Field Methods

Field Methods

2015 Impact Factor: 1.100
2015 Ranking: 29/95 in Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary | 32/84 in Anthropology
2016 Release of Journal Citation Reports, Source: 2015 Web of Science Data

H. Russell Bernard University of Florida
Associate Editor
Amber Wutich Arizona State University, USA

eISSN: 15523969 | ISSN: 1525822X | Current volume: 29 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: Quarterly

2012 5-Year Impact Factor: 1.681
2012 5-Year Impact Factor Rankings:
11/92 in Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary | 23/83 in Anthropology
Source: 2012 Journal Citation Reports ® (Thomson Reuters, 2013)

The indispensable tool for scholars, students and professionals who do fieldwork, Field Methods offers:

  • Important refereed articles
  • Descriptions of methodological advances
  • Advice on the use of specific field techniques
  • Help with both qualitative and quantitative methods... all the tools necessary for those who conduct fieldwork.

Field Methods focuses on empirical tests of new methods for collecting, analyzing, and presenting data on human thought and human behavior and on new uses for existing methods. The data can be qualitative or quantitative as can the methods for analysis and presentation. Articles for FM should advance a method rather than simply report on the application of a method. Embracing both qualitative and quantitative methods in scientific and interpretive paradigms, the journal operates under the motto "methods belong to all of us." Field Methods is not only for researchers in the social sciences, but is also for professionals in the delivery of social services, in government, and in the private sector who use field research to acquire knowledge.  

Field Methods (formerly Cultural Anthropology Methods) is devoted to articles about the methods used by field workers in the social and behavioral sciences and humanities for the collection, management, and analysis of data about human thought and/or human behavior in the natural world. Articles should focus on innovations and issues in the methods used, rather than on the reporting of research or theoretical/epistemological questions about research. High-quality articles using qualitative and quantitative methods-- from scientific or interpretative traditions-- dealing with data collection and analysis in applied and scholarly research from writers in the social sciences, humanities, and related professions are all welcome in the pages of the journal.

Editorial Board
Monica Barratt University of New South Wales, Australia
Jean M. Bartunek Boston College, USA
Stephen P. Borgatti University of Kentucky, USA
Eduardo Sonnewend Brondizio Indiana University
Kathleen Carley Heinz School of Public Policy and Managememt, Social and Decision Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University
Edith D. De Leeuw University of Utrecht, Netherlands
Don A. Dillman Washington State University, USA
Fadwa El Guindi Qatar National Research Fund, Qatar Foundation, Qatar
Akhil Gupta Stanford University, USA
W. Penn Handwerker Anthropology, University of Connecticut
Michael Herzfeld Harvard University, USA
Daniel Hruschka Arizona State University
Jeffrey C. Johnson East Carolina University, Greenville
Brigitte Jordan Lifescapes
Jeremy Koster University of Cincinnati, USA
Margaret Diane LeCompte University of Colorado at Boulder, USA
Raymond M Lee Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London
Homero Martinez Hospital Infantil, México "Federico Gómez", and RAND Corporation
José L. Molina Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
David L. Morgan Spalding University
Paul Nchoji Nkwi University of Yaounde, Cameroon
Isaac Nyamongo University of Nairobi, Kenya
Michael Quinn Patton Utilization-Focused Evaluation, Saint Paul, MN
Pertti J Pelto University of Connecticut
Charles C. Ragin University of California, Irvine
Benoît Rihoux Université catholique de Louvain
Gery Ryan RAND Corporation
Michael Schnegg University of Hamburg, Germany
Norbert Schwarz University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement
John F. Sherry, Jr. University of Notre Dame
Ravi K. Verma Population Council, New Delhi
Eben Weitzman University of Massachusetts, Boston
Susan C. Weller University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston
Barry Wellman University of Toronto, Canada
Gordon B. Willis National Cancer Institute
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  • Field Methods publishes articles about methods used by field investigators from the social and behavioral sciences in the collection, management, analysis and presentation of data about human thought and/or human behavior in the natural world. The data can be qualitative or quantitative, as can the methods for analysis and presentation, but articles should focus on empirical tests of new methods and on new uses for existing methods rather than on the substantive findings of research. Prospective authors should assume that readers of Field Methods are familiar with the general literature on existing methods and that it is necessary only to cite the literature that is germane to the contribution of the article they are writing.

    Articles are welcome from the scientific or interpretive traditions, from basic and applied researchers. Articles are welcomed from academics, from private consultants, and from colleagues who work in corporate environments. Articles submitted to Field Methods should not exceed 6,000 words, including all materials -- title, abstract, acknowledgments, key words, notes, references, tables and graphics. Allow 100 words per inch for tables and graphs. Abstracts must not exceed 150 words. Field Methods is published online only, so authors may use color or multimedia graphics. Authors may also choose to place supplemental materials (appendices, graphs, data tables, etc.) in a separate, online space. These materials do not count toward the article word limit, but they must be ancillary to the main article and must be formatted by the author.

    Write in the first person, exercise restraint in using the passive voice, and use as little jargon as possible. Submit manuscripts via e-mail to the editor, H. Russell Bernard ( with a copy to the associate editor, Amber Wutich ( Articles may be submitted as MS-Word documents or as PDF’s and should be double spaced. Follow the American Sociological Association Style Guide. Place references at the end of the manuscript. Notes are discouraged but may be used sparingly. Obtaining permission for any material that requires permission, and paying any associated fees, are the responsibility of the author.

    Field Methods uses single-blind reviewing. Reviewers are anonymous to the authors but authors are not anonymous to reviewers. The title page should include: (1) the article title; (2) acknowledgments and credits (such as funding information); (3) each author’s name, institutional affiliation(s), and email address; and (4) name of corresponding authors. Key words are not necessary.

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