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Brian E. Perron and David F. Gillespie

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199855483

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199855483.001.0001

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Writing and Reviewing Measurement Studies

Writing and Reviewing Measurement Studies

(p.119) 6 Writing and Reviewing Measurement Studies
Key Concepts in Measurement

Brian E. Perron

David F. Gillespie

Oxford University Press

A variety of resources exist that guide researchers on the empirical aspects of measurement issues, with a focus on factor analysis. These resources are helpful for promoting rigorous research, consistency in the use and interpretation, and helping ensure consistency among reviewers in the peer review process. One limitation of these resources is the minimal attention given to the theoretical and conceptual issues that must be fully considered and appreciated before we can make substantive interpretations of empirical results. The purpose of this chapter is to fill this gap in practical resources by offering both authors and reviewers suggestions for thinking about key theoretical and conceptual issues in measurement. The chapter is divided into two parts. The first part contains a few guiding principles that are necessary in advancing the field's thinking about measurement issues. These are considered guiding principles because they do not prescribe or proscribe any particular action. Rather, they are intended to serve as a lens for thinking about key measurement issues that are often problematic in social work publications. The second part of this chapter presents a set of strategies to improve measurement reporting practices in social work research.

Keywords:   peer-review, publishing, journals, authorship, scientific communication, scientific writing

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