Each author and each coauthor must fill out and return both of the following two forms. The forms should be emailed in pdf format to David Garson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put "SSCR" in the subject line to avoid the spam filter! Mail follow-up of the originals is appreciated. Completing and returning these forms does not constitute acceptance but does greatly expedite your manuscript upon favorable decision.
The key elements of our format:
PROCESSING YOUR MANUSCRIPT WILL BE EXPEDITED WHEN I RECEIVE FROM YOU THE FOLLOWING ITEMS: * A final (no markup), non-anonymized version of the manuscript. See point 3 below. * An "Author Information" section, as per point 16 below. This is not the same as the author information forms. * A "Data Availability" section. See point 18 below on this requirement, which became effective 1/1/2018. If you cannot meet this requirement, send me an email immediately withdrawing your manuscript for this reason. * A "Software Information" section. In most cases this is simply citing the software package and modules used. In some cases there will be a reference to an online appendix with code in the language used. See point 19 below. * A copyright permission form signed by the first (not necessarily corresponding) author. See link to form below. * Author information forms for each author and co-author. See link to form below. * Please confirm that this article has not previously been rejected by another journal. This will not necessarily prevent SSCR from considering it, but I will need documentation of previous criticisms and a detailed account of how the manuscript you have sent is different. * Please confirm that the wording of this article is at least 80% different from any related article you have published (we do not publish articles with substantial overlap). Also confirm no table or figure has appeared in any related article (this would require copyright permission from the prior publisher). * Please confirm if there are any figure files or online appendix files to accompany the manuscript (recommended but not required). In future correspondence, in the "Subject:" line please refer to your assigned manuscript number, which will be assigned after submission. Permission form: http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/garson/SSCORE/SSCR_Copyright_Form.pdf The lead author must fill out, sign, and email a pdf file of the original form. Scanning the signed forms to pdf and emailing is optional if digitally signing is impossible at your location, but this will slow processing. Please do this not waiting for final peer review as it expedites handling if the paper is accepted. For multiple-author papers, the lead author may sign for all authors. Author form: http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/garson/sscore/Author%20Form.pdf No original needed. Signing is not needed. Each author or coauthor should pdf email this form to email@example.com. Please do this not waiting for final peer review as it expedites handling if the paper is accepted. For multiple-author papers, each author must submit a separate form. Quick style guide: http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/garson/SSCORE/SAGE%20Quick%20Ref%20for%20SSCR.pdf Style guide: http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/garson/SSCORE/sage_guide_2011.pdf The points below, some of which you may have met, are for your reference. 1. We must have all these elements in this order: title, authors with institutional affiliations, abstract, keyword list, body, short "Author Information" section with email contact info, short "Data Availability" section, short "Software Information" section naming the software used, references, and endnotes (if any).The abstract should contain study conclusions in as much detail as consistent with abstract brevity, not just name study topics. 2. The abstract should contain study conclusions in as much detail as consistent with abstract brevity, not just name study topics. 3. Send a final copy, without markup. Do not have the title page or author bios in separate files. We do anonymization on our end. Do not have a running header, but do have page numbers. Do not have line numbering. Do not send in "read only" format. 4. APA style references (see the guide, above). In the body, cite references by name (e.g.,(Smith, 2016)). The reference list should be alphabetical by last name and should not be numbered. 5. Endnotes for comments only, not citations. No footnotes at all. 6. All tables and figures must be on separate pages at the end, numbered and with captions. In the text, all tables and figures must be referred to and all must have call-outs (" [Figure 1 about here]"). Have call-outs in the body ("[Figure 1 about here]"). Do not embed figures and tables in the body. 7. All figures must also be supplied in original file format (ex., .jpg, .eps, .tif, etc.), in addition to embedding them on the last pages of the manuscript. They must be in grayscale, not color for the print version. The online version can support color, but then you must submit a grayscale and a color version of each figure. The labels then would be like leadauthorname_grayscale_fig1.jpg and leadauthorname_color_fig1.jpg. The grayscale versions should be the ones embedded in the Word document. If possible, figures should be in 300 ppi (pixels per inch) resolution or higher, not 72 (which is screen resolution). Captions for figures (e.g., "Figure 1. Graph of Regression") should not be part of the graphic file but should be on separate pages at the end of the manuscript document. 8. We can support online supplements and appendices. These are printed only in the online version. Send the supplement in one file (.zip if necessary, but with the zip file containing only the online supplement file or files) under the filename beginning with the lead author name, such as "Smith_Online_Supplement.docx". Then in the body of the article, enter text such as "see Appendix B [located in the Online Supplement to this article]". Material in online supplements does not count toward the word count for the manuscript. If the manuscript gets to final submission stage, in your email to me, please remind me of the online supplement so I remind the production editor to add a referral note at the end, giving the reader the url of the online supplement. Note that it is important that the main article can be read independently of the supplement, and that material in the supplement is truly supplementary. The main article should be readable in its own right, with the reader having the option to consult more information in the supplement if desired. The essential tables and figures should remain in the main article, with callouts in the body and then appearing on separate pages at the end with captions. These essential tables and figures should be marked with callouts like "[Insert Table 1 about here]". Non-essential figures and tables, along with other supplementary material, should be in the online supplement file. In the body of the main article, they should not have call-outs. Rather there should be some reference to the additional material in the online supplement. For example, "For the breakdown of the sample by demographic group, see Table S2 in the online supplement accompanying this article." Then in the online supplement, have a Table S2 marked as such, with caption. 9. If the lead author is Katherine Smith, the main manuscript filename should be smith.doc. Figure filenames should be smith_fig1.tif, smith_fig2.jpg, etc. Color is optionally supported only for online publication - if using this option, submit files in both versions (e.g., smith_fig1_greyscale.tif and smith_fig1_color.tif) 10. Everything must be double-spaced, even references, except tables are not double-spaced. 11. Do not use columns or any other special formatting. 12. Use 12 point font (this is needed for page count purposes). Manuscripts over 50 pp. are usually required to be shortened. 13. Left justify only. 14. Please cite articles from the Social Science Computer Review where appropriate. You can search at this page: http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/garson/sscore/contents.htm 15. Do use page numbering. 16. In the "Author Information" section, each author must include his or her email address. 17. Articles are limited to 10,000 words in the Microsoft Word counting method. Any figures count as 307 words each within the total. If you are submitting a report, the limit is 5,000 words. Words in online appendices are unlimited and do not count toward the maximum. 18. Replication and critique is at the heart of social science. You must have a note citing where the data may be obtained. We do not publish papers based on proprietary, classified, or otherwise unavailable data. If absolutely necessary, the availability date may be as much as one year in the future, dating from the date of your original manuscript submission. Data availability information should be in a short "Data Availability" section following the "Author Information" section. The data availability statement may refer to the url of an archive through which the anonymized data are available; a statement that the data are available from an author at a given email address; or that the data are available for use under controlled conditions by applying to a board/department/committee whose charge includes making data available for replication; or that the data may be purchased at a non-prohibitive price from a third party, whose contact information is given. SSCR also can mount your data as a data file or zip file if you prefer. Replication includes any statistical exploration of variables in the model or dataset, not limited to approaches taken by the author, and may involve publication of findings. There is no point to replication kept secret from the scholarly community. The relatively new NSF policy is our lead in this matter. That policy states "Investigators are expected to share with other researchers, at no more than incremental cost and within a reasonable time, the primary data, samples, physical collections and other supporting materials created or gathered in the course of work under NSF grants. Grantees are expected to encourage and facilitate such sharing." (https://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/dmp.jsp). By extension, it is the responsibility of researchers and review boards to comply with this policy. Though your work may not be NSF-funded, we believe this should be a general principle in support of the scientific process. The alternative, ultimately, would not be having no data availability statement but rather a statement from SSCR that the data are unavailable for replication and consequently findings based on inference from the data should be viewed as unverifiable. 19. There must be "Software Information" section detailing with some specificity what software was used to arrive at reported results and where it may be obtained. If this is a reference to some standard package such as SAS or Stata, just say so, mentioning which version and module(s) were used for the output. In the case of author-originated code (e.g., in R, Stata, SAS), we welcome an appendix or online supplement containing the code. This appendix may be designated for online publication only, particularly if length is an issue. Alternatively, state the custom code may be obtained from you. 20. We MUST have the permission forms and author information forms as noted above. Send these in immediately, not waiting for the final manuscript. Submission of signed forms does not constitute acceptance but does expedite manuscripts if accepted. Forms should be sent as .pdf file attachments to the editor, David Garson, firstname.lastname@example.org. Helpful Links " Manuscript guidelines: https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/manuscript-submission-guidelines note SSCR policy may override general Sage policy; for instance, we do not accept LaTeX submissions) " Prior publication: https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/prior-publication " English language editing services: http://languageservices.sagepub.com/en/ " Online supplements: https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/supplementary-files-on-sage-journals-sj-guidelines-for-authors " Open Access: https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage " Open Access II: https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/author-information " Open Access III: https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/faqs " Publishing policies: https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/publishing-policies For your reporting purposes, we note that in the most recent year for which data are available (2017), SSCR ranked #2 in impact among 98 journals in its field (interdisciplinary social science). We also ranked 20/105 in Computer Science, Interdisciplinary; and 14/88 in Information Science & Library Science. SSCR is now in its 37th year of publication.