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Call for Papers: Measurement Instruments in the GESIS Panel

The GESIS Panel is a collection of measurement instruments. Some of these instruments were exclusively developed to be used in the GESIS Panel, whereas others represent established instruments that have been translated or adapted to replicate previous findings. This article collection aims at bringing together original studies from scholars of a diverse research community to address questions that include, but are not limited to, the secondary analysis of GESIS Panel data.

Call for thematic series

Measurement Instruments for the Social Sciences is calling for new thematic series focusing on topics fitting with the journal’s scope, and encourages ideas involving an international authorship. The Editors are particularly keen to consider topics focusing on, but not limited to:

  • cross-culturally fair measures of personality/non-cognitive skills
  • measurement of non-cognitive skills in international large-scale assessments
  • assessment of personality for economists: short-scale measures
  • validated self-reported inventories of daily behavior, consumer behavior, citizenship behavior, etc.

To submit your proposal, please contact

Beatrice Rammstedt, University of Mannheim; GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Germany

Associate Editors
Matthias Bluemke, GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Germany
Eldad Davidov, University of Cologne, Germany; University of Zürich, Switzerland         
Ronald Fischer, CACR School of Psychology, Victoria University Wellington, New Zealand
Anita M. Hubley, University of British Columbia, Canada
Jon Krosnick, Stanford University, USA
Alexandra Nonnenmacher, University of Siegen, Germany
Stephen Reder, Portland State University, USA
Ingrid Schoon, University College of London, UK; Berlin Social Science Center, Germany
Guido Schwerdt, University of Konstanz, Germany
Matthias von Davier, National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), USA
Matthias Ziegler, Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany
Cordula Artelt, University of Bamberg, Germany
Natalja Menold, Dresden University of Technology, Germany
Axel Franzen, University of Bern, Switzerland

Aims and scope

MISS is an interdisciplinary scholarly journal devoted to documenting high-quality measurement instruments for the social sciences (e.g. questionnaires). The journal publishes open access measurement instruments intended for scientific use across various disciplines (e.g., sociology, psychology, education, political science, economics etc.) or across multiple languages. Though focusing mainly on social surveys for the general population, the instruments may also be relevant for the study of individual differences and useful in specific diagnostic contexts. MISS expects empirical backing up of scientific claims, predominantly by a quantitative approach. MISS subscribes to high scientific, open-science and ethical standards, and employs a strict peer review procedure in line with COPE guidelines ensuring the integrity of the scholarly record.

Turning social phenomena into data: Editors' blogs

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Read the interview blogs (Part 1 and Part 2) with the Editor-in-Chief Beatrice Rammstedt and the Associate Editor Matthias Bluemke on empirical social sciences, social surveys and the challenges of describing social phenomena through scores and statistics.

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