SAGE Open Medical Case Reports (SCO) is a peer-reviewed, open access journal, which focuses on providing a publication home for short case reports and case series, which often do not find a place in traditional primary research journals, but provide key insights into real medical cases that are essential for physicians, and may ultimately help to improve patient outcomes. Please see the Aims and Scopes tab for further information. This journal is indexed on PubMed Central and Clarivate Analytics Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI).
This journal a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
Why publish in SAGE Open Medical Case Reports?
- Rapid but rigorous peer review
- Open access dissemination of your publication and indexing in PubMed
- Publication in a journal that is indexed in Clarivate Analytics Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)
- Authors retain copyright under a Creative Commons license
Open access article processing charge information
The article processing charge (APC) for this journal is currently 1125 USD.
The APC is payable if and when a manuscript is accepted for publication after peer review, before it is published. The APC is subject to taxes where applicable. Please see further details here.
Submit your manuscript today at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/sageopencasereports
Please see the Submission Guidelines tab for more information on how to submit your article to the journal.
Please direct any queries to SOMCR@sagepub.co.uk
SAGE Open Medical Case Reports (indexed in PubMed Central) is a peer reviewed, open access journal. It aims to provide a publication home for short case reports and case series, which often do not find a place in traditional primary research journals, but provide key insights into real medical cases that are essential for physicians, and may ultimately help to improve patient outcomes.
SAGE Open Medical Case Reports does not limit content due to page budgets or thematic significance. Papers are subject to rigorous peer review and are selected on the basis of whether the research is sound and deserves publication. By virtue of not restricting papers to a narrow discipline, SAGE Open Medical Case Reports facilitates the discovery of the connections between papers, whether within or between disciplines.
Case reports can span the full spectrum of medicine across the health sciences in the broadest sense, including:
Those who should submit to SAGE Open Medical Case Reports include authors who:
- Want or need their articles to be published immediately on an Open Access basis (eg due to university, government or funder mandates)
- Want their articles to benefit from rapid peer review and efficient production, ensuring rapid publication time
- Want their articles to receive free, broad, and global distribution on a powerful, highly discoverable publishing platform
- Want their articles published by a world-leading independent publisher
Submissions will be handled online through SAGE Track, powered by ScholarOne ManuscriptsTM. Submit your manuscript today at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/sageopencasereports.
Please direct any enquiries to SOMCR@sagepub.co.uk.
|Salil Bose||SAGE Publications, London, UK|
|Vasilios Athyros||Aristotelian University, Thessaloniki, Greece|
|Kristina Bailey||University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, USA|
|Robert Benamouzig||Avicenne Hospital, Paris-13 University, Bobigny, France|
|Ronnie Fass||Case Western Reserve University, US, USA|
|Myla Goldman||University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA|
|Merryn Gott||University of Auckland, New Zealand|
|A Wallace Hayes||Michigan State University and University of South Florida, USA|
|Karl-Anton Kreuzer||University of Cologne, Germany|
|Chris McGuigan||St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland|
|Kwok Leung Ong||University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia|
|Richard Quinton||Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK|
|Nikoletta Rovina||Kapodistrian University of Athens, 'Sotiria' Hospital, Greece|
|Kai Savolainen||NanoReflections Oy, Finland|
|Yehuda Shoenfeld||Sheba Medical Center, Tel-Hashomer, Israel|
|Devada Singh-Franco||Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA|
|Roy Soiza||NHS Grampian, Aberdeen, UK|
|Michael Stewart||Mayo Clinic Florida, Jacksonville, FL, USA|
|Norlea Sukor||Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|Maxine Sun||University of Montreal Health Center, Canada|
- Open Access
- Article processing charge (APC)
- Article Types
- Editorial policies
4.1 Peer Review Policy
4.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
4.6 Research ethics and patient consent
- Publishing policies
5.1 Publication ethics
5.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
- Preparing your manuscript
6.1 Word processing formats
6.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
6.3 Supplementary material
6.4 Reference style
6.5 English language editing services
- Submitting your manuscript
7.2 Information required for completing your submission
7.3 Corresponding author contact details
- On acceptance and publication
8.1 SAGE Production
8.2 Continuous publication
8.3 Promoting your article
- Further information
This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.
This Journal recommends that authors follow the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).
Please read the guidelines below and then visit the journal’s submission site https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/sageopencasereports to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned. Remember you can log in to the submission site at any time to check on the progress of your paper through the peer review process.
Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of SAGE Open Medical Case Reports will be reviewed.
As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.
SAGE Open Medical Case Reports is an open access, peer-reviewed journal indexed in . Each article accepted after peer review is made freely available online immediately upon publication, is published under a Creative Commons license and will be hosted online in perpetuity. Publication costs of the journal are covered by the collection of article processing charges, which are paid by the funder, institution or author of each manuscript upon acceptance. There is no charge for submitting a paper to the journal.
If, after peer review, you manuscript is accepted for publication, a one-time article processing charge (APC) is payable. This APC covers the cost of publication and ensures that your article will be freely available online in perpetuity under a Creative Commons license.
The article processing charge (APC) for this journal is currently 1125 USD.
Case reports should be approximately 1200 words in length and must have an unstructured abstract of approximately 150 words, up to 15 references, and one or two figures and tables. They should be structured for peer review as follows: title page (including title, all authors and affiliations, contact details and keywords), abstract, introduction, case, discussion/conclusion, acknowledgements, funding acknowledgements, declaration of conflict of interest, references, and figure and table legends. Figures and tables should be submitted as separate files.
The journal’s policy is to have manuscripts reviewed by two expert reviewers. SAGE Open Medical Case Reports utilizes a single-blind peer review process in which the reviewer’s name and information is withheld from the author. Reviewers may at their own discretion opt to reveal their names to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for their identities to remain concealed. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, while maintaining rigor. Reviewers make comments to the author and recommendations to the Editor who then makes the final decision.
SAGE Open Medical Case Reports is committed to delivering high quality, fast peer-review for your paper, and as such has partnered with Publons. Publons is a third party service that seeks to track, verify and give credit for peer review. Reviewers for [Journal] can opt in to Publons in order to claim their reviews or have them automatically verified and added to their reviewer profile. Reviewers claiming credit for their review will be associated with the relevant journal, but the article name, reviewer’s decision and the content of their review is not published on the site. For more information visit the Publons. website.
Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.
The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:
- Made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the work; or acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data,
- Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
- Approved the version to be published,
- Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.
Authors should meet the conditions of ALL of the points above. When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship.
Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.
Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.
4.3.1 Third party submissions
Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:
- Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input
- Identify any entities that paid for this assistance
- Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.
Where appropriate, SAGE reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.
4.3.2 Writing assistance
Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.
It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.
SAGE Open Medical Case Reports requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
It is the policy of SAGE Open Medical Case Reports to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.
Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.
For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations.
Medical research involving human subjects must be conducted according to the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki.
Submitted manuscripts should conform to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals.
Information on informed consent to report individual cases or case series should be included in the manuscript text. A statement is required regarding whether informed consent for patient information and images to be published was provided by the patient(s) or a legally authorized representative – see text in bold below.
Please also refer to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants.
Before submitting your manuscript to SAGE Open Medical Case Reports, please download an author_declaration_form, provide an appropriate statement in sections (1) and (2), and upload the completed form with your manuscript files. For both sections, please delete all text that does NOT apply to your manuscript and provide specific information where applicable and indicated by asterisks (*).
SAGE acknowledges the importance of research data availability as an integral part of the research and verification process for academic journal articles.
SAGE Open Medical Case Reports requests all authors submitting any primary data used in their research articles to be published in the online version of the journal, or provide detailed information in their articles on how the data can be obtained. This information should include links to third-party data repositories or detailed contact information for third-party data sources. Data available only on an author-maintained website will need to be loaded onto either the journal’s platform or a third-party platform to ensure continuing accessibility. Examples of data types include but are not limited to statistical data files, replication code, text files, audio files, images, videos, appendices, and additional charts and graphs necessary to understand the original research. The editor(s) [can/will] also grant exceptions for data that cannot legally or ethically be released. All data submitted should comply with Institutional or Ethical Review Board requirements and applicable government regulations. For further information, please contact the editorial office at SOMCR@sagepub.co.uk.
SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.
SAGE Open Medical Case Reports and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.
5.1.2 Prior publication
If material has been previously published, it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.
Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE Open Medical Case Reports publishes manuscripts under Creative Commons licenses. The standard license for the journal is Creative Commons by Attribution Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC), which allows others to re-use the work without permission as long as the work is properly referenced and the use is non-commercial. For more information, you are advised to visit SAGE's OA licenses page.
Alternative license arrangements are available, for example, to meet particular funder mandates, made at the author’s request.
The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.
For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.
Figures supplied in color will appear in color online.
This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files.
SAGE Open Medical Case Reports adheres to the SAGE Vancouver reference style. Please review the guidelines on SAGE Vancouver to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.
Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.
SAGE Open Medical Case Reports is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/sageopencasereports to login and submit your article online.
IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.
As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.
The collection of ORCID IDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.
You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage, please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).
Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.
Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway
If your paper is accepted for publication after peer review, you will first be asked to complete the contributor’s publishing agreement. Once your manuscript files have been checked for SAGE Production, the corresponding author will be asked to pay the article processing charge (APC) via a payment link. Once the APC has been processed, your article will be prepared for publication and can appear online within an average of 20 days. Please note that no production work will occur on your paper until the APC has been received.
Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will made available to the corresponding author via our editing portal SAGE Edit, or by email to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.
One of the many benefits of publishing your research in an open access journal is the speed to publication. With no page count constraints, your article will be published online in a fully citable form with a DOI number as soon as it has completed the production process. At this time, it will be completely free to view and download for all.
Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice.
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the SAGE Open Medical Case Reports editorial office as follows: