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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

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.

Call for Papers!

Special Collection: Medical Tourism

Medical tourism has enjoyed tremendous worldwide growth in recent decades. It was estimated that more than 5 million medical tourists traveled abroad in 2015, accounting for at least USD 2.5 billion in revenue. Many developed and developing countries have becoming thriving destinations for medical tourism, with varying effects on the local communities.

New Content Item (1)This unique form of tourism, which typically packages leisure and entertainment with health care, preparation, and recovery, is an emerging phenomenon that has attracted attention from researchers in a range of fields. Because of the breadth and complexity of medical tourism, the literature has not yet achieved a  universally accepted definition of the concept. Definitions often mix medical tourism, health tourism, and medical travel. Notable studies have focused on numerous aspects of medical tourism. However, given the rapid growth and diversity of medical tourism, many of its unexplored aspects are also worthy of scholars’ attention.

The journal invites high-quality, original, unpublished research, case studies, and theoretical papers that grapple with the subject of Medical Tourism in light of quality innovation. As all papers are fully open access, we hope to emerge with a collection of pathbreaking articles that will contribute evidence-based findings and insights of value not just to academic researchers, but also to industrial practitioners, policy-makers, and even customers.

Guest Editors
Hau-Nguyen Le, HoChiMinh City University of Technology–VNU.HCM, Vietnam
DonHee Lee, Inha University, South Korea
Alicia Mas-Tur, University of Valencia, Spain 

Learn more here. After submitting your paper, choose the Collection title from the "thematic series" drop-down menu.

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


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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. 

2018 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