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International Journal of Social Research Methodology
Int J Soc Res Meth

ISSN (printed): 1364-5579. ISSN (electronic): 1464-5300.

A key feature of this journal is the mix of academic and theoretically-slanted methodological articles, articles relating to research practice in professional and service settings, and those considering the relationship between the two. It thus addresses an audience of researchers within academic and other research organizations as well as practitioner-researchers in the field. IJSRM provides: a focus for ongoing and emergent methodological debates across a wide range of social science disciplines and substantive interests; an international medium for the discussion of social research methodology across a range of approaches, as these relate to practical, theoretical, ethical, political, epistemological and philosophical issues; a forum for researchers and practitioner-researchers to consider methodological issues as these relate to research practice in a range of professional and service settings and sectors; a base for the dissemination of information about events and book publications in the broad field of social research. Each issue of the journal is divided into three main sections: 1. Methodology This section contains peer-reviewed 'reflective' theoretically-based papers (around 6,000 words), debating and exploring methodological issues across a range of disciplines, methodological approaches (for example, qualitative and quantitative) and substantive topics. Articles address all aspects of the research process, from conceptualization through to 'writing'. In addition, as the editors deem appropriate, overview or review articles will be commissioned from a leading author, discussing debates or the state of the art in relation to an area of research methodology. 2. Practice This section contains shorter pieces from both academics and practitioner-researchers (around 3,000 words) concerned with the application of research methodology among a range of professional and service sectors (for example, action research and practitioner research), as well as the teaching of social research methodology and practice. These papers are subject to peer (academic and/or practitioner-researcher) or editorial review, as appropriate. 3. Information This section contains reports on, and notices of forthcoming, methodologically-related conferences and events, as well as reviews of books concerned with social research methodology. These are subject to editorial review.

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