How do I submit a manuscript to ACG Case Reports Journal (ACGCR)?

Manuscripts must be submitted online at mc.manuscriptcentral.com/acgcr.

Questions regarding submission or site access should be sent to acgcasereports@gi.org. The ACG Case Reports Journal recommends that submitted manuscripts follow the general recommendations put forth by the ICMJE Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts.

Please note that manuscript files should be submitted as word processor files (Microsoft Word or similar, not PDF.) Figure and image files should be submitted in an editable format (JPG, TIF, PNG, EPS or similar, not PDF), and images should be at least 300 dpi. Video files should be MPEG, MP4, or MOV format, and no more than 500 MB in size. Color is published free of charge and is encouraged for all relevant figures, images, and videos.

Manuscripts are accepted in English, and should follow the style of the American Medical Association (AMA) Manual of Style, 10th Edition.

For all submissions, please provide a concise manuscript title and a title page containing all author names, affiliations, and the full contact information of the corresponding author. The title page should also suggest a manuscript section and 3-4 relevant keywords. This page should be separate from the full manuscript document, to protect the blinding process of peer review. Peer reviewers will not see the title page. A statement must be included in the title page describing the author guarantor, each authors’ role in manuscript creation, any financial support of the manuscript, and any potential financial or other conflicts of interest. The title page should also include a statement guaranteeing that informed consent was obtained from all involved patients. All identifying patient information must be removed to protect patient privacy.

For case reports, please provide a summary abstract of 50–100 words with your submission. The abstract should briefly describe the case and its importance to the literature. Letters to the Editor and Image submissions do not require an abstract.

Where can I find the ACGCR Guide to Authors?

A complete Guide to Authors can be downloaded here.

What types of manuscripts does ACGCR accept?

ACG Case Reports Journal accepts the following types of manuscripts:

  • Case Reports
  • Images
  • Letters to the Editor

The Journal will prioritize case reports over other types of content.

Who can publish with ACGCR?

The lead author of each manuscript must be a GI fellow, a resident interested in pursuing GI fellowship, a private practice clinician, or another member of the health care team who might traditionally face difficulty publishing with leading journals. The Editors advise fellows to seek guidance from a staff or attending physician when creating a submission, and to include that adviser as the senior author on manuscripts.

Can I submit a case that was previously presented as a poster and/or an abstract?

Any case that has been presented as a poster or oral presentation at any scientific meeting should contain a disclosure statement of this fact on the title page of the submission. Further, any cases published as an abstract related to a scientific meeting should be considerably expanded and enriched from the abstract version, and should contain a full disclosure of this former publication, including a full citation.

Is there a fee to submit or publish a manuscript?

No. Submission and publication are free.

Can I submit images and videos with my manuscript?

Yes. Please note that all images should be numbered and cited in the text. Image files should be in an editable format (JPG, TIF, PNG, EPS or similar, not PDF) and should be at least 300 dpi, submitted as separate files that appear after the manuscript file. A brief title and/or caption for each image must be provided. Video files should be MPEG, MP4, or MOV format, and no more than 500 MB in size.

Authors may also submit multimedia files (PowerPoint presentations, simulations, or other media) to accompany the published manuscript. Please inquire with publishing staff (acgcasereports@gi.org) regarding specific standards for multimedia file submission.

Are manuscripts peer reviewed?

Case reports will be peer reviewed by external peer reviewers; though some may be rejected without review with editor comments. Authors are welcome but not required to suggest 2-3 peer reviewers with whom there is no conflict of interest. The Editors may or may not use these suggested reviewers. ACG Case Reports Journal uses a double-blind review process: neither the reviewers nor the authors know the others’ identities. Peer reviewers are asked to rate papers based on scientific relevance, novelty, practical use to clinicians, and overall quality. Peer review comments will be provided to authors of all reviewed manuscripts. Letters to the Editors may not be peer reviewed, at the Editors’ discretion.

Visit the Reviewer Center for more information.

When will I receive a decision?

After your manuscript has been assessed and sent for peer review, if relevant, the editors will notify you of their decision as soon as possible. This process will likely take at least 30 days; more information regarding average processing times will be available at a later date.

How often will ACGCR be published?

ACGCR is a quarterly publication, with the first issue projected for Summer 2013.

Will ACGCR be indexed on PubMed and archived on PubMed Central?

The National Library of Medicine requires a one-year publication history before a journal is considered for inclusion in PubMed and PubMed Central. An application for archiving in PubMed Central is underway, and once accepted, all previously published articles will be retroactively archived there. Once archiving is completed, an application to PubMed will proceed. An application for indexing in ISI Web of Science (and the resulting Impact Factor) will be completed as soon as is prudent. We will announce progress on this front as soon as possible.

Is there a print issue of ACGCR?

No. ACGCR is an online-only, open-access publication. However, a complete PDF of all articles in each issue will be available on the current issue page for easy downloading and printing.

How can I become a peer reviewer?

More information can be found in the Reviewer Center.

What is Open Access? What license does ACGCR use?

Following the open-access model, ACG Case Reports Journal makes all published content freely available to all readers immediately upon publication, without subscription or membership fees.

ACG Case Reports Journal content is licensed according to the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivatives 4.0 International license, under which users are free to share (copy, distribute and transmit) the contribution under the following conditions:

  • Attribution. Users must attribute the contribution in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they or their use of the contribution is endorsed by the author or licensor).
  • Non-commercial. Users may not use this contribution for commercial purposes.
  • No derivative works. If users alter, transform, or build upon this work, they may not distribute the modified material.

For any reuse or distribution, users must make clear to others the license terms of this work. The best way to do this is with a link to the web URL of the published work. Any of the above conditions can be waived if users obtain permission from the license holder.

The full legal terms of this license can be found on the Creative Commons website.

A signed license to publish/copyright form will be requested from the authors by the editorial office upon manuscript acceptance. There is no need include a copyright form with your manuscript submission; the form is not available on the website.

How can I cite manuscripts published with ACGCR?

The general citation format is as follows:

Author(s). Title. ACG Case Rep J. Year;vol(issue):inclusive pages. URL. Published [date]. Accessed [date].

Can I sign up for notifications when a new issue is published?

Not yet, but we will eventually provide readers an opportunity to sign up for notifications when an issue is published. An email will also be sent to ACG membership announcing publication of each issue.

How can I join the ACGCR Editorial Board?

The application period for the 2015-2016 Editorial Board has closed. Please check back in February 2016 for information regarding the 2016-2017 application period.