SAGE Open Medical Case Reports
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SAGE Open Medical Case Reports


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Pete Chapman SAGE Publications, London, UK

eISSN: 2050313X| ISSN: 2050313X

SAGE Open Medical Case Reports is a peer reviewed Open Access publication. It 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, veterinary medicine, 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 solely 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: 36 days
Median time from acceptance to online: 26 days
(Data: 2014)

Why publish in SAGE Open Medical Case Reports?

  1. Rapid but rigorous peer review, and quick decision times
  2. Open Access dissemination of your article via the SAGE Journals platform, powered by Highwire
  3. High quality copyediting, typesetting and presentation of your article
  4. Continuous-publication online
  5. An introductory Article Processing Charge (APC) of 445 USD/280 GBP, discounted from the full rate of 895 USD/560 GBP, is available for a limited time. The APC is payable upon acceptance and subject to VAT* where applicable.
  6. 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 must be added to the APC. Providing a VAT registration number will allow an institution to avoid paying this tax, except for UK institutions. An invoice will be issued in GBP

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:

  • Allergy/Immunology
  • Anaesthesia/Pain
  • Cardiovascular
  • Critical Care/ Emergency Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Dermatology
  • Diabetes/Endocrinology
  • Epidemiology/Public Health
  • Gastroenterology/Hepatology
  • Geriatrics/Gerontology
  • Haematology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Mental Health/Psychiatry
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Nursing
  • Obstetrics/Gynaecology
  • Oncology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedics/Rehabilitation/Occupational Therapy
  • Otolaryngology
  • Palliative Medicine
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacoeconomics/health economics
  • Pharmacoepidemiology/Drug safety
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Radiology
  • Respiratory Medicine
  • Rheumatology/ Clinical Immunology
  • Sports Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Toxicology
  • Urology
  • Women's Health

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
 

Associate Editors
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, Cleveland, OH, USA
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
Advisory Board
Sylvain Lanthier Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM), Canada
Marianne Lisby Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark
Mark Meadowcroft Pennsylvania State University, Hershey, PA, USA
William Novick University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN, USA
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    1. Open Access
      1.1 Article Processing Charge
    2. Article types
    3. Editorial Policies
      3.1 Peer review policy
      3.2 Authorship
      3.3 Acknowledgements
      3.4 Funding
      3.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
      3.6 Ethics and patient consent
    4. Publishing Policies
      4.1 Publication Ethics
      4.2 Contributors publishing agreement
      4.3 Permissions
    5. Preparing your manuscript
      5.1 Word processing formats
      5.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      5.3 Supplementary Material
      5.4 Journal layout
      5.5 Reference style
      5.6 English language editing services
    6. Submitting your manuscript
      6.1 How to submit your manuscript
      6.2 Titles, keywords and abstracts
      6.3 Corresponding author contact details
    7. On acceptance and publication
      7.1 Proofs
      7.2 Continuous publication
    8. 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.

    1. Open Access

    SAGE Open Medical Case Reports is an open access, peer-reviewed journal. Each accepted article 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 author/institution/funder of each manuscript upon acceptance. There is no charge for submitting a paper to SAGE Open Medical Case Reports.

    For general information on open access at SAGE please visit the Open Access page or view our Open Access FAQs.

    1.1 Article Processing Charge

    If you manuscript is accepted for publication after peer review, 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.

    An introductory APC of $445 (+VAT where applicable*), discounted from the full rate of $895 is available for a limited time.

    If the paying author/institution/funder 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.

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    2. Article types

    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.

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    3. Editorial policies

    3.1 Peer review policy

    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.

    3.2 Authorship

    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:

    1. Made a substantial contribution to the concept and design, acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data,
    2. Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
    3. Approved the version to be published.

    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.

    3.3 Acknowledgements

    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.

    3.3.1 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’ statement, any notes and your References.

    3.4 Funding

    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. 

    3.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    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 here

    3.6 Ethics and patient consent

    Submitted manuscripts should conform to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals.

    All reports must include statements as to whether the relevant Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board provided (or waived) approval for publication of the case(s) – see text in bold below. If applicable, please ensure that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee, in addition to the approval number.

    Information on informed consent to report individual cases or case series must also be included in the manuscript. 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 as a supplementary file. For both sections, please delete all text that does NOT apply to your manuscript and provide specific information where applicable and indicated by asterisks (*).

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    4. Publishing Policies

    4.1 Publication ethics

    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

    4.1.1 Plagiarism

    SAGE Open Medicine 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 articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles are checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where 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 appropriate legal action.

    4.2 Contributors publishing agreement

    Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement.  SAGE Open Medicine publishes manuscripts under Creative Commons licenses. The standard SAGE Open Medicine 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.

    4.3 Permissions

    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

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    5. Preparing your manuscript

    5.1 Word processing formats

    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.

    5.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines 

    5.3 Supplementary material

    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.

    5.4 Journal layout

    SAGE Open Medical Case Reports conforms to the SAGE house style.  Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style.

    5.5 Reference style

    SAGE Open Medical Case Reports adheres to the SAGE Vancouver reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Vancouver to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the SAGE Vancouver output file here

    5.6 English language editing services

    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.

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    6. Submitting your manuscript

    6.1 How to submit your manuscript

    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

    6.2 Title, keywords and abstracts

    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

    6.3 Corresponding author contact details

    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.

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    7. On acceptance and publication

    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 check 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.

    7.1 Proofs

    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.

    7.2 Continuous publication

    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.

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    8. Further information

    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: SOMCR@sagepub.co.uk

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