Publishing Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is JACC: Case Reports?
JACC: Case Reports is one of the newest JACC Journals, and the first of its kind for the family of journals. It is an online, open access journal promoting clinical cases and clinical problem solving. Case reports, which document a clinical observation — either through everyday presentations or rare cases — have long been used as educational resources in medicine.
Q: Who is qualified to submit a manuscript to JACC: Case Reports?
All cardiovascular clinicians and researchers — at all levels of their careers — are qualified to develop a JACC: Case Reports submission. The journal aims to serve as a publication vehicle for early career cardiologists and members of the cardiovascular care team, and as a forum for mentorship on the review and publication process.
Q: Are there specific benefits for early career physicians, mid-career physicians or cardiovascular team members?
Often, busy cardiovascular clinicians in their early or mid-careers, as well as valued members of the allied health professional cardiovascular team, do not have the time to develop or review extensive manuscripts. Thus, JACC: Case Reports provides a unique outlet for these individuals to submit cases from their daily practice and to learn how others have managed difficult or routine patient cases across the spectrum of general cardiology and the cardiovascular subspecialties.
The journal offers a chance to get a start in academic publishing with a format that is less labor intensive – as well as the opportunity to work with a mentor on either the submission or review process.
Q: How can JACC: Case Reports facilitate mentoring within the cardiovascular community?
The journal aims to serve as a forum for mentorship on the submission and review processes. By mentoring an early career colleague on the development of his or her submission to the journal, more established clinicians can support the needs of the youngest cardiovascular professionals. In turn, early career individuals will benefit from guidance on developing a case report and the academic publishing processes. The journal also promotes mentoring in the review process by having a senior and more junior reviewer evaluate a manuscript.
Q: What types of submissions are sought?
JACC: Case Reports accepts everyday educational and rare clinical cases, well described and with clear learning objectives. It is a publication avenue for a range of content and formats covering all aspects of cardiology, including:
- Clinical cases
- Clinical case series
- Global health reports
- ECG challenges
- Clinical vignettes
- Letters and replies to letters to the editor
- Voices in Cardiology
Q: Where can I find instructions for writing a case report?
Editor-in-Chief Dr. Julia Grapsa and Associate Editor Dr. Mary Noreen Walsh recently recorded a video with detailed instructions on writing a successful submission for the journal. The video can be found on JACC.org/CaseReports. Author Instructions can be found at JACCSubmit-CaseReports.org.
Q: Can publishing in JACC: Case Reports help me meet COCATS requirements?
The COCATS 4 recommendations considerably expanded the expectations of “the pursuit of research and scholarly activity during fellowship training” as part of an active participation in research and scholarly activities “to meet [the] important academic requirement for cardiology trainees in the context of a commitment to lifelong learning.” This new Journal allows for many trainees the opportunity to meet the COCATS 4 expectations.
Q: What is the journal’s acceptance rate and turn-around time?
Acceptance rates vary from journal to journal and can change over time. Currently, JACC: Case Reports has an acceptance rate of 8%. Current turn-around time for decisions is approximately 14 days.
Q: How does open access differ from traditional subscription publishing models?
For open access journals, all articles are immediately and permanently available for everyone to read and download without cost. Traditional models require subscription or membership within the first year of publication.
Q: What is the cost for publishing and are there discounts available?
The open access fee for accepted submissions is $600, with a 25% discount for American College of Cardiology members and a 25% discount for all fellows, excluding taxes. We also offer a discount of 50% if the first/corresponding or senior author is from a developing country, as defined by the World Bank.