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The Case Research Journal(CRJ) publishes outstanding teaching cases drawn from research in real organizations, dealing with important issues in all administration-related disciplines. The CRJ specializes in decision-focused cases based on original primary research (e.g., interviews with key decision-makers in the organization; interviews with stakeholders affected by an organizational decision, issue, or problem; participant observation; review of primary materials, such as legal proceedings, congressional testimony, or internal company or stakeholder documents) supplemented by appropriate secondary research (e.g., journalist accounts). Exceptional cases that are analytical or descriptive rather than decision-focused will be considered when a decision focus is not practicable. Cases based entirely on secondary sources will be considered only in unusual circumstances. The Journal also publishes occasional articles concerning case research, case writing or case teaching.

Previously published cases or articles (except those appearing in Proceedings or workshop presentations) are not eligible for consideration. The Journal does not accept fictional works or composite cases synthesized from author experience.

Multi-media cases or case supplements will be accepted for review. Contact the journal editor for instructions.

Instructor's Manual

Cases must be accompanied by a comprehensive Instructor’s Manual (Teaching Note)that includes at least the following elements:

  1. A brief (one-page maximum) synopsis of the case.
  2. Identification of the intended course(s) and levels, including the case's position within the course and its specific learning objectives.
  3. Theoretical linkages, including associated readings or theoretical material that instructors might assign to students or draw on to relate the case to their field or to the course.
  4. Suggested teaching approaches or a teaching plan, including the expected flow of discussion and key questions, role plays, debates, use of audiovisuals or in-class handouts, a board plan, etc. Authors are strongly encouraged to classroom test a case before submission so that experience in teaching the case can be discussed in the IM.
  5. Assignment questions for student preparation, accompanied by a full analysis of each question that demonstrates application of relevant theory to the case. This discussion may highlight analytic points that might be noticed only by the best students.
  6. A Research Methods section that discloses the research basis for gathering the case information, including any relationship between case authors and the organization, or how access to case data was obtained. Include any disguises imposed and their extent. Authors should disclose the relationship between this case and any other cases or articles published about this organization by these authors without revealing the authors' identity during the review process.
  7. If appropriate, an epilogue or follow-up information about the decision actually made.

Review process

All manuscripts (both the case and the instructor's manual) are double-blind refereed by Editorial Board members and ad hoc reviewers in the appropriate discipline. Most submissions require at least one round of revision before acceptance. The target time frame from submission to author feedback for each version is 60 days.

Distribution of published cases

The right to reproduce a case in a commercially available textbook, or instructor-created course pack, is reserved to NACRA and the authors, who share copyright for these purposes. After publication, CRJ cases are distributed through NACRA's distribution partners according to non-exclusive contracts. NACRA charges royalty fees for these publication rights and case adoptions in order to fund its operations including publication of the Case Research Journal. Royalties paid are split 50/50 between NACRA and member authors.

Case Format

Cases and articles submitted for review should be single- spaced, with 12-point font and 1" margins. Published cases are typically 8-12 pages long (before exhibits), though more concise cases are encouraged and longer cases may be acceptable for complex situations. All cases should be written in the past tense except for quotations that refer to events contemporaneous with the decision focus.

Figures and tables should be embedded in the text and numbered separately. Exhibits should be grouped at the end of the case. Figures, tables, and exhibits should have a number and title as well as a source. Necessary citations of secondary sources (e.g., quotes, data) should be included in endnotes; otherwise, a "Reference List" can be included at the end of the case in APA format. Footnotes may be used for short explanations when including these explanations in the body of the text would significantly disrupt the flow of the case.

The following notice should appear at the bottom of the first page of the manuscript:

Review copy for use of the Case Research Journal. Not for reproduction or distribution. Dated (date of submission).

Acknowledgements can be included in a first page footnote after the case is accepted for publication, and should include any prior conference presentation of the case.

It is the author(s)'s responsibility to ensure that they have permission to publish material contained in the case. To verify acceptance of this responsibility, include the following paragraph on a separate page at the beginning of the submission.

In submitting this case to the Case Research Journal for widespread distribution in print and electronic media, I (we) certify that it is original work, based on real events in a real organization. It has not been published and is not under review elsewhere. Copyright holders have given written permission for the use of any material not permitted by the "Fair Use Doctrine." The host organization(s) or individual informant(s) have provided written authorization allowing publication of all information contained in the case that was gathered directly from the organization and/or individual.

Manuscript Submission

Submit the case manuscript and Instructor’s Manual in one Microsoft Word document via the NACRA Automated Case Submission and Review System (ACSARS): http://www.nacra.net/member. No identification of authors or their institutions should appear on either the case or the Instructor’s Manual. All identifying information should be removed from the file properties.

At least one author must be a member of the North American Case Research Association. Membership dues are included in annual registration for the NACRA conference, or may be paid separately at the rate of U.S. $50 per year. See instructions on the above site.

For questions, contact the Editor:
John Lawrence

Last update was on 6/24/2014 DRE and JJL

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