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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions on Removing identifying information to ensure double-blind review have been followed.

Case Reports

Instructions specific to case reports
  • The Case Report should be a clinical observation that is the first of its kind and/or an unexpected or unusual observation
  • of a disease process (of relevance to a meaningful number of patients)
    • New disease
    • New syndrome
    • Previously unknown and important manifestation of a common disease
    • New understanding of the pathophysiology of a common disease
  • A new (first) observation of an important side effect of a
  • commonly used drug
  • A new therapeutic activity of a new treatment, including drugs and non-drug therapies
  • The experience, which could be a new treatment, might be the stimulus for further clinical research
  • Knowledge about the event could affect other physicians’ management of their patients who have a similar situation

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