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Manuscript Instructions


Please read these instructions carefully and follow them closely to ensure that the review and publication of your paper is as efficient and fast as possible. The Editors reserve the right to return manuscripts that are not in accordance with these instructions. All material to be considered for publication in Oxford Medical Case Reports should be submitted in electronic form via the journal's online submission system.


The Editorial Office can be contacted at the following email address:


Please follow the specific instructions for your article type:
Case Report
Clinical Image
Editorial Comment (Invited)


If your first language is not English, language editing can help ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by journal editors and reviewers. Several specialist language editing companies offer this service. This is not required for submission and authors are liable for all costs associated with such services. Language editing does not guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted for publication.

A list of language editing service providers is available here.


Please be aware that the requirements for online submission and for reproduction in the journal are different: (i) for online submission and peer review, please upload your figures either embedded in the word processing file or separately as low-resolution images (.jpg, .tif, .gif or. eps); (ii) for reproduction in the journal, you will be required after acceptance to supply high-resolution .tif files. Minimum resolutions are 300 d.p.i. for colour or tone images, and 600 d.p.i. for line drawings. We advise that you create your high-resolution images first as these can be easily converted into low-resolution images for online submission. Figures will not be relettered by the publisher. The journal reserves the right to reduce the size of illustrative material. Any photomicrographs, electron micrographs or radiographs must be of high quality. Wherever possible, photographs should fit within the print area or within a column width. Photomicrographs should provide details of staining technique and a scale bar. Patients shown in photographs should have their identity concealed and should have given their written consent for publication.

When creating figures, please make sure any embedded text is large enough to read. Many figures contain miniscule characters such as numbers on a chart or graph. If these characters are not easily readable, they will most likely be illegible in the final version.

For useful information on preparing your figures for publication, go to


Permission to reproduce copyright material, for print and online publication in perpetuity, must be cleared and if necessary paid for by the author; this includes applications and payments to DACS, ARS and similar licensing agencies where appropriate. Evidence in writing that such permissions have been secured from the rights-holder must be made available to the editors. It is also the author's responsibility to include acknowledgements as stipulated by the particular institutions. Please note that obtaining copyright permission could take some time. Oxford Journals can offer information and documentation to assist authors in securing print and online permissions: please see Guidelines for Authors.


Upon receipt of accepted manuscripts at Oxford Journals authors will be asked to complete an online copyright licence to publish form and pay the Open Access Charge. Please note that by submitting an article for publication you confirm that you are the corresponding/submitting author and that Oxford University Press ("OUP") may retain your email address for the purpose of communicating with you about the article. You agree to notify OUP immediately if your details change. If your article is accepted for publication OUP will contact you using the email address you have used in the registration process. Please note that OUP does not retain copies of rejected articles.


Authors are sent page proofs by email with instructions on how to submit corrections and respond to queries electronically. It is the author's responsibility to check proofs thoroughly.