Clinical Case Reports Publishes issue 1.1

CCR coverWe are pleased to announce that Clinical Case Reports has now launched with the publication of its inaugural issue. Clinical Case Reports is a new open access peer reviewed journal publishing case reports and clinical images across all Health Science disciplines.

Editor-in-Chief, Debra Jackson has highlighted two case reports from the issue:

Multiple bone metastases detected 10 years after mastectomy with silicone reconstruction for DCIS and contralateral augmentation by Ryutaro Mori and Yasuko Nagao
Summary: Multiple bone metastases were detected after treatment for ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). Contralateral invasive breast cancer was considered to be the metastatic origin.

A perioperative uncontrollable bleeding in an elderly patient with acquired hemophilia A: a case report by Andrea Cortegiani, Vincenzo Russotto, Grazia Foresta, Francesca Montalto, Maria Teresa Strano, Santi Maurizio Raineri and Antonino Giarratano
Summary: A perioperative uncontrollable bleeding referable to an acquired hemophilia A, characterized by a high factor VIII inhibitors titer and a very poor response to bypassing agents and immunosuppressive therapy.

In addition to case reports, the journal also publishes clinical images that illustrate a key clinical finding that can be presented in the form of a question. Below is the highlighted image from the first issue:

CCR RashWhat is the diagnosis for this rash? by Namrata Singh and Shireesh Saurabh
Summary: A 46-year-old female with history of Churg-Strauss syndrome was seen for a flare-up.
The rash that she presented with was because of traditional practice called “coining” and this can be confused with physical abuse especially in children and a careful history is needed.


Our aim is to directly improve global health outcomes and share clinical knowledge using case reports to convey important best practice messages. The journal publishes common as well as uncommon clinical scenarios with a particular focus on those reports which illustrate the clinical use of important guidelines and systematic reviews.

We would like to invite you to publish your case report with us.

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Clinical Case Reports Appoints new Editor-in-Chief

Debra JacksonWe are delighted to announce that Clinical Case Reports has appointed a new Editor-in-Chief, Professor Debra Jackson, who has been an academic nurse for over 15 years. She has a strong international profile and her experience and expertise includes leading two impressive research programs in women’s and family health and workforce development and adversity. Much of her research has been funded by national competitive grants. Professor Jackson has published widely, and has over 250 publications including journal articles, books and book chapters.  She is Editor of the Journal of Clinical Nursing, Managing Editor of Advances in Contemporary Nursing, and Editorial Board member and peer reviewer for Australian and international journals and funding bodies.

Professor Jackson has a strong vision for the newly launched journal:

CCR coverClinical Case Reports is a unique journal that aims to contribute to quality patient care and health professional education through the dissemination of clinical practice scenarios. We focus on common and unusual clinical situations, and encourage critical reflection and critique of practice, and have a particular interest in reports that draw on the use of clinical guidelines. We want to support clinicians in providing patients with the best possible care, and ultimately we aim to provide a reservoir of case reports that can also be used in teaching and for secondary research purposes”.

The journal will shortly be publishing its first articles. Ensure you don’t miss them by signing up to receive email content alerts here>

Submit your case report to Clinical Case Reports here >

How to Write a Clinical Case Report

stethoscopeCase reports are important. Although much maligned over the last decade or so, case reports are now more widely recognised for their significant potential benefits: brilliant vehicles for delivering concise clinical-guidance messages to promote best practice; excellent teaching aids in case-based learning; the foundation for subsequent larger research programs; and a very useful training in the art of how to publish pretty-much anything at all.

However these benefits rely on two key challenges; being able to write the report in a clear and engaging way, and then being able to persuade someone else to publish it. I’ll write a few notes below on my views on report-writing, and then in the next blog in this series I’ll touch on publishing tips and strategies.  

As the editor of a new case report journal, Clinical Case Reports, one of the bits of my editor-role I enjoy most is helping authors write and shape their case reports to really drive home their message effectively. My view is that a brilliant report has to be clear, concise and relevant to its audience – like a clinician to clinician telephone referral. The crucial issue about the report’s message, is that it must have one! I read so many case reports which are interesting descriptions, but as the reader I am left thinking… “Yeah, but so what??”. Every case report must set out to tell the readers something they really need to know. This message needs very high external validity – it needs to be practical (people can do ‘it’ if they want to), important (people will see the need to do ‘it’), and generalisable (‘it’ not relating exclusively to only 1 small child in the whole world who has now got better anyway!). And in this last point, I think and hope we are seeing an important evolution in case reports that could have a profound impact on their relevance to clinical medicine. In the past case reports typically had humorous (which was bad), or pseudo-humorous (even worse), titles typically describing a really really rare thing. The rarer the better. Think “The dangers of goat soup”, or the “Rare chance association of Osgood Schlatters disease and pre-tibial tuberculosis in an elderly lady football player.” Two problems here: however hard you try the title will never really be funny; and if the case is truly that rare, why does anyone else need to read about it?

My view is that generalisability is key. The reports which authors should be writing describe important clinical situations which are common, but still cause management problems. Because they are common their message will be relevant to many more clinicians than the once-in-a-lifetime reports, and their important message will make them valuable to read and understand. As we move into a clinical era where practice is increasingly influenced by guidelines and meta-data, if case reports can illustrate how the tricky bits of guidelines or systematic review recommendations can be done in those common situations, then that’s even better still!

3 top tips when writing a case report:

  1. Keep an eye out for challenging cases – they don’t have to be rare.
  2. Select one which has an important message, ideally relevant to lots of other clinicians.
  3. Write the report to focus on the message and present it like the best telephone referral you have ever made.

To see a recent webinar on “How to write Case Reports”, please view this recorded video at:

by Dr. Charles Young, Editor-in-Chief – Clinical Case Reports

Free Webinar on “How to write Case Reports”


Research publication has become an integral part of medical career development and is key to ensuring best clinical practice. A case report is an important research publication type which can both improve medical understanding and directly facilitate best practice. Most case reports in the past have focused on rare or unusual diseases, but championed by Clinical Case Reports are now increasingly focused on important common events or procedures.
To discuss these issues and help you succeed in publishing your case report, we have invited Dr. Charles Young, the Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Case Reports, Vice president for Clinical Solutions at Wiley, and an Emergency Physician at St Thomas’ Hospital London, UK, to share with you his views and experience, and to answer your questions. 
Date: 29 May 2013 (Wed) 
Time: 6.30 – 7.30pm Singapore time/11.30am – 12.30pm UK time
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New Open Access Case Reports Journal across all of Health Sciences – Open for submissions

CCR coverWiley are pleased to announce that Clinical Case Reports is now open for submissions. Through collaboration with Wiley’s extensive portfolio of journals, Clinical Case Reports will provide a place to publish and to read clinical case histories from every clinical discipline including Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, and Veterinary Science. The new journal will be fully open access and articles will be free to read, download and share on Wiley Online Library and deposited in PubMed Central.

 Dr. Charles Young has been appointed Editor-in-Chief for Clinical Case Reports. Dr. Young, who is a practicing emergency physician at St Thomas’ Hospital in London, is Vice President for clinical solutions at Wiley, and is a former Editor-in-Chief of the BMJ Evidence Centre as well as a former Executive Editor of The Lancet.

 ”Clinical Case Reports’ vision is to directly improve global health outcomes by identifying and disseminating examples of best clinical practice,” said Dr. Young. “The journal will be different to other case report journals by publishing common as well as uncommon clinical scenarios with a particular focus on those reports which illustrate the clinical use of important guidelines and systematic reviews.”

 Dr. Young will be supported by a Strategic Advisory Board who will provide authoritative development advice for the journal as well as Associate Editors who are specialists in their fields to oversee peer-review of the material submitted to the journal.

“Clinical case reports are highly valuable to healthcare professionals” says Rachel Burley, VP and Director, Open Access. “This important journal will benefit doctors, nurses, dentists and vets looking for place to publish their case reports.  The open access model will enable those communities, as well as society at large, to access peer-reviewed case histories to advance knowledge and understanding and ultimately, improve health.”

Submit your case report to the journal via the online submission site >

Wiley signs Open Access Agreements with Helmholtz Association and University of Manitoba

Ten institutes of the Helmholtz Association and the University of Manitoba have signed up for Wiley Open Access Accounts.   These agreements provide active financial support and a streamlined process for authors to ensure open access to their published research in Wiley-Blackwell journals.  Authors affiliated with the Univesity of Manitoba and the institutes of the Helmholtz Association listed below can now benefit from these arrangements when publishing articles in Wiley Open Access journals.

Alfred-Wegener-Institut für Polar- und Meeresforschung
Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY
Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt
Deutsches Zentrum für Neurodegenerative Erkrankungen (DZNE)
Forschungszentrum Jülich
GEOMAR Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel
Helmholtz-Zentrum für Infektionsforschung
Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung – UFZ
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie

The University of Manitoba and the Helmholtz Association insitutions join a number of funders who have opened a Wiley Open Access Account since this was launched. Browse our listing to see the institutions / funders who have an account or partnership with Wiley Open Access.

More information about our open access options for funders and institutions can be found here.

The Evolution of Author Guidelines

Congratulations are due to PeerJ for succeeding in bringing into focus an essential publisher service that has been little publicised in the past.

The journal opened for submissions on December 3rd, and many tweets and blogs have been spawned by the following passage in the Instructions for Authors:

We want authors spending their time doing science, not formatting.

We include reference formatting as a guide to make it easier for editors, reviewers, and PrePrint readers, but will not strictly enforce the specific formatting rules as long as the full citation is clear.

Styles will be normalized by us if your manuscript is accepted.

Of course, it would be ridiculous to assert that every manuscript ever submitted up to this point had perfectly formatted references in journal style; in fact it is relatively rare to make no edits at all on a reference list. Journal Production Editors have been converting reference formats since journal publishing began; laboriously at first, but the digital revolution has certainly helped in recent years, with more automated processes and specialist typesetters taking on much of the tedium.

 As the PeerJ guidelines correctly state, a requirement for a particular style can help the editorial and review process, and I would go further in saying that it can impose some rigour on the creation of the reference list, helping to ensure that all critical elements are present. However, it has been the case for some time that publishers have barely batted an eye if an article happens to arrive in the incorrect format, as long as all of the important content was present.

 At Wiley, we took this a stage further on the launch of our Wiley Open Access program back in May 2011. We made a point of paring the formatting requirements down to a bare minimum for the entire article. The Author Guidelines state:

 We place very few restrictions on the way in which you prepare your article, and it is not necessary to try to replicate the layout of the journal in your submission. We ask only that you consider your reviewers by supplying your manuscript in a clear, generic and readable layout, and ensure that all relevant sections are included. Our production process will take care of all aspects of formatting and style.

And with respect to the references:

 As with the main body of text, the completeness and content of your reference list is more important than the format chosen. A clear and consistent, generic style will assist the accuracy of our production processes and produce the highest quality published work, but it is not necessary to try to replicate the journal’s own style, which is applied during the production process. If you use bibliographic software to generate your reference list, select a standard output style, and check that it produces full and comprehensive reference listings…The final journal output will use the ‘Harvard’ style of reference citation. If your manuscript has already been prepared using the ‘Vancouver’ system, we are quite happy to receive it in this form. We will perform the conversion from one system to the other during the production process.

There is no doubt that this service, which has been quietly in operation in most journals for some time, has now been thrown much more into the limelight, and this can only be positive because it showcases one of the valuable services that professional publishing can provide.

Reading through the blogs, I see that the more overt adoption of this service as a point of policy is already spreading to more journals, as it has to eLife, and Elsevier’s Free Radical Biology & Medicine.

 This can only be a good thing.

Will Wilcox, Journals Content Management Director for Life Sciences

Clinical Case Reports is Recruiting

CCR coverThis new journal seeks Associate Editors to:
• Provide and organise rapid peer review of case report submissions in different areas of clinical specialties
• Provide strategic advice and ambassadorial support
• Help the Editor-in-Chief make final decisions on papers 

Clinical Case Reports, a new open access journal, will launch Spring 2013 publishing case reports from the full spectrum of healthcare practitioners including doctors, nurses, dentists, and vets.  The journal launches with the vision to improve global health and increase clinical understanding. Unlike many other case report journals, our case reports do not have to be novel, unusual, or challenging—nor do they have to be surprising. They simply have to convey an important teaching point about a common or important clinical scenario. Scenarios which illustrate the appropriate use of a clinical guideline or systematic review are particularly important to us.

Visit or email for more information on how to become an Associate Editor for Clinical Case Reports.