Submit a Case
We welcome case submissions in all areas of science including the life sciences, physical sciences, engineering, mathematics, statistics, computer science, psychology, anthropology, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, and science education, among others. Your case will be reviewed first in-house and then by outside reviewers for possible inclusion in our collection. See below for how to prepare and submit a case.
Before beginning your case, we encourage you to read about the different types of cases.
We also encourage you to look at the samples below:
- Mask of the Black God: The Pleiades in Navajo Cosmology: case and teaching notes This case is an example of a small-group discussion case.
- The Modern Caveman's Dilemma: Who Should Eat the Paleo Diet: case and teaching notes This case is an example of a role-play interrupted case.
Send your case by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, noting in the subject line: “New Case Submission: Name of Your Case.” Your submission should be in the form of several, separate files, preferably in Word. These should include (1): the case itself (this is the case as the students would receive it in class), (2) your case teaching notes, and (3) the case answer key. Please include your name and credentials in the body of the email.
Your case must have a set of teaching notes that include the following subsections at a minimum: (1) Introduction/Background, comprising a brief summary of the topic of the case and its importance; a short synopsis of the storyline; what, if any, prerequisite knowledge students need; what course the case was developed for and any other courses it could be used in; and a bulleted list of the case’s teaching objectives; (2) Classroom Management, in which you describe in detail how you taught this case, including what instructions students were given, what tasks they undertook, and in what order, how long each part of the case or activity takes, whether students get the entire case at once or piecemeal and what students are expected to do, any assignments that go along with the case, and how you assess the students' case work; (3) Blocks of Analysis, in which you provide information about the scientific concepts, principles, issues, topics, etc., of the case in blocks; this need not be exhaustive but should give enough information for someone considering teaching the case to develop background knowledge in each of the case’s major content areas; (4) References, listing the sources you consulted in developing your cases as well as recommended further reading if appropriate.
The answer key should repeat any questions in the case and for each provide a reasonable answer. In cases that do not include standard questions but instead require students to perform a task (draw a diagram, graph some data, write a brief essay), the key should make explicit what the task is trying to accomplish and provide guidelines for what constitutes an acceptable response and/or a sample.
If your case contains copyrighted material (images, graphs, extensive text taken verbatim) from a previously published source or the Internet, you must flag that material for us at the time you submit your case. Tell us where it comes from (a complete citation, the URL for the website, etc.) so that we can determine who we should contact to secure permission to publish it as part of your case on our website. We seldom get permission to use material from textbooks; do not use these in your case. Figures from journals often, though not always, are difficult to obtain permission to use; they should be kept to a minimum or should be redrawn and simplified if possible. Most successful is if you can submit photos or illustrations of your own creation; second best is to use public domain or copyright-friendly items, such as works under certain Creative Commons licenses or from sites with liberal reuse policies explicitly stated on their site that we can verify. Sources for this kind of material include Wikimedia Commons; Flickr has a portion of its site at www.flickr.com/creativecommons devoted to Creative Commons licensed images. Google’s Advanced Search also allows you to isolate Creative Commons licensed images: www.google.com/advanced_search and enter keywords in the top boxes, scroll down to the bottom and set the filter for “usage rights” to “free to use, share and modify, even commercially."
All cases are first reviewed in-house and then, if they advance, by outside reviewers following a double-blind peer-review process. We use two, often three, outside reviewers with expertise in the subject area of the case and experience with the case method. Based on external reviewers' comments, we expect authors to revise and resubmit their cases, after which we make the decision as to whether to accept the case for the collection.
If we accept your case, as a final step we will send you a copyright transfer form to sign and return to us. This form serves to formally transfer copyright for your case and teaching notes to the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science at the University at Buffalo. In addition, in signing this form you warrant that the case submitted is your own work and does not infringe upon anyone else’s copyright.
Once we accept your case, it will be prepared for our website. We will edit your case, mark it up, and create several PDF files, which we will send to you for final proofing. Once we make any corrections you have, we will index it, upload it to the site, and announce it on our listserv.
If you have any questions, please contact Carolyn Wright, Administrator, National Center for Case Study Teaching at Science.