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Qualitative Inquiry

Qualitative Inquiry

eISSN: 15527565 | ISSN: 10778004 | Current volume: 30 | Current issue: 5 Frequency: 10 Times/Year

Qualitative Inquiry provides an interdisciplinary forum for the latest world-leading research related to qualitative methodologies in the humanities and social sciences. To this end, the journal endeavors to publish across the methodological spectrum, including but not limited to ethnography, autoethnography, Indigenous methodologies, arts as research, reflexive thematic analysis, and participatory action research—as well as interdisciplinary developments and debates related to postmodern, poststructural, new materialist, and post-qualitative forms of inquiry. Engaging with ongoing conversations related to the epistemological, ontological, and axiological foundations of research, the journal seeks submissions that attend to the development of qualitative methodologies and approaches to inquiry, rather than those manuscripts which simply use a qualitative method or technique in the conduct of a research project. 

A Valuable Resource

Whether you're a scholar, an applied researcher or a student, Qualitative Inquiry brings you the cross-disciplinary scholarship you need on qualitative research methodology.

Comprehensive Coverage

The journal publishes open-peer reviewed research articles that experiment with manuscript form and content, and focus on methodological issues raised by qualitative research rather than the content or results of the research. Open to think-pieces and review essays, QI also addresses: Advances in specific methodological strategies or techniques · Key issues in qualitative research · Postmodern, post-structural and/or critical treatments of qualitative or interpretive work · Practical applications of qualitative research · Theoretical discussions on the philosophical bases of qualitative traditions

An Interdisciplinary Perspective

The papers published in Qualitative Inquiry transcend disciplinary, racial, ethnic, gender, national and paradigmatic boundaries, presenting research from such varied fields as:

  • Anthropology
  • Communication
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education
  • Evaluation
  • Family Studies
  • Gerontology
  • Health
  • History
  • Management
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Oral History
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology 
  • Sport & Physical Culture

Current Scholarship

Qualitative Inquiry
covers diverse topics spanning many fields and disciplines. Recent articles have examined:

  • Embodied research practices
  • Co-production and impact
  • Public policy knowledge
  • Digital research methods
  • Post philosophies and the doing of inquiry
  • Indigenous and decolonizing methodologies
  • The politics of research creativity
  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • Implications of AI on qualitative inquiry
  • Research ethics
  • Politics of research in the neoliberal university
Founding Editor
Norman K Denzin University of Illinois, Urbana - Champaign, USA
Michael Giardina Florida State University, USA
Yvonna Lincoln Texas A&M University, USA
Associate Editor for New Directions
James Salvo University of Florida, USA
Editorial Board
Tony E. Adams Bradley University, USA
Paul A. Atkinson Cardiff University, UK
Lisbeth A. Berbary University of Waterloo, Canada
Russell Bishop University of Waikato, New Zealand
Gaile S. Cannella Independent Scholar
Devika Chawla Ohio University, USA
Patricia Clough City University of New York Graduate Center, USA
Marcelo Diversi Washington State University Vancouver, USA
Michele K. Donnelly Brock University, Canada
Carolyn S. Ellis University of South Florida, USA
Jennifer Esposito Georgia State University, USA
Michelle M. Fine City University of New York Graduate Center, USA
Anjali Forber-Pratt Vanderbilt University, USA
Melissa Freeman University of Georgia, USA
Aitor Gómez-Gonzalez Rovira i Virgili University, Spain
Serge F. Hein Virginia Tech, USA
Alicia Y. Jackson Appalachian State University, USA
Mirka Koro Arizona State University, USA
Margaret Kovach University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Patricia A. Lather Ohio State University, USA
Jessica Nina Lester Indiana University, USA
George E. Marcus University of California-Irvine, USA
Claudio Moreira University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA
W. Benjamin Myers University of Toledo, USA
Fikile Nxumalo University of Toronto, Canada
Laurence Parker University of Utah, USA
Sarah Pink University of Sydney, Australia
Laurel Richardson Ohio State University, USA
Johnny Saldaña Arizona State University, USA
James J. Scheurich Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, USA
Brett Smith Durham University, UK
Linda Tuhiwai Smith Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi, New Zealand
Elizabeth St. Pierre University of Georgia, USA
Mark Vagle University of Minnesota, USA
Jennifer Wolgemuth University of South Florida, USA
Editorial Board Emeritus
Ivan Brady State University of New York at Oswego, USA
Kenneth Gergen Swarthmore College, USA
Jaber F. Gubrium University of Missouri, USA
Patrick Lewis University of Regina, Canada
Meaghan Morris University of Sydney, Australia
Thomas A. Schwandt University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA
William G. Tierney University of Southern California, USA
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  • It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of a true luminary in the world of academia, Norman K. Denzin. Please expect some delays in peer review as we transition through this difficult time. We appreciate your patience.

    MANUSCRIPTS should be prepared in accordance with the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Double-space all manuscripts, including references, notes, abstracts, quotations, and tables on 8 1/2 x 11 paper. The title page should include all authors' names, affiliations, and highest professional degrees; the corresponding author's address and telephone number; and a brief biographical statement. The title page should be followed by an abstract of 100 to 150 words. Tables and references should follow APA style and be double-spaced throughout. Ordinarily, manuscripts will not exceed 30 pages (double-spaced), including tables, figures, and references. Authors of accepted manuscripts will be asked to supply camera-ready figures.

    To submit the manuscript please access our online submission system at If you have difficulties, please contact us at There are no submission fees for this journal.

    Special Issue Proposal and Submission Guidelines:

    When submitting a Special Issue proposal to Qualitative Inquiry, you must provide in writing:

    • a provisional title and abstract of 300-500 words on what the Special Issue intends to cover;
    • a rationale as to why this Special Issue is needed, what contribution it aims to make, if there have been any other special issues (or edited books) on this topic, etc.;
    • evidence of your qualifications to edit this Special Issue; and
    • a proposed timeline to publication starting with the Call for Papers.

    When submitting the completed collection of manuscripts to serve as the Special Issue, you should keep in mind the following:

    • All manuscripts should have already been peer-reviewed and revised prior to submission; and
    • The Special Issue guest editor/s must submit his/her/their editorial introduction at this time, which shows how each article manuscript connects to the mandate of the journal, connects the special issue to the relevant literature in the field, and so forth.

    Once we have received the completed Special Issue package of manuscripts, our office will conduct an internal review of each manuscript for content and clarity. Note the following:

    • Reviews of Special Issues will not begin until all of the manuscripts for the special issue, including the Introduction, have been received. For this reason, please do not submit the special issue in pieces; rather, submit them all at once; and
    • We reserve the right to reject special issues and/or individual articles at any point in the review process. For this reason, guest editors should not communicate that submissions have been accepted at any point. Final Acceptance of a manuscript/special issue can only be granted by the Editor of the journal.

    All special issue proposals and queries should be directed to Michael Giardina,

    Submission of a manuscript implies commitment to publish in the journal. Authors submitting manuscripts to the journal should not simultaneously submit them to another journal, nor should manuscripts have been published elsewhere in substantially similar form or with substantially similar content. Authors in doubt about what constitutes prior publication should consult the editor. Qualitative Inquiry is an open-peer review journal.

    Sage Choice and Open Access

    If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to nonsubscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in Sage Choice, subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let Sage know directly if you are choosing Sage Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit Sage Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at Sage, including self author archiving deposits (green open access) visit Sage Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

    At Sage, we are committed to facilitating openness, transparency, and reproducibility of research. Where relevant, The Journal encourages authors to share their research data in a suitable public repository subject to ethical considerations and where data is included, to add a data accessibility statement in their manuscript file. Authors should also follow data citation principles. For more information please visit the Sage Author Gateway, which includes information about Sage’s partnership with the data repository Figshare.

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