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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.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Selection of Variables:
The author(s) of each database entry decide(s) which example operationalization is choosen. However, to be consistent, authors are asked to consider the following criteria:
• Topicality
• Relevance (possible indicators: citation frequency, expert opinion, ...)
• Accessibility of variables
• Quality (reporting of reliability coefficients)

Each Database entry follows (more or less) the following structure:
1. A brief description of the variable or construct
2. A brief description of the most common field of application / theoretical foundation
3. (If applicable) References/combination with other methods of data collection
4. A sample operationalization including
• information about the selected study (research question/s; analyzed medium)
• information about the variable or construct (level of analysis, reliability score, categories/values)
5. (If available) (links to) the Codebook / Protocol / Dictioniaries  or other relevant material

Please specify to which section (Basics & Procedures; News / Journalism ;  Fiction; Entertainment; /User-Generated Content, Variables for Automated Content Anaslysis)  the contribution belongs.

Type of Entry:
Please specify whether you submit an entry for a) a new variable oder b) an existing variable.

Each of the entries should consist of between 1,000 to 1,500 words, all included. The count includes the full text, notes, references, figures, illustrations, and tables.

Preferred English. But: Use original language of the operationalization. If applies: Use gender neutral language, e.g. He/She;  Autor*Innen

Citation Style:
APA 6th

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