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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.

Open access

All articles published by Measurement Instruments for the Social Sciences are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

As authors of articles published in Measurement Instruments for the Social Sciences you are the copyright holders of your article and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate your article, according to the BMC license agreement.

For those of you who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BMC can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article-processing charges

Open access publishing is not without costs. Measurement Instruments for the Social Sciences therefore levies an article-processing charge of £755.00/$1180.00/€960.00 for each article accepted for publication, plus VAT or local taxes where applicable.

If the corresponding author's institution participates in our open access membership program, some or all of the publication cost may be covered (more details available on the membership page). We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. For other countries, article-processing charge waivers or discounts are granted on a case-by-case basis to authors with insufficient funds. Authors can request a waiver or discount during the submission process. For further details, see our article-processing charge page.

BMC provides a free open access funding support service to help authors discover and apply for article processing charge funding. Visit our OA funding and policy support page to view our list of research funders and institutions that provide funding for APCs, and to learn more about our email support service.

Starting from 2018 through 2020, GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences is fully sponsoring a number of articles. In order to get the article processing charge (APC) paid via GESIS, authors need to contact matthias.bluemke@gesis.org before submitting their manuscripts.

Indexing services

The full text of all articles is deposited in digital archives around the world to guarantee long-term digital preservation. You can also access all articles published by BioMed Central on SpringerLink.

We are working closely with relevant indexing services including PubMed Central and Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics) to ensure that articles published in Measurement Instruments for the Social Sciences will be available in their databases when appropriate.

Peer-review policy

Peer-review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help editors determine whether the manuscript should be published in their journal. You can read more about the peer-review process here.

Measurement Instruments for the Social Sciences operates a double-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers do not know the names or affiliations of the authors and the reviewer reports provided to the authors are anonymous.

The benefit of double-blind peer review is that it allows reviewers to judge the manuscript based on content alone, and they are not unconsciously biased by knowledge of who the authors are.

Submitted manuscripts will initially be screened by the Editor-in-Chief, with manuscripts deemed of suitable quality and interest assigned to the relevant Section Editor. Manuscripts will generally be reviewed by two or more experts, who will be asked to assess the manuscript and provide constructive comments for improvement, i.e. whether the manuscript is scientifically sound and coherent, whether it duplicates already published work, and whether or not the manuscript is sufficiently clear for publication. The  Editors will reach a decision based on these reports and, where necessary, they will consult with members of the Editorial Board. 

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to Measurement Instruments for the Social Sciences should adhere to BMC's editorial policies.

Springer Nature remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations.

Citing articles in Measurement Instruments for the Social Sciences

Articles in Measurement Instruments for the Social Sciences should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format:

Authors: Title. Meas Instrum Soc Sci [year], [volume number]:[article number].

e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. Meas Instrum Soc Sci​​​​​​​ 2009, 1:115.

1:115 refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Appeals and complaints

If you wish to appeal a rejection or make a complaint you should, in the first instance, contact the Editor who will provide details of the journal's complaints procedure. For complaints that cannot be resolved with the Editor, the authors should contact the Publisher.

Benefits of publishing with BMC

High visibility

Measurement Instruments for the Social Sciences's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. 

Speed of publication

Measurement Instruments for the Social Sciences offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF.

Flexibility

Online publication in Measurement Instruments for the Social Sciences gives you the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in Measurement Instruments for the Social Sciences are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be highlighted on Measurement Instruments for the Social Sciences’s pages and on the BMC homepage.

In addition, articles published in Measurement Instruments for the Social Sciences may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Measurement Instruments for the Social Sciences. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BMC is available here.

Copyright

As an author of an article published in Measurement Instruments for the Social Sciences you retain the copyright of your article and you are free to reproduce and disseminate your work (for further details, see the BMC license agreement).

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Annual Journal Metrics

  • Speed
    68 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only
    54 days to first decision for all manuscripts
    106 days from submission to acceptance

  • This journal is indexed by

    • DOAJ
    • EBSCO Discovery Service
    • Google Scholar
    • OCLC WorldCat Discovery Service
    • ProQuest-ExLibris Primo
    • ProQuest-ExLibris Summon
    • Institute for Scientific and Technical Information of China
    • Naver

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