Editorial Policies and Publication Process

Editorial policies including publication policy, peer review process, ethical policies, publication fees as well as open access, licensing and copyright policies can be found in the "Editorial Policies" page. Authors are expected to read the editorial policies before advancing to manuscript submission.

Manuscript submission

Manuscripts must be sent electronically using the editorial managing system which could be reached by clicking "ONLINE MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION" button located on the main page or at https://submit.casereportsjointdrs.org.

On submission of the manuscript, the authors are required to fill in and sign the form "Acknowledgement of Authorship, Conflict of Interest Statement, and Transfer of Copyright Agreement". Authors should clearly state whether or not any conflict of interest issue exists, and state their contribution to the study.

An ORCID ID is required for all authors during the submission of the manuscript. The ID is available free of charge at https://orcid.org.

Preparation of the manuscript:

The manuscript should be prepared in accordance with The Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals - International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (www.icmje.org). Manuscripts focusing on three or fewer patients will be considered as a case report. Manuscripts should comply with the CARE statement (https://www.care-statement.org/checklist). For clinical case series that include four or more patients, we encourage authors to follow the Joanna Briggs Institute’s Checklist for Case Series (https://jbi.global/critical-appraisal-tools) for more complete and high-quality reporting.

Number pages consecutively beginning with the title page. Use double-spacing, Times New Roman font (size 12). Ensure the text is fully blinded and does not include any information on the authors and their institutions. Use continuous line numbers from the start of the manuscript, not starting afresh on each page. Word count should not exceed 1200 (including the abstract, but excluding references and figure legends).

Abbreviations should be defined at first mention and used consistently thereafter. Readers often find these confusing, so please use as few as possible.

Case reports should be structured in the following sequence:

  • Title page (Separate)
  • Abstract
  • Main manuscript
  • References
  • Table titles
  • Figure legends
  • Acknowledgments (Separate)

Title Page: Title page should include the following:

  1. The title of the article should be concise; brief but comprehensive,
  2. full names, ORCID ID’s, e-mail addresses of each author with highest academic degrees and institutional affiliations,
  3. name(s) of the department(s) and institution(s),
  4. name, address, phone, mobile phone, and e-mail address of the author responsible for correspondence.

Title Page must be separate.

Abstract: An abstract of maximum 150 words should be written. The abstract should summarize the most notable characteristics of the case, interventions, outcome and key learning points. The abstract page should contain the title.

Keywords: Three to 6 keywords (including “case report”) concordant with the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) vocabulary terms should be listed after the abstract.

Main manuscript: Word count should not exceed 1200 (including the abstract, but excluding references and figure legends). Main manuscript should be divided into sections with the headings Introduction, Case Report and Discussion.

Introduction should briefly state the unique aspects of the case. The history, frequency, typical traits and progression characteristics of the condition should be presented as well. Give only strictly pertinent references to summarize the literature.

Case report should start with the statement of informed patient consent for publication. Informed consent obtained from each patient and/or their legal representative should be presented with the following statement: "The patient and/or their legal representatives were informed that data from the case would be submitted for publication and gave their consent." See “Editorial Policies” page for further ethical considerations. Anonymous patient demographics and other information should be presented highlighting the primary symptoms, medical and family history, relevant past treatments and outcomes, clinical findings, results from diagnostic assessment. All therapeutic intervention(s) should be explained in detail. If the report includes more than one patient, each case should be assigned a number. Clinical, radiographic and functional outcome, preferably after a minimum of 1-year follow-up, should be presented.

Discussion: Emphasize the new and important aspects of the report that has a potential impact on the management of the condition, without recapitulating the results. Relate the observations to other relevant literature. Limitations to the approach should be discussed. Present your conclusions in the Discussion section that highlights key learning points. Provide recommendations aimed towards clinicians managing patients with similar conditions, based on your experience from the case.

References: Use no more than 10 references. Number references consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. Present them in the style used by PubMed/MEDLINE. Unpublished observations and personal communications should not be used. References will strictly be controlled, and the author may be asked to provide the full-text of any of the references. All authors should be listed if an article has six or less authors; if an article has more than six authors, first six authors are listed and the rest is represented by “et al.” Reference format and punctuation in the Text should be as in the following examples:

  • If the surname of the first author of the referenced article is given, “et al.” should be added after it, followed by its reference number within square brackets: “e.g. Brown et al. [1]”
  • Give references in the text using Arabic numerals in brackets: e.g. “[1]” (superscript preferred)
  • If more than one references are required in the main manuscript, references should be stated in a superscript square bracket with a comma at the end of the punctuation mark of the related sentence: e.g. [1,2,5]
  • If there are more than two consecutive references, the first and the last ones should be given with “-” mark between them: e.g. [1-3]; [8-14, 19]; [14-18] They should be organized according to the following forms:

Article in journal: The reference should include the full last name and initials of the first and middle names of all authors, title of the article, abbreviated title of the journal according to the style used by the PubMed/MEDLINE, year, volume, and inclusive page numbers. Example:

  • Kaplan K, Miyamoto R, Levine BR, Egol KA, Zuckerman JD. Surgical management of hip fractures: an evidence-based review of the literature. II: intertrochanteric fractures. J Am Acad Orthop Surg 2008; 16:665-73.

Chapter in book: The reference should include the full last name and initials of the first and middle names of all authors, title of the chapter, name of the editors, title of the book, place, publisher, year and inclusive page numbers. Example:

  • Milford L. Dislocations and ligament us injuries. In: Crenshaw AH (ed): Campbell's operative orthopedics. St. Louis: CV Mosby, 1987, pp. 241-257.

Book: The reference should include the full last name and initials of the first and middle names of all the authors, title of the book, edition, place, publisher, year and inclusive page numbers. Example:

  • Colson JH, Armour WJ. Sports injuries and their treatment. (2nd ed). London: S. Paul, 1986, pp.160-162.

Web links and URLs: The reference should include the full name of the organization or full last name and initials of the first and middle names of all the authors, title of the web page, year, address, and date of access. Example:

  • Turkish Statistical Institute, Turkey Health Survey. 2019 Available from: https://data.tuik.gov.tr/Bulten/Index?p=Turkey-Health-Survey-2019-33661/. Accessed: 21 Jan 2020.

Manuscripts published in electronic format: Example:

  • Teasell R, Bhogal SK, Foley N. Painful hemiplegic shoulder. Evidence-Based Review of stroke rehabilitation. 2006 Available from: http://www.scribd.com/doc/6281057/ Evidence-BasedReview-of-Stroke-Rehab.

Main manuscript document should not contain illustrations and figures, and tables. These should be uploaded separately.

Table titles should be included at the end of the manuscript. Tables should be numbered consecutively in the order of mention in the text. Each table should include a brief title on the same sheet.

Figure legends should be included at the end of the manuscript.

Illustrations and figures should be professionally drawn and photographed. No more than 6 image files may be submitted. All images should be submitted in .JPG and .TIFF formats in 300 Dpi resolutions. The originality of the visual media contained in the reviews should be confirmed by submitting a letter to the journal. The original versions of the printed or electronic copies of the images adapted from a published source should be explicitly cited and the written permission obtained from the copyright holder (publisher, journal or authors) should be forwarded to the journal.

Videos can be uploaded using the manuscript submission interface. A single video that does not exceed 75 MB should be submitted.

Acknowledgements: List the individuals who contributed to the research, but are not an author here. Also, if present, include details about conflict of interest and financial disclosures in this section. Acknowledgements must be sent in a separate document.