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Publish your Unusual Case in BMJ Case Reports

Are you interested in publishing, but don’t know how or where to start? Consider BMJ Case Reports as your starting point.

The Health Sciences Library has a subscription to BMJ Case Reports for 2018, which includes a waiver of the individual membership fee of $250/year normally required to publish cases in it. This journal is peer reviewed, indexed in MEDLINE, and has a 42% acceptance rate. Published cases are available to subscribers immediately upon publication and are free to the world after 2 years, giving your work greater visibility.

If you check all the boxes on this checklist, you can submit any of these types of cases:

  • Reminder of important clinical lesson
  • Findings that shed new light on the possible pathogenesis of a disease or an adverse effect
  • Learning from errors
  • Unusual presentation of more common disease/injury
  • Myth exploded
  • Rare disease
  • New disease
  • Novel diagnostic procedure
  • Novel treatment (new drug/intervention; established drug/procedure in new situation)
  • Unusual association of diseases/symptoms
  • Unexpected outcome (positive or negative) including adverse drug reactions
  • For Global Health case reports, use this checklist
  • For “Images In” case reports, use this checklist

We created some instructions to give you an idea of the submission process. Interested in publishing a case report? Contact so we can help you get started.


Taira Meadowcroft

Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, reference, and marketing for the University of Missouri Libraries.