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What is a Case Report?

"A case report is a description of a single case with unique features. This includes a previously unreported clinical condition, previously unreported observation of a recognised disease, unique use of imaging or diagnostic test to reveal a disease, previously unreported treatment in a recognised disease, or previously unreported complication of a procedure. Case reports should be short and focused, with a limited number of figures and references. The structure of a case report usually comprises a short unstructured (or no) abstract, brief (or no) introduction, succinct but comprehensive report of the case, and to the point discussion" (Peh & Ng, 2010). 

Peh WC, Ng KH. Writing a case report. Singapore Med J. 2010 Jan;51(1):10-3; quiz 14. PMID: 20200769

BMJ Case Reports

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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. 

If you're interested in publishing with BMJ, they offer a variety of resources in order to help potentials authors during the writing process. These resources include a pre-submission checklist, a case template word document, and a patient consent document. These and other resources can all be found on their "For Authors" page.

Dell Medical School offers a Fellowship that allows students and faculty to publish with BMJ Case Reports for free! For more information, contact Dell Medical School Librarian Imelda Vetter

Case Report Journals

There are other options for students and staff to publish their case reports. If you would like to publish in a different journal, the chart below provides other options. These journals will likely include article processing fees. These processing fees are subject to change and are accurate as of: June 2022

 

Title Article Processing Charge
AJP Reports (Perinatology) $2455
American Journal of Case Reports $995
BMJ Case Reports FREE 
Case Reports in Dermatology $1030
Case Reports in Gastroenterology $1030
Case Reports in Nephrology and Dialysis $1030
Case Reports in Neurology $1030
Case Reports in Oncology $1070
Case Reports in Ophthalmology $1030
Case Reports in Pancreatic Cancer  $1500
CEN (Clinical & Experimental Nephrology) Case Reports $0 (Not open access)
Clinical Case Reports $1000
Clinical Medicine Insights. Case Reports $1600
Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports $612
Epilepsy & Behavior Reports $700-$2,200
European Journal of Pediatric Surgery Reports $1740
Experimental & Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes Reports $858
Gynecologic Oncology Case Reports $650
HeartRhythm Case Reports  $950
Human Pathology: Case Reports $850
International Journal of Surgery Case Reports $850
JAAD Case Reports (Dermatology)  $600
Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports $750
Journal of Clinical and Translational Endocrinology Case Reports  $910
Journal of Medical Case Reports $2074
Journal of Neurological Surgery Reports $2300
Journal of Pancreatic Cancer $1500
Journal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports $550
Journal of Radiology Case Reports Unknown - Not found on website
Journal of Surgical Case Reports $790
Medical Mycology Case Reports $550
Oxford Medical Case Reports $668
Radiology Case Reports Open Access
Respiratory Medicine Case Reports $500
SAGE Open Medical Case Reports $1125
Himmelfarb Library Libguide, "Case Reports: Where to Publish Case Reports", https://guides.himmelfarb.gwu.edu/casereports

 

Why should you publish?

For medical students and residents, case reports can act as a first step in being published in medical journals. They also offer an opportunity to engage with scientific writing and practice critical thinking skills. 

Case Report Resources

Writing a Case Report

 

Guide from CARE (CAse REports) on how to write a case report step-by-step.

Writing a Clinical Vignette (Case Report) Abstract

The ACP's (American College of Physician) guide on how to write an abstract for a case report.

Writing an Excellent Case Report

Short article from C. Fielder Camm that explains why a case report was selected as the European Heart Journal's case report of the year.

How to choose the best journal for your case report

Comprehensive article that offers an overview of journals publishing case reviews.

Writing Case Reports: How to Enjoy the Journey

Article that provides information on writing case reports and discusses their place as a time-honored medical tradition.

How to write a case report (Video)

Youtube video from research fellow Bishoy Gubran that provides an overview of the writing process.

How to Write Better Medical Papers

See chapter on Case Reports

Reporting and Publishing Research in the Biomedical Sciences

See chapter on Case Reports and Case Series

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