please follow the APA guideline when structuring and formating your work.

When preparing in-text references and the list of references please also follow the APA guidelines:

Entire Book:

Groves, R. M., & Couper, M. P. (1998). Nonresponse in household interview surveys. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Journal Article (with DOI):

Klimoski, R., & Palmer, S. (1993). The ADA and the hiring process in organizations. Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, 45(2), 10-36. doi:10.1037/1061-4087.45.2.10

Journal Article (without DOI):

Abraham, K. G., Helms, S., & Presser, S. (2009). How social processes distort measurement: The impact of survey nonresponse on estimates of volunteer work in the United States. American Journal of Sociology, 114(4), 1129-1165.

Chapter in an Edited Book:

Dixon, J., & Tucker, C. (2010). Survey nonresponse. In P. V. Marsden & J. D. Wright (Eds.), Handbook of Survey Research. Second Edition (pp. 593-630). Bingley: Emerald.

Internet Source (without DOI):

Lewis, O., & Redish, L. (2011). Native American tribes of Wisconsin. Retrieved April 19, 2012, from the Native Languages of the Americas website:

For more information, please consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.).


If the decision for the first or second round of reviews is "Revisions required", uploading the new version and the supplementary files works like this:

  • Please log in to your account on the mda website first.
  • As an author, you have to click on the corresponding active submission.
  • The "Summary" page appears with your manuscript number.
  • On this site you can upload new supplementary files, such as the letter with answers to the editor and the reviewers as well as revised appendices. (“ADD A SUPPLEMENTARY FILE”)
  • Then switch from Summary to Review on the line with the tabs under the manuscript number.
  • On this page you can upload the new Author Version of your text. (“UPLOAD AUTHOR VERSION”)


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. Every author who wishes to hand in a manuscript and publish an article in mda has to agree with our Publication ethics and Malpractice statement and declare that the policies of this journal will be upheld.

  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is double-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 Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  7. Please note:The uploaded file size limit is set to 5MB. If you have any problems with this upload limit, please contact the Managing Editor.

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