Journal Spotlight: Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology

3.coverThe Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology is not brand new but it’s new enough to perhaps not be in everyone’s radar. Sponsored by the American Association of Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) and the American Statistical Association (ASA), the quarterly began in 2013 (only two issues in the startup year). Its stated objective is “to publish cutting edge scholarly articles on statistical and methodological issues for sample surveys, censuses, administrative record systems, and other related data….to be the flagship journal for research on survey statistics and methodology” with topics of interest including “survey sample design, statistical inference, nonresponse, measurement error, the effects of modes of data collection, paradata and responsive survey design, combining data from multiple sources, record linkage, disclosure limitation, and other issues in survey statistics and methodology.”

Editors Joseph Sedransk and Roger Tourangeau point out “of course, there are already journals devoted mainly to survey topics, such as the Journal of Official Statistics and Survey Methodology. However, valuable as these journals are, both are sponsored by government agencies. We believed that the flagship journal for our discipline should have the backing of the largest, most prestigious professional organizations for survey researchers [AAPOR and ASA]  (from A Statement from the Editors).

What makes the journal  multidisciplinary is the broad topical areas of the surveys under the microscope, from business and economics to the environment and health sciences. Here is a sampling of articles from the JSSAM’s first two years:

Item Sum: A New Technique for Asking Quantitative Sensitive Questions
Representative Surveys in Insecure Environments: A Case Study of Mogadishu, Somalia
Bridging Psychometrics and Survey Methodology: Can Mixed Rasch Models Identify Socially Desirable Reporting Behavior?
Real-World Eye-Tracking in Face-to-Face and Web Modes
Comparison of Three Modes for a Crime Victimization Survey
Mobile Web Survey Design: Scrolling versus Paging, SMS versus E-mail Invitations
Distractions: The Incidence and Consequences of Interruptions for Survey Respondents
Language Ability and Motivation Among Foreigners in Survey Responding

Communication researchers interested in this journal probably also keep an eye on Communications Methods and Measures.  All things considered, JSSAM looks like a seriously good read for survey method geeks!

 

New Journal: Social Media+Society

The inaugural issue of Social Media+Society is out.  SM+S is a new open access, peer-reviewed journal from SAGE dedicated to the study of social media and its implications for home-coversociety. Look for the journal to  publish interdisciplinary work that draws from the social sciences, humanities and computational social sciences, reaches out to the arts and natural sciences,  and endorses mixed methods and methodologies.

Writes editor Zizi Papacharissi in January, “Our first issue, designed to be a manifesto for the journal, is scheduled to come out in Spring 2015. We also have two more special issues  coming out in 2015, one with Tarleton Gillespie, Hector Postigo and the Culture Digitally  group, and a second one with José van Dijk, Thomas Poell and their colleagues on Social  Media and the Transformation of Public Space. We are already working toward two more special issues to be published in 2016, one focused on Infancy Online and guest-edited by Tama Leaver and Bjorn Nansen, and another one guest-edited by Jean Burgess and Ben Light and focused on Gender, Sexuality, and Social Media.”

Of note, our own Guobin Yang and Rosemary Clark’s piece, Social Media and Time, is the first issue’s lead article.

Follow SM+S on Twitter @SocialMedia_Soc.