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SAGE Research Methods Cases

Is this a journal article?

No. Cases are very different from journal articles. You should be writing your case with a student reader in mind. You should be telling us about how you did your research. Cases are “warts and all” descriptions of how research is done in the real world.Your findings, while important, are not the key feature of a research methods case. We want to know how you went about your research, the decisions you took and your reflections on this process.

Is this a print book?

No, cases will be published on the award-winning SAGE Research Methods online platform.  Each case will have a unique ISBN and DOI.  However, cases will not be available as a printed volume.

Can I write about any topic?

In 2015 we are accepting cases on HEALTH (including nursing, social care, sociology of health) and EDUCATION.

Are Cases peer-reviewed?

Yes. Each case will be subjected to a peer-review process. This means that the decision to publish is based on the opinion of the reviewer. Our expert reviewers will assess cases on their pedagogical value, i.e. whether the case will be accessible, interesting or informative for a student reader. You should, therefore, aim to appeal directly to your student reader.

Can I write about my PhD research?

Yes please! We would be thrilled to hear an account of the research you undertook in your PhD. We are also happy to consider joint submissions from supervisors and students.  Please remember that we are primarily interested in your personal research journey – sometimes this will deal with the rough as well as the smooth. There is no need to gloss over the difficulties and challenges!

I am an experienced researcher, why should I write a case study for SAGE?

As an experienced researcher you have already been though the ups and downs of the research process.  SAGE, as the premier publisher of research methods, wants to put the research process in the spotlight.  We want to show both the challenges and rewards of research. The insights you have to share are invaluable for researchers setting out on their own research journey. Help us educate the next generation of research methods professionals and academics on what they should (and shouldn’t!) do in their own research.

What are the direct benefits to me in writing a case for SAGE?

If we publish your case you will be provided with 12 months free access to the full SRM platform. This online collection contains over 700 research methods books, over 500 case studies and our innovative teaching dataset collection. In addition, SAGE Research Methods Cases links directly to your relevant existing research. If you have already published your research in a journal, why not write a case for us about how you did this research? We can then link to your journal article and drive traffic towards your original research!

Is there a preferred template or style?

Yes. All submissions must adhere to the Case submission template provided by SAGE. This is to ensure consistency across the product and also minimises the amount of work authors have to do in revision and development. Please make sure you follow this template. Cases that do not use the provided template will, regrettably, be rejected. Write your case using the Format and Style Guidelines and the Case Submission Template (Health) or Case Submission Template (Education) available here.Use our Sample Case for reference.

My question hasn’t been answered here….

I’m sorry to hear that! Please feel free to e-mail Bronia Flett, the editor for SAGE Research Methods Cases. She will be able to answer any further questions you may have.Bronia.flett@sagepub.co.uk

New for 2016…..!

Interested in writing a case study? Great! Think you can also talk about your research on film? SAGE is launching a new product in 2016: SAGE Research Methods Video. This exciting product will take the research process from the page to the small screen. Interested in telling us about your research? Get in touch! Write to editor Bronia.flett@sagepub.co.uk