Data Analysis and Presentation
Depending on the kind of data collected, quantitative or qualitative, various methods are suited to the analysis and discussion of the results. There is no need to go into these aspects in detail here because they are well discussed in many methodological handbooks. Aspects such as coding and sampling are obviously very important because they will influence various aspects of the study, such as the significance and representativeness of the data. Information does not have to be delivered only in text form; visual means may help to communicate some general concepts or insights. Flow charts or organizational charts, for example, may be useful tools in clearly presenting the gatekeeping process.
As this chapter has shown, gatekeeping research is largely lacking in comics studies, but the reason for this is understandable: it remains a rather time consuming methodology and is difficult to realize because the researcher is largely dependent on the goodwill of a publisher to gain access to the crucial data necessary for the research. Nevertheless, there might be some alternative approaches worth considering. Some alternatives have been briefly presented and discussed, such as author surveys, interviews, official submission guidelines, and submitting one’s own project. Every method clearly has its own strengths and weaknesses, but generally a combination of various methodologies in data collection and analysis is likely to result in a valuable contribution to knowledge in the field of comics studies.