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International Journal of Qualitative Methods

International Journal of Qualitative Methods

2017 Impact Factor: 1.387
2017 Ranking: 35/98 in Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary
Source: Journal Citation Reports®, 2018 release, a Clarivate Analytics product

Editor-in-Chief
Linda Liebenberg Dalhousie University, Canada
Corresponding Editor
Alexander Clark University of Alberta, Canada


eISSN: 16094069 | ISSN: 16094069 | Current volume: 16 | Current issue: 1

Journal Highlights

  • Impact Factor: 1.387 Ranked 35/98 in Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary – SSCI
  • Indexed In: Clarivate Analytics: Social Science Citation Index, the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), and Scopus
  • Launched In: 2002
  • Publication is subject to payment of an article processing charge (APC)
  • Submit here

International Journal of Qualitative Methods (IJQM) is a peer-reviewed open access journal which focuses on methodological advances, innovations, and insights in qualitative or mixed methods studies. Please see the Aims and Scope tab for further information.

This journal is published in association with International Institute for Qualitative Methodology (IIQM)

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

Submission Information

Submit your manuscript today at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ijqm.

Please see the Submission Guidelines tab for more information on how to submit your article to the journal.

Open access article processing charge (APC) information

Publication in the journal is subject to payment of an article processing charge (APC). The APC serves to support the journal and ensures that articles are freely accessible online in perpetuity under a Creative Commons license.

The APC for this journal varies depending on article type.

Regular Articles: $1000 USD

Qualitative Study Protocols: $1750 USD
 

The article processing charge (APC) is payable only if your article is accepted after peer review, before it is published. The APC is subject to taxes where applicable. Tax-exempt status can be indicated by providing appropriate registration numbers when payment is requested. Please see further details here

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The International Journal of Qualitative Methods is the peer-reviewed interdisciplinary open access journal of the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology (IIQM) at the University of Alberta, Canada.

The journal was established in 2002 as an eclectic and international forum for papers reporting original methodological insights, study design innovations, and funded-project proposals using qualitative or mixed methods research that are useful to the global research community.

Editor-in-Chief
Linda Liebenberg Dalhousie University, Canada
Corresponding Editor
Alexander Clark University of Alberta, Canada
Editor (Americas)
Raul Pacheco-Vega Center for Economic Teaching and Research, CIDE, Mexico
Editor (Africa)
Brigitte Smit University of South Africa, South Africa
Editor (Asia)
Karis Kin Fong Cheng National University of Singapore, Singapore
Editor (Australasia)
Virginia Dickson-Swift, PhD La Trobe University, Australia
Editor (Europe)
Paul Galdas University of York, UK
Editorial Board
Ricardo Ayala Universiteit Gent, Belgium
Clive Baldwin St. Thomas University, Canada
Melanie Birks James Cook University, Australia
Svend Brinkmann Aalborg University, Denmark
Kathy Charmaz Sonoma State University
D. Jean Clandinin University of Alberta, Canada
Ricardo Contreras ATLAS.ti Scientific Software Development GmbH, USA
Jan E. Angus, PhD University of Toronto, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, Canada
Jason Ellis Ashland University, USA
Martyn Hammersley The Open University, UK
Mark Hayter University of Hull, Nursing Faculty of Health and Social Care, UK
Gina Higginbottom University of Nottingham, UK
Cindy Jardine University of Alberta, Canada
Dawn Johnston Vancouver Psychology Centre, Canada
Heather Kanuka University of Alberta, Canada
Louanne Keenan University of Alberta, Canada
Amanda Kenny La Trobe University, Australia
Philip Larkin University College Dublin, Ireland
John Lewis Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA
Pranee Liamputtong Western Sydney University, Australia
Mary Ellen MacDonald McGill University, Canada
Carl May University of Southampton, UK
Sonja McIlfatrick Professor of Nursing & Palliative Care, Head of School of Nursing, Ulster University, UK
Dermot Moran University College Dublin, Ireland
David Morgan Spalding University
Jan Morse University of Utah, USA
Muhammad A. Z. Mughal Durham University, UK
Benson Mulemi Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Kenya
Flo Myrick University of Alberta, Canada
David Nicholas University of Calgary, Canada
Jane Noyes Prifysgol Bangor University, UK
Karin Olson University of Alberta, Canada
John Paley Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Sarah Pink RMIT University, Australia
Sam Porter Bournemouth University, UK
Cheryl-Anne Poth University of Alberta, Canada.
Judith Preissle University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA
Louise Racine University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Rosemary Reilly Concordia University, Canada
Margarete Sandelowski The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, USA
Jude Spiers University of Alberta, Canada
Sally Thorne University of British Columbia, Canada
Penny Tinkler The University of Manchester, UK
Bilkis Vissandjee Université de Montréal, Canada
Roger Watson University of Hull, UK
Anthony Welch Central Queensland University, Australia
Geoff Wong University of Oxford, UK
Former Editors-in-Chief
Jan Morse, 2001-2004 University of Utah, USA
Jude Spiers, 2004-2007 University of Alberta, Canada
Karin Olson, 2007-2009 University of Alberta, Canada
Cindy Jardine, 2009-2012 University of Alberta, Canada
Sarah Stahlke Wall, 2013-2015 University of Alberta, Canada
Alexander Clark, 2013-2017 University of Alberta, Canada
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  • This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.

    This Journal recommends that authors follow the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing,
    and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals
    formulated by the International Committee of
    Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the journal’s submission site
    https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ijqm 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 IJQM will be reviewed.

    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.

    Please Read the Manuscript Submission Guidelines below before submitting your manuscript here:
    SUBMIT MANUSCRIPT

    1. Open Access
    2. Article processing charge (APC)
    3. What do we publish?
      3.1 Aims & scope
      3.2 Article types
      3.2.1 Regular Articles: Methodological Insights, Advantages and Innovations
      3.2.2 Qualitative Study Protocols
      3.3 Writing your paper
      3.3.1 Making your article discoverable 
    4. Editorial policies
      4.1 Peer Review Policy
      4.2 Authorship
      4.3 Acknowledgements
      4.3.1 Writing assistance
      4.4 Funding
      4.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
      4.6 Research ethics and patient consent
      4.7 Clinical Trials
      4.8 Reporting guidelines
    5. Publishing policies
      5.1 Publication ethics
      5.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
    6. Preparing your manuscript
      6.1 Word processing formats
      6.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      6.3 Supplementary material
      6.4 Reference style
      6.5 English language editing services
    7. Submitting your manuscript
      7.1 How to submit your manuscript
      7.2 Title, keywords and abstracts
      7.3 Information required for completing your submission
      7.4 ORCID
      7.5 Permissions
    8. On acceptance and publication
      8.1 SAGE Production
      8.2 Continuous publication
      8.3 Promoting your article
    9. Further information

    1. Open Access

    International Journal of Qualitative Methods (IJQM) is an open access, peer-reviewed journal. Each
    article accepted by peer review is made freely available online immediately upon publication, is
    published under a Creative Commons license and will be hosted online in perpetuity. Publication costs
    of the journal are covered by the collection of article processing charges which are paid by the funder,
    institution or author of each manuscript upon acceptance. There is no charge for submitting a paper to
    the journal.

    For general information on open access at SAGE please visit the Open Access page or view our OpenAccess FAQs.

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    2. Article processing charge (APC)

    If, after peer review, your manuscript is accepted for publication, a one-time article processing charge
    (APC) is payable. This APC covers the cost of publication and ensures that your article will be freely
    available online in perpetuity under a Creative Commons license.

    The article processing charge (APC) is $1,000 for regular articles and $1,500 for qualitative study
    protocols. Students are eligible for a special rate of $375.

    If your manuscript has been accepted for publication, and you would like to apply for an APC waiver, please send an email to ijqm@ualberta.ca. SAGE also works with the Research4Life program, who accepts waivers to authors from countries that are specifed by this program.  

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    3. What do we publish?

    3.1 Aims & scope

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

    3.2 Article types

    3.2.1 Regular Articles: Methodological Insights, Advantages and Innovations

    These articles must clearly report a methodological insight, advance and/or innovation in
    qualitative or mixed methods research likely to be of interest, benefit or relevance to the global
    community of researchers interested in these methods. Papers should be intelligible across
    disciplines and expertise levels.

    Submissions must focus substantially on methodological not substantive results. What the paper
    adds to existing methodological knowledge must be clearly stated in the manuscript.

    Please limit your title to 30 words or less. 

    Articles should be no longer than is necessary to contextualize and convey methodological
    insights, advances or innovations. Articles should fall between 3,500 and 7,500 words excluding
    references and abstract.

    Provide an abstract, which effectively summarizes the content of your article, in particular its
    methodological insight, innovation or advance. Your abstract should be 200-300 words. 

    Provide two statements consisting of three points maximum regarding “What is already
    known?” and “What this paper adds?”

    3.2.2 Qualitative Study Protocols

    Many journals are now publishing study protocols. To further the development of qualitative
    methods, IJQM now accepts nationally funded study protocols for qualitative or mixed methods
    studies 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 qualitativemethods
    • Raise the profile of both the study and theresearcher(s)

    All protocols accepted by IJQM will feature as full indexed papers in the journal.

    Focus of protocols
    Study protocols should not normally exceed 5000 words (excluding references). 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.

    Rigor
    Discuss the approach to qualitative rigor to be adopted and the steps to be used to maintain
    rigor.

    Full copies of interview schedules/ Focus group schedules / Fieldwork 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 peerreviewed
    state / provincial / federal / national funding; such studies would not be subject to
    further peer review prior to publication, but will still undergo review 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.

    3.3 Writing your paper

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

    3.3.1 Making 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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    4. Editorial policies

    4.1 Peer review policy

    Following a preliminary triage to eliminate submissions unsuitable for IJQM all papers are sent
    out for review. The covering letter is important. To help the Editor in his preliminary evaluation,
    please indicate why you think the paper suitable for publication. If your paper should be
    considered for fast-track publication, please explain why.

    The journal’s policy is to have manuscripts reviewed by a minimum of two expert reviewers.
    IJQM utilizes a double-blind peer review process in which the reviewer and authors’ names and
    information are withheld from the other. Reviewers may at their own discretion opt to reveal
    their names to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for their identities
    to remain concealed. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, while maintaining
    rigor. Reviewers make comments to the author and recommendations to the Editor-in-Chief
    who then makes the final decision.

    IJQM is committed to delivering high quality, fast peer-review for your paper, and as such has
    partnered with Publons. Publons is a third party service that seeks to track, verify and give credit
    for peer review. Reviewers for IJQM can opt in to Publons in order to claim their reviews or have
    them automatically verified and added to their reviewer profile. Reviewers claiming credit for
    their review will be associated with the relevant journal, but the article name, reviewer’s
    decision and the content of their review is not published on the site. For more information visit
    the Publons website.

    The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for
    possible publication in the journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by
    alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor/Board member will have no
    involvement in the decision-making process.

    4.2 Authorship

    Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing
    authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed
    to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.
    The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all
    those who:

    (i) Made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the work; or acquisition,
    analysis or interpretation of data,
    (ii) Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
    (iii) Approved the version to be published,
    (iv) Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public
    responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

    Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. Each author should have
    participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the
    content.

    When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the
    individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully
    meet the criteria for authorship.

    Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone
    does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for
    authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. Please refer to the International
    Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines
    for more information on
    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.

    4.3 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. 

    4.3.1 Writing assistance

    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do
    not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors
    must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of
    input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.
    It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

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

    4.4 Funding

    IJQM 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 notfor-profit
    sectors.

    4.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    It is the policy of IJQM to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a
    statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.

    Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of
    your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists,
    please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.

    For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations.

    4.6 Research ethics and patient consent

    Medical research involving human subjects must be conducted according to the World Medical
    Association Declaration of Helsinki
    .

    Submitted manuscripts should conform to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct,
    Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, and all papers
    reporting animal and/or human studies must state in the methods section that the relevant
    Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board provided (or waived) approval. Please ensure
    that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee, in addition to the
    approval number.

    For research articles, authors are also required to state in the methods section whether
    participants provided informed consent and whether the consent was written or verbal.

    Information on informed consent to report individual cases or case series should be included in
    the manuscript text. A statement is required regarding whether written informed consent for
    patient information and images to be published was provided by the patient(s) or a legally
    authorized representative.

    Please also refer to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants.

    All research involving animals submitted for publication must be approved by an ethics
    committee with oversight of the facility in which the studies were conducted. The journal has
    adopted the Consensus Author Guidelines on Animal Ethics and Welfare for Veterinary Journals.
    published by the International Association of Veterinary Editors.

    4.7 Clinical trials

    IJQM conforms to the ICMJE requirement that clinical trials are registered in a WHO-approved
    public trials registry at or before the time of first patient enrolment as a condition of
    consideration for publication. The trial registry name and URL, and registration number must be
    included at the end of the abstract.

    4.8 Reporting guidelines

    The relevant EQUATOR Network reporting guidelines should be followed depending on the type
    of study. For example, all randomized controlled trials submitted for publication should include
    a completed CONSORT flow chart as a cited figure and the completed CONSORT checklist should
    be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. Systematic reviews and metaanalyses
    should include the completed PRISMA flow chart as a cited figure and the completed
    PRISMA checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. The
    EQUATOR wizard can help you identify the appropriate guideline.

    Other resources can be found at NLM’s Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives.

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    5. Publishing policies

    5.1 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.

    5.1.1 Plagiarism

    IJQM 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 plagiarized
    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.

    5.1.2 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.

    5.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s
    Publishing Agreement. IJQM publishes manuscripts under Creative Commons licenses. The
    standard license for the journal is Creative Commons by Attribution Non-Commercial (CC BYNC),
    which allows others to re-use the work without permission as long as the work is properly
    referenced and the use is non-commercial. For more information, you are advised to visit
    SAGE's OA licenses page.

    Alternative license arrangements are available, for example, to meet particular funder
    mandates, made at the author’s request. 

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    6. Preparing your manuscript

    6.1 Word processing formats

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

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

    6.2 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 color will appear in color online.

    6.3 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. These will be subjected to peer-review alongside the
    article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files,
    which can be found within our Manuscript Submission Guidelines page. 

    6.4 Reference style

    IJQM adheres to the APA reference style. Please review the guidelines on APA to ensure your
    manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    6.5 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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    7. Submitting your manuscript

    7.1 How to submit your manuscript

    IJQM is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered
    by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ijqm 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.

    7.2 Title, keywords and abstracts

    Please supply a title, short title, an abstract and keywords to accompany your article. 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 the SAGE Journal Author
    Gateway for guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

    7.3 Information required for completing your submission

    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.

    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).

    7.4 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 recognized.

    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.

    7.5 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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    8. On acceptance and publication

    If your paper is accepted for publication after peer review, you will first be asked to complete the
    contributor’s publishing agreement. Once your manuscript files have been check for SAGE Production,
    the corresponding author will be asked to pay the article processing charge (APC) via a payment link.
    Once the APC has been processed, your article will be prepared for publication and can appear online
    within an average of 30 days. Please note that no production work will occur on your paper until the
    APC has been received.

    8.1 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 authorizing the change.

    8.2 Online publication

    One of the many benefits of publishing your research in an open access journal is the speed to
    publication. With no page count constraints, your article will be published online in a fully
    citable form with a DOI number as soon as it has completed the production process. At this time
    it will be completely free to view and download for all. Articles are batch every year and are
    then available in the Archive.

    8.3 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 maximize your article’s impact
    with Kudos

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    9. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission
    process should be sent to the IJQM editorial office as follows:

    ijqm@ualberta.ca

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