The journal Qualitative Sociology is dedicated to the qualitative interpretation and analysis of social life. The journal offers both theoretical and analytical research, and publishes manuscripts based on research methods such as interviewing, participant observation, ethnography, historical analysis, content analysis and others which do not rely primarily on numerical data. All papers are reviewed.

  • Focuses on the qualitative interpretation and analysis of social life
  • Presents research using methods which do not rely primarily on numerical data

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Editor-in-Chief
  • Claudio Benzecry,
  • Andrew Deener
Publishing model
Hybrid. Open Access options available

Journal metrics

0.977 (2018)
Impact factor
2.153 (2018)
Five year impact factor
63 days
Submission to first decision
522 days
Submission to acceptance
110,448 (2018)
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Electronic ISSN
1573-7837
Print ISSN
0162-0436
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  15. ProQuest International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS)
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  23. Social Science Citation Index
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