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Author Guidelines

Public Opinion Quarterly is hospitable to all points of view, provided only that they help to illuminate problems of public opinion, survey research and communication. The American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) assumes responsibility only for material signed by an officer of the Association in his or her official capacity. Statements of fact and opinion are made on the responsibility of the authors alone and do not represent the views of the editors.

Authors should be aware of their responsibilities under Journal policy on data availability from published articles. Papers accepted for publication are required to comply with this policy statement and cite it.

Form for accepted manuscripts only: Offprint and single issue orders

Manuscript Preparation

The journal publishes articles, Research Notes, Poll Reviews, Poll Trends, and Research Syntheses. Article submissions, including Poll Reviews and Research Syntheses, should generally not exceed 6,500 words of text, excluding figures, tables, references, and appendices. Research Notes may be shorter reports of single findings, useful extensions or replications of previous research, or other additions to the literature that warrant publication without the more extended theoretical development or detailed analysis characteristic of regular articles. Notes are refereed and subject to the same high standards applied to other articles. Research Note manuscripts should follow the guidelines for regular articles, although Notes should generally not exceed 2,750 words of text. This does not include tables, figures, and appendices, all of which should be kept to a minimum in Research Notes. Nor does it include references. Submissions for the Poll Trends section should not exceed 2500 words of text, excluding figures, tables, references, and appendices. Authors of Poll Trends pieces should consult Guidance for Authors Submitting Manuscripts to POQ’s Poll Trends Section.

Word counts of text, excluding figures, tables, references, and appendices should be included on the title page.

Double-space all text. Leave margins of at least one inch on all sides, with an 8.5 x 11 inch format. Text should be set in 12-point Times New Roman font. Right-hand margins should be ragged, not justified.

Prepare two versions of the submission, one with author-identifying information and one blinded for review.

The blinded manuscript should contain no identifying information on the title page and no acknowledgments. References to the author's previous work should be excised or blinded, unless the reference is necessary to evaluate the submission. See here for how to blind a manuscript for online submission. 

Both the blinded and unblinded manuscript files (preferably Microsoft Word) should contain the entire article, including tables and figure legends, but excluding the figures themselves. Tables should not be embedded in the text but instead placed on separate pages at the end of the paper.

Figure(s) should be in TIF, EPS, or PPT format, and each figure should be in its own separate file, named with the figure number. For useful information on preparing your figures for publication, go here.

NEW FOR Public Opinion Quarterly: Figures in the print version of your article will appear in grayscale. However, the online version can have figures reproduced in color. If opting for color online, please ensure that the figure legend provides an accurate description of both the black and white and color versions of the figure. For example, a graph’s green and red lines may turn out to be an identical shade of gray in grayscale. A possible remedy would be to use a solid line in place of one colored line and dashes in place of the other. You will have a chance to look at the grayscaled version of your figures in the proof stage.

When creating tables, please use the table function in Microsoft Word. Do not use spacing or tabbing to format your tables. If a manuscript is accepted and its tables are formatted using spacing or tabbing, authors will be asked to reformat those tables using the table function before the final files are sent to production.

Equations must be editable. Therefore, please do not put your equations into image files, which cannot be edited. If a manuscript is accepted and its equations are in image files, authors will be asked to reformat the equations before the final files can be sent to production.

Include an abstract of 250 words or fewer.

Use footnotes (notes placed at the bottoms of pages). Do not use endnotes.

Include citations and references using the author-date system as recommended by the American Sociological Association, the American Political Science Association, and the Chicago Manual of Style (chapters 16 and 17 of the 15th ed., 2003). Provide issue number or season of journals referenced only if the journal does not paginate issues consecutively.

Include complete first names of authors in the reference list.

Double-space the reference list.

NIH funding. Details of all funding sources for the work in question should be given in a separate section entitled 'Funding'.
The following rules should be followed:
• The sentence should begin: ‘This work was supported by …’
• The full official funding agency name should be given, i.e. ‘the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health’ or simply 'National Institutes of Health' not ‘NCI' (one of the 27 subinstitutions) or 'NCI at NIH’ (full RIN-approved list of UK funding agencies)
• Grant numbers should be complete and accurate and provided in brackets as follows: ‘[grant number ABX CDXXXXXX]’
• Multiple grant numbers should be separated by a comma as follows: ‘[grant numbers ABX CDXXXXXX, EFX GHXXXXXX]’
Agencies should be separated by a semi-colon (plus ‘and’ before the last funding agency)
• Where individuals need to be specified for certain sources of funding the following text should be added after the relevant agency or grant number 'to [author initials]'.
• An example is given here: ‘This work was supported by the National Institutes of Health [P50 CA098252 and CA118790 to R.B.S.R.] and the Alcohol & Education Research Council [HFY GR667789].

Crossref Funding Data Registry
In order to meet your funding requirements authors are required to name their funding sources, or state if there are none, during the submission process. For further information on this process or to find out more about the CHORUS initiative please click here.

See here for an example of a table made by the table function.

AAPOR Code of Professional Ethics & Practices

All submissions must abide by the AAPOR Code of Professional Ethics & Practices. Manuscripts that make use of survey data must include, at minimum, the information below from Section III-A of the Code:

A…. [I]nclude the following items in any report of research results or make them available immediately upon release of that report.

1. Who sponsored the research study, who conducted it, and who funded it, including, to the extent known, all original funding sources.

2. The exact wording and presentation of questions and responses whose results are reported.

3. A definition of the population under study, its geographic location, and a description of the sampling frame used to identify this population. If the sampling frame was provided by a third party, the supplier shall be named. If no frame or list was utilized, this shall be indicated.

4. A description of the sample design, giving a clear indication of the method by which the respondents were selected (or self-selected) and recruited, along with any quotas or additional sample selection criteria applied within the survey instrument or post-fielding. The description of the sampling frame and sample design should include sufficient detail to determine whether the respondents were selected using probability or non-probability methods.

5. Sample sizes and a discussion of the precision of the findings, including estimates of sampling error for probability samples and a description of the variables used in any weighting or estimating procedures. The discussion of the precision of the findings should state whether or not the reported margins of sampling error or statistical analyses have been adjusted for the design effect due to clustering and weighting, if any.

6. Which results are based on parts of the sample, rather than on the total sample, and the size of such parts.

7. Method and dates of data collection.

Also, all submissions must include the following:

8. The response rate and details of its calculation (if response rate is not appropriate, the refusal rate). Accurate reporting of the response rate requires consulting the AAPOR Standard Definitions (http://www.aapor.org), to identify the appropriate response rate definition. If the AAPOR recommendations are not followed, authors should explain why a nonstandard approach was employed.

9. For models fitted to the data, the equations of the models should be presented, including the numerical values of the parameter estimates, the respective standard errors, and goodness-of-fit statistics for the model.

In addition, authors need to agree to make other specific information about the study available within 30 days of any request for such materials. This information is listed in Section III-B of the Code located at http://www.aapor.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=AAPOR_Code_of_Ethics

Language Polishing Service

Particularly if English is not your first language, before submitting your manuscript you may wish to have it edited for language. This is not a mandatory step, but it may help to ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by journal editors and reviewers. Language editing does not guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted for publication. If you would like information about one such service please click here. There are other specialist language editing companies that offer similar services and you can also use any of these. Authors are liable for all costs associated with such services.

Manuscript Submission

Public Opinion Quarterly accepts submissions through ScholarOne Manuscripts, our online submission system, located at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/poq. On ScholarOne Manuscripts' login page, the link entitled "User Tutorials" will provide authors with detailed descriptions of every feature and function of ScholarOne Manuscripts and guide them through the submission process. For further assistance, click on the link entitled "Get Help Now." This will bring up contact information for e-mail and telephone customer support from ScholarOne Manuscripts. Authors can also contact the journal's editorial office.

Upon acceptance of an article by the journal, the author(s) will be asked to grant publication license to AAPOR. This license will insure the widest dissemination of information possible under the U.S. copyright law.

Upon receipt of accepted manuscripts at Oxford Journals authors will be invited to complete an online copyright license to publish form.

Please note that by submitting an article for publication you confirm that you are the corresponding/submitting author and that Oxford University Press ("OUP") may retain your email address for the purpose of communicating with you about the article. You agree to notify OUP immediately if your details change. If your article is accepted for publication OUP will contact you using the email address you have used in the registration process. Please note that OUP does not retain copies of rejected articles.

Multiple submission policy
: Submission of a manuscript to one professional journal while that manuscript is under review by any other journal is regarded as unacceptable. Further, it is assumed by Public Opinion Quarterly that work submitted for review has not been previously published. If other published or submitted articles exist that are based on essentially the same or closely related data sets, such articles should be noted and referenced in a letter to the editor and their relation to the submitted paper briefly explained.

Online-Only Supplementary Material

Supporting material that is not essential for inclusion in the full text of the manuscript but would nevertheless benefit the reader can be made available by the publisher as online-only content linked to the online manuscript. The material should not be essential to understanding the conclusions of the paper but should contain data that is additional or complementary and directly relevant to the article content. Such information might include more detailed methods, extended data sets/data analysis, or additional figures (including color). Ensure that the supplementary material is referred to in the main manuscript where necessary.

All supplementary material should be submitted at the same time as the main manuscript for peer review. The text and figures should be in suitable electronic formats and clearly marked as supplementary data. Before uploading the supplementary files, confirm that they will work on all internet browsers.

Supplementary material will not be copyedited—and it cannot be altered or replaced once a paper has been published—so please present supplementary material clearly and succinctly, and make sure that the style of its terms conforms to their usage in the rest of the paper.

Manuscript Processing

All manuscripts are reviewed anonymously. The review process is ordinarily completed within 3 months.
Manuscripts are accepted for publication in Public Opinion Quarterly subject to stylistic editing for conformity to the journal's editorial format and requirements. Proofs are sent to the author for review.

Book Reviews

If your recently published or forthcoming book is of interest to readers of the journal, please arrange to have review copies sent to: Travis N. Ridout, Book Review Editor, Public Opinion Quarterly, School of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs, Washington State University, 801 Johnson Tower, Troy Lane, Pullman WA 99164-4880 USA. To review books for the journal, please e-mail your vita to the book review editor.

Conflict of Interest Policy

Public Opinion Quarterly policy requires that editors sign individual statements annually revealing their sources of income. The purpose of this disclosure is to identify financial interests of potential relevance to papers published in this journal. Financial disclosure statements are kept on file by AAPOR.

Public Opinion Quarterly policy also requires that editors not make decisions on submissions from authors within the same academic department or company, nor submissions that could be deemed to be in direct competition with the editor's own work. The editor and associate editor of Public Opinion Quarterly may not publish their own work in the journal. Section editors (Poll Review, Poll Trend and Book Review editors) may publish articles in the journal, subject to the usual procedures of peer review for each section. Section editors can have no role in the review of their own work.

Editors must agree to pass any manuscripts for which they have a financial or other conflict of interest to another editor (or associate editor, or editorial board member) for selection of referees, editorial changes, and for final decisions.

Reviewers of manuscripts submitted to Public Opinion Quarterly are expected to disclose conflicts of interest that may affect their ability to evaluate submissions fairly and objectively. Editors then have the option to reassign manuscripts to other reviewers or to solicit more reviews.

Author Self-Archiving/Public Access Policy from October 2005

For authors of accepted manuscripts: If your research was supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health, twelve months after your article has been published in an issue, it will be deposited into PubMed Central. At that time, you can go to http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/ and search for the article and its PMC ID.

For information about this journal's policy, please visit our Author Self-Archiving Policy page.

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