JCRI Editorial Policy

Aim and goals

The Journal of Case Research and Inquiry (JCRI) is a publication of the Western Casewriters Association (www.westerncasewriters.org). The Journal of Case Research and Inquiry publishes peer-reviewed teaching case studies (cases) prepared from primary and secondary research, as well as pedagogical notes and scholarly articles concerned with case research and teaching with cases. The journal publishes one issue per year, and if submissions so merit, may publish additional issues with editorial board approval.  Cases, notes, and articles published in the journal are available online, full text, and free of charge at www.jcri.org.


The journal publishes cases that address significant contemporary and perennial issues faced by organizations and mangers in the areas of business and public administration, nonprofit management, social entrepreneurship, and public policy. All cases are necessarily accompanied by instructor manuals (IMs) that are not published but may be provided to the instructors upon request. All cases and IMs are double blind peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers. Cases may be derived from primary field research, secondary research, or a combination of both. JCRI does not accept fictional cases, nor cases, notes, or articles previously published elsewhere. Case authors are required to obtain release forms, when necessary, from the organizations studied.

Pedagogical notes that accompany a given case may also be published; notes may be summaries of industry characteristics and trends, or theoretical or legal analyses useful in the understanding of a case. All notes are blind peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers.

Finally, the journal publishes scholarly articles addressing significant issues related to case research, case writing, and teaching with cases. All articles are blind peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers.  

JCRI open source availability policy

Cases, notes, and articles are available online at www.jcri.org at no cost to instructors and students at state and nonprofit educational institutions, who shall be granted the right to reproduce them for educational purposes. The journal shall encourage instructors to include in their course syllabi links to the JCRI website so that students can easily access cases, notes, and articles. For reproductions for commercial purposes in textbooks or elsewhere, authors shall retain all rights.  

Submission of manuscripts

Authors should submit manuscripts electronically to editor@jcri.org.  All submissions must follow the JCRI submission guidelines available in detail at www.jcri.org. 

Review policy

At the editor's discretion, a submission to the journal may be rejected without a full review, particularly if the manuscript does not align well with the aim and scope of the journal.

Otherwise, all submissions shall be blind peer reviewed by at least two qualified reviewers. Authors shall receive the two reviewer's comments, together with a decision (reject, revise and re-submit, accept) by the editor.  Unless approved by the editorial board, no cases or papers shall be invited and none published without undergoing the peer review process.  

WCA Membership requirement for authors

There shall be no fees to publish in the journal, however the policy of the journal is that at least one author must be a WCA member for the year in which the case is published. To join WCA, please visit www.westerncasewriters.org

WCA conference cases

Authors of cases presented at the WCA conference will be invited and encouraged to submit their work to the journal. However, all submissions (whether presented at a NACRA, WCA, or other conference) will undergo the peer review process. No paper - even a WCA award-winning case - shall be guaranteed publication in the journal.  

Content of the journal

Published manuscripts may include CASE STUDIES, NOTES, and ARTICLES, which will be duly identified in different parts of the journal:

• Case studies - The main part of the journal shall contain peer reviewed teaching case studies (cases) by authors who conducted primary research, secondary research, or a combination of both. Cases shall be about real organizations or managers facing issues in business administration, public administration, nonprofit management, or social entrepreneurship. Cases must be submitted together with complete instructor manuals (IMs). IMs shall not be published in the journal, but shall be peer reviewed together with the case.

• Notes and exercises - A second part of the journal shall contain peer reviewed Notes, which can be summaries of literature, theory, or industry descriptions designed to be assigned to students together with cases.  Peer reviewed Exercises may be short case-like assignments that provide less context about the organization and its environment than do cases studies but permit some of the learning associated with the case method.

• Articles - A third part of the journal may contain peer reviewed scholarly articles which may address issues related to case research, teaching with cases, publishing case studies, and other topics related to case research.  

Release forms

The journal shall require signed release forms from organizations, which must be collected by case authors for any case to be published that was carried out using primary research. The journal shall not publish a case based on primary research without a signed release form.  

Ownership and distribution of Instructor Manuals

Instructor manuals (IMs) shall be archived by the journal for a period of at least three years after publication of a given case. IMs will only be provided to educators who so request them when such instructors are formally affiliated with a College or University.

No fees shall be charged to instructors who receive IMs, nor is membership in the WCA required to receive an IM. Educators seeking an IM should complete a request form on the JCRI website. IMs will then be sent by the journal editor to the requesting instructor with a cc to the case author, who may wish to know who is using his or her case and for what purpose. After the three-year period, inquiries for IMs should be made to the case author.