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Qualitative Methodology Journals in the Social Sciences

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Title Editor(s) Subject Mission
Cutural Studies -
Critical Methodologies
Norman K Denzin
Sociology; Comprehensive works The mandate for this interdisciplinary, international journal is to move methods talk in cultural studies to the forefront, into the regions of moral, ethical and political discourse. The commitment to imagine a more democratic society has been a guiding feature of cultural studies from the very beginnnig. Contributors to this journal understand that the discourses of a critical, moral methodology are basic to any effort to re-engage the promise of the social sciences and the humanities for democracy in the 21st Century. We seek works that connect critical emanicipatory theories to new forms of social justice and democratic practice are encouraged.
Field Methods
H. Russell Bernard
Ethnology; Methodology; Anthropology [FM] (formerly Cultural Anthropology Methods) is devoted to articles about the methods used by field workers in the social and behavioral sciences and humanities for the collection, management, and analysis data about human thought and/or human behavior in the natural world. Articles should focus on innovations and issues in the methods used, rather than on the reporting of research or theoretical/epistemological questions about research. High-quality articles using qualitative and quantitative methods-- from scientific or interpretative traditions-- dealing with data collection and analysis in applied and scholarly research from writers in the social sciences, humanities, and related professions are all welcome in the pages of the journal.
Forum Qualitative
Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research
Katja Mruck Social Sciences [FQS] is a peer-reviewed multilingual online journal for qualitative research.
Bas Levering Social Sciences; Comprehensive works
[IJQM] is a multi-disciplinary, multi-lingual journal, free to the public. Our goals are to heighten the awareness of qualitative research, to advance the development of qualitative methods in varying fields of study, and to help disseminate knowledge to the broadest possible community of academics, students, and professionals who undertake scholarly research. By keeping the journal free of charge, we hope to reach an audience who, for whatever reason, do not read traditional, subscription -based journals.
 Journal of Economic Methodology
D. Wade Hands
John B. Davis
Business and Economics
The relationship between methodological work and economic practice
Analysis of the methodological implications of new developments in economics
The particular nature of economics and the types of methods that can be endorsed within it
The relevance of ideas from outside economics (including feminism and postmodernism) for economic methodology
The methodological writings and practice of earlier economists
The sociology of economics
The rhetoric of economics
Journal of Mixed Methods Research
John W. Creswell
Abbas Tashakkori

  [JMMR] scope initially will include developing and defining a global terminology and nomenclature for mixed methods research, delineating where mixed methods research may be used most effectively, creating the paradigmatic and philosophical foundations for mixed methods research, illuminating design and procedure issues, and determining the logistics of conducting mixed methods research. JMMR invites articles from a wide variety of international perspectives, including academics and practitioners from psychology, sociology, education, evaluation, health sciences, geography, communication, management, family studies, marketing, social work, and other related disciplines across the social, behavioral, and human sciences.
 Methodolgy: European Journal of Research Methods for the Behavioral and Social Sciences
Manuel Ato,
Michael Eid
Psychology, Social Sciences: comprehensive works
[M] is the official organ of the European Association of Methodology (EAM;, a union of methodologists working in different areas of the social and behavioral sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology, economics, educational and political sciences). The journal provides a platform for interdisciplinary exchange of methodological research and applications in the different fields, including new methodological approaches, review articles, software information, and instructional papers that can be used in teaching. Three main disciplines are covered: data analysis, research methodology, and psychometrics.
 Organizational Research Methods
H. Aguinis Business and Economics - Management
[ORM] is dedicated to bringing relevant methodological developments to a wide range of researchers in organizational and management studies, Organizational Research Methods promotes a more effective understanding of current and new methodologies and their application in organizational settings.
Qualitative Research

Paul Atkinson
Sara Delamont

Social Sciences; Comprehensive works
Research based on qualitative methods, and methodological commentary on such research, have expanded exponentially in the past decades. [...]. As the degree of internet in qualitative research is global, the scope of the journal is truly international as well as interdisciplinary, capitalizing on the current popularity of qualitative research methods across all of the social and cultural disciplines.
 Qualitative Health Research
Janice M. Morse
Medical Sciences [QHR] is an international, interdisciplinary, refereed journal for the enhancement of health care and to further the development and understanding of qualitative research methods in health care settings. We welcome manuscripts in the following areas: the description and analysis of the illness experience, health and health-seeking behaviors, the experiences of caregivers, the sociocultural organization of health care, health care policy, and related topics. We also seek critical reviews and commentaries addressing conceptual, theoretical, methodological, and ethical issues pertaining to qualitative enquiry. QHR is now on the World Wide Web at
 Qualitative Inquiry

Yvonna Lincoln
Norman K. Denzin


Social Sciences; Comprehnsive Works; Anthropology

[QI] provides an interdisciplinary forum for qualitative methodology and related issues in the human sciences. With Qualitative Inquiry you have access to lively dialogues, current research and the latest developments in qualitative methodology.
Qualitative Research Journal
Helen Marshall
Social Sciences; Comprehensive Works; Education; Teaching Methods and Curriculum

[QRJ] is a n electronic journal devoted to the communication of the theory and practice of qualitative research in the human sciences. The present plan is to bring out two issues a year.
Qualitative Social Work: Research and Practice
Roy Ruckdeschel
Ian Shaw

Social Services; Welfare
[QSW] provides a forum for those interested in qualitative research and evaluation and in qualitative approaches to practice. The journal facilitates interactive dialogue and integration between those interested in qualitative research and methodology and those involved in the world of practice. It reflects the fact that these worlds are increasingly international and interdisciplinary in nature.
Qualitative Sociology Review Krzysztof Tomasz Konecki Qualitative Sociology Qualitative Sociology Review publishes empirical, theoretical and methodological articles applicable to all fields and specializations within sociology. Every submitted paper is blind reviewed and quality-controlled by two reviewers and the high scientific quality level of the journal remains in charge of the Editorial Staff and Consulting Editors.

Sociological Methodology
Ross M. Stolzenberg
[SM] s a compendium of new and sometimes controversial advances in social science methodology. Contributions come from diverse areas and have something useful - and often surprising - to say about a wide range of topics.



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