Hello everyone,

We conducted a time management survey (Time management skills test) on medical teachers in our and another neighboring medical college. We were able to collect 123 responses for the time management survey. The survey has 100 points for scoring. Scores below 41 are considered excellent. Scores between 41 and 56 are considered good while scores between 56 and 100 are considered poor. The mean of all the medical teachers was 55.44.

Now we have submitted the paper to a journal and the editorial board have commented that the survey does not have adequate sample size. The sample size calculation according to most resources for an unknown population is 370. However i see papers published all the time in medical journals which have between 100 and 200 respondents. Am i missing something ? Kindly guide on how to do the sample size calculation in this particular case and what , if anything, we can write back to the editor to increase our chances of the paper getting accepted.

Many thanks.

We conducted a time management survey (Time management skills test) on medical teachers in our and another neighboring medical college. We were able to collect 123 responses for the time management survey. The survey has 100 points for scoring. Scores below 41 are considered excellent. Scores between 41 and 56 are considered good while scores between 56 and 100 are considered poor. The mean of all the medical teachers was 55.44.

Now we have submitted the paper to a journal and the editorial board have commented that the survey does not have adequate sample size. The sample size calculation according to most resources for an unknown population is 370. However i see papers published all the time in medical journals which have between 100 and 200 respondents. Am i missing something ? Kindly guide on how to do the sample size calculation in this particular case and what , if anything, we can write back to the editor to increase our chances of the paper getting accepted.

Many thanks.

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