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Author Guidelines

Our requirements for submitted manuscripts are in accordance with the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals. For general information about the structure and content of a biomedical manuscript, authors should get familiar with the ICMJE Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts before reading the instructions for Journal of Medical Cases below.

General Requirements

Important notes: If you submit manuscripts via the online submission system, the first step is to register as a user of this site, make sure to check to register as Author, then you may add yourself as a Reader or/and a Reviewer as you like. When you upload your files, the manuscript main text is uploaded as the SUBMISSION FILE, and all other files are uploaded as SUPPLEMENTAL FILES, such as figures, cover letter, etc.

All manuscripts should be submitted electronically via our website (www.journalmc.org), submissions via regular mail are not acceptable at the moment. Manuscripts should be double-spaced (including references, tables, and figure legends). Journal of Medical Cases does not enforce a word limit for the manuscript, neither has a limit for figures, tables, legends and references.

Before submitting online, authors are asked to have their manuscript saved in word file and each figure saved as a separate electronic file, preferably named as "figure 1.tif," "figure 2.jpg," etc.

Manuscripts are accepted for consideration with the understanding that they have been submitted solely to Journal of Medical Cases and that they have not been previously published, either in whole or in part. Journal of Medical Cases is a fully peer-reviewed journal. The editors reserve the right to make editorial changes in all matter published in the Journal.

Clinical Trials Registration

Authors are encouraged to register their clinical trials with an international recognized clinical trials register, such as: clinicaltrials.gov; the EU Clinical Trials Register; WHO Clinical Trials Registry Platform.

Though not strictly required, the following clinical reporting guidelines are recommended to follow when preparing the relevant manuscripts.

Randomised trials (CONSORT)
Observational studies (STROBE)
Systematic reviews (PRISMA) 
Case reports (CARE)
Qualitative research (SRQR) 
Diagnostic / prognostic studies (STARD)
Quality improvement studies (SQUIRE)
Economic evaluations (CHEERS)  
Animal pre-clinical studies (ARRIVE)  
Study protocols (SPIRIT)  
Clinical practice guidelines (AGREE)

Preparation of Manuscripts

The manuscript should be written in English and the editors reserve the right to make appropriate corrections in grammar and style.

Title Page
Should include title, authors, departments, institutions, corresponding address, grant, conflict of interest, short title.

Title: Use no abbreviations. Limit: 150 characters with spaces.
Short Title: Limit 45 characters (with spaces).

Authors
Include first and last names of all authors, and include the name and full location of department and institution where the work was performed.

Grant Support
List grant support and other assistance if applicable.

Correspondence
Provide name, complete address, e-mail address, telephone number, and fax number of corresponding author.

Abstract
Limit: 350 words. Organized as non-structured abstract. Do not use footnotes, or references.

Keywords
Provide up to 10 keywords.

Introduction
Should be brief and set out the purposes why the case is worth being published, the background, its uniqueness, rarity, and potential contribution to the current knowledge of the relevant disease.

Case Report
In this section, the details of the case should be described, from demographic data to symptoms, signs, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, follow-up, and the laboratory and imaging findings.

Discussion
Discussion should be directly related to the case being reported, comment the novel findings and their clinical significance, and the clinical experiences obtained from the case. Do not include a general review of the topic only. An in-depth and insightful discussion in regarding to the new findings is encouraged.

Tables
Tables should be prepared without the use of tabs; most table editor programs can be uploaded successfully. Tables can be prepared using Word Table tool.

Figures
Images: Images can be clinical, pathologic (gross or microscopic), or radiographic. They should be of high quality (300 dpi or greater, clear, and in good focus).
Color files should be submitted in the CMYK color space. Authors are encouraged to present color figures in a manner that will allow the data to be interpreted by colorblind readers.
Accepted figure file formats: We support the following file formats: .bmp, .gif, .jpg,  .png, .tif, .eps. When sending image files, please do not embed them in Word or PowerPoint. You may submit mixed file formats such as image1.jpg, image2.tif, image3.eps. Preferred figure file formats: .tiff, .psd .eps and .jpg.
File naming convention: Figures should be named consecutively such as "figure 1.tif," "figure 2.jpg," etc., with the file extension appended (.tif, .jpg, .eps, etc). Each figure should be saved as a separate electronic file. Authors must be aware of that color figure printing fee will be incurred. If the manuscript is reviewed with color figures, and the author does not wish to pay for printing color figures, the authors may choose to have their color figures printed in grayscale or black-and-white. Color figures are always free online.

References
Number references in the order cited as Arabic numerals in square brackets on the line. Only literature that is published or in press (with the name of the publication known) may be numbered and listed; abstracts and letters to the editor may be cited. Other materials, such as manuscripts submitted, unpublished data, personal communications, and the like, should not be cited.

List all authors up to seven, using "et al." when the number is greater than seven.

Joffe SW, Dewolf M, Shih J, McManus DD, Spencer FA, Lessard D, Gore JM, et al. Trends in the medical management of patients with heart failure. J Clin Med Res. 2013;5(3):194-204.

Figure and table legends
Please do not embed or flatten the text into the image files. Legends should be in Word file and start from a new page, and numbered corresponding to the appearing order in the text.

Ethics

Published research must comply with the guidelines for human studies.

Review Process

Reviewers provide comments for the editor and for the authors. The Journal expects reviewers to treat manuscripts as confidential communications and not to use the content for their own purposes or make copies of the manuscripts. Reviewers are also expected to declare to the editor any possible conflicts of interest. Details for peer-review process.

Decisions

The single most important criterion for acceptance is the originality of the work. However, a decision to accept a manuscript is not based solely on the scientific validity of its content. Other factors may affect decisions, such factors are, the extent and importance of new information in the paper compared with that in other papers being considered, the Journal's need to represent a wide range of topics, and the overall suitability for Journal of Medical Cases. Decisions on peer-reviewed papers are sent to the authors via email within an average of 3 weeks from the date of submission.

Editing

Accepted papers are subject to copyediting according to the style of Journal of Medical Cases, authors will be sent galleys (HTML and PDF) for proofreading. The authors need to approve all the statements contained in the article including the changes the copyeditor has made before publication.

Disclaimer


The statements and opinions contained in this journal are solely those of the individual authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the editors or the publisher. The appearance of advertisements in the Journal is not a warranty, endorsement or approval of the products or services advertised or of their safety. The Editor-in-Chief and the Publisher disclaim responsibility for any injury to persons or property resulting from any ideas or products referred to in the articles or advertisements.

Open Access Publishing Charge

This is an open access journal, an open access Article Publishing Charge is required for accepted articles, fees vary from article types, click here for rates details. Upon acceptance for publication, this fee is payable, an invoice will be sent to the submitting author or corresponding author.

Corrections and Retractions

If serious error or scientific misconduct occurs, the article will be retracted during any stage of publishing. If the paper with error has been published, and the error is minor without affecting the overall results and conclusions of the study, a correction statement will be published in the next available issue. If errors occur during the editing/copyediting or proofreading because of the publisher, a correction will be published as erratum.

Manuscript Funding Agencies

If your manuscript was NIH- or HHMI-funded, or funded by UK, Europe or Canada agencies, you may click here for more information of Pubmed Central deposit after your article published.

 

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has NOT been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).

  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.  The text is double-spaced; using 12-point font; tables and figures can be placed at the end of the maintext or in the separat files.

    Please add line numbers and page numbers in the maintext Word document.

  3. All contents of manuscript must be written in English. Some accented letters may not be displayed correctly in the online version. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.

  4. All authors certify that he or she has participated sufficiently in the intellectual content, the analysis of data.  Each author has reviewed the final version of the manuscript and approves it for publication. Should the editors request the data upon which the work is based, the authors shall produce it.

  5. Each figure is saved and uploaded as a single file, not embedded in the main text Word file. Figure format can be JPG, EPS or TIFF. Figure files should be properly labeled.

  6. The authors should declare any conflict of interests related to this manuscript.
  7. There must be a title page included in the manuscript maintext, with all authors' affiliations and addresses clearly indicated, the corresponding author's email, telephone and fax number are also clearly given.

    The submitting author or/and corresponding author should provide valid email address for article processing correspondence.

    A short title (running title) of up to 45 characters (with spaces) should be provided.

    Please underline the LAST NAME for each author!

  8. The authors have obtained written permission for the use of text, tables, and/or illustrations from any copyrighted sources, patient informed consent, and agree to supply such written permissions to Journal of Medical Cases upon request.

  9. When entering the submission's Metadata, make sure all authors are entered, not only the submitting or corresponding author. The first name and last name of each author must be in full instead of in initials.
  10. Important Submission Notes

    When uploading the manuscript files, please be advised that ONLY the manuscript maintext should be uploaded as the SUBMISSION FILE (in step 2), all other files (such as figures, cover letter, etc) must be uploaded as SUPPLEMENTARY (in step 4).

  11. If you prepare your manuscript using a reference software, you should remove the field codes before submission.
  12. All figures, tables and references are cited in the maintext in numeric sequence. All patients identifying marks have been removed from the figures.

 

Copyright Notice

Open access
This journal provides immediate open access to its content, by this way, we make research freely available to the public and support a greater global exchange of knowledge.
By default, Elmer Press publishes all articles under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International CC-BY-NC 4.0), which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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The authors retain the copyright of their published articles, and the corresponding author has the right to grant on behalf of all authors the license (Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License) to the publisher. This license allows authors to use their own articles for their own non-commercial purposes without seeking permission from us, but should provide proper acknowledgement and citation of the first publication in our journal. If the use is for commercial purpose, the authors should obtain permission from us, and a fee may apply.

The non-commercial use may include the following:
1) Post a fulltext or abstract of their own article on their own personal or institutional websites.
2) Making a reasonable number of copies for personal or non-commercial professional use, e.g. for authors’ own teaching tasks.
3) Republishing part or the entire article in a book or other publication edited by the author.
4) Using the article in a course pack or compilation (whether paper or electronic) in the authors’ institution. This does not apply if a commercial charge is made for the compilation or training program.

Permission for the third parties
Anyone (other than the authors) is free to reuse, change and build upon the work non-commercially, but the new work must be non-commercial and the original source must be acknowledged and cited. Any third party who wants to reproduce an article, in part or fulltext, for commercial proposes, should seek our permission, a fee may apply.

 

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Reviewers provide comments for the editor and for the authors. The Journal expects reviewers to treat manuscripts as confidential communications and not to use the content for their own purposes or make copies of the manuscripts. Reviewers are also expected to declare to the editor any possible conflicts of interest.

 
 
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