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The process of writing and submitting an incident, and the process to publishing.

Create an Account

Make an account to submit critical incidents and get published.

Rules of Submission

The journal follows strict rules when compiling incidents for publishing.

Reviewing Incidents

The journal follows strict review guidelines when sorting through incidents for publishing.

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Journal of Critical Incidents

The Journal of Critical Incidents does not publish long cases. JCI's focus is on brief incidents that tell about real situation in a real organization. The incident tells a story about an event, an experience, a blunder, or a success. Unlike a long case, the incident does not provide historical detail or how the situation developed. Rather, it provides a snapshot that stimulates student use of their knowledge to arrive at a course of action or analysis.

Critical incidents can be based on either field work or library research. The maximum length of the Critical incidents is three single-spaced pages. See the Style Guide for layout and submission requirements.

A Teaching Note must be submitted with the critical incident. The quality of the teaching note is a central factor in review and acceptance process. Teaching notes are not published in JCI. They are archived by the Society for Case Research and are available for purchase by adopters of published Critical Incidents. Copies of the Teaching Note are provided free of charge to the author[s] and members of their personnel, promotion, and tenure committees.

The first step in the JCI publication process is to present a draft of the Critical Incident in the Case Research Track at the Annual MBAA International meeting. Critical Incidents receive feedback from session discussants. After the MBAA presentation, authors may elect to submit the Critical Incident to the JCI Editor. Submissions are double-blind peer reviewed.

The Journal of Critical Incidents is listed in Cabels and is published annually in October.

Timothy Brotherton

For additional information, visit our website, or contact the Editor directly.


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2016 Conference

Call for Paper, Critical Incidents, Panel Topic Embryo Cases

The Society for Case Research (SCR) is one of eleven autonomous associations that meet each March in Chicago for an annual conference coordinated by MBAA International. Attendees may submit papers to multiple associations meeting at the conference.

When: April 13—15, 2016
Where: Palmer House, Chicago
The Following Types of Submissions:
  • Papers that are conceptual or empirical and address topics related to case research, case writing, or case teaching.
  • Critical Incidents are similar to cases but provide less information upon which to base an analysis, and instead briefly describe (3 page limit) a provocative situation upon which the student brings his background and knowledge to arrive at a course of action.
  • Full cases consist of either descriptive or decision based cases along with a fully developed teaching note.
  • Panel Topics may be proposed relating to any aspect of case research, case writing, or case teaching. Proposals should include the names, affiliations and addresses of all participants and a detailed description of the topic of discussion and its relevance to conference attendees.
  • Embryo Cases consist of ideas, basic outlines, or initial rough drafts of cases from participants who would like to receive constructive feedback and suggestions from experienced case writers on how to turn these ideas into publishable cases. At a minimum, submissions should include an outline of the case situation and brief descriptions of how the author envisions using the case in class and what students will learn.

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