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COVID-19 and impact on peer review

As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

New Content ItemIn the era of evidence-based practice, we need practice-based evidence. The basis of this evidence is the detailed information from the case reports of individual people which informs both our clinical research and our daily clinical care. Each case report published in this journal adds valuable new information to our medical knowledge.

Prof Michael Kidd AM, Editor-in-Chief

Report of the Month: Adrenal insufficiency in coronavirus disease 2019

COVID-19 presents with fever, dry cough, fatigue, and shortness of breath in most cases; however, some rare manifestations in other organs have also been reported so far.


Heidarpour and colleagues report a case of a COVID-19 patient who experienced an acute crisis of adrenal insufficiency during hospitalization. Early detection of this disease among critically ill COVID-19 patients could be lifesaving, especially among those unresponsive to vasopressor agents.

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A Guide to Writing and Using Case Reports

This thematic series, published in 2016, provides a valuable resource for clinicians who are considered producing a case report. It comprises of a special editorial series of guides on writing, reviewing and using case reports. 

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Developed by the CARE Group in 2013, the CARE guidelines provide a framework that supports transparency and accuracy in the publication of case reports and the reporting of information from patient encounters.

Aims and scope

Journal of Medical Case Reports will consider any original case report that expands the field of general medical knowledge, and original research relating to case reports.

Case reports should show one of the following:

  • Unreported or unusual side effects or adverse interactions involving medications
  • Unexpected or unusual presentations of a disease
  • New associations or variations in disease processes
  • Presentations, diagnoses and/or management of new and emerging diseases
  • An unexpected association between diseases or symptoms
  • An unexpected event in the course of observing or treating a patient
  • Findings that shed new light on the possible pathogenesis of a disease or an adverse effect
  • Suitable research articles include but are not limited to: N of 1 trials, meta-analyses of published case reports, research addressing the use of case reports and the prevalence or importance of case reporting in the medical literature and retrospective studies that include case-specific information (age, sex and ethnicity) for all patients.

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    Throughout 2019, articles were accessed from the journal website more than 1.8 million times; an average of over 5,000 accesses per day.

    Peer Review Mentoring Scheme

    The Editors at Journal of Medical Case Reports endorse peer review mentoring of early career researchers. 

    If you are a senior researcher or professor and supervise an early career researcher with the appropriate expertise, we invite you to co-write and mentor them through the peer review process. Find out how to express your interest in the scheme here.

    About the Editor-in-Chief

    Professor Michael Kidd AM FAHMS is Professor of Primary Care Reform at the Australian National University, and Principal Medical Advisor to the Australian Government Department of Health. He is Adjunct Professor with the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, Honorary Professor of Global Primary Care with the Southgate Institute for Health, Equity and Society at Flinders University, Professorial Fellow with the Murdoch Children's Research Institute at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, and Emeritus Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Family Medicine and Primary Care. He served as president of the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) from 2013-2016, and as president of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners from 2002-2006. He is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Medical Case Reports, the world's first PubMed-listed journal devoted to publishing case reports from all medical disciplines.

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