Qualitative Research in Psychology Call for Papers

Special Issue - Mapping Qualitative Research in Psychology across Europe: Contemporary Trends

Qualitative Research in Psychology

Qualitative research in psychology seems to be gradually acquiring visibility at institutional level in certain European contexts through scientific societies, conferences, and journals – most notably in the UK, where the British Psychological Society has created a specific section devoted to qualitative research methods, and where the journal Qualitative Research in Psychology was founded.

More generally, the field is dominated by Anglophone scholars working mainly in the UK, North America, Australia and New Zealand.

While continental Europe has produced some notable texts, relatively little is known within the wider qualitative psychology community about how qualitative psychological research is debated, conceptualized and practiced across different European contexts.

Our goals

Given that little is known about the plurality, complexity and specificities of qualitative research in psychology across contemporary Europe, the aim of this Special Issue is to create, for the first time, a mapping of research practices and/or modes of organisation within European settings, by giving voice to submitting authors from different institutional and national backgrounds.

Your research is welcome

We seek a variety of work reflecting upon specific challenges, strengths and/or needs to initiate and stimulate debates on how to make qualitative research in psychology more visible across Europe.

In doing this, we intend to strengthen this domain as a whole, and promote its links with concrete applications and higher education.

Suggested types of papers that could be submitted appear here below; however, other types of related contributions are also encouraged.

  • Theoretical, analysing research practices that portray relevant/innovative trends in particular European institutional, cultural, socio-political settings;
  • Synthesising research practices and/or modes of organisation, presenting a state of the art within a given cultural/national setting;
  • Methodological, e.g. presenting methodological innovations which may have been developed as culture-specific;
  • Dialoguing across specific research approaches, highlighting characteristics/challenges;
  • Reflexive, presenting needs and concrete perspectives that may contribute to address such needs;
  • Other types, as proposed by submitting authors.

Questions regarding qualitative research in psychology to be addressed may include (but are not limited to):

  • What is made visible/published/promoted today in Europe?
  • What channels do researchers working in Europe use to disseminate their work?
  • What are the ethical challenges raised by contemporary trends?
  • How do researchers work and how do they organize collectively?
  • What is specific to research practices in this domain in relation to other disciplines, and how may can a dialogue may be enhanced?
  • What difficulties do they encounter and what means may be envisaged to create connections?
  • What is the current situation for younger generations engaged in this kind of research?
  • How can the institutionalisation of this domain be strengthened?
  • Other questions, as proposed by submitting authors

Ready to submit?

In the first instance, short proposals (maximum length 500 words) should be sent to María del Río Carral by December 22nd, 2017.

Following notification of acceptance of proposals, authors will be invited to prepare and submit their full-text articles according to the journals Instructions for Authors.

All submissions will go through a blind, peer-review process following the journal’s standard policies.

Key dates and deadlines:

  • December 22, 2017: deadline for submission of proposals;
  • January 2018: proposals reviewed;
  • February 5, 2018: notification of outcome to authors and full papers invited;
  • June 1, 2018: deadline for submission of full papers;
  • June – November 2018: review process and decisions conveyed;
  • Late 2019: publication of Special Issue.

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