Instructions for Authors
Manuscript Submission Guidelines: American Journal of Qualitative Research (AJQR)

Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of American Journal of Qualitative Research will be reviewed.
There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.
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.

Online ISSN: 2576-2141
2 issues per year

Aims & Scope

American Journal of Qualitative Research (AJQR) is a biannually peer-reviewed academic journal that publishes qualitative research articles from a number of social science disciplines such as psychology, sociology, criminology, education, political science, and administrative studies. The journal is an international and interdisciplinary focus and greatly welcomes paper from all countries. The journal offers an intellectual platform where researchers, practitioners, administrators and policy makers can contribute and promote qualitative research and analysis.

Article Types

American Journal of Qualitative Research (AJQR) publishes original research and review articles. The Journal considers the following kinds of article for publication:
1. Articles
2. Book Reviews
Note that articles and research notes should be methodological in content. American Journal of Qualitative Research

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. Full papers are generally restricted to a strict maximum length of 10000 words, including all elements (title page, abstract, notes, references, tables, biographical statement, etc.). We are reluctant to burden our referees with very long manuscripts. 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 200 to 250 words. Tables and references should follow APA 6th style and be double-spaced throughout. Authors must provide 4 to 6 keywords which can be used for indexing purposes.

Peer review policy

American Journal of Qualitative Research operates a strictly anonymous peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and the author’s name from the reviewer. The reviewer may at their own discretion opt to reveal their name to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for both identities to remain concealed. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, and an editorial decision is generally reached within 4-6 weeks of submission.


American Journal of Qualitative Research takes issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Copyright Policy

By submitting a manuscript to AJQR, authors agree to transfer without charge the following rights to AJQR upon acceptance of the manuscript: first worldwide publication rights and the right for AJQR to grant permissions as AJQR editors judge appropriate for the redistribution of the article, its abstract, and its metadata in professional indexing and reference services. Any revenues from such redistribution are used solely to support the continued publication and distribution of articles. The journal/publisher is not responsible for subsequent uses of the work.

Publication Ethics

American Journal of Qualitative Research (AJQR) publishes original and rigorous research findings and does not tolerate any kind of academic dishonesty or misconduct. All manuscripts submitted to AJQR should be original works of scholarship. AJQR does not tolerate any sort of data fabrication and falsification, plagiarism, and improper author contribution. AJQR adheres to the Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement to ensure high-quality publications, public trust in research findings, and that people receive credit for their ideas.

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

1. Editorial Board
- Journals should have editorial boards or other governing bodies whose members are recognized experts in the field. The full names and affiliations of the members should be provided on the journal’s Web site.
- Journals shall provide contact information for the editorial office on the journal’s Web site.

2. Authors and Authors responsibilities
- Any fees or charges that are required for manuscript processing and/or publishing materials in the journal shall be clearly stated in a place before authors begin preparing their manuscript for submission.
- Authors are obliged to participate in peer review process.
- All authors have significantly contributed to the research.
- All authors are obliged to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes.
- List of references, financial support.
- Forbidden to publish same research in more than one journal.

3. Peer-review process
- All of a journal’s content should be subjected to peer-review.
- Peer-review is defined as obtaining advice on individual manuscripts from reviewers’ expert in the field.
- It should be clearly described on the journal’s Web site.
- Judgments should be objective.
- Reviewers should have no conflict of interest.
- Reviewers should point out relevant published work which is not yet cited.
- Reviewed articles should be treated confidentially.

4. Publication ethics
- Publishers and editors shall take reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred.
- In no case shall a journal or its editors encourage such misconduct, or knowingly allow such misconduct to take place.
- In the event that a journal’s publisher or editors are made aware of any allegation of research misconduct the publisher or editor shall deal with allegations appropriately.
- The journal should have guidelines for retracting or correcting articles when needed.
- Publishers and editors should always be willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.

5. Copyright and Access
- Copyright and licensing information shall be clearly described on the journal’s Web site.
- The way(s) in which the journal and individual articles are available to readers and whether there are associated subscriptions, or pay-per-view fees should be stated.

6. Archiving
- A journal’s plan for electronic backup and preservation of access to the journal content in the event a journal is no longer published shall be clearly indicated.

Further principles of transparency and best practice:

7. Ownership and management
- Information about the ownership and/or management of a journal shall be clearly indicated on the journal’s Web site.
- Publishers shall not use organizational names that would mislead potential authors and editors about the nature of the journal’s owner.

8. Web site
- A journal’s Web site, including the text that it contains, shall demonstrate that care has been taken to ensure high ethical and professional standards.

9. Publishing schedule
- For serial publications, the periodicity at which a journal publishes should be clearly indicated.

10. Name of journal
- The Journal name shall be unique and not be one that is easily confused with another journal or that might mislead potential authors and readers about the Journal’s origin or association with other journals


Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the American Journal of Qualitative Research editorial office as follows:

Hasan Aydin, PhD, Editor-in-Chief
Any inquiries and information on the manuscript from the United States
American Journal of Qualitative Research
College of Education
Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Culture
Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Boulevard South
Fort Myers, FL 33965
Office Phone: +1 239-590-7807
Fax:1 239-590-7801

Arif Akgul, PhD, Associate Editor
Any inquiries and information on the manuscript from European Countries, Asia, Africa, and Middle East

Updated December 2017