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American Association for Public Opinion Research

Survey Practice Update

by Emily Geisen, Incoming Survey Practice Editor
A big thank you to Ashley Amaya for her service as Survey Practice Editor-in-Chief. Ashley made a number of incredible changes to the journal over the past 3 years including:
  1. Moving to a blog format that allowed articles to be published on an as-ready basis (rather than an issues).
  2. Migrating the journal to a more user-friendly and mobile-compatible platform.
  3. Assigning DOIs to all articles.
  4. Implemented a more rigorous review process to improve article quality.
  5. Diversified content by re-introducing ‘Ask the Expert’ and introducing ‘Research Notes’.
These changes succeeded in shortening the lag between submission and publication, diversified readership, made it easier for readers to access content, and made Survey Practice compliant with open-access journal best practices.
As the new Survey Practice editor, I plan to continue a lot of the great work initiated by Ashley Amaya and the prior editors. The goal will be to continue producing timely and practical information designed to enhance survey quality by providing a forum to share advances in practical survey methods, current information on conditions affecting survey research, and interesting features about surveys and people who work in survey research.

Have ideas on Ask the Expert series or other content? Please email Emily Geisen.
Interested in joining the Editorial Board? Stay tuned for a call for applications!
About Emily: Emily Geisen in a Senior Experience Management Scientist at Qualtrics. Prior to joining Qualtrics in February 2020, she spent 15 years at RTI International where she managed RTI’s Cognitive and Usability Lab and Agile Web Survey Group. Emily specializes in designing survey questionnaires to improve data quality and reduce respondent burden by employing best practices in questionnaire design, visual design, and usability. She also has extensive experience related to survey pretesting methods and other qualitative research, designing methodological research studies, leading collecting data tasks, developing sampling designs, as well as measuring and reducing nonresponse bias.  
Emily authored the book titled, Usability Testing for Survey Research, along with Jennifer Romano Bergstrom and has taught a short course on the same topic at conferences and organizations around the world. Emily also teaches a graduate course on Questionnaire Design at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and teaches an online graduate course on Usability Testing for Survey Research at the International Program for Survey and Data Science. She served on the executive council for American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) from 2017 to 2019.  
Emily received a B.A. in Psychology and Statistics at Mount Holyoke College and a M.S. in Survey Methodology from the University of Michigan’s Program in Survey Methodology, where she was an Angus Campbell fellow.