Calls

Call for Reviewer College Members

The International Journal of Social Research Methodology set up its Reviewer College in 2014. The journal is committed to supporting social researchers and methodologists who have recently entered the profession and indeed values the new ideas and approaches they bring.  

The College has been seen as a positive career experience by its members and several College members have become full board members. Membership of the College is open to social scientists in the early years of their career. They may be currently PhD students, recently graduated PhD students or early career researchers/ academics. Members may work in academic institutions, the private, public or third sector. They may be resident in any country. IJSRM publishes articles that cover the entire breadth of quantitative and qualitative approaches. We are always interested in those with expertise in areas where there are skills shortages, and at present we particularly welcome members who have experience in the following areas: experimental methods and complex interventions, sampling, evaluation methods, data visualisation, indigenous methods, co-production and participatory methods.

College Members receive a discount voucher for Taylor and Francis products for each review they undertake.  They will be expected to review up to three papers per year.

If you would like to apply please send a CV and supporting email to Malcolm Williams WilliamsMD4@cardiff.ac.uk

Announcements

The International Journal of Social Research Methodology is sponsoring a key lecture at the ESRC Research Methods Festival again this year

We are delighted that Professor Nancy Cartwright (Durham, and California San Diego) has agreed to give the Journal lecture this year.  She will discuss causal inference and evidence for the single case. Her talk will cover a catalogue of types of evidence that can argue for/against causation in the single case, irrespective of counterfactuals, and offer a systematic account of causal modelling that shows why these are legitimate sources of evidence.

The Festival is organised by the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods and is a unique biennial celebration of cutting edge development in research methods.  You can book to attend the Festival at: https://www.ncrm.ac.uk/RMF2018/home.php

At previous Festivals, the Journal has sponsored talks by Professor Andrew Abbott and an ‘in conversation’ with Professor Emeritus Aaron Cicourel.  Videos of these events can be accessed at the NCRM YouTube channel.

Announcements

CfP: Using Creative & Visual Methods in Comparative Research

A one-day seminar funded by the International Journal for Social Research Methodology

Friday, 15th June, University of Surrey

CALL FOR PAPERS

Keynote speakers: Agata Lisiak (Bard College, Berlin) and Rita Chawla-Duggan (University of Bath

Increasing use is made of both creative and visual methods in social research. Nevertheless, to date there has been very little discussion of the extent to which such methods can be used in comparative research. This seminar will explore some of the challenges of using these methods cross-nationally, examining the different cultural associations that may be brought to bear in different national contexts, and how these are accounted for in research design, data collection and analysis. It will also draw on the experiences of researchers working in this area, to explore how such challenges can most effectively be addressed. We welcome papers that address any aspect of using creative and/or visual methods in comparative research, or across spaces of difference more broadly defined (e.g. with groups from different ethnic or social class backgrounds).

Abstract Submission: Please send abstracts of up to 250 words by 14th April 2018 to Rachel Brooks at the University of Surrey: r.brooks@surrey.ac.uk. (There will be no charge for attending the seminar as all costs are kindly being covered by the International Journal for Social Research Methodology.)

Seminar Organisers: The seminar is organised by the Eurostudents research team at the University of Surrey (Rachel Brooks, Jessie Abrahams, Predrag Lazetic and Anu Lainio). Further details about the Eurostudents project can be found at: www.eurostudents.net.

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A message from the Journal Administrator

My name is Olivia Edwards and I’m the administrator for the International Journal of Social Research Methodology.  I’m your first point of contact for article submissions.

My role involves processing submissions, sending articles out for review, record keeping and liaising with the Journal editors, reviewers, the publishing company and, of course, authors.

Here are a few tips for you to take into account, to help me with the smooth processing of your submission:

  • Please read the ‘instructions for authors’ section on the journal webpage carefully – this will help to ensure that there are no delays in processing your submission.
  • If there are any changes to contact details, references, author involvement etc, please let me know as soon as possible on tsrm-editor@tandf.co.uk
  • I’m a person rather than an automated system, and I work part-time. The Journal receives a high number of article submissions, so don’t worry if you haven’t had an immediate response – I will answer your email as soon as I can.

I’m happy to help with any queries where I can, so just email me with any questions.

Announcements, Competitions

Early Career Researcher Journal Prize

The International Journal of Social Research Methodology is the leading European journal in social research methods and methodology with a five-year impact factor of 1.657.

We are pleased to announce the 2018 competition for papers written by early career researchers (ECRs), who are either current doctoral students, or in their first three years of post-doctoral employment since the date of their doctoral graduation day.  A prize of £500 will be awarded to the best paper and this and runners up will be published in the Journal

The journal aims to encourage high quality rigorous papers that provide an original contribution to current and emerging methodological debates and methodological practice across a range of approaches qualitative, quantitative, hybrid and mixed methods. The prize has been established to encourage and recognise research and contributions from new scholars in these debates and practices.

Potential contributors should carefully read the Aims and Scope of the Journal at http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=tsrm20  and Instructions for Authors at  http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=tsrm20&page=instructions.

Papers submitted between  April 30th to June 30th 2018 will be considered as entries in the competition.

All papers will be subject to the journal’s normal refereeing process and the best paper will be selected by the editors and representatives of the editorial board. Papers will be expected to reach the normal publishing standard of the journal and in the unlikely event that none do, the journal reserves the right to publish none and not award the prize.

Questions concerning the competition should be sent to Malcolm Williams WilliamsMD4@cardiff.ac.uk and papers for consideration to tsrm-editor@tandf.co.uk . Your covering letter should indicate that you would like your paper to be considered for the competition and a statement of eligibility as an ECR.