Evolving guidelines for publication of qualitative research studies in psychology and related fields

Br J Clin Psychol. 1999 Sep;38(3):215-29. doi: 10.1348/014466599162782.


We present a set of evolving guidelines for reviewing qualitative research, to serve four functions: to contribute to the process of legitimizing qualitative research; to ensure more appropriate and valid scientific reviews of qualitative manuscripts, theses, and dissertations; to encourage better quality control in qualitative research through better self- and other-monitoring; and to encourage further developments in approach and method. Building on a review of existing principles of good practice in qualitative research, we used an iterative process of revision and feedback from colleagues who engage in qualitative research, resulting in a set of seven guidelines common to both qualitative and quantitative research and seven guidelines especially pertinent to qualitative investigations in psychology and related social sciences. The Evolving Guidelines are subject to continuing revision and should not be used in a rigid manner, in order to avoid stifling creativity in this rapidly evolving, rich research tradition.

MeSH terms

  • Guidelines as Topic*
  • Peer Review, Research / standards*
  • Psychology / methods
  • Psychology / standards*
  • Publications / standards*
  • Quality Control
  • Research Design*