Field Methods (formerly Cultural Anthropology 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.
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.
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.
Aims: 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.
Scope: Field Methods publishes articles in three formats: research articles, short takes, and review articles.
Research articles: Research articles should focus on empirical tests of new methods and on new uses for existing methods (rather than the substantive findings of research). Articles for Field Methods should advance a method rather than simply report on the application of a method. Research articles should not exceed 6,000 words, including all materials.
Short Takes: Short Takes are brief articles on the application of methods that provide step-by-step instructions that are meant to fill in the gaps in the literature on the real how-to of existing methods. Short takes are 1500 words max, excluding abstract and references.
Methods Reviews: Method Review articles review front-edge work on existing methods. Method Reviews are solicited by invitation only.
|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, USA|
|Kathleen Carley||Carnegie Mellon University, USA|
|Edith D. De Leeuw||University of Utrecht, Netherlands|
|Don A. Dillman||Washington State University, USA|
|Fadwa El Guindi||Qatar University, Qatar|
|Akhil Gupta||University of California Los Angeles, USA|
|W. Penn Handwerker||Anthropology, University of Connecticut, USA|
|Michael Herzfeld||Harvard University, USA|
|Daniel Hruschka||Arizona State University, USA|
|Jeffrey C. Johnson||University of Florida, USA|
|Jeremy Koster||University of Cincinnati, USA|
|Margaret Diane LeCompte||University of Colorado at Boulder, USA|
|Raymond M Lee||Royal Holloway University of London, UK|
|Mingnan Liu||Facebook, Inc, USA|
|Homero Martinez||Hospital Infantil, México "Federico Gómez", and RAND Corporation, Mexico|
|Aigul Mavletova||National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia|
|José L. Molina||Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain|
|David L. Morgan||Spalding University|
|Paul Nchoji Nkwi||Catholic University of Cameroon, Cameroon|
|Isaac Nyamongo||University of Nairobi, Kenya|
|Michael Quinn Patton||Utilization-Focused Evaluation, Saint Paul, MN|
|Pertti J Pelto||University of Connecticut, USA|
|Charles C. Ragin||University of California, Irvine, USA|
|Benoît Rihoux||Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium|
|Gery Ryan||RAND Corporation, USA|
|Michael Schnegg||University of Hamburg, Germany|
|Norbert Schwarz||University of Southern California, USA|
|John F. Sherry, Jr.||University of Notre Dame, Australia|
|Ravi K. Verma||Population Council, New Delhi, India|
|Eben Weitzman||University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA|
|Susan C. Weller||University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston|
|Barry Wellman||University of Toronto, Canada|
|Gordon B. Willis||National Cancer Institute|
Field Methods publishes articles in three formats: research articles, short takes, and review articles. We also offer general guidelines (at the bottom of this page), which apply to all submissions.
Submission Guidelines for Research Articles:
Research Articles focus on empirical tests of new methods and new findings about the uses of existing methods arch. The data can be qualitative or quantitative, as can the methods for analysis and presentation. Articles for Field Methods should advance a method rather than simply report on the application or substantive (theoretical) findings of a method. 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.
The data can be qualitative or quantitative, as can the methods for analysis and presentation. Articles submitted to Field Methods should not exceed 6,000 words, including all materials -- title, abstract, acknowledgments, keywords, 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.
Submission Guidelines for Short Takes:
Short Takes are brief articles on the real how-to of methods – the kind of step-by-step instructions on using methods that are usually left out of research articles. Some guidance: Short Takes are 1500 words max, excluding abstract and references. Abstracts are up to 60 words. Include a brief literature review that addresses the development and uses of the method, followed by step-by-step instructions. “Lessons learned,” errors, and pitfalls may be included, but these should not be the main focus of the article. Cite peer-reviewed research (either your own or the work of others) to demonstrate that the method has been used in the context of a complete research cycle, and actually works well and as described.
Submission Guidelines for Method Reviews:
Methods Reviews are solicited by invitation only and are limited to 3000 words. Like all submissions to Field Methods, Short Takes and Methods Reviews are single-blind peer-reviewed.
General guidelines for ALL submissions:
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a copy to the associate editor, Amber Wutich (Amber.Wutich@asu.edu). 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. Keywords are not necessary.
Authors who want to refine the use of English in their manuscripts might consider utilizing one of the services here: http://www.sagepub.com/journalgateway/engLang.htm