The journal Quality and Quantity: International Journal of Methodology invites contributions to a special issue devoted to ex-post harmonization of cross-national social science survey data. To broaden the scope of comparative survey research and to increase the effective use of extant survey projects, for the last few decades social scientists have been building multi-country multi-year datasets that combine respondents’ answers from survey sources that were not specifically designed to be comparable. This type of data reprocessing, referred to as ex-post cross-national survey data harmonization, involves the synthesis of survey methods and statistical techniques with substantive theories developed by the social sciences. The interest in ex-post survey data harmonization grows together with the wealth of extant publicly available data sources and impressive advances in computer science that allow scholars to test substantive theories.
For this special issue we seek substantive and methodological papers that focus on the following three main topics:
- methodological contributions to harmonization procedures;
- variability in the quality of cross-national survey data used for ex-post harmonization;
- substantive analyses on democracy and political trust, social inequalities, social capital,
- health and well-being, and intersectionality, using survey data harmonized ex-post.
The deadline for submission of a full paper is December 2, 2019.
All manuscripts received for this Special Issue will be subject to the usual procedure of double anonymous review and to the guest editors’ review. An invitation to submit a paper to this Special Issue does not imply automatic acceptance for publication. Some submissions are likely to be rejected.