A case in point: Significance of medical case reports grows

October 15, 2009

BioMed Central is once again publishing the Journal of Medical Case Reports (JMCR) and Cases Journals. Since their inception, both these journals, which currently provide over 2000 freely accessible case reports have received widespread recognition and high quality submissions from across the medical community. Through their innovative approach, both these journals make each individual patient's case a valuable addition to medical literature.

Professor Michael Kidd from Flinders University in Australia and Editor-in-Chief of JMCR said: "It's great to be back with BioMed Central. We have published many landmark clinical cases across all areas of medicine including cancer, ophthalmology, primary care, gastroenterology, infectious diseases, and musculoskeletal disorders that have significantly contributed to medical knowledge." These cases can often serve as early warning signals for the adverse effects of new medications, or the presentations of new and emerging diseases. Cases Journal which is edited by regular Guardian columnist Richard Smith, will look to complete the scientific record for future generations by publishing any report that is understandable, ethical, authentic, and includes all information essential to its interpretation.

Over the past few years, authors have submitted case reports to these journals from countries as far afield as Nepal and Iran. This once again signifies the inherent value that case reports have to improving clinical practice globally and also the increasing power of the Internet to allow for the widespread sharing of knowledge and thus the advancement of the understanding and treatment of diseases.

Speaking of the return of JMCR and Cases Journal to BioMed Central's publishing portfolio Deborah Kahn, Publishing Director, said: "As the clinical significance and use of case reports continues to grow, the return of these two journals significantly bolsters BioMed Central's growing journal portfolio, and demonstrates our continued commitment to ensuring all research remains freely accessible all."
Notes to Editors:

1. BioMed Central (www.biomedcentral.com) is an STM (Science, Technology and Medicine) publisher which has pioneered the open access publishing model. All peer-reviewed research articles published by BioMed Central are made immediately and freely accessible online, and are licensed to allow redistribution and reuse. BioMed Central is part of Springer Science+Business Media, a leading global publisher in the STM sector.

2. Journal of Medical Case Reports (http://jmedicalcasereports.com/info/about/), edited by Professor Michael Kidd, is a peer-reviewed open access journal that will consider any original case report from all areas of healthcare that expands the field of general medical knowledge.

3. Cases Journal (http://www.casesjournal.com/), edited by Richard Smith, publishes case reports from all areas of medicine. The journal will publish any report that is understandable, ethical, authentic, and includes all information essential to its interpretation. Cases Journal accepts submission of case reports from any physician

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