Archive for June, 2009

New discount scheme for publishing your cases

June 25, 2009

As open access journals, Cases Journal and Journal of Medical Case Reports ask authors to pay an article-processing charge if their case is accepted for publication. This enables authors’ work to be freely and universally accessible to the worldwide medical community immediately on publication.

We are pleased to offer a new Pre-Pay scheme for authors which will reward repeat authors with a discount on the article-processing charge.

  • Receive a 10% discount for Pre-Pay of 3 to 9 case reports
  • Receive a 15% discount for Pre-Pay of 10 or more case reports

Our new scheme is already proving popular – contact us to find out how you or your institution can take part!

Elizabeth Slade, Publisher

PS: remember, GPs can publish their first case for free!


Cases Network – Image of the month

June 17, 2009

We have been running the feature ‘Image of the month’ on our facebook site for some time and now we are expanding to include these images on our blog site.

Every month we select an image from Cases Journal or the Journal of Medical Case Reports (JMCR) that we feel is that little bit extra special.

Below is our choice for this month:

Spontaneous corneal melting during pregnancy: a case report

Spontaneous corneal melting during pregnancy: a case report

This figure shows the split lamp appearance of both eyes of a patient in the midterm of pregnancy.

Although the underlying mechanisms remain to be clarified, this case report demonstrates that physiological changes during pregnancy might lead to devastating corneal complications, such as corneal melting, in high-risk women with compromised corneas.

For all the clinical details, read the full case report here.

Title: “Spontaneous corneal melting during pregnancy: a case report”

Authors: Joo Youn Oh, Mee Kum Kim, Joong Shin Park, Won Ryang Wee

To see a selection of our previous ‘Image of the month’ choices, visit our facebook site here.

EmailFor your chance to nominate a case report for the ‘Image of the month’, simply email us at:

GPs – share your experience for free

June 1, 2009

A new special offer starts today for GPs and family physicians – publish your first case report with Cases Network for free.

We want to encourage family doctors to share their experience and let others learn from these consultations, and so prevent the knowledge of the thousands of daily primary care consultations from being lost.  Journal of Medical Case Reports and Cases Journal provide a forum for GPs to publish and pass on their valuable experience. We are interested in any case that you feel someone else could learn from – no matter how big or small that lesson.

By waiving the usual article-processing charge for each family doctor’s first case we hope to show how useful it can be for GPs to write and publish a case report. As Cases Journal‘s Editor, Richard Smith, recently wrote in the British Journal of General Practice, “‘ordinary doctors’, who have no incentive to write and publish and so usually don’t, will gain something valuable for themselves from the act of writing”, and goes on to quote Atul Gawande, the Boston surgeon  saying “I  found I needed to write …Because medicine is a retail enterprise, because doctors provide their services to one person after another it can be a grind. You can lose your larger sense of purpose. But writing lets you step back and think through a problem … Most of all, by offering your reflections to an audience, even a small one, you make yourself part of a larger world.

We hope that GPs worldwide will take us up on our offer and try publishing their own cases. Everyday cases are very welcome in Cases Journal, with the more unusual and important cases being published in Journal of Medical Case Reports. All cases are peer reviewed and indexed in PubMed, as well as our own forthcoming searchable database of case reports.

Submit your case today

To claim your free publication, simply request a waiver when you submit your case report online, stating where you practice as a family physician, and confirming that it is your first case report published with Cases Network. The usual article-processing charge of £199 for Cases Journal or £499 for the more selective JMCR allows the case report to be open access – freely available to all with no subscription fee.

Submit your case today to share your experience – we believe every person, every case, can teach us something.