No response rate in survey study

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Crina44
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No response rate in survey study

Post by Crina44 » Thu Mar 14, 2019 4:42 pm

Hello everyone, I would be very grateful if anyone could advise about this problem. I conducted a survey study of medical doctors, and the sampling method I used was opportunistic and not very systematic - I sent emails to people I knew who were medical doctors and asked them do forward the email to people they knew, posted the link on a doctor community's newsletter etc. I did not realise at the time that this might be a problem, but I tried to submit my manuscript to a journal and it was promptly rejected because we could not calculate a response rate (i.e from how many people saw the survey, a percentage of how many completed it). The only information I have that resembles this is that I know how many people accessed the survey link, but it would not be possible to calculate a true response rate because I relied on snowball sampling etc.

I am feeling quite disheartened after my rejection, I was wondering if anyone has any advice about how this issue could be approached / mediated. Thank you for reading! :bom:

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Charlie
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Re: No response rate in survey study

Post by Charlie » Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:53 pm

Don't be too disheartened- rejection rates are high but that doesn't mean you won't be able to publish it elsewhere. Make sure you acknowledge it as a limitation and then try another journal. My last paper was rejected from four journals before finally getting accepted- it just took some persistence! Good luck with it!

Crina44
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Re: No response rate in survey study

Post by Crina44 » Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:06 pm

That was really reassuring to hear! Thank you for the advice, I will definitely keep trying :alien:

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