Guidelines and Templates

PHASE 1 – Abstracts: proposals for the presentation of Abstracts that address the objectives and themes of the Conference, including original scientific works addressing state-of-the-art research and new perspectives, solutions and/or applications to real problems, empirical studies and/or evaluation, among others.

Authors are also invited to submit research proposals or preliminary results, which they wish to discuss.

Authors can choose to submit an Abstract for presentation only. Abstracts submitted to WCQR2021 at this stage can be presented at the Conference (in a synchronous session or recorded video). These works will be published in the WCQR2021 Abstracts Book, but not in associated journals.

PHASE 2 – Full Papers:

  • Authors of selected Abstracts will be invited to send a full paper version of their work, to be published in WCQR Books (with ISBN and DOI) or journals associated with WCQR2021, provided they fall into the scope of these journals;
  • Full papers must be sent using the template (WCQR2021_NTQR_Template);
  • Authors may decline the publication of their work and only make the in-person/online communication.

See the next topics for presentation formats, guidelines and templates.

Online Presentation (Synchronous Session)*
Authors may choose to present their work online, in a synchronous session during the WCQR2021 program. Authors will have 15 minutes for presentation + 5 minutes for discussion.

Online Presentation (Recorded Video)*
Authors may choose to present their work in a recorded video, according to the guidelines set by the OC. Videos will be made available in the WCQR Youtube channel, open to the community’s questions and comments.

See the guidelines and templates in the next topics.

Submission of Abstracts
Before submitting an abstract for review by the Scientific Committee, please verify that the information enabling the identification of the authors (names, authors’ affiliations and references) were withdrawn. As the review process is double-blind, information enabling to identify the authors should not appear in the initial version for review. This information should only be included in the final version.

Please read the following guidelines carefully before submitting your abstract.

  1. Abstracts must have between 250 and 300 words;
  2. All abstracts must be submitted online, on Easychair (see submission >>);
  3. The Abstract should summarize the contents of the paper and should contain between 250 and 300 words. It must be structured to include:
    • Introduction (Context/Justification);
    • Goals and Methods (research design, techniques / instruments for data collection and analysis);
    • Results (obtained or expected)
    • Conclusions. Abstracts should not include references.

Please identify these sections clearly in the Abstract.

  1. All abstracts submitted to WCQR within the deadlines and according to the guidelines will be subjected to the review process (double-blind review). After completion of the review process, the contact author will be informed about the acceptance or rejection of the submitted work. In both cases, the reviewers’ comments will be available to the authors;
  2. If accepted, a final version of the abstract must be submitted;
  3. Authors of accepted Abstracts will be invited to send the Full Paper version of the work, to be published in the Conference book or associated journals. Authors may choose not to send this full version of the work for publication and only make the in-person/online communication.

Please note:
Abstracts must be original and must not be under review for any other conference or national or international publication. Manuscripts should be written in English, works in other languages will not be considered.

Online Presentation (Recorded Video)
Recorded Videos will be made available in the WCQR Youtube channel. Phases:

  • Abstract Submission: submit the Abstract by selecting the option EasyChair “Video Session”;
  • Video Submission: a Video submitted for video session is expected to be a stand-alone contribution, which must be self-explanatory thanks to a comprehensive English narration. A Video contribution should have all the typical aspects of a written scientific contribution available to the viewers, by exploiting a video format besides the traditional paper format. Please refer to the following guidelines when sending your video:
    • Videos must have between 1:30 to 3 minutes (max. 50MB) illustrating new and exciting results;
    • Please do not use special codecs (coders/decoders) in order to provide as much portability across platforms as possible;
    • The use of MPEG-1 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MPEG-1) or MPEG-4 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MPEG-4) video formats is strongly recommended;
    • Videos must be narrated in English language;
    • Focus on your own research;
    • Introduce the background of the presented research and explain research objectives;
    • Describe the methodology, resources and main outcomes.

Proposals can be submitted whose Fields of Application cover the following areas:

  1. Qualitative Research in Health (emphasis on the processes of research in the fields of Medicine, Nursing, Geriatrics, Gerontology, Psychology, etc.).
  2. Qualitative Research in Education (emphasis on the processes of research in various areas of Higher Education, Basic Education, Assessment, Curriculum, Teaching, Teaching Science, Languages, History, Technology, etc.).
  3. Qualitative Research in Social Science (emphasis on the processes of research in the fields of Communication, Linguistics, Sociology, Anthropology, Organizational and Work Psychology, Business Administration, Marketing, Management and Economics, Political Science, etc.).
  4. Qualitative Research in Engineering and Technology (emphasis on the research processes in the areas of Computer Science, Information Systems, Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering and Engineering Education)

A) Fundamentals

  1. Rationale and Paradigms of Qualitative Research (theoretical studies, critical reflection about epistemological dimensions, ontological and axiological);
  2. Systematization of approaches with Qualitative Studies (literature review, integrating results, aggregation studies, meta -analysis, meta- analysis of qualitative meta- synthesis, meta- ethnography);
  3. Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research (emphasis in research processes that build on mixed methodologies but with priority to qualitative approaches).

B) Operationalizing

  1. Data Analysis Types (content analysis , discourse analysis , thematic analysis , narrative analysis , etc.);
  2. Innovative processes of Qualitative Data Analysis (design analysis, articulation and triangulation of different sources of data – images, audio, video);
  3. Qualitative Research in Web Context ( eResearch, virtual ethnography, interaction analysis , latent corpus on the internet, etc.);
  4. Qualitative Analysis with Support of Specific Software (usability studies, user experience, the impact of software on the quality of research and analysis).
  • All Abstracts submitted within the deadlines and according to the guidelines will be subjected to a double-blind review process;
  • Each of the submitted Abstracts will be reviewed by at least 3 members of the Scientific Committee;
  • The content of Abstracts submitted for review by the Scientific Committee should not include information that allows the identification of the authors (to enable a double – blind review process). Thus, names, affiliations and references to the authors should not appear in the Abstract. This information should only be included in the final version;
  • After completion of the review process, the contact author will be informed about the acceptance or rejection of the submitted work. In both cases, the reviewers’ comments will be available to the authors. In case of acceptance, authors must meet the recommendations for improvement, prepare and submit the definitive version of the work up to the camera-ready paper submission deadline;
  • In case of failure to consider the recommendations made by the reviewers, the Organizing Committee reserves the right not to include these works in the Conference Proceedings;
  • The final version of the Abstract should also follow the appropriate style guide and should contain the authors’ data (names, institutions and emails).
  • Abstracts accepted by the Scientific Committee will be published in the Conference Abstracts Book (in digital format with ISBN), provided that at least one author is registered in the Conference and the Abstract does not exceed the maximum number of words defined;
  • Authors of selected Abstracts will be invited to send a full paper version of their work, to be published in New Trends in Qualitative Research (NTQR) (with ISSN, ISBN and DOI) or in journals associated with WCQR2021, provided they fall into the scope of these journals;
  • Abstract selection will be managed the WCQR Scientific Committee, considering the Abstract review (by peer-reviewers) and the Presentation review (by the session chair);
  • Authors may decline the publication of their work and only make the in-person/online communication.