Public Opinion Quarterly
James Druckman and Nancy Mathiowetz assumed editorship of AAPOR’s refereed journal, Public Opinion Quarterly (POQ), from Peter Miller in January 2009. Peter had served the AAPOR membership an extraordinary eight years as editor in chief, overseeing an expansion of the journal’s pages, the launching of a new section (Research Synthesis), and the institutionalization of an annual “special issue.” As the new editors, Druckman and Mathiowetz made a commitment to more timely editorial decisions as well as a more streamlined movement of accepted manuscripts to Advance Access, POQ’s online publication venue for papers that have been typeset and are awaiting hard copy publication. One of the more visible changes in the journal has been its redesign, to more closely align the visual image with AAPOR (note the AAPOR logo on the front cover).
One of the major challenges facing POQ, as well as other peer-reviewed journals, is the need for timely, high-quality reviews. The reputation of the journal is harmed when editorial decisions take 6-12 months; we all know the journals that have such reputations. In addition, it is imperative for the health of the journal that reviews come from a broad, eclectic base of researchers active in the areas of public opinion and survey research. The quality of the journal suffers when reviews are completed by a select subgroup of our membership.
2008-2009 AAPOR President Richard Kulka visits the Public Opinion Quarterly booth at the 2009 AAPOR Conference.
The special issue for Volume 73 (2009) will be devoted to an examination of the 2008 election, with Sunshine Hillygus, Duke University, serving as the editor. The volume received a record number of submissions (63) and Sunshine is working at a breakneck pace to produce an exceptional volume by the end of this year. Look for your copy in the mail by early December. And the call for papers is out for the 2010 Special Issue on Total Survey Error, to be edited by Paul Biemer, RTI International, and Lars Lyberg, Statistics Sweden. The journal hopes that the dedication of a special volume on TSE will be particularly attractive to those readers and contributors who have felt that POQ was not an appropriate venue for the more statistically-oriented methodologists among AAPOR members.
A subscription to POQ is one of the major benefits of AAPOR membership. Members may search and retrieve the full text of POQ articles by logging in to the members-only section of the AAPOR Web site. One doesn’t need to be an AAPOR member or subscribe to POQ to download abstracts from the journal’s archives, however.
The editors also wish to remind readers that POQ subscribes to the policy on data verification of the American Psychological Association, as promulgated in the Association’s Publication Manual (5th Edition, 2001, p. 354), which states, in part:
"To permit competent professionals to confirm the results and analyses, authors are expected to retain raw data for a minimum of 5 years after publication of the research. Other information related to the research (e.g., instructions, treatment manuals, software, details of procedures) should be kept for the same period. This information is necessary if others are to attempt replication …"
TOP TEN DOWNLOADED ABSTRACTS FROM THE POQ WEB SITE IN 2008
10. Elite Revisionists and Popular Beliefs
– 3372 downloads
8. What’s in a Name?
– 2349 downloads
6. Effects of Personal Salutations in
E-mail Invitations to Participate in a Web Survey – 1749
4. Public Attitudes Toward Felon
Disenfranchisement in the United States
– 1507 downloads
3. The Polls—Trends – 1495
And the most frequently downloaded full
text article – due in part to the topic, but also the free and
open access of the special issues…
|AAPOR Advisory Committee
Robert Y. Shapiro, Columbia University (2009-2013)
Nora Cate Schaeffer, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2006-2010)
Robert Erikson, Columbia University (2007-2011)
E. Deborah Jay, Field Research Corporation (2008-2012)
Paul J. Lavrakas and Roger Tourangeau, Councilors-at-Large
Editors in Chief
James N. Druckman, Northwestern University
Nancy A. Mathiowetz, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
| Editorial Board
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