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How do qualitative inductive researchers move from raw data to publishable paper? Existing scholarly resources focus on how to analyze data more deeply and write it up to make a compelling contribution. Much less discussed but also critical is how researchers enlist others in the journey from data to paper – even when they are single authors of their work. Our chapter uncovers qualitative researchers’ helpers and the types of help they provide. Drawing on data from detailed accounts of single authored qualitative, inductive studies, we explain the role of qualitative and quantitative scholars, peers and hired professionals, field informants and journal editors. We talk about help with theorizing, paper structure, emotional support, efficiency enhancement, and process guidance, and we offer practical tips for seeking these different forms of help throughout the research journey.


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Trefalt, Š, & Besharov, M. (2014). The journey from data to qualitative inductive paper: Who helps and how? [Electronic version]. Retrieved [insert date] from Cornell University, ILR school site:

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© Routledge. Forthcoming in Handbook of Innovative Qualitative Research Methods: Pathways to Cool Ideas and Interesting Papers. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.