International Adaptations of Measurement Instruments should present a questionnaire or itemized testing procedure in different languages. The international harmonization of measurement instruments, one of the goals of MISS, is crucial to scientific progress. Social surveys, their items, item-sets, or questionnaires including the response options, need to be comparable across languages and/or cultures. International adaptations of an instrument require at least its translation to different languages, or adaptation to different cultural backgrounds. The instrument described may either be completely new, although in many cases there will be an existing source instrument (or reference standard) prior to commencing the translation or adaptation process.
The manuscript has to provide a theoretical rationale, a measurement model, and describe a demonstrable advance on what is currently available, or known about current measurement approaches. The quality of the translation or adaptation process has to be high and documented well, ideally following the TRAPD approach. In addition, the manuscript has to shed light on the comparability of the assessed concepts across different contexts. Either the source instrument or the new adaptation needs to have been well tested and ideally, but not necessarily, used in a way that proves its value. Typical examples for International Adaptations of Measurement Instruments―one from a psychological area, two from the domain of social surveys―are Leung, Marsh, Craven, & Abduljabbar (2016), Hofmann, Schori, & Abel (2013), and Chan, Kasper, Brandt, & Pezzin (2012).
Comparability across groups in terms of language, nationality, or cultural markers is an asset. Yet limited comparability does not preclude publication; instead the current knowledge should be documented for future reference and scientific progress. The application of an instrument in the same language to different ethnic backgrounds (subpopulations) does not qualify for a submission as an International Adaptation of Measurement Instruments (see, for instance, Peterson et al., 2017), but for a submission as a New Measurement Instrument instead.
MISS publishes measurements instruments for educational, psychological, sociological, or economic concepts that are of relevance to social scientific research, especially for describing the general population. Ideally, they qualify for interdisciplinary application in several scientific disciplines. Research articles must be original and focus on measurement instruments, their quality, their utility, and what inferences may be drawn on the basis of their application. The focus of MISS is on advances in measuring social-scientific aspects and concepts. Response modes (e.g., online survey, telephone interviewing) have to be properly specified.
This article type is characterized by multiple international samples, each of sufficient sample size, and ideally each representative for the general or target population. They are used for the analysis of the quality of measurement instruments. The quality of the measurement instruments must be evaluated in line with recent methodological standards (e.g., the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing developed by the American Educational Research Association, American Psychological Association, and National Council on Measurement in Education). A checklist for comprehensive reporting and which quality criteria are considered adequate is provided by GESIS.
MISS strongly encourages that all datasets on which the conclusions of the paper rely should be available to readers. We encourage authors to ensure that their datasets are either deposited in publicly available repositories (where available and appropriate) or presented in the main manuscript or additional supporting files whenever possible. Please see Springer Nature’s information on recommended repositories.
Maximum length (as a rule of thumb): 4000 words of text (not including abstract, tables, figures, acknowledgments, references, and online-only material), with no more than a total of five tables and/or figures. The title or subtitle should include either the phrase "A Translation" or "An Adaptation."
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