SCOPE OF THE JOURNAL
Oxford Medical Case Reports (OMCR) is an open access, peer-reviewed online journal that will consider any original case report that expands the field of medicine.
Authors should observe high standards with respect to publication ethics as set out by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and ICMJE recommendations for reporting about patients. Patients have a right to privacy that should not be infringed without prior informed consent.
Identifying information should not be published in written descriptions, photographs and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) has given written informed consent for publication. Informed consent for this purpose requires the patient be shown the manuscript to be published.
Identifying details should be omitted if they are not essential, but patient data should never be altered or falsified to attain anonymity. We understand that complete anonymity is difficult to achieve. For example, masking the eye region in photographs of patients is inadequate protection of anonymity.
A statement addressing informed patient consent must be included as part of the manuscript under the heading ‘Consent’.
Mandatory patient consent form
It is compulsory for a signed patient consent form to be sought exhaustively for all Case Report or Clinical Image, irrespective of whether there are any photos of the patient. A patient consent form must be used and an example, with guidelines on use, is available for download here. You must upload your dated consent forms with your manuscript submission via the online submission system.
Permission from a relative should be obtained wherever possible if the patient is deceased.
If the patient or relatives of a deceased patient cannot be traced and consent cannot be obtained, the case report can only be considered for publication if it is sufficiently anonymised.
The Editorial Board reserves the right to reject papers for which the ethical aspects are, in the Board’s opinion, open to doubt. Please contact the Editorial Office if you have any queries regarding consent.
Authors should indicate that the design of the work has been approved by local ethical committees or that it conforms to standards currently applied in the country of origin if required. The name of the authorizing body should be stated as part of the manuscript under the heading ‘Ethical Approval’. Authors not requiring such approval must state this.
Funding for a case report, for example by a commercial, private, government or charity company/department, should always be disclosed.
Research funders should be disclosed in the funding statement as part of the manuscript under the heading ‘Funding’. Details of how to format your Funding Statement are included in the Manuscript Preparation Instructions
Other sources of funding should be included in the acknowledgements section, for example funding for the Article Processing Fee, individual authors funding sources, or funding for writing and editing assistance.
An article is reviewed for publication on the understanding that the work it represents has not been submitted for publication elsewhere. All authors will be required to submit a statement confirming that the manuscript represents original work that has not been published, accepted or is currently being considered for publication elsewhere except as an abstract. If you have submitted your manuscript and are awaiting a decision, please do not submit elsewhere. Duplicating submissions is a strain on reviewers and journal office resources.
OMCR does not allow certain electronic enhancements or manipulations of digital images.
Figures assembled from multiple photographs or images must indicate the separate parts with the lines between them.
Linear adjustment of contract, brightness, or colour must be applied to an entire mage or plate equally and are allowed as long as they do not obscure, eliminate, or misrepresent any information present in the original.
Nonlinear adjustments must be specified in the figure legend. Selective enhancements or alterations of one part of an image are not acceptable.
When suspicions are raised regarding the authenticity of an image, it is the Journal’s policy to investigate. OMCR may ask authors to provide additional documentation of their primate data and/or copies of the original figures.
PEER REVIEW PROCESS
All submissions to the journal are initially reviewed by the Editor and his Associates. At this stage manuscripts may be rejected without peer review if it is felt that they are not of high enough priority or not relevant to the journal. This fast rejection process means that authors are given a quick decision and do not need to wait for the review process.
Manuscripts that are not instantly rejected are sent out for peer review to an independent reviewer. Based on the feedback from the reviewer and the Editors’ judgment a decision is given on the manuscript.
The average time from submission to first decision is 30 days.
If you believe that your manuscript has been incorrectly rejected by the editorial team, authors may send an appeal to the editorial office. To submit an appeal please send an email to the editorial office giving as much detail as possible about why you believe that your manuscript has been incorrectly rejected. Please do not re-submit your article.
All submitted manuscripts are treated as confidential documents. They may be reviewed by the Editors, Editorial Office staff and assigned peer reviewers unless otherwise permitted by the authors. By accepting to review a manuscript referees agree to treat the material as confidential.
Occasionally the journal will issue press releases for some of its articles. Authors submitting to the journal are expected to respect any press embargos set for their manuscript.
The mention of trade names, commercial products or organizations, and the inclusion of advertisements in Oxford Medical Case Reports does not imply endorsement by the Society, the editors, the editorial board, Oxford University Press or the organization to which the authors are affiliated. The editors and publishers have taken all reasonable precautions to verify drug names and doses, the results of experimental work and clinical findings published in Oxford Medical Case Reports. The ultimate responsibility for the use and dosage of drugs mentioned in Oxford Medical Case Reports and in the interpretation of published material lies with the medical practitioner, and the editors and publishers cannot accept liability for damages arising from any errors or omissions in Oxford Medical Case Reports Please inform the editors of any errors.
The opinions expressed in Oxford Medical Case Reports are those of the authors and contributors, and do not necessarily reflect those of the Society the editors, the editorial board, Oxford University Press or the organization to which the authors are affiliated.