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The 21st World Multi-Conference on
Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics: WMSCI 2017
July 8 - 11, 2017 Orlando, Florida, USA

  About the Special Track

Special Track on

Qualitative Research, Modeling, and Methodologies
QRMSE 2017

Deadlines for this specific special track:

May 2nd, 2017: Submission of draft papers (2000-5000 words), extended abstracts (600-2000 words) and abstracts (300-600 words).
May 25th, 2017: Notifications of acceptance.
June 5th, 2017: Submission of camera-ready or final versions of the accepted papers.

Qualitative research and methodologies have been effectively used, for a long time, in Social Sciences and they are increasingly being used

  1. in applying Science to the solution of real life problems and in integrating academic activities (research, education, and consulting or real life problem solving);
  2. in technological innovation, information systems development, system engineering, soft operation research, soft systems methodologies, software engineering, knowledge engineering and,
  3. in general, in any adequate insertion of technologies in organizations or society at large.

No matter how quantitative are the data and calculation in scientific or engineering fields, the educational processes of these fields, and the applications of their research results for the generation of technological innovations and/or in real life problem solving processes, require qualitative approaches, studies, research, Modeling and/or methodologies. So, too, any quantitative approach, ostensibly as a deductive process, has its origin in inductive thinking, a thinking that is characterized by qualitative methods. No matter how accurate the quantitative research data calculation is, they would be useless with poor qualitative interpretation and understanding.

Qualitative thinking, models, and/or research is what relates and integrates scientific and engineering activities (Figure 1), theory and practice, and what integrates both of academic activities with Society, especially in educational and consulting processes as well as in real life problem solving (Figure 2).

It becomes evident from figure 1 and 2 is that what relates and integrates Science, Engineering, and Society is of qualitative nature. Real life problems and needs are immersed in a qualitative context. Engineering usually bridges quantitative approaches with qualitative environments through hybrid modeling processes. Scientists frequently also work, implicitly or explicitly, with hybrid quantitative/qualitative modeling, especially in the interpretation of quantitative theories and results.

Furthermore, qualitative thinking, models, and/or research also support inter-disciplinary communication and is, implicitly or explicitly, required for inter-disciplinary research, Development, and real life problem solving.

Because of the increasing importance of qualitative research and methodologies and its explicit usefulness quantitative and qualitative disciplines, the purpose in organizing QRMSE 2017 is to bring together researchers, academics, professionals and practitioners from different fields or disciplines to share their research, reflections, experience, and knowledge in qualitative research, methodologies, and approaches, in an inter-disciplinary environment that would allow cross-fertilization and creative analogical thinking.

Submissions Proposals accepted for QRMSE 2017 might be on:

  • Specific Cases and/or Applications
  • General Theories or Methodologies
  • Techniques and Approaches
  • How may qualitative research quality determine the quality of quantitative research or does it?
  • General Concepts and/or Conceptual Structures
  • Empirical Research Studies
  • Case Studies
  • Practice-Based Reflections, Action-Reflections
  • Research/Enquiry-Based reflections

    Non-Exclusionary Suggested topics are the following

  • Qualitative Research and Methodologies in Social Sciences
  • Qualitative Research and Methodologies in Science and Engineering Education
  • Phenomenological Research
  • The problem of induction as a qualitative aspect of quantitative research
  • Ethnography
  • Deduction as a quantitative method and induction as qualitative method
  • Grounded Theory Research
  • Case Studies
  • Action-Research
  • Qualitative Studies
  • Qualitative Research Design
  • Virtual Ethnography
  • Data Collection Techniques and Analysis in Qualitative Research
  • Education and Qualitative Research/Methods
  • Philosophical foundations of science in term of the nature of knowledge revealed by quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Qualitative Case Studies and Methodologies
  • On-Line Research: Technologies, Methodologies, and Case Studies.
  • Qualitative Digital Research
  • Research of, and/or via, Social Media
  • Creativity and Qualitative Research/Methods
  • Qualitative Health Research
  • Qualitative Research/Methodologies in Management and Organizations
  • Qualitative Research in Design
  • Qualitative Research/Methodologies in Information Systems
  • Qualitative Research/Methodologies in Systems Engineering
  • Qualitative Research/Methodologies and Software Engineering
  • Qualitative Research/Methodologies and Knowledge Engineering
  • Qualitative Research/Methodologies and Collaborative Research/Enquiry
  • Qualitative Research/Methodologies in non-Traditional Engineering Fields

    Organizational, Reviewing, and Selection of Best Papers Policies

    Virtual sessions

    Face-to-face sessions of all events will have associated virtual pre- and post-conference sessions where registered participants can comment each paper in a forum associated to it. Registered participant at any event will have a password to access any virtual session of any collocated event.

    Technical Keynote Speakers

    Technical keynote speakers will be selected from early submissions because this selection requires an additional evaluation according to the quality of the paper, assessed by its reviewers, the authors' CV and the paper's topic.

    Reviewing Process

    All Submitted papers/abstracts will go through three reviewing processes: (1) double-blind (at least three reviewers), (2) non-blind, and (3) participative peer reviews. Final acceptance depends of the three kinds of reviews but a paper should be recommended by non-blind reviewers AND blind reviewers in order to be accepted for presentation at the conference and to be included in the respective conference proceedings. A recommendation to accept made by non-blind reviewers is a necessary condition, but it is not a sufficient one. A submission, to be accepted, should also have a majority of its double-blind reviewers recommending its acceptance. This double necessary conditions generate a more reliable and rigorous reviewing than a those reviewing methods based on just one of the indicated methods, or just on the traditional double-blind reviewing. More details regarding this issue can be found at

    The three kinds of reviews mentioned above will support the selection process of those papers/abstracts that will be accepted for their presentation at the conference, as well as those to be selected for their publication in JSCI Journal. Details regarding the Acceptance Policy can be found at

    Authors of accepted papers who registered in the conference can have access to the evaluations and possible feedback provided by the reviewers who recommended the acceptance of their papers/abstracts, so they can accordingly improve the final version of their papers. Non-registered authors will not have access to the reviews of their respective submissions.

    Virtual Participation

    Submissions for Face-to-Face or for Virtual Participation are both accepted. Both kinds of submissions will have the same reviewing process and the accepted papers will be included in the same proceedings.
    Pre-Conference and Post-conference Virtual sessions (via electronic forums) will be held for each session included in the conference program, so that sessions papers can be read before the conference, and authors presenting at the same session can interact during one week before and after the conference. Authors can also participate in peer-to-peer reviewing in virtual sessions.

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