Find sources of qualitative training & support at UNC. How to search for and evaluate qualitative research, integrate qualitative research into systematic reviews, report/publish qualitative research. Includes some Mixed Methods resources.
The conventions of good writing and research reporting are different for qualitative and quantitative research.
Your article will be more likely to be published if you make sure you follow appropriate conventions in your writing.
On this page you will find the following helpful resources:
Articles with information on what journal editors look for in qualitative research articles.
Articles and books on the craft of collating qualitative data into a research article.
Writing Conventions for Qualitative Research
These articles provide tips on what journal editors look for when they read qualitative research papers for potential publication. Also see Assessing Qualitative Research tab in this guide for additional information that may be helpful to authors.
Because reviewers are not always familiar with qualitative methods, they may ask for explanation or justification of your methods when you submit an article. Because different disciplines,different qualitative methods, and different contexts may dictate different approaches to this issue, you may want to consult articles in your field and in target journals for publication. Additionally, here are some articles that may be helpful in thinking about this issue.
Patton, Michael Quinn. (2015) "Chapter 5: Designing Qualitative Studies, Module 30 Purposeful Sampling and Case Selection. In Qualitative Research & Evaluation Methods: Integrating Theory and Practice, Fourth edition, pp. 264-72. Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE Publications, Inc. ISBN:978-1-4129-7212-3