The CASE Journal
Why publish in The CASE Journal?
The CASE Journal offers authors the chance to work collaboratively with a team of expert reviewers and the Editor-in-Chief to develop their case study into its best possible form. Authors published in TCJ will also enjoy wide dissemination of their work to a truly global audience and make a significant impact in classrooms across the globe.
The audience for TCJ includes both academics and practitioners and thus encourages submissions from a broad range of individuals. TCJ is published as an online journal by Emerald Publishing Group.
The CASE Journal invites submission of the following:
- Cases: TCJ publishes factual teaching cases spanning the full spectrum of business and management disciplines. All cases must be accompanied by an Instructor’s Manual providing the target audience, relevant theoretical concepts or models, research methodology, discussion questions and suggested responses and teaching strategies (see guidelines for authors).
- Compact Cases: These cases are limited to 500-1,000 words (about two pages, single-spaced). The goal is to make cases accessible, readable and more engaging for students. Compact cases must also be factual and will be accompanied by a Teaching Note (a shorter version of the Instructor’s Manual).
- New Forms: TCJ is interested in exploring new types of cases that go beyond the conventional models. Cases utilizing innovative technology or twists on traditional formats are welcome.
- Articles and Conceptual Papers: TCJ also invites submissions of articles relating to case teaching, case writing, case reviewing, and similar topics. Conceptual papers and papers reporting original research as well as the applied implications of others’ research in terms of case teaching, research, and instruction are welcome, as are creative learning, research and writing methods that have been tested in the classroom or in practice, including critical incidents and industry or technical notes.
Submissions should be made online through the ScholarOne Manuscripts submission and peer review system. Registration and access is available at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tcjnl.
Additional guidelines for authors are available at: Emerald’s Author Submission Guidelines
Submitting your work to TCJ provides a number of benefits to authors:
- Work collaboratively with our team of expert reviewers and the Editor-in Chief to develop your case study into its best possible form.
- Make an impact in classrooms around the globe and contribute to an engaging and applied student experience.
- Enjoy wide dissemination of your work to a truly global audience through Emerald’s literati network and The Case Centre.
Case Writing & Research Resources
If you are new to case research and writing, please consult these books written by CASE members:
The Art & Craft of Case Writing (3rd Edition, 2011) by William Naumes & Margaret J. Naumes, (Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group). (Also available on Amazon.com)
The Case Writing Workbook: A Self-Guided Workshop (2nd Edition, 2017) by Gina Vega, (Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group). (Also available on Amazon.com)
Editor and Editorial Advisory Board
Rebecca J. Morris, Westfield State University, USA
Rebecca is a Past-President and Fellow of The CASE Association and a Past-President and Fellow of the North American Case Research Association (NACRA). Her first case was published in 1997 and her cases have been published in the top three case journals—the Case Research Journal, The CASE Journal and the Business Case Journal. Two of the cases she mentored as a faculty supervisor have won NACRA’s Best Student Authored Case Award. Rebecca’s cases on Nike, Glaxo-Smith-Kline, Abbott Labs, and Kodak have appeared in more than 20 textbooks including all of the major textbooks in strategic management. She is a frequent presenter at The Case Association and NACRA annual meetings and was the keynote speaker at the WACRA meeting in Lima, Peru in 2016.
Editorial Advisory Board
- LeAnn Beaty, Eastern Kentucky University, USA
- Heidi Bertels, City University of New York (CUNY)
- Richard Borgman, University of Maine-Orono, USA
- Charles Carson, Samford University, USA
- Steve Congden, University of Hartford, USA
- Thomas Leach, University of New England, USA
- William Naumes, University of New Hampshire (Retired), USA
- Zaiyong Tang, Salem State University, USA
- Stephanie Tate, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, USA
- Miriam Weismann, Florida International University, USA
- Rebecca Wilson-Mah, Royal Roads University, Canada
The quality of any journal necessarily depends upon the quality of its reviewers. TCJ depends on many qualified reviewers in our double-blind review process. New reviewers are welcomed as the journal receives more submissions each year.
What are the qualifications for TCJ reviewers? Reviewers should have subject matter expertise, familiarity with case pedagogy and if possible, case writing experience. Reviewers that are strong on subject matter expertise and have taught with a lot of cases are often paired with more experienced reviewers/case writers for the first few reviews. TCJ is a developmental journal and our reviewers should:
- Have a sincere desire to improve the case by framing comments constructively and providing comprehensive suggestions
- Understand what appeals to and interests students
- Make suggestions on literature and theoretical perspectives based on deep content knowledge of the subject matter
Reviewing or serving on the editorial advisory board is another way to demonstrate the impact of your intellectual contributions. You will also learn a great deal about case research and writing by reviewing the works of others. In addition, you will receive three-months’ complimentary access to all Emerald Journals following the submission of your review. If you are willing to help others improve their cases for publication, sign up to be a reviewer by emailing the editor. Please indicate the subject areas that are your specialty.
Many academic scholars must document how their intellectual contributions are making a difference and having impact. There are many possible metrics that can be utilized to demonstrate the impact of cases and articles published in TCJ. The appropriate metric to be utilized depends on the individual institution and its mission. To assist our authors in establishing the impact of work published in TCJ, we provide the following:
- Download Counts: As TCJ is an online journal, the number of times your case is downloaded can be used to demonstrate impact. This data can be obtained from our two distributors—Emerald Publishing Group and The Case Centre.
- Quality and Reputation of the Journal: The CASE Journal is one of the top case journals in the world. Two research studies have documented the journal’s ranking.
- Currie, R.R. & Pandher, G. (2013). Management Education Journals’ Rank and Tier by Active Scholars, Academy of Management Learning & Education, 12(2), 194-216. In this study, The CASE Journal is ranked 23rd of 84 management learning and education journals in terms of quality and importance. TCJ is listed as a “B” journal. It is worth noting that this is based on a 2009 survey and the stature of the journal has likely improved since then. Furthermore, if only case journals are considered, TCJ ranks second only to the Case Research Journal.
- Harris, R. (2016). Case Research Journal Rankings, New Views Session presented at the meeting of the North American Case Research Association, Las Vegas, NV. Harris surveyed 90 active scholars to assess awareness, quality and importance to the field of 14 academic journals that publish case research. In this exploratory study, TCJ ranked second to the Case Research Journal on all three dimensions—awareness, quality and importance to the field.
- Circulation Data: The CASE Journal provides the following data regarding circulation:
- Reader: Academic and Practitioner
- Frequency of Issue: 6 times per year (4 quarterly and 2 special issues)
- Copies per Issue: N/A (Online journal)
- Subscription Price:
- Publishing Fee: None. However, at least one of the publishing authors must be a member of the CASE Association ($25 membership fee)
- Sponsorship: Professional Association
- ISSN: 1544-9106
- Years of Publication: online since 2004
- Listed in Cabell’s: Search for “case journal.” Note that the Journal Citation Reports Journal Impact Factor is not available for TCJ as cases are not often cited.