If consent is not obtained, the editors, alone or in consultation with the publisher and/or peer reviewers, will consider the extent to which the case appears to be anonymous and the exhaustive and reasonable nature of attempts to obtain consent, and whether there is any reason to suspect that a patient might have objected to publication.
The authors should carefully attempt to protect the patient’s identity.
Those who do not meet authorship criteria but who contributed to the work may be named in an acknowledgement section with their permission.
All papers undergo peer review, except for some commentaries and letters and editorials that may be peer reviewed or reviewed only by the Editors.
Consent can be on an institutional document or one similar to the examples below (modified as appropriate), and should be stored for seven years and made available to the editors and publisher on request.
State in the cover letter that written consent to publish a report of the case has been obtained by the subject and that it is available for review by the editors and publisher of the journal.
Note that such consent is different from research participant consent, which applies to systematic investigation of a subject or subjects with intent to generalize the findings.
Consent to publish the details of an individual’s case is obtained to respect the person’s right to privacy.
In addition, each author must complete and submit the journal’s copyright transfer agreement, which includes a section on the disclosure of potential conflicts of interest based on the recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, “Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals” (A copy of the form is made available to the submitting author within the Editorial Manager submission process.
Co-authors will automatically receive an Email with instructions on completing the form upon submission.