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About Journal of Medical Case Reports

This page includes information about the aims and scope of Journal of Medical Case Reports, editorial policies, open access and article-processing charges, the peer review process and other information. For details of how to prepare and submit a manuscript through the online submission system, please see the instructions for authors.

Aims & scope

Journal of Medical Case Reports is an open access, peer-reviewed online journal that will consider any original case report that expands the field of general medical knowledge, and original research relating to case reports.

Case reports should show one of the following:

  1. Unreported or unusual side effects or adverse interactions involving medications
  2. Unexpected or unusual presentations of a disease
  3. New associations or variations in disease processes
  4. Presentations, diagnoses and/or management of new and emerging diseases
  5. An unexpected association between diseases or symptoms
  6. An unexpected event in the course of observing or treating a patient
  7. Findings that shed new light on the possible pathogenesis of a disease or an adverse effect

Authors should indicate in the abstract and cover letter how the case report adds to the medical literature. Submissions that do not include this information will be returned to authors prior to peer review.

Suitable research articles include but are not limited to: N of 1 trials, meta-analyses of published case reports, research addressing the use of case reports and the prevalence or importance of case reporting in the medical literature and retrospective studies that include case-specific information (age, sex and ethnicity) for all patients.

Open access

All articles published by Journal of Medical Case Reports are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

Authors of articles published in Journal of Medical Case Reports are the copyright holders of their articles and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the article, according to the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement.

For authors who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BioMed Central can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article-processing charges

Open access publishing is not without costs. Journal of Medical Case Reports therefore levies an article-processing charge of £650/$1105/€820 for each article accepted for publication. If the submitting author's institution is a Member, the cost of the article-processing charge is covered by the membership, and no further charge is payable. In the case of authors whose institutions are Supporter Members, however, a discounted article-processing charge is payable by the author. We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. For other countries, article-processing charge waivers or discounts are granted on a case-by-case basis to authors with insufficient funds. Authors can request a waiver or discount during the submission process. For further details, see our article-processing charge page.

Journal of Medical Case Reports is involved in a pilot study of new technology enabling the setting of article processing charges (APCs) at an article-type level within a journal instead of charging at a flat rate. APCs on this journal are as follows for the duration of the pilot:

Article type APC GBP APC EUR APC USD

Payments from within the EU are subject to VAT. EU customers must supply their VAT Number to be exempt from VAT charge. UK Customers are not exempt from VAT charge

Indexing services

All articles published in Journal of Medical Case Reports are included in PubMed, the most widely used biomedical bibliographic database service, which is run by the US National Library of Medicine. Other bibliographic databases that index articles published in Journal of Medical Case Reports include:

  • Cinahl
  • Citebase
  • DOAJ
  • Google Scholar
  • Index Copernicus
  • MEDLINE
  • OAIster
  • PubMed
  • PubMed Central
  • SCImago
  • Scopus
  • SOCOLAR
  • Zetoc

The full text of all research articles is deposited in PubMed Central, the US National Library of Medicine's full-text repository of life science literature, and other digital archives including e-Depot (The Netherlands).

The full text of all research articles published by BioMed Central is also available on SpringerLink.

Journal of Medical Case Reports has an unofficial Impact Factor of 0.4. BioMed Central is working with Thomson Reuters (ISI) to ensure that citation analysis of articles published in Journal of Medical Case Reports will be available.

Publication and peer review process

All manuscripts submitted to Journal of Medical Case Reports will be subject to immediate screening by the in-house editorial team and Editorial Board. Appropriate manuscripts will be sent for external peer review. If the referees have requested revisions, in general only one revised version will be considered for further peer-review.

Journal of Medical Case Reports operates an 'open peer review' policy meaning reviewers are asked to sign their reviews. The pre-publication history including all submitted versions, reviewers' reports and authors' responses will be linked to from the published article.

Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My Journal of Medical Case Reports, a personalized section of the site.

Copyediting and proofs

Journal of Medical Case Reports will copyedit manuscripts before they are published.

Following the acceptance of an article, it is published in Journal of Medical Case Reports as a provisional PDF file with minimal delay (subject to formatting checks, copyediting and author verification). Fully formatted PDF and full-text (HTML) versions are made available shortly after that.

Reprints

High-quality, bound reprints can be purchased for all articles published. Please see our reprints website for further information about ordering reprints.

Supplements

Journal of Medical Case Reports will consider supplements based on proceedings (full articles or meeting abstracts), reviews or research. All articles submitted for publication in supplements are subject to peer review. Published supplements are fully searchable and freely accessible online and can also be produced in print. All full length articles (proceedings, reviews or research articles) are indexed by PubMed. PubMed displays the title of the supplement only in the case of meeting abstract collections. For further information, please contact us.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to Journal of Medical Case Reports should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Citing articles in Journal of Medical Case Reports

Articles in Journal of Medical Case Reports should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format:

Authors: Title. J Med Case Rep [year], [volume number]:[article number].

e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. J Med Case Rep 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Why publish your article in Journal of Medical Case Reports?

High visibility

Journal of Medical Case Reports's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. Articles that have been especially highly accessed are highlighted with a 'Highly accessed' graphic, which appears on the journal's contents pages and search results.

Speed of publication

Journal of Medical Case Reports offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Journal of Medical Case Reports, BioMed Central and PubMed Central and will also be included in PubMed.

Flexibility

Online publication in Journal of Medical Case Reports gives authors the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in Journal of Medical Case Reports are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on Journal of Medical Case Reports's pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.

In addition, articles published in Journal of Medical Case Reports may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Journal of Medical Case Reports. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.

Authors of articles published in Journal of Medical Case Reports retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement).

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