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 is 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” ensures rapid publication and circulation, but also encourages discussion and replication of experience. The journal helps academic and non-academic researchers and 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 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, GESIS and PUMA and supported by a multi-national panel of Associate Editors, an Advisory Board and an Editorial Board of more than 40 colleagues.

The peer-review process is performed with regard to topic, scientific and/or practical added value, style, grammar, and etiquette.

Open access statement / copyright of the article

“Survey Methods: Insights from the Field” is a fully open access journal. All articles are available online to all users immediately upon publication. We do not demand any article processing charge (APC) or publication fees to make your contribution available open access.

Each article has a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) and is published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0) . The author retains copyright of the article.

Replication data archive

All authors now have the possibility to archive the replication data of their article for reuse via The Austrian Social Science Data Archive (AUSSDA). The replication data is published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0) and also receives a DOI.

We aim to publish the replication data set and the article at the same time.


The journal is referenced in the DOAJ, The Directory of Open Access Journals, which guarantees a great visibility of your article. The DOAJ currently contains more than 12’000 open access journals in 128 countries covering all areas of science, technology, medicine, social science and humanities.
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