In addition to hundreds of new references features new to this edition include: a comprehensive introduction to qualitative methods including a review of existing computer applications for collecting and analyzing data; the latest information about the use of computers and online research techniques, including the use of the Internet to locate actual research instruments and journal articles; updated coverage on new scales, internal and external validity, and new analytic techniques with extensive references on each; abstracts, citations and subject groupings by measurement tool of the last five years of the American Sociological Review, Social Psychology Quarterly, and the American Journal of Sociology; extensive coverage of how to prepare manuscripts for publication, including a list of all journals covered by Sociological Abstracts along with the editorial office address and URL for each entry; new coverage of ethical issues; expansion of social indicators to include international coverage; discussion of the importance of policy research with presentation and discussion of specific models as an adjunct to both applied and basic research techniques; and the addition of an index to facilitate the reader's ability to quickly locate a topic.
Few academics know all the ins and outs of publishing. This is not surprising, because the rules governing publishing are not a few, easily learned principles but instead a multitude of various considerations, any one of which can work for or against a researcher. Each form of publishing has its own set of particular requirements.
Being well prepared is surely the first step. The American Sociological Association's preparation checklist for submitting manuscripts to publications serves a useful role in becoming well prepared. Even though this checklist is complete, almost every journal has (usually printed on ...