In 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 AO, Editor-in-Chief
• Patient ethnicity must be included in the Abstract under the Case Presentation section.
• Consent for publication is a mandatory journal requirement for all case reports. Written informed consent for publication must be obtained from the patient (or their parent or legal guardian in the case of children under 18, or from the next of kin if the patient has died). For more information, please see our editorial policies.
Report of the Month
Chronic shoulder injury related to vaccine administration following coronavirus disease 2019 vaccination
Shoulder injury related to vaccine administration, defined as shoulder pain and limited range of motion occurring after administration in the upper arm, has been previously reported. The symptom resolved completely after treatment with oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or an intraarticular steroid injection, however there have been few reports of long-term symptoms following coronavirus disease 2019 vaccination.
In this case report, clinicians describe a healthy, middle-aged, healthcare worker who developed post-vaccination subacromial–subdeltoid bursitis that lasted for more than 6 months after Pfizer–BioNTech coronavirus disease 2019 vaccination. Injection technique is a modifiable risk factor, the adverse effects of which could potentially be mitigated with appropriate and relevant training of healthcare providers.
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.
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.
Throughout 2022, articles were accessed from the journal website more than 4.17 million times; an average of over 11,400 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 AO FAHMS is foundation Director of the Centre for Future Health Systems at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and Professor of Global Primary Care and Future Health Systems with the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Prof Kidd was the Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Principal Medical Advisor with the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care, and Professor of Primary Care Reform at the Australian National University.
He holds honorary appointments with the University of Toronto, the University of Melbourne, Flinders University, and the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, and is the Emeritus Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Family Medicine and Primary Care. He is an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (FAHMS). In the 2023 King's Birthday Honours List he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia.
Prof Kidd 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.
Annual Journal Metrics
2022 Citation Impact
1.0 - 2-year Impact Factor
0.628 - SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper)
0.284 - SJR (SCImago Journal Rank)
29 days submission to first editorial decision for all manuscripts (Median)
186 days submission to accept (Median)
6,554 Altmetric mentions