Objectives: Publishing a medical case report in a journal is a relatively easy way for clinical faculty, residents, and medical students to engage in scholarship. However, clinicians may face barriers such as low acceptance rates and high author fees. To promote clinical scholarship, our academic medical library introduced new educational sessions and services aimed at promoting the publication of case reports.
Methods: We took a three-pronged approach. (1) To recommend suitable journals, we identified over 160 new, mostly open access journals that focus on publishing case reports. However, many of these journals engage in questionable publishing practices and might be “predatory”. (2) To share this information with authors, we developed a “Publishing Case Reports” educational session for clinical faculty, residents, and medical students covering how to write a high-quality case report and choose a reputable journal. (3) To help authors pay for publishing their case reports, we commenced an institutional fellowship to the journal BMJ Case Reports to waive submission fees for affiliated authors. The success of these efforts will be evaluated using information related to the educational sessions (e.g., number of sessions, attendance, feedback from attendees) and BMJ Case Reports submissions (e.g., number of fee waivers distributed, number of published articles).
Keywords: scholarly communication, scholarship, publishing, writing, open access, predatory publishing, clinical faculty, medical residents, medical students
Biomedical Research and Data Specialist
Shiffman Medical Library
Katherine Akers, PhD is the Biomedical Research/Research Data Specialist in the Shiffman Medical Library at Wayne State University. She is responsible for the management and coordination of research and research data services and is formulating vision, setting goals, and recommending policy leading toward the creation and development of programs that expand the library's role in campus research initiatives. Katherine was trained as an experimental psychologist and has 10 years of experience conducting neuroscience research and publishing in leading scientific journals. She is also the current Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Medical Library Association.
Monday, May 29
10:35 AM – 10:50 AM
Monday, May 29
11:20 AM – 11:35 AM
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