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Call for Papers: Special collection on Medical Tourism

The Editors welcome submissions to an ongoing special collection of articles on the topic of Medical Tourism, guest-edited by Hau-Nguyen Le, HoChiMinh City University of Technology–VNU.HCM, Vietnam; DonHee Lee, Inha University, South Korea; and Alicia Mas-Tur, University of Valencia, Spain. Learn more here

Submit your paper here, & choose the collection title from the "thematic series" drop-down menu.

Aims and scope

The International Journal of Quality Innovation welcomes state-of-the-art papers from researchers and practitioners working worldwide.

The Journal explores the changing role of quality innovation, which performs an array of functions from simply creating new customer value to endeavoring to effect “smart” organizations and societies. As more and more organizations adopt service-based initiatives using tacit knowledge-enabled convergence platforms, and as consumers’ perceptions of product quality overlap with perceptions of service quality in an increasingly competitive, networked and complex global marketplace, quality innovation continues to emerge as a highly charged element of competitive advantage. Publications in the Journal engage with the emphatically dynamic nature of contemporary quality innovation.

Fully open access, the Journal is devoted to collaboration, open innovation, co-creation and knowledge-sharing across organizational and national boundaries.  

The International Journal of Quality Innovation publishes Book Reviews, Case Studies, Empirical Articles, Review Articles, Short Reports, and Theoretical Articles.

When evaluating original research, the editors seek well-developed studies that are on sound theoretical footing with respect to their justification. Successful submissions will display high-quality statistical and/or qualitative methodology when it comes to sample and data collection, as well as fluid writing. Papers should clearly describe the implications and significance of the work, contributions to the existing literature, potential limitations and opportunities for future research.

Open access funding and policy support by SpringerOpen​​

As a Gold open access journal, ​​​​the International Journal of Quality Innovation levies an article-processing charge (APC) of £630/$980/€800. However, our sponsoring society offers full funding to pre-approved authors whose work falls within the aims and scope of IJQU. To secure funding:

1. Send your idea / Abstract to Sang M. Lee, and request a code entitling to you a full APC waiver pending article acceptance.

2. Submit your paper via Editorial Manager. You'll see three payment options: accept responsibility for the full APC, request a waiver, or choose "institutional" funding. Pick the "institutional" funding option and enter your code. 

3. Your paper will undergo blinded peer review. If accepted, it will be published at no charge to you. Our average time from acceptance to publication is 16 days.

If you are interested in alternative APC funding, we offer a free open access support service to help you discover it and apply. Learn more here

From the Editor-in-Chief

Sang M. Lee

Digital transformation and dynamic market forces exert enormous impact on the changing concept of “quality” around the world. In keeping with the lightning-fast evolution of international quality innovation, this open access journal is devoted to sharing information across institutional and national barriers. Our approach is leading-edge: we welcome research on innovation in new customer values like experience, participation, co-creation, sharing, sustainability, and learning. We’re interested in innovation research that explores new quality paradigms like creating a “smart society,” the well-being of people, and shared visions of the future.

Sang M. Lee University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Affiliated with

  • The International Journal of Quality Innovation is affiliated with the Korean Society for Quality Management (KSQM). The Society's mission is to advance innovative, goal-driven research in the field of quality and sustainability. 

Annual Journal Metrics

  • Speed
    72 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only
    57 days to first decision for all manuscripts
    89 days from submission to acceptance
    29 days from acceptance to publication

    25 Altmetric mentions