About us

Mission statement

“Survey Methods: Insights from the Field” is a peer-reviewed online journal. Its goal is to promote professional exchange on practical survey research issues and discussion on new and promising paths in survey research. The journal will be orientated towards the daily work of surveying, including questionnaire design, sampling, interviewer training, fieldwork administration, data preparation, documentation and dissemination. The focus of the journal is on practical issues of survey research. “Survey Methods: Insights from the Field” will ensure rapid publication and circulation, but also encourage discussion and replication of experience. We hope that the journal can help academic and non-academic researchers as well as practitioners to share experiences and views on all methodological aspects of survey research and to keep up to date with new scientific results and technical progress.


The  journal is equipped with appropriate features. It is completely free of charge and accessible to everyone involved in survey methodology. The electronic format allows attaching many kinds of additional information like recodification schemes, annexes, videos, interactive graphs and links to datasets. Readers have the possibility of leaving comments at the end of each article, and authors are able to react, allowing for immediate discussion after the publication of a contribution. Users can subscribe to an e-mail service that keeps them informed about the latest publications. Finally, as the journal wants to reflect the newest advancement in methodological research, we ensure a quick peer-review process of 4 to 6 weeks for one turnaround of reviews (depending on time constraints of the reviewers).

To keep the spirit of the journal, contributions are preferably not longer than 4000 words, focussing rather on findings and discussions than an extensive literature review. Submissions are possible at any point in time.

The journal is edited jointly by FORS and GESIS and supported by an Editorial Board of more than 40 colleagues. The review process is performed with regard to topic, scientific and/or practical added value, style, grammar, and etiquette.



Henning Best, TU Kaiserslautern, formerly GESIS

Peter Farago, FORS

Dominique Joye, FORS

Lars Kaczmirek, GESIS

Caroline Vandenplas, KU Leuven, formerly FORS

Monika Vettovaglia, FORS

Christof Wolf, GESIS



Bojana Tasic, FORS

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