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Case Reports: Where to Publish Case Reports

What is a Case Report?

"Case reports are solely descriptions of practice, and they can generate ideas, hypotheses, and techniques that can be tested or studied later through controlled experiments.  A case report can serve more than one purpose; it might convey experiences to other clinicians while revealing hypotheses for future research, or it might provide material for teaching and learning while assisting in the evolution of theory.  It might persuade or motivate other practitioners, or help develop practice guidelines and critical pathways." 

McEwen, I. (2009). Writing case reports: A how-to manual for clinicians. Alexandra, Virginia: The American Physical Therapy Association.

Case Report Author Instructions

The following journals specialize in publishing case reports. Article submission instructions can be viewed by clicking on each title. Many of these titles are open access, meaning the author may have to pay an article processing charge in exchange for having the article immediately readable for all without the need for a subscription. The Article Processing Charge column (accurate as of 6/2016, may change over time) shows the cost for authors if their case report is accepted for publication.

Title Article Processing Charge
A & A Case Reports $0 (Not open access)
AJP Reports (Perinatology) $1480
American Journal of Case Reports $950
BMJ Case Reports FREE (See box on right)
Case Reports in Dermatology $700
Case Reports in Gastroenterology $700
Case Reports in Nephrology and Dialysis $700
Case Reports in Neurology $700
Case Reports in Oncology $700
Case Reports in Ophthalmology $700
Case Reports in Pancreatic Cancer  $500
CEN (Clinical & Experimental Nephrology) Case Reports $0 (Not open access)
Clinical Case Reports $800
Clinical Medicine Insights. Case Reports $1848
Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports $390
Epilepsy & Behavior Case Reports $500
European Journal of Pediatric Surgery Reports $1062
Experimental & Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes Reports $947
Gynecologic Oncology Case Reports $500
HeartRhythm Case Reports  $750
Human Pathology: Case Reports $1000
International Journal of Surgery Case Reports $392
JAAD Case Reports (Dermatology)  $550
Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports $500
Journal of Clinical and Translational Endocrinology Case Reports  $750
Journal of Knee Surgery Reports $998
Journal of Medical Case Reports $939 (15% discount via BMC membership)
Journal of Neurological Surgery Reports $1480
Journal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports $500
Journal of Radiology Case Reports Unknown - Not found on website
Journal of Surgical Case Reports $475
Journal of Surgical Technique & Case Report $100
Medical Mycology Case Reports $450
Oxford Medical Case Reports $475
Radiology Case Reports Unknown - Not found on website
Respiratory Case Reports $400
Retinal Cases & Brief Reports $0 (Not open access)
SAGE Open Medical Case Reports $895
Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgeon Reports $1245

 

BMJ Case Reports

BMJ Case Reports accepts cases in a wide range of clinical and non-clinical specialties, so there are opportunities for students, staff and faculty in medicine, nursing and public health. A full list of BMJ Case Reports' specialties can be viewed on their Specialty page.

BMJ Case Reports makes it easy to submit cases by providing templates for full cases, "Images in" cases and global health cases. These templates can be accessed, along with additional guidelines for writing, on the Instructions for Authors page.

GW Institutional Fellowship:  Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library pays for an institutional fellowship with BMJ Case Reports, which allows GW faculty, staff and students to publish case reports without having to pay individual fellowship fees. If you are a GW faculty member, staff member, or student and wish to submit a case to BMJ Case Reports, please contact Ruth Bueter, Serials & Systems Librarian (202-994-9756; rbueter@gwu.edu) to receive the GW fellowship code.

Information for Non-GW Affilitates: Non GW-affiliates are encouraged to contact their institutions to learn if their institution pays for an institutional fellowship with BMJ Case Reports. Alternatively, authors may also purchase an individual fellowship with BMJ Case Reports. Individual fellowships allow authors to submit as many cases as they wish during their 12 month fellowship period free of charge.

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