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Action Research

2016 Impact Factor: 0.667
2016 Ranking: 171/194 in Management | 64/96 in Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary
Source: 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017)

Editor in Chief
Hilary Bradbury Jubilee Professor at Chalmers Institute of Technology, Sweden
Editor Emeriti
Peter Reason University of Bath, UK


eISSN: 17412617 | ISSN: 14767503 | Current volume: 15 | 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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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
Marina Apgar Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK
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 Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, USA
Paul Gray Boston College, USA
Davydd James Greenwood Cornell University, USA
Hsiao-Chuan Hsia Shih Hsin University, Taiwan
Hok Bun Ku The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China
Svante Lifvergren Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden
Alfredo Ortiz University of the Incarnate Word, USA
Michelle Redman-Maclaren CQUniversity Australia, Australia
Annabel D’Souza Sekar Physician, India
Lyle Yorks Teachers College, Columbia University, USA
Danielle Zandee Nyenrode Business University, Netherlands
Associate Editor Emeriti
Mary Brydon-Miller University of Cincinnati, USA
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, USA
L. David Brown Harvard University, USA
Denis Clement University Hospital, Belgium
David Coghlan Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
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, Israel
Michelle Fine The Graduate Center, City University of New York, USA
Werner Fricke Institute for Regional Cooperation, Germany
John Gaventa University of Sussex, UK
Kenneth Gergen Swarthmore College, USA
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, USA
Karim-Aly Kassam Cornell University, USA
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, USA
Susan Albers Mohrman University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA
Sonia Ospina New York University, USA
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, Australia
Marja-Liisa Swantz Finland and Tanzania
Rajesh Tandon Society for Participatory Research in Asia, New Delhi
Steve Taylor Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA
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, Australia
Tom Wakeford University of Edinburgh, UK
Ailing Zhuang NPO Development Center Shanghai CHINA, China
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  • This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/arj to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Action Research will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

     As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

    1. What do we publish?
      1.1 Aims & Scope
      1.2 Article types
      1.3 Writing your paper
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgements
      2.4 Funding
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
    3. Publishing policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open access and author archiving
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Formatting
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplementary material
      4.4 Reference style
      4.5 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 ORCID
      5.2 Information required for completing your submission
      5.3 Permissions
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 SAGE Production
      6.2 Online First publication
      6.3 Access to your published article
      6.4 Promoting your article
    7. Further information

     

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to Action Research, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 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.

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 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: http://journals.sagepub.com/pb-assets/cmscontent/ARJ/ARJ_Quality_Criteria.pdf

    For additional information on the collaborative process through which the Associate Board agreed on the quality criteria, please click here: http://journals.sagepub.com/pb-assets/cmscontent/ARJ/Action_Research_manifesto.pdf

    2.2 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.

    2.3 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.

    2.4 Funding

    Action Research 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.

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Action Research encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

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    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 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

    3.1.1 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 published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the 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; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 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 the SAGE Author Gateway.

    3.3 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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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 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. 

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files.

    4.4 Reference style

    Action Research adheres to the APA reference style. View the APA guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    4.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    Action Research is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. 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

    5.1 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognised.

    We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their SAGE Track accounts and include their ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don’t already have one you can create one here.

    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.3 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary 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 see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos.

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Action Research editorial office as follows:

    Editor-in-Chief, Hilary Bradbury: bradbury@ohsu.edu

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