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Choosing an Outlet for Action Research: Publication Patterns in Innovation Journals
Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering. (Nya Managementpraktiker)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6823-4925
2019 (English)In: Technology Innovation Management Review, ISSN 1927-0321, E-ISSN 1927-0321, Vol. 9, no 4, p. 66-77Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

With the aim to help innovation researchers choose outlets for articles based on participat- ory and action research methods, this article describes and discusses publication patterns of action research. A bibliographic study of 33 innovation journals ranked 4, 3, 2, and 1 in the 2018 Academic Journal Guide is complemented by a case study of this journal, the Technology Innovation Management Review, as an example of an established open access journal in the field with a wider scope and target group. From these two studies, we learn that the overall trend is towards more publications of action research articles in a diversity of outlets. Indirectly, the study supports the general view that articles striving towards adding practical relevance to research are becoming more frequent. There is no support for the notion that more renowned and higher-ranked journals would be more hesitant to accept articles with action research methods. The study also notes that there are interesting outlets beside those highly ranked and indexed in more conventional ways. The conclusion reached is that we lack a clear answer to the question of what are the best outlets for those of us who are interested in both innovation and action research. Instead, the study invites us to reflect upon what kind of impact we want to have and then act accordingly.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Ottawa, 2019. Vol. 9, no 4, p. 66-77
Keywords [en]
action research, participatory action research, AJG journal guide, bibliographic review, innovation journals, ranking, open access
National Category
Business Administration Engineering and Technology
Research subject
Industrial Economics and Organisations
URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-43276DOI: 10.22215/timreview/1234ISI: 000467408500007OAI:, id: diva2:1307968
Available from: 2019-04-30 Created: 2019-04-30 Last updated: 2019-05-24

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