Clinical case reporting
Step 3: Case report publishing
Once you have completed writing your case report you can make it accessible for the clinical community by publishing it in a peer-reviewed medical journal or posting it on a preprint platform. Your manuscript will receive a DOI and you’ll be able to share it as a reference.
A case report preprint is a scholarly article posted by one or more authors on an open access (free) preprint server, commonly (but not always) prior to publication of the case report in a scientific journal. Case report preprint servers provide clinicians with a platform to broadly share their work prior to submission to a peer-reviewed journal. The comments may come from readers world-wide, rather than the limited number of journal peer reviewers. Preprint servers provide features for readers to publicly comment or directly contact authors.
For editors with medical journals, preprint servers provide opportunities to review clinical outcomes and invite submission to a journal. Scientific journals may also simultaneously post articles that have been accepted to peer review on a preprint server while the article is undergoing peer review.
Available preprint platforms:
- SSRN.com (only in English)
- preprints.ru (in Russian)
- OSF.io (currently no language restriction)
- preprints.scielo.org (in English, Spanish, and Portuguese)
- figshare.com (currently no language restriction)
All these platforms require separate registration. Some universities have their own preprint platforms for their members.
Available peer-reviewed medical journals
- American Journal of Medical Case Reports (International Scientific Information)
- Case Reports in Medicine (Hindawi)
- Clinical Case Reports (Wiley Online Library)
- Clinics and Practice (MDPI)
- Journal of Medical Case Reports (BMC)
Advantages of publishing
All cases must be thoroughly anonymized
As clinical case studies contain information about individuals, it is important for publication to anonymize all personal data. This not only protects the individual, but also complies with the law. More information on anonymization can be found on the page “Anonymization“.
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