Author Guidelines

Submission to International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-Being (QHW) is taken to imply that the same manuscript is not under consideration by another journal. If the manuscript forms part of a book currently in press, the authors should specify details of the publisher and expected date of publication.

Please note that the submitting author will be the principal contact for editorial correspondence, throughout the peer review and proofreading process, if applicable.

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WAIVER POLICY - please see here.

WITHDRAWAL OF MANUSCRIPT If you withdraw your manuscript after it has been peer reviewed, or after it has been typeset (but not yet published) you will be charged according to the following:

For peer review: EUR 475/USD 565 per article.
For peer review and typesetting: EUR 650/USD 755 per article.

Covering letter - in his/her covering letter, the corresponding author should reveal whether the submitted article – or very similar work - has been previously published, or orally presented, or is under consideration elsewhere.

Title page Organize the title page in the following way: 1) title of manuscript, 2) name of author(s), 3) name of department(s) and institution(s), and 4) name and full postal address of the corresponding author who also acts as 'Guarantor' for all parts of the paper. The title page should be uploaded as a separate page, and not included in the main document that will be sent out for peer review. Please note: the submitting author must also enter the names and contact information for all co-authors during the submission process.

Language All articles should be written in English - British or American as long as consistency is observed. SI units should be used. Please subject the manuscript to professional language editing before submitting the final version if you are not a native speaker. A list of services can be found here.

Acknowledgements All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an acknowledgments section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chairperson who provided only general support. Financial and material support should also be acknowledged.

Conflict of interest and funding Authors are responsible for recognizing and disclosing financial and other conflicts of interest that might affect their work. State relevant financial (e.g. patent or stock ownership, consultancies, speaker' fees), personal, political, intellectual or religious interests. Funding for any type of publication, for example by a commercial company, charity or government department, should be stated. This applies to all types of papers (including, for example, research papers, review papers, letters, editorials and commentaries). A conflict of interest should not prevent someone from being listed as an author if they qualify for authorship.

Ethics and consent When reporting experiments on patients please indicate whether the procedures followed were approved by your regional ethics committee and/or in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2008 ( Please give date of issue and registration number, or other evidence of approval. Identifying information should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Informed consent for this purpose requires that the patient be shown the manuscript to be published.

Title The title should be informative and accurate and at the same time trigger the interest of the reader. A short running head will be derived from the title to appear on each page of the paper.

Figures Upon acceptance please supply figures/graphics/images in at least 300 dpi. For further information please see Guidelines.

If the figures/graphics/images have been taken from sources not copyrighted by the author, it is the author’s sole responsibility to secure the rights from the copyright holder to reproduce those figures/graphs/images for both worldwide print and web publication. All reproduction costs charged by the copyright holder must be borne by the author.

When figures/graphics/images are reproduced, a parenthesis should be added to the figure legend thus: (Reproduced with permission from xxx.)

Abstract Articles must include an abstract of up to 300 words. The abstract should stand alone, enabling a reader to decide whether or not to proceed to the full text of the article.

Keywords After the abstract, please give 5-10 key words for readers looking for material by key word searching on Internet. Avoid using the same words as in the title.

Biographical details Include full name(s), current professional affiliation, and an email address for correspondence. If more than one author, please indicate who the corresponding author is.

Section headings Please do not number section headings. Use a maximum of three levels of headings made clear by orthographic indicators, i.e. capitals, italics, bold etc.

Quotations Please use double quotation marks. Quotations longer than 40 words should appear in a separate paragraph, indented by tapping a ca 1cm right margin, without quotation marks.

Citation and Reference system - QHW applies the APA system. Check for full details here

APA style uses the author-date citation system allowing the readers to find the sources cited in the text in the reference list, where each source is listed alphabetically.

Style in the text
To insert a citation in text, include the author's surname and year of publication. For a direct quotation, include the page number of specific location of the phrase or sentences in the original work.


  • Kessler (2003) found that among epidemiological samples ...
  • Early onset results in a more persistent and severe course (Kessler, 2003)
  • In 2003, Kessler's study of epidemiological samples showed that …
  • Training materials are available (Department of Veterans Affairs, 2001, 2003)
  • Several studies (Derryberry & Reed, 2005a, 2005b, in press-a, Rothbart, 2003a, 2003b) show …

Style in the reference list
All citations should be listed in the reference list, with the exception of personal communications and classical works.
Put references in order by the author's surname or first author's surname if there is more than one author.
Use the hanging indent paragraph style. Double-space the entire reference list.

Mikulincer, M., Gerber, H., & Weisenberg, M. (1990). Judgment of control and depression: The role of self-esteem threat and self-focused attention. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 14, 589-608.

Herbst-Damm, K. L., & Kulik, J. A. (2005). Volunteer support, marital status, and the survival times of terminally ill patients. Health Psychology, 24, 225-229. doi:10.1037/0278-6133.24.2.225

Mitchell, T. R., & Larson, J. R., Jr. (1987). People in organizations: An introduction to organizational behavior (3rd ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.

Electronic book with DOI:
Schiralde, G. R. (2001). The post-traumatic stress disorder sourcebook: A guide to healing, recovery, and growth [Adobe Digital Editions version]. DOI: 10.1036/10071393722

Chapter in book:
Haybron, D. M. (2008). Philosophy and the science of subjective well-being. In M. Eid & R. J. Larsen (Eds.), The science of subjective well-being (pp. 17-43). New York, NY: Guildford Press.

Electronic document:
Make sure the version you are citing is the most recent one. Include journal volume number and inclusive page numbers if this information is available. Use the copy-paste function of your word processor to capture the article DOI and place it at the end of the reference. If there is no DOI, cite the home page URL.

Short Communications
A Short Communication is a concise and independent report representing a significant contribution to the Journal. A Short Communication is intended for the publication of preliminary results only if these results are of exceptional, topical and relevant interest to the Journal's readership. It should not exceed 4 pages when typeset (max 2500 words, incl abstracts and 8-10 references, and could include two figures or tables). Short Communications are peer reviewed.