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Action Research


Editor in Chief
Hilary Bradbury Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland , USA
Editor Emeritus
Peter Reason University of Bath, UK

eISSN: 17412617| ISSN: 14767503|Current volume: 12|Current issue: 3 Frequency: Quarterly

Action Research is an international, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal, which is a forum for the development of the theory and practice of action research.

The aim of the journal is to offer a viable alternative to dominant 'disinterested' models of social science, one that is relevant to people in the conduct of their lives, their organizations and their communities.

The journal publishes quality articles on accounts of action research projects, explorations in the philosophy and methodology of action research, and considerations of the nature of quality in action research practice.

"Action Research offers a greatly-needed forum at a time of growing recognition around the world that engagements between researchers and practitioners are central to generating both new knowledge and innovations in practice relevant to many critical problems." L. David Brown, Harvard University, USA

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

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Electronic Access:

Action Research is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at http://arj.sagepub.com

Action Research is a new international, interdisciplinary, refereed journal which is a forum for the development of the theory and practice of action research.

Our purpose with this international, peer reviewed journal is to offer a forum for participative, action oriented inquiry into questions that matter – questions relevant to people in the conduct of their lives, that enable them to flourish in their organizations and communities, and that evince a deep concern for the wider ecology.

The aim of the journal is to offer a viable alternative to dominant 'disinterested' models of social science, one that is relevant to people in the conduct of their lives, their organizations and their communities.

The journal publishes quality articles on accounts of action research projects, explorations in the philosophy and methodology of action research, and considerations of the nature of quality in action research practice.

Interdisciplinary
Action Research is essential reading for both academics and professionals engaged within the fields and disciplines of:

  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Development
  • Management
  • Social Work
  • The Arts
  • Gender and Race

 

Associate Editors
Mary Brydon-Miller University of Cincinnati
Maria Teresa Castillo Burguete CINVESTAV, Mexico
Dusty Columbia Embury Eastern Kentucky University, USA
Victor Friedman Ruppin Institute, Israel
Patricia Gaya Wicks University of Bristol, UK
Kent Glenzer Monterey Institute of International Studies, USA
Davydd James Greenwood Cornell University
Hok Bun Ku The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Svante Lifvergren Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg
Alfredo Ortiz Monterey Institute of International Studies, USA
Annabel D’Souza Sekar Physician, India
Advisory Editorial Board
Steve Abah Default for Journals, UK
Muhammad Ashiqur Rahman Research Initiatives, Bangladesh
Oguz Baburoglu Sabanci University, Turkey
Frank Barrett Naval Postgraduate School, USA
Richard Boyatzis Case Western Reserve University
L. David Brown Harvard University, USA
Denis Clement University Hospital, Belgium
David Coghlan Trinity College Dublin
John P. Cooke Stanford University, USA
Andrea Cornwall University of Sussex, UK
Bob Dick Southern Cross University, Australia
Olav Eikeland Work Research Institute, Norway
Ibrahim Abu Elhaija Masar Institute of Education
Michelle Fine Graduate Center CUNY
Werner Fricke Institute for Regional Cooperation, Germany
John Gaventa University of Sussex, UK
Kenneth Gergen Swarthmore College
Bjorn Gustavsen Work Research Institute, Norway
Budd Hall University of Victoria, Canada
John Heron South Pacific Centre for Human Inquiry, Auckland
Marcia Hills University of Victoria, Canada
David Jamieson University of St. Thomas
Karim-Aly Kassam Cornell University
Stephen Kemmis Charles Sturt University, Australia
Bertha Koda University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Donna Ladkin Cranfield University, UK
Morten Levin Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
M. Brinton Lykes Boston College, USA
Judi Marshall Lancaster University, UK
Victoria J Marsick Columbia University, USA
Mwajuma Masaigana Default for Journals, UK
Geoff Mills Southern Oregon University, USA
Meredith Minkler University of California, Berkeley
Susan Albers Mohrman University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA
Sonia Ospina New York University
Peter Park Fielding Graduate Institute, USA
Mike Pedler Henley Business School, UK
Michel Pimbert Coventry University, UK
Ann Rippin Bristol University, UK
Tom Rodriguez-Villasante Prieto Default for Journals, UK
Jenny Rudolph Boston University, USA
Shankar Sankaran Univeristy of Technology, Sydney
Marja-Liisa Swantz Finland and Tanzania
Rajesh Tandon Society for Participatory Research in Asia, New Delhi
Steve Taylor Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Katharine Tee Brigham and Women's Hospital, USA
William Torbert Boston College, Massachusetts
Philip Tsao Stanford University School of Medicine, USA
Yoland Wadsworth University of Melbourne, Australia / Action Research Issues Association
Tom Wakeford University of Edinburgh, UK
Ailing Zhuang NPO Development Center Shanghai CHINA
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    1. Editorial Policies
      1.1 Peer review policy
      1.2 Authorship
    2. Article types
    3. How to submit your manuscript
    4. Publishing Policies
      4.1 Publication Ethics
      4.1.1 Plagiarism
      4.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement
      4.3 Open access and author archiving
    5. Declaration of conflicting interests policy
    6. Other conventions
    7. Acknowledgments
      7.1 Funding acknowledgement
    8. Permissions
    9. Manuscript style
      9.1 File types
      9.2 Journal style
      9.3 Reference style
      9.4 Manuscript preparation
      9.4.1 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
      9.4.2 Corresponding author contact details
      9.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
      9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
      9.4.5 English language editing services
    10. After acceptance
      10.1 Proofs
      10.2 E-Prints
      10.3 SAGE production
      10.4 OnlineFirst publication
    11. Further information

    Action Research is an international, interdisciplinary, refereed journal which is a forum for the development of the theory and practice of action research.

    Please refer to the Notes for Authors page for the journal’s purpose, vision and mission, and the Information About the Editors page for more details on the Editors.

    1. Editorial Policies

    1.1 Peer review policy

    Action Research adheres to a developmental double-blind reviewing policy. The identity of both the reviewer and author are concealed from both parties. Under special circumstances, when deemed to support the developmental and collegial nature of our review process, a single blind review may be offered during later revisions where the reviewer may wish to be known to the author.

    Upon initial receipt, the editors will either quickly return manuscripts they believe unsuitable for publication in the journal or pass them along for blind reviews from at least two additional sources. The blind reviews, along with a recommendation by the Associate Editor, will be passed back to the Editor-in-Chief for a final editorial decision with regard to acceptance, revision or rejection. The Editor-in-Chief will then contact the contributor. We expect this process to take around 10 weeks.

    For further detail on the quality criteria used for assessing manuscripts submitted to the journal, please see the page on Quality Criteria.

    For additional information on the collaborative process through which the Associate Board agreed on the quality criteria, please click here.

    1.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

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    2. Article types

    The journal publishes quality articles on accounts of action research projects, explorations in the philosophy and methodology of action research, and considerations of the nature of quality in action research practice.

    All papers submitted ought to link theory and practice, in whatever way the author deems appropriate. It is assumed that the author, in seeking to share their work more broadly will consider the issue of how their contribution builds upon and advances the theory and practice of action research. In most cases we prefer to see theoretical and practical insights intertwined. The journal will include:

    • A strong editorial comment column
    • An Open Forum for readers to initiate and sustain debate (see also the Action Research Community blog: http://arj-journal.blogspot.com/)
    • Peer reviewed articles that contribute to the practice, theory and method of action research

    Articles should be between 5,000 and 7,000 words inclusive.

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    3. How to submit your manuscript

    Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned. Double check, also, that you have removed all identifying information from the manuscript. Only your cover letter to the EIC should contain identifying information.

    Action Research is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne� Manuscripts. Please read the manuscript submission guidelines below, and then simply visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/arj to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    All papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, or seek advice on the submission process please contact the Editor-in-Chief, Hilary Bradbury, at the following email address: bradbury@ohsu.edu

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    4. Publishing Policies

    4.1 Publication Ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway

    4.1.1 Plagiarism

    Action Research and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.

    4.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    4.3 Open access and author archiving

    Action Research offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    5. Declaration of conflicting interests                  

    Within your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. Action Research does not require a declaration of conflicting interests but recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

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    6. Other conventions

    None applicable.

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    7. Acknowledgements                                                         

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.  Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    7.1 Funding Acknowledgement
    requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

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    8. Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway..

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    9. Manuscript style

    9.1 File types
    All submissions should be made online at the Action Research SAGE Track website.

    Please ensure that you submit editable/source files only (Microsoft Word or RTF) and that your document does not include page numbers; the Action Research SAGE Track system will generate them for you, and then automatically convert your manuscript to PDF for peer review.

    9.2 Journal Style
    Action Research conforms to the SAGE house style. Click here to review guidelines on the SAGE UK House Style.

    9.3 Reference Style
    Action Research adheres to the APA reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on APA to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    9.4. Manuscript Preparation
    The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point.

    9.4.1 Your Title, Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
    The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting SAGE�s Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

    9.4.2 Corresponding Author Contact details
    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    9.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.

    If, together with your accepted article, you submit usable colour figures, these figures will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. If a charge applies you will be informed by your SAGE Production Editor. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
    This journal is able to host approved supplemental materials online, alongside the full-text of articles. Supplemental files will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article. For more information please refer to SAGE’s Guidelines for Authors on Supplemental Files.

    9.4.5 English Language Editing services
    Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service. Visit http://www.uk.sagepub.com/journalgateway/msg.htm for further information.

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    10. After acceptance           

    10.1 Proofs
    We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author.

    10.2 E-Prints

    SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit http://www.sagepub.co.uk/authors/journal/reprint.sp.

    10.3 SAGE Production
    At SAGE we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication (http://online.sagepub.com/). We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.

    We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in Action Research with SAGE.

    10.4 OnlineFirst Publication
    Action Research benefits from OnlineFirst, a feature offered through SAGE’s electronic journal platform, SAGE Journals Online. It allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final print and online journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our OnlineFirst Fact Sheet.

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    11. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Editor-in-Chief, Hilary Bradbury, at the following email address: bradbury@ohsu.edu

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