Content and article length

Issue of the Grounded Theory Review includes a general or themed section which focuses primarily on completed classic grounded theories.  However, an issue might also include a section for shorter conceptual discussions, or a section for book reviews.  Each manuscript for the general or themed section should be 4,000-8,000 words, inclusive of references.  Shorter conceptual discussions and book reviews should be 1,000-3,000 words long, including references. To suggest book reviews, please contact the editor. Papers should not have been published before or be under consideration for publication elsewhere, but the author is free to republish the paper elsewhere later.  There are no article submission charges or article processing fees.

Peer review and turnaround time

All papers are subject to a double-blind peer review by experienced grounded theorists at the editorial board. Submitted papers will go through up to two rounds of refereeing, and we aim to turn around papers as quickly as is consistent with a thorough evaluation of their contribution. Please be aware that this journal focuses entirely on classic grounded theory and papers based on fundaments of grounded theory other than the classic approach as outlined by Glaser/Strauss (1967) and later by Glaser, are outside the scope of this journal.

Author guidelines

Authors are required to adhere to the latest version of APA (American Psychological Association) style and to the guidelines outlined below. Submissions that do not follow the style guide will be returned to authors.

Papers must be prepared in Microsoft Word docx format. Use single-spaced text in Verdana 10 point font and employ italics rather than underlining, except with URL addresses.

Length of papers for the thematic and general sections is 4,000-8,000 words, including references. Book reviews and shorter conceptual discussions should be 1,000-3,000 word of length, including references.

The front page of the paper should include the title of the paper, names of all authors, their affiliations and professional degrees. Include the email of the corresponding author and a brief biographical statement  (100-130 words) of each author.

The front page is followed by a title page, which includes an abstract of 100 to 150 words.

The author(s) name(s) should be removed from anywhere in the paper. If an author is cited, replace the name with “author” and year.

References should appear as a separate section titled ‘References’ at the end of the paper. References should conform to APA publication format. Please do not use endnotes or footnotes.

Our preference is to minimize the use of graphics, figures, and tables. If they are necessary, authors of papers accepted for publication will be asked to supply print ready artwork.

Graphics must be black-and-white. Graphics should be embedded in manuscript to show placement, but please also supply original graphic separately.


Please download this template to use when preparing your paper.


As an academic, open access journal, the Grounded Theory Review is dedicated to the open exchange of information. Copies of articles in this journal may be distributed for noncommercial purposes free of charge and without permission. The copyright of papers published in the Grounded Theory Review stay with the author.   The Grounded Theory Review does not have a specific creative commons license, but allows readers to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of its articles.  Derivative works are allowed with proper citation.

Ethics Statement

The Grounded Theory Review publisher and editor encourage ethics in the research process including trustworthiness of the data and research processes.  The editor strongly discourages research ethics misconduct and will not knowingly allow publication of research in which misconduct has occurred. The editor will take reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of such papers.  If made aware of allegation of research misconduct involving papers previously published, the editor will act appropriately, including the publication of retractions, corrections, clarifications, and apologies.

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