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Call for Papers

Special Section of the *International Journal of Psychology* on

“Cultural Differences in Questionnaire Responding”

*Guest Editor: Markus Kemmelmeier (University of Nevada, Reno) *

Whether conducted internationally or within the same nation, cross-cultural
research relies heavily on questionnaires and surveys. However, analysts
often wonder whether responses generated by respondents from different
cultural contexts mean the same thing. Cultural background may shape how
different people use the same response scales. Likewise, self-report
questions might elicit tendencies that interfere with what a survey
researcher might want to know. In other cases, culture might influence as
to whether respondents provide answers to the question as stated in the
text, or if they are inclined to tailor their answer based on the specific
context in which the question is being asked. And yet in other cases,
participants’ answers may differ as a function of whether a question
appears early or late in the same survey.

The present Special Section aims to bring together contemporary research
that tackles problems of survey responding in a cross-cultural context. The
focus is on issues, which have the potential of compromising cultural
comparisons, yet which may also be of interest as cultural phenomena in
their own right. Issues include, but are not limited to, acquiescent
responding, disaquiescent responding, extreme responding, middling
responding, socially desirable responding and context-driven responding.
Papers may wish to diagnose cultural response tendencies, broadly
construed, and demonstrate the consequences for conclusions about cultural
differences. Similarly, papers may wish to propose new approaches in how to
deal with various response tendencies, either at the stage of questionnaire
design or the analysis of self-report data. Papers are also encouraged if
they examine the predictors of cultural response tendencies, or demonstrate
the conditions under which they are present or absent. Both theoretical and
empirical contributions will be considered.

Manuscripts should be no longer than 6,000 words (including footnotes,
references, tables, and figures, but excluding the abstract), have no more
than 30 references, and include a 200-word abstract. If warranted (e.g.,
when reporting a coherent series of multiple studies) longer manuscripts
may be considered, but authors are encouraged to contact the special
section editor. Manuscripts are expected to follow standard guidelines of
the *International Journal of Psychology *(
Submissions will be peer-reviewed.

To ensure the suitability of a manuscript for the special section, authors
should send an abstract (300-500 words) to reach the Guest Editor, Markus
Kemmelmeier ([log in to unmask]) *by* *December 15, 2014*, before submitting
the complete manuscript. Manuscripts must be submitted in electronic form
via IJP’s website (

*Deadline for paper submissions is April 30, 2015.*

Papers acceptable for publication that cannot be published in this special
section may be considered for publication in a regular issue of the
Journal of Psychology*, unless authors explicitly decline this option.

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