Mary Lynne Derrington’s Qualitative Longitudinal Methods: Researching Implementation and Change addresses the use of the qualitative longitudinal methods, their unique methodological features, and the challenges and benefits to this approach. This short supplemental text uses examples of published studies, and the author’s own stories and examples, to show application of the concepts. A chapter on how to prepare a manuscript for publication concentrates on the distinctive aspects of publishing longitudinal studies. The book will be useful to those researching change and its impact on organizations and individuals resulting from the implementation of programs and policies.

Preparing a Longitudinal Study for Publication

In this chapter, the reader will consider

  • creation of a meaningful final manuscript,
  • words conveying the longitudinal message, and
  • examples from published studies.

At last the volume of data is organized and analyzed. However, now is not the time to rest. Research findings continue to influence the manuscript long after data collection and analysis. The written text is an important communication instrument and knowledge source (Flick, 2014). Ensuring that the text conveys important messages requires an understanding of a manuscript’s many elements. Writing links the research process and analysis, thus shaping the researcher’s “clumps of carefully organized data” (Glesne 2016, p. 218). The first step is finding the emotional connection in what is otherwise an accumulation of words. Feeling and thinking might ...

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