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Qualitative Research

2016 Impact Factor: 2.012
2016 Ranking: 21/143 in Sociology | 11/96 in Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary
Source: 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017)

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: 17 | 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, Norway
Editorial Assistant
Angela Jones Cardiff University, UK
Editorial Board
Allison Anders University of South Carolina, USA
Paul Atkinson Dalhousie University, St John Reg Hospital, Canada
Marc Berg Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, Netherlands
David Bloome The Ohio State University, USA
David Calvey Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
Ian Cook Exeter University, UK
Sara Delamont Cardiff University, UK
Tia DeNora Exeter University, UK
Norman Denzin University of Illinois, USA
Nigel Fielding University of Surrey, UK
Gary Alan Fine Northwestern University, USA
Andrew Gitlin University of Georgia, USA
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, Germany
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, UK
Julie McLeod University of Melbourne, Australia
David Mills University of Oxford, UK
Heidi Nast DePaul University, USA
Virginia Olesen University of California, San Francisco, USA
Andrew Parker University of Warwick, UK
Timothy Rapley Newcastle University, UK
Kathryn Roulston University of Georgia, USA
Katharina Schramm University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
S. Scott University of Sussex, UK
Clive Seale Brunel University, UK
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, 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, UK
Sue White University of Birmingham , UK
Emma Wincup University of Leeds, UK
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Qualitative Research

    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/qrj 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 Qualitative 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 Qualitative Research, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 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.

    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

    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.

    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.

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    2.4 Funding

    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. 

    2.5 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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    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

    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.

    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

    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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    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 does not currently accept supplemental files.

    4.4 Reference style

    Qualitative Research adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. View the SAGE Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote  to manage references, you can download the SAGE Harvard EndNote output file..

      • 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 withthe 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)

    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

    Qualitative Research is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/qrj 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

    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 the Qualitative Research 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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