Submissions

Author Guidelines

IJQM is now accepting both articles and qualitative study protocols.

After you are Logged In and/or Registered, select User Home > Author. After clicking this link, you will be able to proceed to the online submission process.

SUBMITTING AN ARTICLE
(for submitting a qualitative study protocol please see protocol section below)

Article Processing Charge

In order to continue operating as a multi-disciplinary, open-access journal that publishes original works, IJQM has implemented a $500.00 Article Processing Charge (APC) + 5% GST for articles submitted and accepted for publication after January 1st, 2013. Articles will be subject to payment only after peer review, official acceptance, and entry into the production process. Fees may be waived for individuals that do not have adequate funding to cover the charges. Please note that this will not affect the publication process of accepted articles. Applicants will be assessed on a case by case basis and will be required to submit a formal written request to ijqm@ualberta.ca; please indicate if you will be applying for the waiver upon submission of your article. We may not be able to accommodate waiver requests received after the submission process.

Length:

* Although there is no pre-determined length, most articles fall between 5000 and 7500 words.

Author Details:

* In the appropriate metadata sections of your submission, provide the authors’ full name(s), affiliation, and geographic locale. See published IJQM articles for examples. Do NOT put this information on the article; see blind review procedures below.

General Formatting:

* All submissions should be in Word file format (.docx) (not PDF). See instructions below on blinding documents in Word.

* Single space the body of the text and references (leaving one line between reference list citations).

* One character space only between sentences.

* The text should be in 11- Point, Times New Roman font.

* Employ italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses).

* All illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.

* Figures are clear, black/white, or coloured and numbered using Arabic numbers.

It is important to remember when formatting your article to not let the word processing software format it for you -- do it manually. For example, please turn off "Add Space After Paragraph" Word functions and do not use headings functions; manually add spaces and manually create headings and subheading. Please also remove all citation management software (e.g., EndNote) formatting from in-text citations and reference lists before submitting the article.

Abstract, Keywords, and Author Note:

* Provide an abstract, which effectively summarizes the content of your article.

* Provide 5-7 keywords, which effectively describe the main themes of your article.

* You may include an author note here (though it needs to be blinded until publication if it identifies the author; see blinding for peer review below).

* Bold the section headings and label them as Abstract, Keywords, and Author Note.

* The keywords and author note should precede their text with a colon.

* Please see IJQM published articles for examples of abstracts, keywords, and author notes.

* Complete the text box for an abstract in the submission's metadata section.

Headings and Block Quotes:

* Level one headings are bold and centered, with each word capitalized.

* Level two headings should be bold and aligned left, with each word capitalized.

* Level three headings should be italic and aligned left, with only the first word capitalized and a period at the end.

* Block quotes should be indented 1.27cm on left side only.

Notes:

* Unless absolutely necessary, please incorporate all potential notes within the body of the text.

References:

* The reference list should follow the centered, bolded heading References.

* References should be single spaced with one line between citations.

* In-text and reference list citations must be accurate and formatted according to APA, 6th edition. Failure to do so may result in a delay in the publication process.

Style

Please use APA, 6th edition for style (except where superseded by IJQM’s Author Guidelines), references, and citations. Articles not following APA, 6th edition may be delayed and/or returned to the author for revision before entering the peer review process.

Graphics

Electronic publishing allows for a convenient and inexpensive method of publishing full color graphics, so please feel free to use photographs and illustrations where appropriate. When incorporating an image, such as a photograph, a video screen capture, a table, or an illustration into your article, please insert it into the appropriate position in the body of the article you are submitting for review.

Blinding Article for Peer Review:

All submitted articles must be blinded for peer review:

a) The authors of the document have deleted their names from the text, with "Author" and year used in the references, instead of the authors' name, article title, etc.

b) With Microsoft Office documents, author identification should also be removed from the properties for the file, by clicking on the following, beginning with File on the main menu of the Microsoft application: File > Options > Trust Center > Trust Center Settings > Privacy Options > check box "Remove personal information from this file on save." Mac users click on Word > Preferences > Security > check box "Remove personal information from this file on save."

c) With PDFs, the authors' names should also be removed from Document Properties found under File on Adobe Acrobat's main menu.

d) Please also remove any other text content that might serve as identifiers, including authors' notes acknowledging support.

Ethics Approval, Consents, Releases, and Copyright Permissions :

All authors are responsible for the content of their articles. Research published in IJQM must have been reviewed and approved by the necessary ethics review boards, and have attained all necessary participant consents and permissions. Releases from identifiable persons must be submitted with photographs or video stills. Permissions to use more than 500 words of any copyrighted text, or any portion of poetry, must be obtained from the copyright holder by the author, and notice of such permission must accompany the initial submission to IJQM.

SUBMITTING A QUALITATIVE STUDY PROTOCOL

Article Processing Charge for Funded Protocols

An article processing fee (APC) of $1750.00 + GST will be charged for each successful submission to cover processing and indexing costs.

Qualitative study protocols now being accepted for publication in IJQM.

Many journals are now publishing study protocols. To further the development of qualitative methods, IJQM now accepts funded study protocols for inclusion in the journal.

These types of papers can help researchers:

* Share methodological ideas, insights, and practices

* Develop insights from cutting-edge and highly creative studies

* Contribute to the future advancement of qualitative methods

* Raise the profile of both the study and the researcher(s)

All protocol’s accepted by IJQM will feature as full indexed papers in the journal.

Focus of papers

Study protocols should not normally exceed 5000 words. Protocols should be submitted in English according to the author guidelines of the journal and should include the following sections:

Background / Study justification / Summary of pilot work
Give a persuasive overview to justify your study based on past research and theory, followed by details of any pilot work done to date.

Explanation and justification of method
Give a clear, comprehensive, and detailed overview of which method you used, what you did, and why.

Sampling / Recruitment
Give a clear, comprehensive, and detailed overview of the people involved in the study, what you did to recruit them, and why.

Data Handling / Analysis
Give a clear, comprehensive, and detailed overview of how you handled and analysed your data, including how you will handle disagreements and/or team analysis.

Ethics
Provide a summary of the main ethical issues raised by the study and how these are to be addressed.

Rigour
Discuss the approach to qualitative rigour to be adopted and the steps to be used to maintain rigour.

Full copies of interview schedules/ Focus group schedules / Field work plans
Include full schedules if possible.

Criteria for review

Protocols must detail empirical qualitative studies or mixed method studies with a substantial qualitative component (e.g., not quantitative studies / reviews) that have received peer-reviewed state / provincial / federal / national funding; such studies would not be subject to further peer review prior to publication, but will still undergo review by the co-editors for final approval.

Protocols which raise substantial ethical concerns may be subject to full peer review as per normal IJQM procedures.

Student proposals / non-funded / locally-funded studies will not be considered.

 

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word format (not PDF).
  3. When available, the URLs to access references online are provided, including those for open access versions of the reference. The URLs are ready to click (e.g., http://pkp.sfu.ca). DOI's are also provided if available.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses an 11-point Times New Roman font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. All submitted articles must be blinded for peer review:a) The authors of the document have deleted their names from the text, with "Author" and year used in the references, instead of the authors' name, article title, etc.

    b) With Microsoft Office documents, author identification should also be removed from the properties for the file, by clicking on the following, beginning with File on the main menu of the Microsoft application: File > Options > Trust Center > Trust Center Settings > Privacy Options > check box "Remove personal information from this file on save." Mac users click on Word > Preferences > Security > check box "Remove personal information from this file on save."

    c) Please also remove any other text content that might serve as identifiers, including authors' notes acknowledging support.
  7. All authors, with contact information, have been included on the submission interface.
  8. All in-text and reference list citations must be formatted according to APA, 6th edition.
 

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The Creative Commons‐Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License 4.0 International applies to all works published by the International Journal of Qualitative Methods. Copyright for articles published in the International Journal of Qualitative Methods remains with the first author.
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It is the responsibility of the author, not the IJQM, to obtain permission to use any previously published and/or copyrighted material.

 

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ISSN: 1609-4069