Andy Guess, Princeton University
Eszter Hargittai, University of Zurich
Kevin Munger, Pennsylvania State University
We do not publish causal claims.
Visualization submissions should include two parts. The main article will be a single figure (i.e. something that could be viewed on a single screen/page) and approximately 500 words (excluding caption & references) of expository text that highlights what is interesting and important about the figure. The reference list should be limited to no more than 5 citations. In addition, you should include a supplementary information file that contains details about the data and methods used to generate the figure. The supplementary file has no page limits and serves to provide methods and background for the work. At minimum, the supplemental file should provide methodological information of sufficient detail for readers to judge the veracity of the figure, reasonableness of the methods, and soundness of the conclusions drawn from the figure. To that end, while not required, we strongly encourage people to include code or post data that would allow others to replicate the work as well as discussion of aesthetic/display choices involved in producing the figure. The supplemental information file can also include background literature or other information author(s) think relevant to include. We will not copy-edit the supplementary information file.
More informally: We have a high bar for Visualizations. They have to be visually compelling and convey the descriptive information in an efficient way---something at the intersection of "amazing, put it on Twitter", "I'd cite that", and "don't need to read a full paper".
(Motivation and some of the above langauge for the Visualizations section taken from Socius.)
Before submitting an article, please submit a Letter of Inquiry so that we can assess whether your planned submission is suitable for the journal. LOIs should be no longer than a paragraph (maximum 500 words!) and address the questions below. LOIs should address all of the questions explicitly. Failure to do so will likely result in a rejection or a request for revision. Please note that in the review process we will pay special attention to sampling and weighting concerns, which are critical to ensure the validity of descriptive inferences. The more directly the LOI addresses these questions, the sooner we will be able to evaluate it and respond to the submission.
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