Quirkos comes from the Greek 'kirkos', the root of the word 'circle' and
'qu' for qualitative. It represents the Qualitative Bubbles (Quirks) that
are central to the interface.
Yes, you can use Quirkos in the browser, or as normal software that you
install on your computer or tablet.
You have the choice to save the data offline on your own computer, or with
our secure cloud server. This gives you the freedom to work according to
the security policies of your organisation.
The offline licences are indefinite, they do not expire. They include any
updates for that point release (eg. 1.6, 1.8) but not for major new
versions (eg. 2.0, 3.0). Our cloud licences are based on a monthly
subscription fee, renewable every 3 months or year.
For students, we require a valid e-mail address from an educational
institution, and proof of student status, such as a university student
For academic licences, an e-mail address from a registered university is usually
sufficient, we will try to validate this automatically looking for common e-mail
domains (such as .ac.uk, .ac.fr, .ac.edu). This is also the case for some government
institutions, for example e-mails ending in .gov or .nhs.uk. Otherwise, get
in touch and we will validate your status. As long as yourself or your institution
are visible on the internet, there shouldn't be a problem.
If you have any problems providing these, just get in touch, we will work something
We release updates to fix any bugs and add new features, usually every
three months. We also pledge to make sure that updates do not break
compatibility with older versions, so everyone can work with the same
Yes, with caveats. Our software focuses on text, the format that
qualitative researchers use most often - but you can import any of the
three into Quirkos Web.
Pictures need to be embedded in a .docx file, or directly copied and pasted
into the source text editor. Specific parts of pictures cannot be coded, just
the picture as a whole.
Audio and video can be uploaded to the Quirkos Transcribe service and automatically
transcribed into text format. After a transcript is produced, you can code
them as with any other text source.
Quirkos will directly open plain text files (.txt), rich text files
(.rtf), Word files from recent versions (.docx), text-based PDFs, CSV
('Comma Separated Value' files from spreadsheets), and XLSX (Excel
spreadsheets). However, you can also import a source from the clipboard by
copying and pasting from any other programme on your computer. Rather than
trying to support every file format, this lets you get text into Quirkos
from almost anything your computer can open. So you can copy from text
PDFs, Word files (all versions), your internet browser, LaTeX,
Libre-Office etc. Quirkos will export as SQLite, JSON, Word (.docx), CSV and
XLSX files, and generate reports in HTML, PDF and .png images. This
combination gives users great flexibility. Quirkos also supports the REFI-QDA qualitative exchange standard.
For APA v6, try:
Quirkos 2.5.3 [Computer Software]. (2023). Retrieved from https://www.quirkos.com
Yes, we have a VPAT accessment, however we don't find these generic assessments to be very useful. We
have worked with many users with differing needs, including visual
impairment and those who use screen readers, and neurodiverse users. We
are always happy to take suggestions and work with organisations to meet
all their user's needs. Please get in touch for more information.
The best way to get in contact with us is via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will always try and respond to an e-mail within a day, even over
the weekend, but note we are based in the UK, so expect replies during
British working hours! Before getting in touch, please make sure you are
using the most recent version, and when emailing us please let us know what operating system you are
using, and as much information about your issue or question as you can.
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