REMINDER: May 31 deadline

Chapters focusing on the cross-cultural/international aspects of survey design are particularly welcome.


The book “SAGE Handbook of Questionnaire Design” is intended to be a comprehensive, authoritative volume that will eventually operate as the Benchmark work in the field of survey design. There is definitely a need for an up-to-date handbook on questionnaire design. Many books have been published on the topic, but most of those books are greatly outdated. There have been many developments in questionnaire design in general during the past several years, and some interesting development in specific fields of research, so a handbook that can provide a more updated account and be a one-stop source would be very helpful for researchers.


The proposed book will be divided in two parts. The first part will focus on issues in basic research using questionnaire design. The second part will focus on issues in applied research using questionnaire design. Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

·         Theory-driven versus theory-seeking approaches to survey design

·         Use of English versus other languages in survey design

·         How questions frame answers in survey design

·         User-computer interactions issues in survey design

·         Cross-cultural differences in participants’ responses to surveys

·         Statistical issues in survey design

·         Ethical issues in survey design

·         Surveys within public versus private domains



·         Book chapter’s proposals (300-500 words, due May 31) should be submitted to [log in to unmask]

Please include:

·         Author(s) information (name, affiliation, contact details)

·         Provisional book chapter title

·         Summary of chapter including main idea, preliminary conclusions, other main points

·         The chapter proposal does not have to be very detailed. It just should give an idea what the chapter will be about, so that we could assess its fit and suitability for the book.


Important dates:

·         Submission deadline for chapter proposals (provisional title and 300-500 words abstract): May 31, 2014

·         Notification of acceptance/rejection of chapter proposals: July 15, 2014

·         Deadline for full chapter draft (5,000-10,000 words): November 22, 2014

·         November 22-December 31: chapter draft revisions based on the feedback from the editorial team, work with authors towards bringing their chapters up to the expectations

·         Final notification of acceptance/rejection of chapter proposals, suggestions for further improvement: December 31, 2014

·         Deadline for submission of final chapters revised per feedback from the editorial team: February 15, 2015


Accepted chapters will be compiled in a book, which will be published by SAGE.


Book Editors and contact details:

·         Dr. Stanley O. Gaines, Jr., Brunel University, United Kingdom ([log in to unmask])

·         Dr. Vasyl Taras, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, United States ([log in to unmask])


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