Author guidelines for manuscripts reporting on qualitative research

Shiyou Wu, Diane C. Wyant, Mark W. Fraser

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This article describes author guidelines for developing qualitative manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals. The article explains the process used in the development of qualitative guidelines for JSSWR. The Journal sought to develop a set of guidelines, not as a prescribed checklist, but as benchmarks or, perhaps, touchstones to ensure that readers have sufficient information to fully understand qualitative research procedures. Qualitative research is diverse and guidelines—no matter how expertly crafted—will apply differentially. The guidelines presented here aim to offer authors practical advice toward increasing the clarity of reporting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)405-425
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of the Society for Social Work and Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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