ICPSR Council Sets FY2015/16 Membership Fees

The ICPSR Council met on June 6-7, 2013, and as required by the Consortium Bylaws, set membership fees for the 2015/2016 membership periods. Council is required to set fees at least one year in advance to assist member institutions in planning for budgets.

Fees for US academic institutions are listed below. The full listing of fees, including fees for FY2014 beginning on July 1, 2013, is found on the Membership site.

2000 Carnegie Category FY 2015
& FY 2016 Dues
Doctoral Research Extensive $16,540
Doctoral Research Intensive $9,450
Master's Comprehensive $6,825
BA Universities $2,100
Specialized Institutions $2,100
Associate/Community Colleges $1,680


New Study Released: Research on Early Life and Aging Trends and Effects (RELATE)

DSDR is pleased to announce the release of Research on Early Life and Aging Trends and Effects (RELATE): A Cross-National Study (ICPSR 34241). This major study was conducted by Mary McEniry, who serves as a Research Affiliate at the University of Michigan's Population Studies Center and as the Director of the DSDR project at ICPSR.

The RELATE study compiles cross-national data that contain information that can be used to examine the effects of early life conditions on older adult health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, obesity, functionality, mortality, and self-reported health. The complete cross sectional/longitudinal dataset (n=147,278) was compiled from major studies of older adults or households across the world that in most instances are representative of the older adult population either nationally, in major urban centers, or in provinces. It includes over 180 variables with information on demographic and geographic variables along with information about early life conditions and life course events for older adults in low, middle and high income countries. Selected variables were harmonized to facilitate cross national comparisons.

In this first public release of the RELATE data, a subset of the data (n=88,273) is being released. The subset includes harmonized data of older adults from the following regions of the world: Africa (Ghana and South Africa), Asia (China, India), Latin America (Costa Rica, major cities in Latin America), and the United States (Puerto Rico, Wisconsin). This first release of the data collection is composed of 19 downloadable parts: Part 1 includes the harmonized cross-national RELATE dataset, which harmonizes data from parts 2 through 19. Specifically, parts 2 through 19 include data from Costa Rica (Part 2), Puerto Rico (Part 3), the United States (Wisconsin) (Part 4), Argentina (Part 5), Barbados (Part 6), Brazil (Part 7), Chile (Part 8), Cuba (Part 9), Mexico (Parts 10 and 15), Uruguay (Part 11), China (Parts 12, 18, and 19), Ghana (Part 13), India (Part 14), Russia (Part 16), and South Africa (Part 17).

More information regarding this study, as well as data and documentation files available for public download, are available via the RELATE study page.

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Preliminary ANES 2012 Time Series Study is now available

The American National Election Studies (ANES) is pleased to announce the
preliminary release of the 2012 Time Series Study, the 29th study in a
series of election studies conducted since 1948. For the first time in
Time Series history, face-to-face interviewing was supplemented with data
collection on the Internet. Data collection was conducted in the two modes
independently, using separate samples.

Some of the highlights of the 2012 study include the following:
  • Largest-ever sample size -- By virtue of the dual mode design we completed interviews with 5,916 respondents, more than any previous study in the Time Series.
  • New instrumentation-- Several items were measured on ANES for the first time, including "Big Five" personality traits using the Ten Item Personality Inventory, skin tone observations made by interviewers in the face-to-face study, and a vocabulary test from the General Social Survey called "Wordsum."
  • Self-administered questions -- A portion of the in-person interview was conducted by handing the interviewer’s tablet computer to the respondent and allowing the respondent to answer questions privately, to limit the effects of social desirability or privacy concerns on respondents’ answers.

ANES staff will continue to conduct checks on the survey responses and on
the completeness, consistency, and accuracy of the data. Errors that we
discover or that are reported to us, at anes@electionstudies.org, will be
investigated and either documented or corrected. Administrative, summary,
and non-survey variables will be added to the file, including data on
recruitment contacts at the sampled addresses.

NOTE: ICPSR will not begin to process and distribute the data until ANES releases the final version of these data.


Members of Underrepresented Groups: Reviewers for Journal Manuscripts Wanted

If you are interested in reviewing manuscripts for APA journals, the APA Publications and Communications Board would like to invite your participation. Manuscript reviewers are vital to the publications process. As a reviewer, you would gain valuable experience in publishing. The P&C Board is particularly interested in encouraging members of underrepresented groups to participate more in this process.

If you are interested in reviewing manuscripts, please write APA Journals at Reviewers@apa.org.

Please note the following important points:

  • To be selected as a reviewer, you must have published articles in peer-reviewed journals. The experience of publishing provides a reviewer with the basis for preparing a thorough, objective review.
  • To be selected, it is critical to be a regular reader of the five to six empirical journals that are most central to the area or journal for which you would like to review. Current knowledge of recently published research provides a reviewer with the knowledge base to evaluate a new submission within the context of existing research.
  • To select the appropriate reviewers for each manuscript, the editor needs detailed information. Please include with your letter your vita. In the letter, please identify which APA journal(s) you are interested in, and describe your area of expertise. Be as specific as possible. For example, “social psychology” is not sufficient—you would need to specify “social cognition” or “attitude change” as well.
  • Reviewing a manuscript takes time (1– 4 hours per manuscript reviewed). If you are selected to review a manuscript, be prepared to invest the necessary time to evaluate the manuscript thoroughly.

APA now has an online video course that provides guidance in reviewing manuscripts. To learn more
about the course and to access the video, visit

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