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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The case report has not been previously published and is not being considered for publication in another venue.
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • URLs for the references are provided, when available.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except for URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are appropriately placed within the text rather than at the end of the manuscript.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • All authors have approved the submission and have signed the Manuscript Consent Form.
  • You, or a coauthor, are a member of USF Health, or its affiliates.

Author Guidelines

The IACR publishes cases with valuable clinical lessons. IACR does not publish case series. However, if the article makes a point better by including more than one case, we will consider the article. If your case report involves more than three patients, please contact the editorial office so that we can assess your case.

Each case will be peer-reviewed by at least two USF referees as well as either the Editor, Deputy Editor or Associate Editor. Accepted cases will be copyedited and you will be provided with an edited version to approve before publication.

The format of the article is outlined below and should be submitted using the provided IACR case report template

Information on how to write a case report can be found here.



TIP: Your title should be no more than 100 characters, including spaces. The title should state the focus of the case report. Be concise and informative.

TIP: The summary is similar to an abstract. Use a maximum of 150 words to summarize the case presentation, diagnostic problem or clinical question, and outcome.


TIP: Why do you believe this case report is important to other health care professionals?  This section should include the rationale and purpose for documenting the case.


TIP: Provide a comprehensive account of the case in chronological order including:

  • Presenting features or chief complaint
  • History to include medical/social/ family histories and review of systems.
  • Physical exam and presenting features.
  • Laboratory tests and imaging results.

TIP: How was a final diagnosis made?

TIP: Include pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatments.



  • Always include follow-up data.
  • The follow-up period should be defined.
  • Please state whether the patient is alive or deceased.


TIP: This is one of the most important parts of your case report. It is an opportunity to describe the pathophysiology, injury, diagnostic pathways (diagrams) and the points of interest:

  • Restate the novelty of the case.
  • Include a very brief summary of similar published cases and state how your case differs.
  • A brief summary of relevant clinical guidelines.

TIP: Include up to five relevant references, using MEDLINE/PubMed citation recommendations.


TIP: Choose only what illustrates your case most effectively.

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IACR does not require a patient consent form. All patient identification must be removed from the manuscript. There may be exceptions. In this case, written consent from the patient or the patient’s medical proxy is required before the article will be considered for publication.

The University of South Florida Health has extensive online resources to assist authors to write and prepare scientific manuscripts. Please visit IMpact, An Intramural Review to Support Research and Scientific Publication for more information.

The article should be publication-ready when submitted, with the tables and figures placed appropriately within the text. References should be formatted per the MEDLINE/PubMed citations recommendations.



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