How to choose the best journal for your case report

Richard A. Rison, Jennifer Kelly Shepphird, Michael R. Kidd

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    Since the establishment of the Journal of Medical Case Reports in 2006, the number of journals that publish case reports has increased rapidly, and most of these journals are open access. Open access publishing usually requires authors to pay publication fees while offering the articles online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. The movement for open access has gained support in the research community, with the publishers BioMed Central and PLOS ONE becoming leaders in scientific publishing in their number of articles and citations. As the number of open access publishers has exploded, so too has the number of publishers that act in bad faith to profit from the open access model. Simple guidelines have been developed and resources are available to help authors choose a suitable journal for publication of their case reports.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number198
    Number of pages9
    JournalJournal of Medical Case Reports
    Publication statusPublished - 22 Jul 2017

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    • case reports
    • Open access
    • journal publishing


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