Sociological Methods & Research

Sociological Methods & Research

2014 Impact Factor: 2.205
2014 Ranking: 7/142 in Sociology | 8/46 in Social Sciences, Mathematical Methods
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Christopher Winship Diker-Tishman Professor of Sociology, Harvard University

eISSN: 15528294| ISSN: 00491241|Current volume: 44|Current issue: 4 Frequency: Quarterly

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When your research depends on the very latest information on the collection, measurement and analysis of data, turn to SMR/Sociological Methods & Research. For more than three decades, SMR has been a leading source of quantitative research methodology in the social sciences.

Each issue of SMR presents new techniques and innovative approaches to recurring research challenges and also clarifies existing methods. SMR/Sociological Methods & Research provides the state-of-the-art tools that researchers and academics like yourself need to hone your skills and increase the validity of your research findings.

An Interdisciplinary Perspective
Each quarterly issue of SMR/Sociological Methods & Research brings you empirically based articles from a variety of perspectives, exploring research methods that are applicable to a wide range of fields, including: Anthropology Criminology Demography Economics Education Management Political Science Psychology Sociology

Sociological Methods & Research is a quarterly journal devoted to sociology as a cumulative empirical science. The objectives of SMR are multiple, but emphasis is placed on articles that advance the understanding of the field through systematic presentations that clarify methodological problems and assist in ordering the known facts in an area. Review articles will be published, particularly those that emphasize a critical analysis of the status of the arts, but original presentations that are broadly based and provide new research will also be published. Intrinsically, SMR is viewed as substantive journal but one that is highly focused on the assessment of the scientific status of sociology. The scope is broad and flexible, and authors are invited to correspond with the editors about the appropriateness of their articles.

Book Review Editor
Lawrence Wu University of Wisconsin - Madison, Chile
Managing Editor
Genevieve Butler Harvard University
Founding Editors
George W. Bohrnstedt American Institute for Research
Edgar F. Borgatta Anthropology, University of Washington, USA
Editorial Board
Andrew Abbott University of Chicago
Paul D. Allison University of Pennsylvania
Edwin Amenta New York University, Italy
Peter M. Bentler University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Kenneth A. Bollen University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
C. Mitchell Dayton University of Maryland, USA
Edith de Leeuw University of Utrecht, Netherlands
Scott R. Eliason University of Arizona
Cees H. Elzinga VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands
Gary Goertz University of Arizona
Jacques A. P. Hagenaars Tilburg University
David Harding University of Michigan, USA
Guillermina Jasso New York University, Italy
Gary King Harvard University, Cambridge, USA
Kenneth C. Land Duke University
Joel Levine Dartmouth College
Tim Futing Liao University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
J. Scott Long Indiana University, Bloomington
John Mirowsky University of Texas, Austin
Stephen Morgan Cornell University
Trond Petersen University of California, Berkeley, USA
Daniel Powers University of Texas, Austin
Charles C. Ragin University of California, Irvine
Willem E. Saris Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
Nora Cate Schaeffer University of Wisconsin
Herbert L. Smith University of Pennsylvania, USA
Thomas Smith University of Queensland, Australia
Michael E. Sobel International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution
Roger Tourangeau Westat, USA
Peter G. M. van der Heijden University of Utrecht, Netherlands
J. K. (Jeroen) Vermunt Tilburg University
David L. Weakliem University of Connecticut, USA
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  • Manuscripts should be submitted to the following website: Simultaneous submission to another publication is acceptable only if SMR is given first refusal rights if the paper is accepted for publication. Articles should be typewritten, in either Microsoft Word or LaTex, double-spaced, with footnotes, references, tables, and charts on separate pages; they should follow the current journal style (based upon American Sociological Association style, a quick guide can be found at: An abstract of no more than 150 words, as well as a brief biographical paragraph describing each author’s current affiliation, research interests, and recent publications, should accompany the manuscript. If the paper requires use of software written by the author, the software must also be submitted with the manuscript. The cover letter should contain all authors’ names and contact information as well as the names of six possible reviewers, with their institutional affiliations and email addresses, excluding persons who are mentors, students, coauthors, or who have any other close connection to the author(s). Receipt of submission will be acknowledged via e-mail.

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    Please note that the Editor is not obliged to invite any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.

    Data Supplements and Appendixes: Authors of quantitative empirical articles must make their data--along with all specialized computer programs, program recodes, and an explanatory file describing what is included and how to reproduce the published results--available for replication purposes. A statement of how that is done must appear in the author’s note of the article. In order to post the data material at the time of publication, authors must send the necessary files and the final version of the paper accepted for publication by the editor at the same time, unless the deadline is extended by the editor to accommodate an author's need to employ the data for subsequent publications. Information that must remain confidential, such as that which would identify survey respondents, should be removed. All files should be sent electronically to the managing editor at for posting alongside the electronic publication of the corresponding article. Authors may post the replication material on a personal or institutional Web site of their choosing.

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