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International Journal of Qualitative Methods

International Journal of Qualitative Methods

2016 Impact Factor: 0.641
2016 Ranking: 67/96 in Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary
Source: 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017)

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

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

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The International Institute for Qualitative Methodology (IIQM) first published the International Journal of Qualitative Methods (IJQM) in 2002. It was one of the first open access journals to be published and remains the world’s only exclusively open access interdisciplinary qualitative methods journal.

IIQM ( was founded in 1998 and remains the world’s premier provider of conferences, courses and workshops focusing on qualitative methods.

IJQM seeks to further the vision and mission of IIQM: to be a vital, collaborative and transformative hub for all those who seek to use and advance qualitative inquiry for a better world.

What does IJQM publish?
IJQM publishes papers that report methodological advances, innovations, and insights in qualitative or mixed methods studies; it also publishes funded full studies using qualitative or mixed-methods.

What does IJQM stand for?
IJQM stands for five key values congruent with the IIQM mission:

  1. IJQM is interdisciplinary
    publishes papers for all those who use qualitative methods, either individually or as part of mixed methods studies. Writers are encouraged to make their work accessible, useful, and usable to readers from different disciplines and professional groups.
  2. IJQM is open access
    is committed to ensuring papers are available free to our readers.
    All papers published in IJQM are open access.
  3. IJQM values diversity
    is eclectic and values diversity; it publishes papers from the gamut of qualitative and mixed methods, techniques and philosophical approaches.
  4. IJQM stands for quality
    All papers published in IJQM have been rigorously peer-reviewed by international experts. IJQM is overseen by an esteemed Editorial Board, led by an experienced editorial team of renowned methodologists, and is published by SAGE, a major international force shaping the field of qualitative methods.
  5. IJQM is influential
    publishes papers that matter – some of the most cited and used papers around rigour, thematic analysis, phenomenology, grounded theory, interpretive description and reflexivity have been published in the journal. Publishing in IJQM gives your work prominence and visibility to IIQM’s global community of researchers.
IJQM publishes papers for all those who use qualitative methods, either individually or as part of mixed methods studies. Writers are encouraged to make their work accessible, useful, and usable to readers from different disciplines and professional groups.

Getting published in IJQM
To be published successfully in IJQM, authors are advised to make their papers highly accessible to readers from across disciplines and ensure that their submission clearly presents an advance, insight or innovation in qualitative methods.

Manuscripts that focus only on substantive findings, are unclear, or do not otherwise fit with the remit of IJQM will not be reviewed.

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

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.

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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    The current Article Processing Charge (APC) is $1,000 for regular articles and $1,750 for qualitative study protocols. Students are eligible for a special rate of $375.

    For more information on the article types, including (but not limited to) qualitative study protocols, view the manuscript guidelines here.

    This Journal recommends that authors follow the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

    International Journal of Qualitative Methods is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

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    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.

    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.

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