You have developed and validated a measurement instrument (items, scale, questionnaire, test, index) and would like to publish it visibly, permanently available, and citable in the long term? This is possible in ZIS, even if you have already published or made available your instrument elsewhere (e.g., in a journal or book, or on your own website). You can publish your instrument in ZIS for free under the following conditions:
For documentation of measurement instruments measuring human experience and behavior, you can apply for a cachet for the quality of the documentation, the TBS-DTK Transparency Certification of the Board of Assessment and Testing (DTK) of the Federation of German Psychologists' Associations (in German: Diagnostik- und Testkuratorium (DTK) der Föderation Deutscher Psychologenvereinigungen) (see DTK, 2018). You can apply for the certification at any time after the measurement instrument is published. With this certification your documentation is advertised as follows:
"The documentation of the test (name of the test) complies with the quality requirements of the Diagnostik- und Testkuratorium (DTK) in terms of information and documentation that is required for instruments measuring human experience and behavior. According to the DTK, the test (name of the test) therefore meets the prerequisites to be submitted to quality inspection. An actual quality inspection of the test (name of the test) has not been performed by the DTK."
You can find a ZIS documentation with a TBS-DTK Transparency Certification here.
To obtain the TBS-DTK Transparency Certification, fill out the English-language version of the DIN SCREEN Checkliste 1, Version 3 (note that all must criteria listed in the checklist must be met) and submit a written self-declaration. Templates for both documents can be found under Guideline & Materials. Please complete and sign both documents and send them together with the ZIS documentation of your measurement instrument (procedural information) to the chairperson of the DTK (currently Prof. Dr. Martin Kersting Martin@Kersting-internet.de). The DTK will inform you about the award of the certification by e-mail and send you the certification. You will then send the received certification, the completed and signed self-declaration (as a scan), and the DIN SCREEN Checklist 1, Version 3 (English version), to ZIS by e-mail. In ZIS, the TBS-DTK Transparency Certification will be added to the documentation of your measurement instrument.
If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the ZIS Team.