SAGE Research Method Cases

Write a Research Methods Case Study for SAGE!

SAGE Research Methods Cases help student and novice researchers at more than 300 institutions worldwide to learn the why and how of research design, conduct, analysis, and interpretation. Successful case studies are methods-focused reflections on the experiences, challenges, and decisions involved with designing and conducting a specific research project.

The current disciplinary focus areas are: Business & Management, and Politics & International Relations. In addition, SAGE continues to accept new case studies in all social science fields, including sociology, psychology, health, and education.  Visit bit.ly/sagebusiness  or bit.ly/sagepolitics to register your interest in writing for our discipline-specific collections, or visit bit.ly/sagemethods to contribute to our ongoing, multidisciplinary collection of case studies.

SAGE Cases

The SAGE Research Methods Cases offer warts-and-all stories of the research experience not typically found in books or articles!


What are SAGE Research Methods Cases?

  • Short and accessible accounts of research methods in the context of real research projects
  • Pedagogically focused to help students understand the practicalities of doing research
  • Introductory in tone: explanatory and jargon-free
  • Engaging: using examples and writing devices that reach out to the student reader and make research feel relevant, meaningful, and useful
  • See an example: “Biographical interviewing: The case of non-traditional students in higher education”(Bron &Thunborg, 2015).

Who uses SAGE Research Methods Cases?

  • Student and novice researchers study SAGE Research Methods Cases to learn what happens when a clean and orderly design hits a messy real world. Readers look to the Cases to learn from the lessons learned by experienced researchers. Cases are used for independent and classroom learning. See “A Case for Teaching Methods” for instructional recommendations.

How do I write a methods case study?

What are the direct benefits of writing a case study?

  • Cases are peer reviewed, and authors of successful case studies will be provided with 12 months free access to the full SAGE Research Methods Cases collection, from the date of publication.
  • Links within your case study can direct readers toward your original research. If you have already published the findings of your research in a journal, why not write a case study about how you did this research?

SAGE Research Methods Cases at a Glance

  • Cases should be 2,000 – 5,000 words in length.
  • Cases will be peer reviewed and authors will be asked to respond to reviewer queries in a timely manner.  As with all academic publications, the final decision to publish a case study rests with the publisher and its academic reviewers.
  • Cases must adhere to the Contributor Guidelines.  Cases that do not adhere to these guidelines will be returned to the author for correction before being sent to peer review.
  • Successful case studies will be prepared for an anticipated publication date of early 2019.