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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
AJP Reports (Perinatology) $1900
American Journal of Case Reports $995
BMJ Case Reports FREE (See box on right)
Case Reports in Dermatology $900
Case Reports in Gastroenterology $900
Case Reports in Nephrology and Dialysis $700
Case Reports in Neurology $900
Case Reports in Oncology $1000
Case Reports in Ophthalmology $900
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 $1848
Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports $630
Epilepsy & Behavior Reports $700-$2,200
European Journal of Pediatric Surgery Reports $1805
Experimental & Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes Reports $858
Gynecologic Oncology Case Reports $550
HeartRhythm Case Reports  $950
Human Pathology: Case Reports $950
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  $750
Journal of Medical Case Reports $1290
Journal of Neurological Surgery Reports $1900
Journal of Pancreatic Cancer $1500
Journal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports $650
Journal of Radiology Case Reports Unknown - Not found on website
Journal of Surgical Case Reports $668
Journal of Surgical Technique & Case Report $100
Medical Mycology Case Reports $550
Oxford Medical Case Reports $668
Radiology Case Reports Open Access
Respiratory Medicine Case Reports $600
SAGE Open Medical Case Reports $1125
Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgeon Reports $1900


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 Collections 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; to receive the GW fellowship code.


Information for Non-GW Affiliates:

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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