Editorial & Publishing Policies

Aim and Scope

Aims: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being (QHW) acknowledges the international and interdisciplinary nature of health-related issues. It intends to provide a meeting-point for studies using rigorous qualitative methodology of significance for issues related to human health and well-being. The aim of QHW is to support and shape the emerging field of qualitative studies and to encourage the development of tools for a better understanding of all aspects of human health and well-being.

The journal emphasizes empirical research and theory in basic and applied health care, especially with an international focus, but also welcomes national and even local contributions. We also welcome papers on philosophical issues related to qualitative research in the health area.

Scope: QHW welcomes works of research that meet high academic and ethical standards and encourages qualitative research on health and well-being from a wide range of professional groups. The proposed basic criteria for acceptability of a research paper in QHW include that the paper is written in a clear and concise manner, that findings are discussed in relation to existing literature, and that the authors have used criteria appropriate for qualitative research.

Phenomenological studies should be meaning oriented. It is essential that the researcher declares which form of phenomenological approach is being practised. Data collection and data analysis should be appropriate for the chosen approach. Attention should be paid to identification of a “general structure” of the phenomenon, which connects the identified meanings, or a main interpretation that connects all interpretations, rather than presentation of themes or categories.

Ethnographic studies, intended to describe and interpret a culture or a social group, should be carried out over an extended period of time and include observations and/or interviews. In case studies multiple sources of data are essential in order to conduct in-depth analysis of single or multiple cases. Considering rigour and using criteria appropriate for qualitative research, description of case, context and themes and development of issues will be the result.

For grounded theory studies, concurrent data collection and analysis is essential rather than all data being collected and analysed afterwards. It is also important that the researcher has used fundamental techniques such as constant comparisons, theoretical sampling, theoretical saturation, hierarchical coding processes and identification of a core category.

 

Section Policies

Editorials

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Invited Editorials

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Review Articles

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Invited Review Articles

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Empirical Studies

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Philosophical Papers

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Forum Methodicum

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Original Articles

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Empirical/theorethical Studies

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Book Reviews

Checked Open Submissions Unchecked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Theorethical/philosophical Articles

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Letters

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Music, health and well-being

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Perspectives on health and well-being in nursing

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Commentaries

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Hearing loss, Working Life

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Health and Sports

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Work and welfare

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Samhälle och kommunikation

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Peer Review Process

Papers submitted to International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-Being (QHW) are subject to rigorous peer review so as to ensure that the research published is 'good science'.

Manuscripts are sent out for review electronically, and all correspondence takes place via e-mail. Although the peer review process is accelerated by the use of electronic communication, traditional, high-quality peer-review standards are applied to all manuscripts submitted to the journal. The fact that QHW is an Open Access journal does not mean that the papers published therein have not undergone peer review.

Papers are sent to at least two independent referees. QHW has a 'double blind' review process: Authors are not told who reviewed their paper, and reviewers are not told who wrote the paper. Peer reviewers are informed of the identity of the authors immediately after the manuscript is either accepted or rejected. The peer referees’ identity remains unknown to the authors although it is up to the referee if he/she wants to contact the author at a later stage and reveal his/her identity.

Peer reviewers are asked to give their opinion on a number of issues pertinent to the scientific and formal aspects of a paper, and to judge the papers on grounds of originality and urgency. All relevant information will be forwarded to the author(s).

Peer reviewers will have six possible options, for each article:

1. Accept manuscript (i.e. no need for any revision)
2. Accept after revision (i.e. accepted if the author makes the requested revisions)
3. Revise and resubmit (i.e. accepted or rejected after revisions have been made - paper will be sent out for another peer review round)
4. Submit elsewhere (i.e. if the manuscript is better suited for another journal)
5. Reject manuscript (i.e. if the manuscript is substandard)
6. See comments (i.e. if the reviewer cannot choose from any of the above)

In addition, papers may be rejected directly by the Editors if judged to be out of scope or if scientifically or linguistically sub-standard.

When asking for revisions, reviewers have two possible goals: to ask authors to tighten their arguments based on existing data or to identify areas where more data are needed. Even formal revision may be required if the language or style is sub-standard. To facilitate rapid publication, authors are given a maximum of 3 months for revision. After 3 months, revised manuscripts will be considered new submissions.

 

Publication Frequency

All articles are posted online immediately they are ready for publication. All articles will be assigned a DOI number (Digital Object Identifier) whereby they become searchable and citeable without delay. They will also be collated in four regular issues per year.

 

Open Access Policy

QHW is published under the Open Access model and is therefore free for anybody to read and download, and to copy and disseminate for educational purposes. Articles will be published immediately after the final corrections of the master proof have been made and also collated in four regular issues per year. When posted online, articles will be assigned a DOI number (Digital Object Identifier) whereby it becomes possible to search and cite them without delay. When arranged in an issue the articles can also be identified by means of volume and issue number, and page range.

The Open Access model used for QHWimplies that production costs are partly covered by publication fees normally paid for by the author’s institution or funding agency. The total sum will be charged to the author(s) upon acceptance of his/her article. Author from universities or institutions that have difficulty in paying may be eligible for a full or partial waiver of the publication fee. The Publisher would be happy to provide more information or discuss individual cases. The ability of authors to pay remains unknown to the Editors prior to possible acceptance.

QHW is accessible via the journal’s website at http://www.ijqhw.net as well as via international search engines such as Google Scholar in addition to the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).

Under the Open Access model authors retain copyright. See copyright section.

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.

In addition, all files will be archived with PubMed Central, CLOCKSS and Portico.

 

Author Self-Archiving

Authors are permitted and encouraged to post manuscripts, incl supplementary material, submitted to QHW on personal or institutional websites, prior to and after publication, with due reference to the journal.