Guidelines for manuscripts

Authors are invited to submit their articles through the Survey Methodology hub on the ScholarOne Manuscripts website ( Before submitting the article, please examine a recent issue of Survey Methodology as a guide and note particularly the points below. Articles must be submitted in Word or Latex, preferably in Word with MathType for the mathematical expressions. A pdf version is also required for formulas and figures.

1. Layout


Documents should be typed entirely double spaced with margins of at least 1½ inches on all sides.


The documents should be divided into numbered sections with suitable verbal titles.


The name (fully spelled out) and address of each author should be given as a footnote on the first page of the manuscript.


Acknowledgements should appear at the end of the text.


Any appendix should be placed after the acknowledgements but before the list of references.

2.  Abstract and Introduction


The manuscript should begin with an abstract consisting of one paragraph followed by three to six key words. Avoid mathematical expressions in the abstract.


The last paragraph of the introduction should contain a brief description of each section.

3.  Style


Avoid footnotes and abbreviations.


Limit the use of acronyms. If an acronym is used, it must be defined the first time it occurs in the paper.


Mathematical symbols will be italicized unless specified otherwise except for functional symbols such as “exp(·)” and “log(·)”, etc.


Short formulae should be left in the text but everything in the text should fit in single spacing. Long and important equations should be separated from the text and numbered with arabic numerals on the right if they are to be referred to later. Use a two-level numbering system based on the section of the paper. For example, equation (4.2) is the second important equation in section 4.


Bold fonts should normally be used to distinguish vectors and matrices from scalars.

4.  Figures and Tables


All figures and tables should be numbered with arabic numerals, with titles that are as self explanatory as possible, at the top of tables or figures. Use a two-level numbering system based on the section of the paper. For example, table 3.1 is the first table in section 3.


A detailed textual description of figures may be required for accessibility purposes if the message conveyed by the image is not sufficiently explained in the text.

5.  References


References in the text should be cited with authors’ names and the date of publication. If part of a reference is cited, indicate after the reference, e.g., Cochran (1977, page 164).


The first time a reference is cited in the text, the name of all authors must be written. For subsequent occurrences, the names of all authors can again be written. However, if the reference contains three or more authors, the names of the second and subsequent authors can be replaced with “et al.”.


The list of references at the end of the manuscript should be arranged alphabetically and for the same author chronologically. Distinguish publications of the same author in the same year by attaching a, b, c to the year of publication. Journal titles should not be abbreviated. Follow the same format used in recent issues.

6.  Short Notes


Documents submitted for the short notes section must have a maximum of 3,000 words, including tables, figures and references.

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