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Qualitative Research

2015 Impact Factor: 1.671
2015 Ranking: 29/142 in Sociology | 13/93 in Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary
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Editors
Bella Dicks Cardiff University, UK
Karen Henwood Cardiff University, UK
William Housley Cardiff University, UK
Robin Smith Cardiff University, UK
Book Reviews Editor
Robin Smith Cardiff University, UK


eISSN: 17413109| ISSN: 14687941|Current volume: 16|Current issue: 4 Frequency: Bi-monthly

"Qualitative Research is a must read for anyone who wishes to stay current in this rapidly changing field." Norman K Denzin, University of Illinois, USA

"Qualitative Research is terrific and superbly edited. It showcases the methodological diversity that characterizes qualitative research today." Catherine Kohler Riessman, Boston College, USA

Qualitative Research provides a much needed forum for the discussion of research methods, in particular qualitative research, across the social sciences and cultural studies. The journal features papers with a methodological focus, discussed in relation to specific empirical studies and research problems and papers raising philosophical, theoretical, historical or ideological debates about qualitative research.

Electronic Access:

Qualitative Research is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at http://qrj.sagepub.com

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

Qualitative Research is a fully peer-reviewed international journal that publishes original research and review articles on the methodological diversity and multi-disciplinary focus of qualitative research within the social sciences.

Research based on qualitative methods, and methodological commentary on such research, have expanded exponentially in the past decades. This is the case across a number of disciplines including sociology, social anthropology, health and nursing, education, cultural studies, human geography, social and discursive psychology, and discourse studies. As the degree of internet in qualitative research is global, the scope of the journal is truly international as well as interdisciplinary, capitalizing on the current popularity of qualitative research methods across all of the social and cultural disciplines.

The distinctive mission of Qualitative Research is to promote and debate qualitative methods in a broad intellectual framework.

There are six issues a year divided into:

  • Articles
  • Short communication and research notes
  • Reports on new technologies and other innovations
  • Review essays and book reviews

Regional Editorial Advisors
Louisa Allen University of Auckland, New Zealand
James Mienczakowski Victoria University, Australia
Deborah Reed-Danahay State University of New York at Buffalo, USA
Anne Ryen Agder University College
Editorial Assistant
Angela Jones Cardiff University, UK
Editorial Board
Allison Anders University of South Carolina
Paul Atkinson Saint John Regional Hospital, Canada
Marc Berg Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, Netherlands
David Bloome The Ohio State University, USA
David Calvey Manchester Metropolitan University
Ian Cook Exeter University, UK
Sara Delamont Cardiff University, UK
Tia DeNora Exeter University
Norman Denzin University of Illinois, USA
Nigel Fielding University of Surrey
Gary Alan Fine Northwestern University, USA
Andrew Gitlin University of Georgia
Giampietro Gobo University of Milan
Tuula Gordon University of Helsinki, Finland
Martyn Hammersley The Open University
Michael Herzfeld Harvard University, USA
David Hess Vanderbilt University, USA
Sam Hillyard Durham University, UK
Udo Kelle Helmut Schmidt Universität
Hubert Knoblauch TU Berlin, Germany
Setha Low City University of New York, USA
Mairtin Mac an Ghaill Newman University, Birmingham, USA
Natasha Mauthner University of Edinburgh
Julie McLeod University of Melbourne, Australia
David Mills University of Oxford
Heidi Nast DePaul University, USA
Virginia Olesen University of California, San Francisco, USA
Andrew Parker University of Warwick
Timothy Rapley Newcastle University, UK
Kathryn Roulston University of Georgia
Katharina Schramm University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
S. Scott University of Sussex, UK
Clive Seale Brunel University
Wesley Shumar Drexel University, USA
Pat Sikes University of Sheffield, UK
Kirsten Simonsen Roskilde University, Denmark
J A Sluka Massey Univ - Palmerston North Campus, New Zealand
Paul Ten Have University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Stefan Timmermans University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Martin B. Tolich Otago University, New Zealand
Max Travers University of Tasmania, Australia
Darin Weinberg University of Cambridge
Sue White University of Birmingham , UK
Emma Wincup University of Leeds, UK
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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 Titles 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

    Qualitative Research welcomes submissions on the methodological diversity and multi-disciplinary focus of qualitative research within the social sciences.

    1. Editorial Policies

    1.1 Peer review policy

    Qualitative Research operates a strictly anonymous peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and the author’s name from the reviewer. The reviewer may at their own discretion opt to reveal their name to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for both identities to remain concealed. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, and an editorial decision is generally reached within 12 weeks of submission.

    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

    Qualitative Research publishes original research and review articles. The Journal considers the following kinds of article for publication:

    1. Articles;
    2. Research notes;
    3. Review essays, symposia and book reviews.
    Note that articles and research notes should be methodological in content. Qualitative Research does not publish papers that are primarily reports of empirical research.

    Full papers are generally restricted to a strict maximum length of 8000 words, including all elements (title page, abstract, notes, references, tables, biographical statement, etc.). We are reluctant to burden our referees with very long manuscripts. Authors who suspect that their articles will have to be cut anyway should make the required deletions before submitting.Authors should provide a word count as part of their submission.

    Authors of potential Research Notes should look at two recently published Research Notes (eg Amanda Holt in 10.1 (2010), and Glenn A Bowen in 8.1 (2008)) for guidance. Research Notes submissions should be between 3,000 - 4,000 words.

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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.All articles are restricted to a strict maximum length of 8,000 words.

    Qualitative 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/qrj to login and submit your article online. When submitting your manuscript, please supply the full contact details of three possible referees in countries other than your own.

    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, including book beviews, must be submitted via the online system The editors cannot enter into discussions about possible submissions prior to actual submission, on the basis of an outline or an abstract. If you are unsure about the suitability of Qualitative Research for your paper, or vice versa, then please look carefully at the contents of the journal, especially those in volume 5 issue 1 (2005) and volume 9 issue 1 (2009), and read between 8 and 10 papers published in the journal. Please pay close attention to the journal's mission statement.

    Books for review should be sent to:

    The Reviews Editor
    Robin Smith c/o Angela Jones
    Cardiff University
    School of Social Sciences
    Glamorgan Building
    King Edward VII Avenue
    Cardiff CF10 3WT
    Wales, UK

    Email: JonesA7@cardiff.ac.uk

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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

    Qualitative 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.

    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

    Qualitative 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                  

    Qualitative 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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    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
    Qualitative 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.

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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
    Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. Please also refer to additional guideline on submitting artwork below.

    9.2 Journal Style

    • Attach to every submission a letter confirming that all authors have agreed to the submission and that the article is not currently being considered for publication by any other journal.
    • Include a title page with full title and subtitle (if any). For the purposes of blind refereeing, full name of each author with current affiliation and full address/phone/fax/email details plus short biographical note should be supplied on a separate sheet, along with the full contact details of three possible referees in countries other than the authors'. The editors will not inspect the manuscript until this information is given.
    • Also for the purposes of blind refereeing, authors should replace all self-citations in the text and reference list with anonymous citations, in the style (Author, 2009), etc.
    • Any citation that includes any of the authors should be replaced with (Author A and others, 2003) in the text, and in the reference list at 'Au' put 'Author A and others (2003), details withheld for peer review' followed by Author B and others, if necessary.
    • Abstract of 100-150 words.
    • Up to 10 key words.
    • All authors must provide a full word count for their paper, fully inclusive of all references, figures and tables. The maximum word length is 8,000 words including all references, figures and tables. Authors should estimate that any figures and tables are the equivalent of 300-500 words of text each. The preferred length is 6000 - 8000 words. Papers exceeding the maximum word count will be unsubmitted.
    • Text should be clearly organized with a clear hierarchy of headings and subheadings and quotations exceeding 40 words displayed indented in the text.
    • The journal uses notes where necessary. Historical, documentary or archival sources should be cited in endnotes. Discursive endnotes are also allowed. Endnotes are signalled in the text by superscript numbers.
    • References in both the text and in any endnotes should follow SAGE Harvard style. References are cited in the text thus: (author, date: page).
    • An alphabetical References section should follow the text (and endnotes, if any) using the SAGE Harvard system.
    • All line diagrams and photographs are termed 'Figures' and should be referred to as such in the manuscript. They should be numbered consecutively. All figures should have short descriptive captions at the end of the document.
    • Articles must be written in English. Use a clear, readable style, avoiding jargon. If technical terms or acronyms must be included, define them when first used. Use non-racist, non-sexist language and plurals rather than he/she.
    • UK or US spellings may be used with '-ize' spellings as given in the Oxford English Dictionary (e.g. organize, recognize).
    • Use single quotation marks with double quotes inside single quotes. Dates should be presented in the form 1 May 2010. Do not use points in abbreviations, contractions or acronyms (e.g. AD, USA, Dr, PhD)

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

    If you use EndNote to manage references, download the SAGE Harvard output style by following this link and save to the appropriate folder (normally for Windows C:\Program Files\EndNote\Styles and for Mac OS X Harddrive:Applications:EndNote:Styles). Once you've done this, open EndNote and choose 'Select Another Style...' from the dropdown menu in the menu bar; locate and choose this new style from the following screen.

    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.
    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.

    9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
    Qualitative Research does not currently accept 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. Any corrections should be sent to the editors within two weeks of receipt.

    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 Qualitative Research with SAGE.

    10.4 OnlineFirst Publication
    A large number of SAGE journals benefit 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

    The editors will not provide advice on abstracts. All prospective authors are recommended to read the editorials in the journal, especially those in volume 5 issue 1 (2005) and volume 9 issue 1 (2009), and read between 8 and 10 papers published in the journal, before reaching their own judgment about submission. Close reading of the mission statement is also recommended.

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to Angela Jones in the Editorial Office as follows:

    Angela Jones, Editorial Assistant
    Qualitative Research
    Cardiff School of Social Sciences
    Cardiff University
    Glamorgan Building
    King Edward VII Avenue
    Cardiff CF10 3WT
    Wales, UK

    Email: JonesA7@cardiff.ac.uk

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