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Call for Papers: The Use of Test Scores in Secondary Analyses

Measurement Instruments for the Social Sciences is launching a special issue on The Use of Test Scores in Secondary Analysis in order to promote an inter-disciplinary dialogue between scholars who design the psychometric models used to estimate latent skills and researchers that use these data to investigate policy-relevant questions related to skills formation, skill utilisation and returns to skill.

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.

COVID-19 and impact on peer review

As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

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

Editorial Board


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

Associate Editors

Julian Aichholzer, University of Vienna, Department of Governmnent, Austria
Cordula Artelt, University of Bamberg, LIfBi, Leibniz-Institute for Educational Trajectories, Germany
Matthias Bluemke, GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Germany
Eldad Davidov, University of Cologne, Germany; University of Zürich, Switzerland        
Matthias von Davier, National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), USA
Ronald Fischer, CACR School of Psychology, Victoria University Wellington, New Zealand
Anita M. Hubley, University of British Columbia, Canada
Jon Krosnick, Stanford University, USA
Patrick C. Kyllonen, Educational Testing Service, USA
Natalja Menold, Dresden University of Technology, Germany
Clemens Lechner, GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Germany
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 Ziegler, Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany

Benefits of publishing in MISS

  • GESIS is fully-sponsoring a number of articles - read more
  • APCs of articles to be published in MISS are reasonably priced with £860.00/$1290.00/€990.00 per article - read more
  • Articles by members of the Leibniz Association Membership are discounted or waived - read more
  • All articles are published under the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0 license, authors will retain copyrights - read more 

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.

Why open access, why BMC

Open access research is free to access for everyone, everywhere. Our authors retain copyright of their work through a Creative Commons attribution license that clearly states how readers can use their attributed research, free of charge. All of which helps make articles available to the widest audience, and contributes to the furthering of research in ways that would have seemed impossible two decades ago. 

At BMC in 2017 we have enabled researchers to publish 70,000 open access articles, and over one million authors have chosen to publish with BMC over the past 15 years.

Learn more about the benefits of publishing your research open access!

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