Editors IJAR

International Journal of Action Research

(Print) ISSN 1861-1303   (Internet) ISSN 1861-9908





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Richard Ennals, Kingston University
Werner Fricke, Institute for Regional Cooperation, Wieren, editor emeritus
Øyvind Pålshaugen, Work Research Institute, Oslo
Sabine Pfeiffer, University of Applied Sciences, Munich
Danilo Streck, Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos, editor-in-chief

Editorial Committee
Oğuz Babüroğlu, Sabanci University, Istanbul
Göran Brulin, National Institute for Working Life, Stockholm
Davydd J. Greenwood, Cornell University
Bjørn Gustavsen, Work Research Institute, Oslo
Ingalill Holmberg, Centre for Advanced Studies in Leadership, Stockholm
Marianne Kristiansen, Aalborg University
Peter Reason University of Bath
John Shotter, KCC Foundation, London
Stephen Toulmin †

International Advisory Committee
Tuomo Alasoini, Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, Helsinki
Gilles Amado, HEC School of Management, Paris
Bjørn Asheim, Lund University and University of Oslo
Jean Bartunek, Boston College
Bob Dick, Southern Cross University
Alfonso Torres Carillo, Universidad Pedagogica Nacional, Bogota
John Forester, Cornell University
Francesco Garibaldo , Bologna
Kenneth J. Gergen, Swarthmore College
Hans Joas, Universität Erfurt
Thomas McCarthy, Northwestern University
Indira Parikh, Foundation for Management Education, Maharashtra
Robert Putnam, Action Science, Natick, USA
Louis Quéré, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris
Abram de Swaan, University of Amsterdam
Maria Ozanira da Silva e Silva, Universidade Federal do Maranhao
Michel Thiollent, Universidad Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Margaret H. Vickers, University of Western Sydney


The „International Journal of Action Research“ provides a forum for an open and non dogmatic discussion about action research, both its present situation and future perspectives. This debate is open to the variety of  action research concepts worldwide. The focus is on dialogues between theory and practice.

International Journal of Action Research“ is problem driven; it is centered on the notion that organizational, regional and other forms of social development should be understood as multidimensional processes and viewed from a broad socio-ecological, participative and societal perspective.

The „International Journal of Action Research“ is a refereed journal, appearing three times a year. The editors invite contributions from academic social sciences, giving special attention to action research and action research practice, to conceptual and theoretical articles pertaining to its focus and to discussions on the changing worlds of work and society.

To submit relevant articles, please contact:
Dr. Danilo R. Streck
Rua Pastor Rodolfo Saenger, 144
Bairro Jardim América
93035-110 São Leopoldo-RS, Brazil
Email: dstreck@unisinos.br

           Guidelines for Contributions to International Journal of Action Research

  • IJAR is a refereed journal (double blind reviews).
  • Manuscripts are welcomed and should be submitted by email to editor-in-chief Dr. Danilo R. Streck, e-mail: dstreck@unisinos.br.
  • Manuscripts must be written in English. Accepted papers are to be language checked by a native speaker. It is the author’s responsibility to present papers in an acceptable form, both in terms of grammar and expression, and she or he should check their manuscript for typing errors, spelling, punctuation, etc.
  • The manuscript should conform to the following requirements:
    Use 12-point type (times new roman or equivalent) double-spaced (including footnotes, references, appendixes, tables, and figures).
    The title page is page 1. Under the title of your work, list authors' names, a short biosketch (about 50 words), and complete addresses including e-mail.
    Page 2 shows the title of your article and the abstract (not your personal name or address). Your abstract should be about 100 words long. Use sequential page numbering throughout.
  • Papers should be divided in sections (i.e. 1., 2.) and, if necessary, subsections (either 1.1, 1.2 or a), b) …)
  • Footnotes should be kept to a minimum and placed automatically at the foot of the page to which they refer. They must not be used for citing references.
  • IJAR follows follows the citation rules of the APA-Style.
    For in-text citations, please include the authors' names and the year of publication in parentheses, e.g. (Williamson, 1975, 1996; Granovetter, 1985a; Cohen & Levinthal, 1990). Two or more publications by one author in the same year should have "a", "b" etc., added after the year.
    Please be as precise as possible. For direct quotation, pages must be given after the year, e.g. (Coleman, 1988, p. 98). If a publication has three or more authors please list all names (Cohen, Miller, & Levinthal, 1990) and use "et al." the next times, e.g. (Cohen et al., 1990, pp. 97-98).
  • List references alphabetically by the last name of the first author. If there is no personal author use the corporate author, e.g. New York Times. Order publications by an identical author by year, listing the earliest first.
    In doubt, please have a look at the examples.
  • Book references follow this form:
    Authors' last names, initials (year). Title. City: Name of publisher. Examples:
    Burt, R. S. (1992). Structural holes: The social structure of competition. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
    Buckley, P. J., & Casson, M. (1976). The future of the multinational enterprise. London: Macmillan.
  • Chapters in books follow this form:
    Authors' last names, initials (year): Title. editors' initials editors last names
    (eds.) Title of book. (edition, pp. pages). city: name of publisher. Example:
    Scott, W. R., & Meyer, J. W. (1991). The organization of societal sectors: Propositions and early evidence. W.W. Powell & P.J. DiMaggio (eds.). The new institutionalism in organizational analysis (pp. 108-140). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Periodical references follow this form: Authors' last names, initials (year): Title. Name of periodical, volume number (issue number), page numbers. Example:
    Henisz, W. J., & Delios, A. (2001). Uncertainty, imitation, and plant location: Japanese multinational corporations, 1990-1996. Administrative Science Quarterly, 46(3), 443-475.
  • If the reviewers require some revisions to be done, the authors must re-submit their revised paper to the editor–in-chief together with an accompanying letter, which explains in detail how the authors have responded to the reviewers’ comments.
  • If revised papers are accepted for publication a PDF-file will be e-mailed for proof reading. Final corrections must be returned to editor-in chief within 10 days on paper copy.
  • Authors of main articles will receive a complimentary copy of the issue and – for personal scientific use – a PDF-file of the article authorized by the publisher.
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