Call for Contributed Papers

Are you interested in methodological research that relates to longitudinal data collection? Understanding Society is looking for contributed paper proposals for its next conference.

Understanding Society is organising the Second International Conference on the Methodology of Longitudinal Surveys (MOLS2) which will bring together scholars and research professionals involved in the design, implementation and analysis of longitudinal surveys.

Accepted contributed papers will be presented orally at the University of Essex, on 25-27 July 2018 and may be eligible for submission to a special journal issue.

Contributed papers should address methodological issues that are specific to the context of longitudinal data collection. This means any type of quantitative survey that involves collecting information on multiple occasions from the same subjects.

Topics of interest include, but need not be limited to:

  • Dynamic sampling to represent dynamic populations, including sample rotation and refreshment sampling;
  • Methods for tracking mobile sample members over time;
  • Methods for maintaining co-operation over time;
  • Targeted design features for response maximisation;
  • The use of longitudinal survey paradata for field management;
  • Measurement error issues specific to longitudinal surveys, including respondent conditioning;
  • Advances in dependent interviewing techniques;
  • Instrument design for longitudinal surveys;
  • New data collection methods and technologies to improve or extend longitudinal survey measurement;
  • Obtaining consent to data linkage in a longitudinal context;
  • The opportunities and challenges of longitudinal data linkage;
  • The design of longitudinal surveys for biosocial research;
  • Mixed mode designs for longitudinal surveys;
  • Imputation methods for longitudinal surveys;
  • Advances in statistical modelling for complex longitudinal survey data;
  • Analysis methods for repeated measures, duration and event data;
  • Methods for dealing with sampling and nonsampling errors in the analysis of longitudinal data;
  • Issues in weighting for longitudinal surveys;
  • Variance estimation for longitudinal surveys.

How do I submit an abstract?

Abstracts of not more than 400 words should be submitted online by 8 December 2017. Please ensure that the abstract states clearly the topic, how you will address it, and what data or methods you will use. Informal enquiries regarding possible submissions can be sent to the conference Chair, Peter Lynn.

Authors will be informed whether or not their submission has been accepted by 26 January 2018. The presenting author of a contributed paper is required to register for the conference by 1 June 2018.

Further details of the conference can be found on the conference website.

MOLS2 Conference Scientific Committee: Peter Lynn, Mick Couper, Annette Jäckle, Nicole Watson

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