Shorts reports are suitable for the presentation of research that extends previously published research on established measurement instruments (surveys, questionnaires or tests). Short reports may include the reporting of additional insights, confirmatory as well as valid negative results, and procedural updates to existing work and established methods. The findings may or may not depend on specific measurement settings or concern necessary adaptations of instruments to improve measurement specifically in major population groups. Specific recommendations can be made on better measurement procedures.
Short reports are typically characterized by an existing measurement instrument and a single sample – ideally representative for the general population. Intriguing findings may specifically concern different (though major) population groups, yet sample size and research design that affect the stringency of conclusions are always to be reported. The focus should be on the quality of measurement instruments (or procedures) in question, yet a full validation is out of scope (please refer to Validation of Measurement Instruments instead).
Please ensure the Background section includes some theoretical background (established instruments used, quality or validation status, and research domain that directly leads to the research gap or present research question).
In the Main Text section provide the relevant findings. Where findings concern the quality of measurement instruments, you may use 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. Depending on the development status of the instruments, new insights may require reviewing other quality criteria as well. To the extent that findings need to be contextualized you should also mention any limitations
In the Conclusion section provide main conclusions and recommendations.
Supplementary online material (instructions, questionnaires, code/syntax for analysis of scores, code/syntax to replicate analyses, datasets/databases) can be provided.
Maximum length (as a rule of thumb): 2000 words of text (not including abstract, tables, figures, acknowledgments, references, and online-only material), with no more than a total of three tables and/or figures.