New for 2011

2010 was quite an eventful year for SMR: Our cover got a new look, we published a special issue on sequence analysis, welcomed new members to the Editorial Board, and, most important, launched the SMR blog.

Thompson-Reuters released the 2009 Journal Citation Reports, and SMR had a very strong showing. For 2010, Thompson-Reuters introduced the 5-year impact factor, a major improvement over its previous measure which was overly sensitive to short term changes. Sociological Methods & Research ranked #4 among top sociology journals according to the new measurement, just behind ARSAJS and ASR. In addition, SMR is #5 among social science methods journals.

2011 so far seems to be just as promising!

Beginning with the February issue (SMR 40.1), the journal will be about 20% longer. Sage Publications increased SMR’s page budget to accommodate our steadily increasing submission volume, and we look forward to publishing accepted papers much more quickly than in previous years. We are committed to prepublication with Online First which extends the window for determining an article’s impact while awaiting publication, and we encourage everyone to sign up for email alerts to be notified of new articles as they become available. There are other email alerts users can sign up for as well as several RSS feeds. With prepublication through Sage and the blog, SMR will be publishing between quarters, so please check back often.

This is an exciting moment for scholarly publishing and we are continuing to explore ways to give SMR contributions increased visibility including this blog, tools like twitter, pubget, reddit, and researchblogging. So far these technologies have obviously brought SMR content to a new network of readers and scholars: yesterday was our second busiest day on the blog since we launched in May. We posted 7 new articles, (not including the editorial on the 40th anniversary) and got 195 unique visits (our launch day on May 21st brought 264). With the posts being further disseminated via twitter and researchblogging, these articles are already off to a great start! For example, Body Mass Index and Physical Attractiveness: Evidence From a Combination Image-Alteration/List Experiment, (Conley, D., & McCabe, B., 2011) has already been viewed 33 times (and presumably downloaded, thanks to Sage providing open access through June) although it will not be available in print until next month. Others including The Effects of Asking Filter Questions in Interleafed Versus Grouped Format (Kreuter, F., McCulloch, S., Presser, S., & Tourangeau, R. 2011) and Two Algorithms for Relaxed Structural Balance Partitioning: Linking Theory, Models, and Data to Understand Social Network Phenomena (Brusco, M., Doreian, P., Mrvar, A., & Steinley, D. 2011), just to name a couple of them, have also received a healthy number on of visits on researchblogging after less than 2 days online. It seems interest in SMR research is broader than we could have predicted before these platforms became available.

This year also marks SMR’s 40th year of publication! The February 2011 issue features a look back at SMR’s history as well as its top cited articles by decade. These articles represent an interesting and incredibly diverse group of publications. We look forward to future decades of publishing the very best methods contributions and continuing to expand opportunities for increased intellectual exchange. Please feel free to contact us with your ideas and feedback. We look forward to your participation, and congratulations to all our authors and reviewers!

Sincerely,

Chris Winship

Editor, Sociological Methods & Research

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