Archive for January, 2008

New case report Instructions for Authors released

January 31, 2008

You may have spotted the journal’s new Instructions for Authors page.

We have updated this page to provide authors and prospective authors with clear and to-the-point instructions on how to compose a clear, concise case report. To make submission even easier, you can now download a template to help you structure your case report. If you have a case report you would like publish, please visit our brand new Instructions for Authors page and then submit your case report online.

A visual-historical case report

January 25, 2008

blo1This week saw JMCR publish its first case report using historical images as the subject. Dr Anthony D’Antoni et al. used portraits from the Italian Renaissance to make a diagnosis of hyperkyphosis in Federico di Montefeltro (1422-1482). He believes that this technique is valuable in medical training, and can “hone the observational skills of medical students and residents” when making a diagnosis. He believes that medical education can “look to art education since artists have traditionally studied the process of observations albeit without a pathologic lens”. So, are historical visual aids still appropriate for the fast-paced world of evidence-based medicine? These authors think so. In a comment to the Editor they go on to suggest that “an important link exists between observational skills, clinical epidemiology and evidence-based medicine”. View the full text and accompanying reproduced images, courtesy of the Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy and the Brera Academy, Milan, Italy.

200th case report published

January 23, 2008

Journal of Medical Case Reports has just published its 200th case report, less than one year after the journal’s launch.

The 200th case report, Perfluorodecaline residue in the anterior chamber of a patient with an intact crystalline lens: a case report, reported by opthalmologists in Turkey, describes how the heavy liquid used interoperatively was observed in the anterior chamber of the eye three weeks after retinal surgery despite an intact lens.

The journal is growing quickly – the 100th case report was published four months ago, and we’re on track to publish the 300th in March. Become part of this rapidly growing resource by submitting your case report via our simple online system.

Announcing a new award

January 16, 2008

We are delighted to announce that there will be an addition to the annual BMC Research Awards – a special award for best case report, judged by the journal’s Editor-in-Chief, Professor Michael Kidd.

Any article published in JMCR in 2007 is eligible, and we want your nominations!

Use the simple online form to put forward the case report that you found most useful, interesting or educational – nominations will close on Friday 8th February.

The award will be presented at the Royal Society of Medicine here in London on Wednesday 19th March.

Remind yourself of the highlights of 2007 by visiting JMCR’s ‘most accessed’ list, or by browsing the archive.

Read the most accessed article of 2007

January 14, 2008

Congratulations to Guntur Luis and Eng-Seng Ng from the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, whose case report, ‘Acute compartment syndrome of the hand in Henoch-Schonlein Purpura‘ was downloaded over 3500 times in 2007.

This makes it the most widely-read case report in JMCR to date.

All case reports published in the journal are open access, meaning that anyone can read the full text with no subscription barriers, giving huge visibility to authors’ work.

Browse other popular case reports by viewing the list of most accessed articles on the journal website.

Share your views on clinical recommendations

January 10, 2008

Journal of Medical Case Reports welcomes submission of case reports that can inform your colleagues’ clinical decisions – and we also welcome your discussion of these clinical recommendations.
This month, Elizabeth Ball et al. report an unusual incidence of a rare but potentially fatal condition in “Internal jugular vein thrombosis in a warfarinised patient: a case report”. The authors recommend that “patients with IJVT should be formally anticoagulated with intravenous heparin and then be placed on oral anticoagulant therapy. For high risk patients such as those with factor V Leiden deficiency or the prothrombin 20210A mutation presenting with an IJVT, the INR should be maintained at a higher level, between 2.5 and 3.0, and consideration should be given to long-term warfarin therapy.”

If you have seen a similar case, or would like to give your point of view on the authors’ recommendations, share your views on the journal website by using our ‘post a comment’ tool.