Steps to publishing a case report
- A patient with an interesting condition presents to you.
- Identify a "take-home" message or teaching point from the case. Why is this case important?
- Choose a journal appropriate for publishing the case report.
- Obtain the journal's "guidelines for authors."
- Identify a Mentor to help you with the case
- Perform a literature search of journals, textbooks, and electronic media.
- Compile all source articles in a file.
- Assign a reference number to each source in the order obtained and write this number in the right upper corner of each article's front page.
- Write up the case and discussion in the required format using assigned reference numbers to identify sources of information.
- When the article is finalized, renumber sources in order as they appear in the paper.
- Mail to the journal your manuscript with cover letter providing correspondence address, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail address.
- If the article is not accepted by the journal, obtain reviewers' comments.
- Revise paper using reviewers' comments and the guidelines for authors of another appropriate journal.
- Submit article to the second journal.
Adapted from Brodell RT: Do more than discuss that unusual case: Write it up. Postgrad Med 2000., 108(2):