Call for Papers: Measurement instruments in the European Social Survey

Call for Papers: Measurement instruments in the European Social Survey



Measurement Instruments for the Social Sciences dedicates a collection of articles to the Measurement Instruments in the European Social Survey (ESS)


Guest Editors

Wiebke Weber,  Deputy-director of Research and Expertise Centre for Survey Methodology, Pompeu Fabra University, Spain

Tim Hanson, European Social Survey ERIC, United Kingdom

Eldad Davidov, University of Cologne, Germany, and University of Zurich and URPP “Social Networks”, Switzerland

The European Social Survey

The European Social Survey (ESS) is an academically driven cross-national survey that has been conducted across Europe biennially since 2002/03. It provides academics, researchers, and policy makers with high-quality cross-national data to map and measure social attitudes, beliefs and behaviours between and across European nations. 38 countries have taken part in at least one round of the survey, and 15 countries have participated in all nine rounds. Respondents are selected by strict random probability methods using sampling frames of individuals, households, or addresses. They represent the entire residential population aged 15 and over in each country.

Call for papers

During its almost 20 years of data collection, the ESS has maintained the highest methodological standards in cross-national data collection. A key aim of the ESS has always been to implement high quality standards in its methodology and to improve standards in the field of cross-national surveys more generally. Measuring attitudes cross-nationally faces challenges that go beyond those of surveys conducted in a single country or using a single language. To face these challenges, the ESS includes measurement instruments that are harmonized across countries by design while accounting for specificities of the participating countries.

To evaluate the quality of these measures and the comparability across national versions. This call for papers seeks contributions to address:

  • the development of new measures in the ESS
  • adaptations of measures for the cross-national ESS
  • the national adaptations of ESS measures
  • evaluating psychometric/measurement quality of ESS measures or their measurement equivalence, or 
  • general advances in methodology, exemplified with ESS data

Submission may be both original academic articles as well as shorter research notes.


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