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Nicole Bedera @NBedera
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I got a rejection today. A few of the comments from one reviewer focused on how inappropriate they found my use of percentages to describe my qualitative sample. They believed percentages should be used exclusively in quantitative methods. Do other people agree?
For context, I used percentages to describe the demographics of my sample and to give my readers an idea of the frequency at which I applied each code to the data as an initial way of describing heterogeneity in the sample. The rest of the paper is thematic analysis of the codes.
The concerns that I was misusing qualitative data as if it were quantitative (with percentages) led the journal to enlist the help of a "methods expert" who agreed that the use of percentages suggested my work was quantitative and cast doubt on my qualitative methods.
Literally, the second review was organized into sections about what made my paper appear quantitative and what made it appear qualitative. (Other "quant" things: use of the word "embedded," seeking a diverse sample)
According to the editor, these concerns about my paper taking the wrong approach to qualitative methods led to its rejection.
I always knew that getting qualitative research published can be an uphill battle, but this wasn't a battle I was expecting. Is it one I should take seriously? Any recommendations for how to manage concerns like these in the future?
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