Journal of Case Studies was established by the Society for Case Research to provide a continual flow of effective up-to-date cases to promote excellence in case teaching.
The process for publishing begins with submitting a case and teaching note to the editors of the journal at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, authors may present their case and teaching note for review and discussion at the annual SCR Summer Case Writers Workshop held in June or July. After the workshop, authors are encouraged to revise and resubmit their cases and teaching notes based on feedback received at the Workshop. For either process, the work is then reviewed by the editors and either sent on for double-blind peer review or sent back to the authors for further work. If the work is not suitable for publication in the Journal of Case Studies, it may be rejected at the editorial review stage or anywhere along the review process. It is not required for case writers to attend the Summer Case Writers Workshop in order to submit their work for publication consideration.
Submissions are accepted at any time during the year, and the review process will follow the JCS Timeline published on the SCR website. The Journal is published twice a year (May and November). The journal has a 15 to 20 percent acceptance rate as noted in Cabell’s Directory of Publishing Opportunities.
No part of an SCR published case or teaching note may be reproduced by any means or used in any form without written permission of the Society for Case Research.
Types of Cases Accepted
Journal of Case Studies publishes both decision-based and descriptive cases. Decision-based cases place students in the role of a decision-maker and ask them to make recommendations to handle or deal with the situation described effectively. Descriptive cases provide a description of a real situation and then challenge students to analyze, assess, evaluate the situation and determine if there was a more effective way to handle the situation.
Journal of Case Studies publishes both field-researched cases and cases for publication based on substantial research from secondary sources. For field-research cases, permissions are required from the organization and all persons interviewed. The journal does not accept fictional or synthesized cases.
Cases that have been published previously or are under review elsewhere will not be reviewed by the Journal of Case Studies.
Elizabeth Jones and Britt Shirley