Focus and Scope

Qualitative Studies (QS) is an interdisciplinary open-access journal which aims to be a central forum for discussions of qualitative research in social sciences in general. We are interested in papers that discuss qualitative methods, their promises, problems and philosophies. The journal is also interested in papers that apply such methods in concrete qualitative studies although these studies should be of interest to methodolocial issues, focusing less on the content or results of the research and more on the methodological implications. We are in particularly looking for papers that critically expand the borders of qualitative research by experimenting with literary, aesthetic, narrative and other creative genres in the communication of research. We also welcome theoretical and philosophical discussions of qualitative inquiry.

QS is a biannual themebased journal. There is thus a call for papers twice annually in March and in September. It is therfore not open to contributions that do not relate to the current theme. However, we are open to theme-proposals and guest editors.

QS employs a non-anonymized peer-review process with the aim of opening up the discussion of qualitative science production.

Kinds of manuscripts:

  1. Original manuscripts pertaining to the current theme-issue, including think-pieces and essays.
  2. Articles or commentaries that relate to or discuss issues raised in previous theme-issues. This is to enhance the dialogical aspect of the journal.

The journal is affiliated with Aalborg University, Denmark.

Peer Review Process

QS is uses doubleblinded peer-review and it is the policy of the journal to obtain at least two reviews of each paper submitted to QS.

Publication Frequency

Qualitative Studies publishes two issues a year.

Open Access Policy

Qualitative Studies 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.


We do not charge any fees regarding submission, review or publishing.


Our articles are stored by the Royal Danish Library.

Terms of use and reuse

Articles submitted to Qualitative Studies should not be submitted to or published in other journals.

 Articles published in Qualitative Studies may be used (downloaded) and reused (distributed, copied, cited, i.e. the work may be reproduced and distributed but not remixed and built upon) for non-commercial purposes with reference to the authors and publication host.