SAGE Open Medical Case Reports is a peer-reviewed open access publication. It publishes case reports and case series providing key insights into real medical cases, which are essential for physicians and may ultimately help to improve patient outcomes. Case reports and case series may span the full spectrum of medicine across the health sciences in the broadest sense, including all clinical medical specialties, nursing, allied health and dentistry.
SAGE Open Medical Case Reports seeks to be one of the world’s premier open access outlets for medical case reports. As such, SAGE Open Medical Case Reports does not limit content due to page budgets or thematic significance. Papers will be subjected to rigorous peer review but will be selected on the basis of whether the research is sound and deserves publication. By virtue of not restricting papers to a narrow discipline, SAGE Open Medical Case Reports facilitates the discovery of the connections between papers, whether within or between disciplines.
Median time to first decision: 38 days
Median time from acceptance to online: 33 days
Why publish in SAGE Open Medical Case Reports?
- Rapid but rigorous peer review, and quick decision times
- Open Access dissemination of your article via the SAGE Journals platform, powered by Highwire
- High quality copyediting, typesetting and presentation of your article
- Continuous-publication online
- An introductory article processing charge (APC) of 445 USD, discounted from the full rate of 895 USD, is available for a limited time. The APC is payable upon acceptance in USD or GBP and subject to VAT* where applicable.
- Authors retain copyright under a Creative Commons license
Submissions will be handled online through SAGE Track, powered by ScholarOne ManuscriptsTM. Submit your manuscript today at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/sageopencasereports
The journal’s content has been accepted for indexing in PubMed Central (the Open Access arm of PubMed) pending technical XML approval. All content should be retrospectively indexed and searchable in PubMed shortly.
Open Access FAQs
Please direct any enquiries to SOMCR@sagepub.co.uk Original research and review papers should be submitted to SAGE Open Medical Case Reports’ sister journal SAGE Open Medicine.
This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
*If the paying author/institution is based in the European Union, to comply with European law, value added tax (VAT) must be added to the APC. Providing a VAT registration number will allow an institution to avoid paying this tax, except for UK institutions.
SAGE Open Medical Case Reports is a peer reviewed, open access journal. It aims to provide a publication home for short case reports which often do not find a place in traditional primary research journals, but provide key insights into real medical cases essential for physicians, and that ultimately help to improve patient outcomes.
SAGE Open Medical Case Reports does not limit content due to page budgets or thematic significance. Papers are subject to rigorous peer review and are selected on the basis of whether the research is sound and deserves publication. By virtue of not restricting papers to a narrow discipline, SAGE Open Medical Case Reports facilitates the discovery of the connections between papers, whether within or between disciplines.
Case reports can span the full spectrum of medicine across the health sciences in the broadest sense, including:
Those who should submit to SAGE Open Medical Case Reports include authors who:
- Want or need their articles to be published immediately on an Open Access basis (eg due to university, government or funder mandates)
- Want their articles to benefit from rapid peer review and efficient production, ensuring rapid publication time
- Want their articles to receive free, broad, and global distribution on a powerful, highly discoverable publishing platform
- Want their articles published by a world-leading independent publisher
Submissions will be handled online through SAGE Track, powered by ScholarOne ManuscriptsTM. Submit your manuscript today at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/sageopencasereports.
Please direct any enquiries to SOMCR@sagepub.co.uk.
|Vasilios Athyros||Aristotelian University, Thessaloniki, Greece|
|Kristina Bailey||University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, USA|
|Robert Benamouzig||Avicenne Hospital, Paris-13 University, Bobigny, France|
|Ronnie Fass||Case Western Reserve University, US|
|Myla Goldman||University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA|
|Merryn Gott||University of Auckland, New Zealand|
|A Wallace Hayes||Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA USA|
|Karl-Anton Kreuzer||University of Cologne, Germany|
|Chris McGuigan||St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland|
|Dimitri P. Mikhailidis||Royal Free and University College Medical School, UK|
|Kwok Leung Ong||University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia|
|Richard Quinton||Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK|
|Nikoletta Rovina||Kapodistrian University of Athens, 'Sotiria' Hospital, Greece|
|Kai Savolainen||Finnish Inst. of Occupational Health, Helsinki, Finland|
|Yehuda Shoenfeld||Sheba Medical Center, Tel-Hashomer, Israel|
|Devada Singh-Franco||Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA|
|Roy Soiza||NHS Grampian, Aberdeen, UK|
|Michael Stewart||Mayo Clinic Florida, Jacksonville, FL, USA|
|Norlea Sukor||Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|Maxine Sun||University of Montreal Health Center, Canada|
- Open Access
- Article Processing Charge (APC)
- Article types
- Editorial Policies
4.1 Peer Review Policy
4.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
4.6 Ethics and patient consent
4.7 Clincial Trials
- Publishing Policies
5.1 Publication Ethics
5.2 Contributors publishing agreement
- Preparing your manuscript
6.1 Word processing formats
6.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
6.3 Supplementary Material
6.4 Journal layout
6.5 Reference style
6.6 English language editing services
- Submitting your manuscript
7.1 How to submit your manuscript
7.2 Titles, keywords and abstracts
7.3 Corresponding author contact details
- On acceptance and publication
8.1 SAGE Production
8.2 Continuous publication
- Further information
This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics
This Journal recommends that authors follow the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE)
Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site (https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/sageopencasereports) to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.
Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of SAGE Open Medical Case Reports will be reviewed.
As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.
SAGE Open Medical Case Reports publishes short case reports providing key insights into real medical cases essential for physicians, and that ultimately help to improve patient outcomes. Case reports may span the full spectrum of medicine across the health sciences in the broadest sense, including all clinical medical specialties, nursing, allied health and dentistry.
SAGE Open Medical Case Reports is an open access, peer-reviewed journal. Each article accepted by peer review is made freely available online immediately upon publication, is published under a Creative Commons license and will be hosted online in perpetuity. Publication costs of the journal are covered by the collection of Article Processing Charges which are paid by the funder, institution or author of each manuscript upon acceptance. There is no charge for submitting a paper to SAGE Open Medical Case Reports.
If, after peer review, you manuscript is accepted for publication, a one-time article processing charge (APC) is payable. This APC covers the cost of publication and ensures that your article will be freely available online in perpetuity under a Creative Commons license.
An introductory article processing charge (APC) of $445 (+VAT where applicable*) is discounted from the full rate of $895 is available for a limited time.
*If the paying party is based in the European Union, to comply with European law, value added tax (VAT) must be added to the APC. Providing a VAT registration number will allow an institution to be exempt from paying this tax, except for UK institutions.
Case reports should be approximately 1200 words in length and must have an unstructured abstract of approximately 150 words, up to 15 references, and one or two figures and tables. They should be structured for peer review as follows: title page (including title, all authors and affiliations, contact details and keywords), abstract, introduction, case, discussion/conclusion, acknowledgements, funding acknowledgements, declaration of conflict of interest, references, and figure and table legends. Figures and tables should be submitted as separate files.
The journal’s policy is to have manuscripts reviewed by two expert reviewers. SAGE Open Medical Case Reports utilizes a single-blind peer review process in which the reviewer’s name and information is withheld from the author. Reviewers may at their own discretion opt to reveal their names to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for their identities to remain concealed. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, while maintaining rigor. Reviewers make comments to the author and recommnedations to the Editor who then makes the final decision.
Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.
The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:
- Made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the work; or acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data,
- Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
- Approved the version to be published,
- Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.
Authors should meet the conditions of ALL of the points above. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.
When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship.
Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.
4.3.1 Writing Assistance
Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.
It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.
Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.
SAGE Open Medical Case Reports requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
It is the policy of SAGE Open Medical Case Reports to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.
Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.
For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations.
Medical research involving human subjects must be conducted according to the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki.
Submitted manuscripts should conform to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, and all papers reporting animal and/or human studies must state in the methods section that the relevant Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board provided (or waived) approval – see text in bold below. Please ensure that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee, in addition to the approval number.
For research articles, authors are also required to state in the methods section whether participants provided informed consent and whether the consent was written or verbal.
Information on informed consent to report individual cases or case series should be included in the manuscript text. A statement is required regarding whether informed consent for patient information and images to be published was provided by the patient(s) or a legally authorized representative – see text in bold below.
Please also refer to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants.
Before submitting your manuscript to SAGE Open Medical Case Reports, please download an Author Declaration Form, provide an appropriate statement in sections (1) and (2), and upload the completed form with your manuscript files. For both sections, please delete all text that does NOT apply to your manuscript and provide specific information where applicable and indicated by asterisks (*).
SAGE Open Medicine Case Reports endorses the ICMJE requirement that clinical trials are registered in a WHO-approved public trials registry at or before the time of first patient enrolment. However, consistent with the AllTrials campaign, retrospectively registered trials will be considered if the justification for late registration is acceptable. The trial registry name and URL, and registration number must be included at the end of the abstract.
The relevant EQUATOR Network reporting guidelines should be followed depending on the type of study. For example, all randomized controlled trials submitted for publication should include a completed Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) flow chart as a cited figure, and a completed CONSORT checklist as a supplementary file.
Other resources can be found at NLM’s Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives.
SAGE acknowledges the importance of research data availability as an integral part of the research and verification process for academic journal articles.
SAGE Open Medicine Case Reports requests all authors submitting any primary data used in their research articles to be published in the online version of the journal, or provide detailed information in their articles on how the data can be obtained. This information should include links to third-party data repositories or detailed contact information for third-party data sources. Data available only on an author-maintained website will need to be loaded onto either the journal’s platform or a third-party platform to ensure continuing accessibility. Examples of data types include but are not limited to statistical data files, replication code, text files, audio files, images, videos, appendices, and additional charts and graphs necessary to understand the original research. The editor(s) [can/will] also grant exceptions for data that cannot legally or ethically be released. All data submitted should comply with Institutional or Ethical Review Board requirements and applicable government regulations. For further information, please contact the editorial office at SOMCR@sagepub.co.uk.
SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.
SAGE Open MedicineCase Reports and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or taking appropriate legal action.
5.1.2 Prior publication
If material has been previously published, it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.
Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE Open Medicine Case Reports publishes manuscripts under Creative Commons licenses. The standard SAGE Open Medicine Case Reports license is Creative Commons by Attribution Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC), which allows others to re-use the work without permission as long as the work is properly referenced and the use is non-commercial. For more information, you are advised to visit SAGE's OA licenses page
Alternative licenses are available, for example, to meet particular funder mandates, made at the author’s request.
Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.
For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.
Figures supplied in color will appear in color online.
This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. These will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files, which can be found within our Manuscript Submission Guidelines page.
SAGE Open Medical Case Reports conforms to the SAGE house style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style.
SAGE Open Medical Case Reports adheres to the SAGE Vancouver reference style. Please review the guidelines on SAGE Vancouver to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.
Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.
SAGE Open Medical Case Reports is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/sageopencasereports to login and submit your article online.
IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.
Please supply a title, short title, an abstract and keywords to accompany your article. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.
Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.
If your paper is accepted for publication after peer review, you will first be asked to complete the contributor’s publishing agreement. Once your manuscript files have been checked for SAGE Production, the corresponding author will be asked to pay the Article Processing Charge via a payment link. Once the APC has been processed, your article will be prepared for publication and can appear online within an average of 20 working days. Please note that no production work will occur on your paper until the APC has been received.
When your paper enters the SAGE Production system, your paper will be issued with a 6 digit ID number. Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by email attachment to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate.
Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. They will email a PDF/Word document of the proofs to the corresponding author. Any accompanying queries should be answered as soon as possible so that publication is not delayed.
One of the many benefits of publishing your research in an open access journal is the speed to publication. With no issues to fill and no page count constraints, your article will be published online in a fully citable form with a DOI number as soon as it has completed the production process. At this time it will be completely free to view and download. Check the ‘Latest Articles’ tab on the journal website for the latest published content. Articles are batched every year, and are then available in the Archive.
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the SAGE Open Medical Case Reports editorial office as follows: