Difficulties in comparing the results from studies have interfered with accumulating knowledge about communities' responses to noise. Gaps in the information presented in publications have been especially serious problems for combined social and acoustical surveys of residents' responses to environmental noise. In an attempt to alleviate this problem an ICBEN team, Community Response to Noise, recommends the guidelines in this article for reporting on combined social/acoustical surveys of residents' reactions to noise. A table lists guidelines for information on 18 topics for publications of three levels of detail. The guidelines were developed in three years of correspondence with acoustical and social science experts from 12 countries, These guidlines are supported by the 11 members of the ICBEN noise team and the 26 experts listed in the article. (C) 1997 Academic Press Limited.