Journal of Qualitative Research in Health Sciences

Instructions for Authors - Journal of Qualitative Research in Health Sciences  



Aims and Scope:

The Journal of Qualitative Research in Health Science is a peer-reviewed quarterly journal in English that provides researchers with the opportunity to publish their research findings related to the impact of qualitative methods in health sciences. These methods include phenomenology, content analysis, grounded theory, ethnography, historical research, action research, mixed method, meta-synthesis, and other qualitative approaches.

The journal publishes articles in the following areas:

  1. Patients’ experiences of their illness.
  2. Health behaviors and health promotion.
  3. Experiences of health staff.
  4. Social and cultural aspects of health care organizations.
  5. Health care policies.
  6. Health sciences education and research.


Manuscript Submission:

Authors should submit their articles through the journal's website.


Manuscript Preparation (Original Articles):

  • Format: Type the manuscript in Office Word (doc or docs) using 1-inch margins all around and double line spacing with Times New Roman font size 12. Original Articles should be limited to 4,000 words.
  • Language: The article should be written in English and should comply with the rules of writing.

Title Page: The title page should include a concise informative title for the article, authors' details (full name, academic membership, and affiliation), a running title, mailing address, telephone/fax numbers, and email address of the corresponding author (+ ORCID iD of all authors).

  • Sections: The research paper should include the following sections:


   - Title + Running Title

   - Abstract (Background, Methods, Results, Conclusion)

It should not exceed 250 words (or 150 words for short communications) and should not contain abbreviations.

   - Keywords

   - Introduction: Provide the background and objectives of the study in this section. Avoid mentioning specific data or conclusions of the study here.

   - Methods: Include a detailed explanation of all the steps taken in the research in this section.

   - Results: Present the results of the study in the form of text, organized according to their order of importance. Refer to table numbers instead of repeating table contents in the text. Tables, figures, and diagrams should be in black and white and provided on separate pages.

   - Discussion: Relate and compare the findings with results from other relevant studies. Emphasize significant aspects of the study, draw conclusions, and mention implications for further research. Avoid repetition of the introduction or results sections.

  - Conclusion: State primary conclusions and their implications, and suggest areas for further research if applicable. Conclusions should be limited to the data presented in the article as readers often focus on this section.

   - Acknowledgments: Use this section to acknowledge the contributions of specific colleagues, institutions, or agencies that assisted the authors. (Please write “None” if it is not applicable)

   - Authors’ Contribution: *

All authors should have made substantial intellectual contributions to the study. The current format (examples provided) for this section is as follows:

* Use initials (not full names) to refer to each author's contribution. (for example: write “F.M.” instead of "Freddie McCane”)


Data curation:

Formal analysis:

Funding acquisition:



Project administration:






Writing–original draft:

   - Competing Interests: Authors must declare any sources of funding and potential conflicting interests, such as receiving funds or holding stocks in organizations that may profit or lose through publication of the paper. Declaration of competing interests will not automatically lead to rejection but is required for transparency.

   - Ethical Approval (Mention the code your paper had received from an ethics committee)

   - Funding: Declare all sources of funding and describe the role of the sponsor(s) in the research, if applicable. If there is no source of funding please write “None” or “Not applicable”.

- Tables & Figures: Diagrams should be black and white and provided on separate pages.

- List of references: Use the Vancouver style for referencing and list all references numerically according to their appearance in the text. Limit references to those from 5-10 years ago (preferably 5 years ago).



Manuscript Preparation (Reviews & Letters to Editor):

Title page

The title page should:

  • present a title that includes, if appropriate, the study design.
  • list the full names and institutional addresses of all authors + ORCID iD
  • indicate the corresponding author


Reviews: The Abstract should not exceed 350 words. Please minimize the use of abbreviations and do not cite references in the abstract.
Letters to Editor: The Abstract should not exceed 50 words. Please minimize the use of abbreviations and do not cite references in the abstract.


Keywords (for both Reviews & Letters to Editor)

Three to ten keywords representing the main content of the article.

Introduction (for Reviews)

The Introduction section should explain the background of the article, its aims, a summary of a search of the existing literature, and the issue under discussion.

  • “Letters to Editor” do not need an Introduction.

Main text (for both Reviews & Letters to Editor)

This should contain the body of the article, and may also be broken into subsections with short, informative headings.


This should state clearly the main conclusions and include an explanation of their relevance or importance to the field.

List of abbreviations

If abbreviations are used in the text they should be defined in the text at first use, and a list of abbreviations should be provided.



Reviews” & “Letters to Editor” also must contain the following sections:

Ethics approval and consent to participate

Consent for publication

Availability of data and materials

Competing interests


Authors' contributions


Authors' information


  • If any of the sections are not relevant to your manuscript, please include the heading and write 'Not applicable' for that section.


Examples for reference:

- Journal article: Yigit S, Korkmaz A, Sekerel B. Drug-induced hypersensitivity syndrome in a premature infant. Pediatr Dermatol 2005; 22(1): 71-4.

- Complete book: Sundel M, Sundel SS. Behavior change in the human services. 5th ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage publications; 2005. p. 16-8.

- Chapter in book: Pinter JD, Sarnat HB. Neuroembryology. In: Winn HR, Editor. Youmans Neurological Surgery. 5th ed. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders; 2004. p. 5-45.

- Thesis & dissertations: Hofland HEJ. Vesicles as transdermal drug delivery systems. [Ph.D. thesis]. Leiden, The Netherlands: University of Leiden; 1992; p. 24-8.

- Papers presented in conferences: Bengtsson S, Solheim BG. Enforcement of data protection, privacy and security in medical informatics. In: Lun KC, Degoulet P, Piemme TE, Reinhoff O, Editors. MEDINFO 92. Proceedings of the 7th world congress on medical informatics; 1992 Sep 6-10; Geneva, Switzerland. Amsterdam: North-Holland; 1992. p. 1561-5.

- Electronic references: Morse SS. Factors in the emergence of infectious disease. Emerg Infect Dis [serial online] 1995 Jan-Mar [cited 1999 Dec 25]; 1(1): [24 screens]. Available from URL: http://www/cdc/gov/ncidoc/EID/eid.htm


Ethical Considerations:

  1. Submissions: Manuscripts should not be simultaneously sent to other journals and should not have been previously published in any other journal (in any language).
  2. Confidentiality: Protect the anonymity of clients or institutions and preserve medical secrets in the article by removing identifiable information.
  3. Responsibility: Authors are responsible for the content of their articles.
  4. Ethical Commitment Form: All writers must submit an ethical commitment form.
  5. ORCID Identifier: Authors' ORCID identifiers should be registered and displayed on the article page on the journal's website.
  6. Supplementary Files: Attach a copy of the code of ethics approval letter and ethical commitment and copyright form as supplementary files.


Please ensure that your article adheres to the above-mentioned instructions before submitting it to the Journal of Qualitative Research in Health Sciences.


Click Here to Download the Ethical Statement Form (Copyright included)


 Last updated: 31-01-2024