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Call for Papers: The National Educational Panel Study (NEPS) and Methodological Innovations in Longitudinal Large-Scale Assessments

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LSAE is launching a special issue bringing together contributions from different disciplines that can help improve methodological practices in longitudinal large-scale assessments in education. Papers should discuss neglected problems and innovative solutions for the analysis of psychological constructs across heterogeneous contexts and life stages as evaluated in longitudinal studies. This includes empirical applications of novel methodological approaches, statistical simulations, or software reviews on methods in LSAE. Contributions do not have to be specific to the NEPS data, but should be applicable to the area of longitudinal studies in education.  The issue will include selected paper contributions to the 6th International NEPS Conference that will be hosted in June 2021 by LIfBi–Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories in Bamberg (Germany). To submit your paper for the NEPS conference, please visit the conference site here 

 Eligible contributions would cover topics such as:

  • Differential item and test functioning in heterogeneous contexts across different life stages
  • Reducing measurement error in longitudinal models
  • Impact of mode effects in longitudinal LSAEs
  • Improving longitudinal measurements using process data from computerized assessments
  • Modeling of inattentive response behavior in LSAEs
  • Identification of unit- and item-nonresponse in longitudinal studies

Submission instructions
Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have carefully read the submission guidelines for Large-scale Assessments in Education. The complete manuscript should be submitted through the journal submission system. To ensure that you submit to the correct thematic series please select “NEPS Conference Volume” in the drop-down menu upon submission. In addition, indicate within your cover letter that you wish your manuscript to be considered as part of the thematic series on series title. All submissions will be subject to a double-blind peer review, and accepted articles will be published within the journal as a collection of papers.

Submissions will also benefit from the usual advantages of open access publication:

Rapid publication: Online submission, electronic peer review and production make the process of publishing your article simple and efficient

High visibility and international readership in your field: Open access publication ensures high visibility and maximum exposure for your work - anyone with online access can read your article

No space constraints: Publishing online means unlimited space for figures, extensive data and video footage, licensing the article under a Creative Commons license: articles can be freely redistributed and reused as long as the article is correctly attributed.

Submission deadline: February 28, 2022.

Special issue editors:

Christian Aßmann (Lead guest editor)
Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories          

Timo Gnambs (Lead guest editor)
Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories          

Marie-Ann Sengewald (Guest editor)
Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories          

Tanja Kutscher (Guest editor)
Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories          

Claus H. Carstensen (Guest editor)
University of Bamberg           



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Large-scale Assessments in Education is fully sponsored by IERI, the IEA-ETS Research Institute, a collaborative effort between the Research & Development Division at ETS and the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) that focuses on improving the science of large-scale assessments. Authors do not need to pay an article-processing charge.