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doi: 10.1097/NNR.0000000000000022
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Qualitative Research Publication Rates in Top-Ranked Nursing Journals: 2002-2011

Gagliardi, Anna R.; Umoquit, Muriah; Webster, Fiona; Dobrow, Mark

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Abstract

Background: Journal publication is the traditional means of disseminating research. Few top-ranked general medical and health services and policy research journals publish qualitative research.

Objectives: This study examined qualitative research publication rates in top-ranked nursing journals with varying characteristics (general vs. specialty focus, number of issues per year) and compared publication rates with those previously reported for journals in related fields.

Methods: A bibliometric approach was used to identify and quantify qualitative articles published in 10 top-ranked nursing journals from 2002 to 2011.

Results: The percentage of qualitative empirical studies varied within and across nursing journals with no apparent association with journal characteristics. Although variable, qualitative research appears more common in high-ranking nursing journals than in general medical and health services and policy research journals.

Discussion: Examining factors that contribute to inconsistent rates may identify strategies to optimize qualitative research reporting and publication.

© 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

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