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with the International Journal of Social Research Methodology

The International Journal of Social Research Methodology (IJSRM) has an audience of researchers within academic and other research organizations as well as practitioner-researchers in the field. IJSRM therefore aims to publish high quality methodological discussions which typically draw on a mix of academic and practice based research in professional and service settings, and those considering the relationship between the two.

IJSRM provides

  • a focus for on-going and emerging methodological debates across a range of approaches, both qualitative and quantitative, and including mixed, comparative and simulation methods, as these relate to philosophical, theoretical, ethical, political and practical issues
  • an international medium for the publication of discussions of social research methodology and practices across a wide range of social science disciplines and substantive interests
  • a forum for researchers based in all sectors to consider and evaluate methods as these relate to research practice.

Why publish with us?

  • Gain recognition from an interdisciplinary, international readership.
  • Increase your opportunities for future collaboration.
  • Enjoy a rapid publication process and validate your research with our robust peer review.
  • Share your research with 50 free e-prints and tips on promoting your article courtesy of our Author Resources site.
  • Immediately see the impact of your research in the community: track downloads, citations, and the Altmetric Score of your article through My Authored Works.


Malcolm Williams, Cardiff University, UK

Rosalind Edwards, University of Southampton, UK

Brian Castellani, Durham University, UK

Submission Guidelines

Please view IJSRM's Instructions for Authors prior to submission, and please contact the Editors directly for manuscript submission.

International Journal of Social Research Methodology

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2018 Impact Factor: 1.990
5-Year Impact Factor: 2.382
Ranking: 23/104 (Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary)

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Now Accepting Book Reviews!

IJSRM commissions review articles but also welcomes suggestions from potential reviewers. Reviews can take various forms, like multiple reviews of a single publication or two or three publications, or a review article of several publications from a single reviewer. We are open to consideration of other formats, but in any event, a review forum or article should not exceed 6000 words.
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Contribute to IJSRM with a Special Issue or Themed Section

The IJSRM editors welcomes outline proposals for Special Issues or Themed Sections, to be submitted to the Journal editors by Friday 31st January 2020.  Outline proposals should be submitted via email.

Stage 1: Initial Inquiry

Special Issues consist of a ‘state of the art’ review by the guest issue editors and 7 or 8 articles | Themed Sections consist of a brief introduction by guest section editors and 4 or 5 articles.

Outline proposals of no more than one A4 page should provide:

  • Indication of whether the proposal is for a Special Issue or Themed Section
  • Title/topic of proposed Special Issue or Themed Section
  • Name/s, affiliation/s and contact details of guest editors
  • Brief rationale for the timeliness, importance and international interest of the methodological topic and methods to be addressed

Proposal topics should fit with the Journal’s remit, which is further explored in IJSRM's Aims and Scope. Outline proposals will be assessed by the Journal Editors and Board members.

Stage 2: Formal Submission and Approval

Once the initial proposal is tentatively approved, the guest editors are required to put together a more formal summary of their project, including:

  • Abstracts (at minimum) for each of the papers.
  • Author buy-in, showing in some way author agreements to complete the project. (This can be emails from authors, etc.)
  • A delivery timeline, including key milestones for completing project and final delivery date. (We recognize that timelines change due to different circumstances, but overall, our approach is similar to a book contract insomuch as the agreed delivery date is expected to be honoured.)
PLEASE NOTE: Submission for special issues or themed sections is a two-stage process. The first is an informal inquiry, which, if tentatively approved, requires, in the section stage, a more developed proposal, including significant ‘buy-in’ from the authors involved in the project.

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