"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.
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 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; firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.