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Submission Preparation Checklist

  • As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • Original Research Articles: The submission has not been previously published, nor is it currently submitted to another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in “Comments to the Editor”). Prior to acceptance and publication in Methodology, authors may make their submissions available as preprints on personal or public websites (see Preprint Policy). Note: Methodology uses Similarity Check, a plagiarism screening service, to screen submitted content for originality (read more).
  • Acknowledging and citing previous work: Previous or concurrent publications of the author(s) based on the same or closely related research are properly acknowledged and cited. It is made clear in the manuscript in which way(s) it represents a novel contribution to warrant consideration for publication in Methodology. Note: Replications of previous work are explicitly welcomed if identified as such.
  • Authorship: All authors of the submitted manuscript are named in the submission/cover letter (and additionally will be named in Step 3 of the submission process). All authors of the submitted manuscript are aware of and approve its submission to Methodology. Contributions that fall short of authorship are mentioned in the Acknowledgments section of the submission/cover letter. (For criteria of authorship see the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, Standard 8.12, Publication Credit, of the American Psychological Association (APA). Responsibility for authorship decisions lies entirely with the authors.)
  • Consent for data storage: All authors of the submitted manuscript consent to the storage of their personal data transferred in conjunction with the submission and in accordance with the Journal's Privacy Statement.
  • Ethical Standards: In the case of empirical research: The study received appropriate ethical review and clearance, thus meeting all ethical standards for research.
  • Use of Copyrighted Materials: No copyrighted material is used unless that material has also been made available under a CC-BY license.
  • File Format: Manuscript is submitted as PDF (.pdf). Original file format is MS Word (.doc or .docx) or LaTeX (to be provided if manuscript is accepted).
  • Ensuring a Blind Review: all biographical details are removed from submission for peer review purposes in accordance with the instructions for Ensuring a Blind Review. A cover letter with biographical details is submitted as an additional file (category 'Other'). Dowload Methodology Cover Letter.

Author Guidelines

Methodology publishes the following type of articles

Original Articles

New methodological approaches to data analysis, research designs and measurement for current issues within methodology broadly conceived in social and behavioral sciences. Methodology is open to a variety of manuscripts that include research on measurement processes, data analysis, research designs, statistical techniques, tools, and procedures, both of quantitative and qualitative nature. The articles published in the journal should not only be accessible to methodologists but also to more applied researchers in the different disciplines. Articles that focus on a substantive research problems in the social and behavioral sciences are not in scope; articles have to be methodological in nature.

Manuscripts should not exceed 6,000 words, including references, appendices, tables, and figures, with a maximum of 6 figures.


The aim of Methodology is also to provide instructional articles on data analysis, research methodology, and psychometrics for teaching and learning. These articles should be designed to be learner-orientated and could include guidelines for applications, empirical examples using real or simulated data sets, software code and data sets of different topics to help applied researchers. The target audiences include college faculty, post-graduate and doctoral students, and applied researchers. It is highly recommended that the example data sets and software setups mentioned in those articles be publicly available. The articles included in this section must to be helpful in gaining a better understanding and use of the data analysis, research methodology, and psychometrics.

Manuscripts should not exceed 6,000 words, including references, appendices, tables, and figures, with a maximum of 6 figures.

First-time submissions include (1) a cover letter, (2) the main article text, including figures and tables (PDF), and if available (3) supplementary materials. If a manuscript is accepted for publication the original file used to produce the PDF are needed. Accepted file formats are MS Word (.doc or .docx) and LaTeX.

Cover letter

The cover letter (uploaded as a separate supplementary file) includes:

  1. Authors' name(s)
  2. Affiliation (for each author): Institution, City, Country
  3. Corresponding author's contact address: full postal and email address
  4. Biographical statement (one paragraph, max. 50 words) for each author
  5. Acknowledgement (if applicable): Any significant, non-financial support from other persons or organisations should be acknowledged.
  6. Funding/financial disclosure (if applicable): All sources of funding should be declared.
  7. Competing interests (if applicable): Financial and personal relationships of any author with other people or organisations that could inappropriately influence the work should be declared.

Download Methodology Cover Letter Template [NOT YET AVAILABLE].

Main article text (anonymized)

The main text includes:

  1. Running head: short title (one line), no more than 50 characters including spaces
  2. Title
  3. Abstract and keywords: A one-paragraph abstract of no more than 150 words, and between 4 and 7 keywords or brief phrases separated by commas to appropriately define the subject
  4. Main article body
  5. Tables are inserted in-text in their normal position and not at the end of the document (unless they are considered as appendices).
  6. Figures: Embed screen-optimized, low-resolution versions of your figures into the main body of your article. (Note: For accepted articles all figures have to be supplied as separate, high-resolution, print-ready files.)
  7. References: APA style (6th or 7th Edition). Particular care should be taken to ensure that references are accurate and complete. Authors bear responsibility for the accuracy of all references and quotations. References should be listed in alphabetical order. Each listed reference should be cited in text, and each text citation should be listed in the References. Basic formats are as follows:
    • Johnson-Laird, P. N., Girotto, V., & Legrenzi, P. (2004). Reasoning from inconsistency to consistency. Psychological Review, 111, 640-661.
    • Thagard, P. (2000). Coherence in thought and action. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
    • Kenny, D. A., & Zautra, A. (2001). Trait-state models for longitudinal data. In L. M. Collins & A. G. Sayer (Eds.), New methods for the analysis of change (pp. 243-263). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  8. Appendices (if any): Appendix A, Appendix B, etc

Usage of the Methodology Submission Template is recommended: Download Methodology Submission Template [NOT YET AVAILABLE]

Electronic Supplementary Materials (EMS)

Authors may submit study data, analysis scripts, and other study materials for manuscripts that involve new data as Electronic Supplementary Materials (ESM). The Electronic Supplementary Material (ESM) is not included in the word count. In general, ESM contains additional items that are not essential for inclusion in the full text but would nevertheless benefit the reader (e.g., raw data sets). ESM will be published online as received from the author(s) without any conversion, testing, or reformatting. They will not be checked for typographical errors or functionality. The responsibility for the content and functionality remains entirely with the author(s). 

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with Methodology agree to the following terms:

Creative Commons License Articles are published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0). Under the CC BY license, authors retain ownership of the copyright for their article, but authors grant others permission to use the content of publications in Methodology in whole or in part provided that the original work is properly cited. Users (redistributors) of Methodology are required to cite the original source, including the author's names, Methodology as the initial source of publication, year of publication, volume number and DOI (if available). Authors may publish the manuscript in any other journal or medium but any such subsequent publication must include a notice that the manuscript was initially published by Methodology.

Authors grant Methodology the right of first publication. Although authors remain the copyright owner, they grant the journal the irrevocable, nonexclusive rights to publish, reproduce, publicly distribute and display, and transmit their article or portions thereof in any manner.