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Qualitative Methods in Psychology Bulletin

The Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section (QMiP) Bulletin is focused on the development and discussion of qualitative research, and includes forthcoming events, reviews of conferences of interest to qualitative psychologists, stories of new initiatives for raising the profile of qualitative methods, research reports, book reviews and more. The Bulletin provides a forum for innovations and advances in psychology using qualitative methods.

Scheduled publication frequency:

  • Twice a year


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Qualitative Methods in Psychology is published on behalf of the BPS Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section and welcomes submissions on any aspect of qualitative psychology.

The editorial team are keen to encourage concise, focussed articles which may be somewhat shorter than would be found in other journals in the field.

In all cases, the Editorial Board will make an initial decision regarding the suitability of articles for publication in the QMiP Bulletin.

We strongly encourage prospective authors to contact us with a brief overview of their submission prior to writing and submitting their paper. This allows us to plan ahead for our issues and consider reviewers in advance which will also speed up your review process.

Please note that in all cases, the Editorial Board reserves the right to relax word limits where appropriate.

Submissions are invited under the following broad categories:

View From The Top

This first section of each Bulletin issue includes an interview with academics or professionals who have made a significant contribution to their field, with a core focus on qualitative methods. Ultimately, the aim of this section is to celebrate ground-breaking qualitative psychology research from established names and consider their views on topical discussions, both within the field and beyond.

Recent interviews include Paula Reavey and Prof. Elizabeth Stokoe. We also welcome suggestions on future VFTT participants. Let us know who you would like to see included in upcoming issues. Whilst our VFTT pieces are usually conducted internally, we are open to inviting external authors to be involved in the interviewing process.

Word count: 2,000 words.

Theory, Method, and Pedagogy: Brief Reports

We welcome a wide range of articles, including those which provide a commentary, discussion, or reflection on qualitative methods and literature. This may be epistemological, pedagogical, or beyond. We are keen to engage with and promote ongoing debates and developments in the qualitative field, including multi-disciplinary work. The Editorial Board would also like to encourage submissions dealing with pedagogical aspects of qualitative methods in psychology.

It is not currently the policy of the Editorial Board to send these for peer-review, and as such these articles will be dealt with by a member of the Editorial Board.

Word count: 2,000 – 3,000 words.

Research Articles

We are committed to publishing high-quality qualitative research in psychology, which contribute to the ways we think about, practice and develop qualitative research. Research articles dealing with empirical matters are particularly welcomed, and we embrace innovation and the variety of qualitative approaches.

Peer Review Policy: All empirical research articles undergo rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and anonymous double-blind review.

Word count: maximum 6,000 words including References and Abstract.

Student Spot

A core element of the Bulletin is supporting early career researchers. The student spot section is an opportunity to showcase research from those near the beginning of their journey with qualitative research. We particularly welcome pieces from undergraduate students, with the support of their supervisor. Whilst these may be empirical pieces based on their dissertation, we are also open to reflective and discussion pieces.

Each piece will be reviewed internally by the student spot editor who will provide constructive and thoughtful feedback. We place a particular focus on encouraging early career researchers and are willing to work with authors to improve their article where necessary.

Word count: 2,000 words.

Event Reviews

One of the primary functions of the QMiP Bulletin is to provide a platform for publicising and reviewing qualitative research events.

Reviews can be written in a personal style, including reflections on the aims and/or focus of the event, how the event was organised and what the key themes were. We also encourage authors to include reflection on their personal learning in relation to their research interests.

There are a variety of qualitative research events, including conferences and seminars, that could be reviewed for this section of QMiP. Authors are invited to contact India Amos on [email protected] to talk through a potential event review ahead of submission. Word count: 1,000 – 2,000 words.

Book Reviews

Additionally, we welcome reviews of key texts within qualitative methods. These may focus on qualitative methods specifically or on a particular topic or area of research within psychology, which utilises qualitative methods.

Reviewers are compensated with a complimentary copy of the title they will be reviewing (usually an e-copy provided by the publisher). Rather than provide a specific list of titles, we encourage those interested to contact the team for a discussion on which titles may be appropriate which are of interest to both our readership and the individual reviewer: [email protected]

Word count: 1,000 – 2,000 words.

Manuscript preparation

Manuscripts should be prepared according to the British Psychological Society’s Style Guide.

Authors are requested to pay particular attention to this when preparing references lists. All submissions should be in English.

Manuscripts should be double-spaced throughout, and should incorporate page numbers. The title page should include the full title of the manuscript, author name(s), institutional affiliations and contact details.

Authors submitting their work for peer-review should submit two versions of their manuscript: one with identifying information provided, and a second anonymised version.

All articles except for Events and Book Reviews should be preceded by an abstract of 100 to 150 words for longer articles, and 50 to 100 words for brief reports.

Manuscript submission

All contributions should be submitted by email to [email protected]

All submissions should be in Microsoft Word format.

Please note: hard copy subscription to this publication is not available.

Single issues are available for purchase in pdf format via the BPS Shop online. Members of the Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section can download the Qualitative Methods in Psychology Bulletin for free.

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