New Measurement Instruments should present a new questionnaire or itemized testing procedure. The instrument portrayed may either be completely new, or it may offer a better version of existing measurement approaches. 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. Full documentation of extensive social surveys, which comprise various concepts, constructs, or measurement dimensions, are beyond the scope of MISS; yet sets of items taken from surveys and evaluated as separate scales are in line with the journal scope.
Any instrument needs to have been well tested, and ideally, but not necessarily, used in a way that proves its utility. Quality criteria have to be reported and interpreted in terms of what inferences they allow about the target population or the samples analyzed. If individual testing is an aim, then high quality criteria are quintessential, and population norms will usually have to be included for an accurate interpretation of test scores. Typical examples for New Measurement Instruments―one from a psychological area, one from a social-survey domain―are Hunter, Gray, & Edwards, 2013 and Marsh, Ellis, Parada, Richards, & Heubeck, 2005.
Comparability across groups that have been studied in the same language, for instance in terms of gender, age, education, and ethnic background, is an asset. Yet limited comparability does not preclude publication; instead the current knowledge should be documented for future reference and scientific progress.
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 a single sample – ideally representative for the general or target population – and sufficient sample size. It is 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) : 3000 words of text (not including abstract, tables, figures, acknowledgments, references, and online-only material), with no more than a total of four tables and/or figures.
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