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SAGE Cases in Methodology

SAGE is looking to commission 500 original case studies in research methods. Please get in touch if you would like to write or submit a case

• Would you like to have a year’s free access to all the content and tools on SAGE Research Methods (SRM)

• Are you an academic, post-doc or doctoral student involved in research?

• Do you want to drive up the usage and discoverability of the published outputs from your research and raise the profile and impact of your research?

• Do you have, or can you write, a case study around your research project(s) or about a particular method used in the course of your research?


If so, SAGE is interested in hearing from you and would be interested in publishing your case study in its new methods cases collection provisionally titled SAGE Cases in Methodology.

What is SAGE Cases in Methodology?

SAGE Cases in Methodology will comprise of a unique collection of over 500 case studies for use in the teaching of research methods. We want the cases to be drawn from around the world, from established academics, from post-docs and from PhD students, working across a wide spectrum of academic disciplines and working with the widest range of different research methods. The goal of the collection is to provide students and faculty with short usable examples of methods in action and research in action drawn from real research projects that can support teaching and learning in research methods.


How can you get involved?

We are looking for short original cases based on real research projects (past or ongoing). Such cases need to be no shorter than 2,000 words in length and no longer than 5,000 words in length. If you would like to write a case or supply us with a case that you have already written, we would like to hear from you, so email:
Patrick Brindle, Publisher, SAGE:

Patrick will be able to send you all the details of the product and supply you with contributor guidelines that set out the exact format and features that the cases will need to contain.


What is a ‘case’?

For our purposes, a ‘case’ (often referred to as a ‘case study’ in some quarter; although at SAGE we are avoiding that term as much as possible to avoid confusion with ‘case study methods’) is a short, accessible description or vignette of a research project or a method in action, written to help new researchers and students understand the realities of doing a research project or using a particular method. Cases should help students and new researchers move beyond the learning that they might get from reading textbooks on research methods, which are naturally concerned to present methodology in easier to understand ideal-typical terms, so that they can see how methods are applied in the messier and more contingent world of real research projects.


Types of Cases

We want the collection to comprise of two types of cases:

1. ‘Research Project’ cases will take the form of a narrative summary of a whole research project, roughly from start to finish, that focuses predominantly on the methods used to carry out the research project. It should take the topic of the research as the backdrop, and provide summary overviews of the topic’s background and the project’s findings, but centre stage should be given to unpacking the research project’s narrative, from question formation, research design through to data gathering, fieldwork, analysis and research outputs. Particular attention should be paid to any methodological problems or points of interest generated in the carrying out of the study and how these were dealt with or raised questions of research practice. The goal of ‘research project’ cases is to give students an overview of the realities and exigencies of a research project from start to finish.

2. ‘Methods in action’ cases will take as their focus the deployment of a particular method, or element of methodological theory or research practice, in a specific research project context. For example, the focus in ‘methods in action’ cases might be how structural equation modelling, say, or grounded theory, was deployed to answer a particular data analytic need in your research project. The goal of a ‘methods in action’ case is to focus on the particular deployment (for good or ill) of a particular method or theory in the service of the larger research project, so that students can see the strengths and weaknesses and realities of deploying a particular method in a real research context.

What are the benefits to me of writing a case for SAGE?
We want all the cases in this new collection to adhere to the principles of the linked web, and so we want the cases to drive the discoverability and usage of your research and the articles, books and other publications that come out of your research by direct linking from the case to your outputs. We will also be linking cases one to another, and linking the cases to SRM, SAGE Journals and to SAGE Knowledge to create a network of cross linking that should further drive the up the profile and discoverability of your work.
We are also offering each person that submits a case a year’s free access to SRM, giving you access to 640+ research methods books online.

Contact us for more information

If you’re interested in submitting a case, or if you would simply like to find out more, please contact us:

Patrick Brindle, Publisher:

Bronia Flett, Editorial assistant:

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Comment by Patrick Brindle on November 1, 2013 at 16:07

We're heading towards our target of 500 cases now. Soon we'll be thinking of calling for cases for the following year's round.

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