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.

Manuscript files should be submitted as word processor files (Microsoft Word or similar). Figure files should be PPT or EPS. Image files should be TIF. Please do not submit PDF files. Video files should be MP4 or MOV format, and be 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.

Manuscripts will not be accepted without a full title page, which should be separate from the full manuscript to protect reviewer blinding and must include:

  • All author names, degrees, and affiliations
  • Full contact information for the corresponding author
  • Description of author roles in manuscript creation
  • One author listed as the article guarantor
  • Description of financial support or competing interests
  • Confirmation that informed patient consent was obtained for publication of the case details.

Case reports must include a summary abstract of 100 words or fewer. Image manuscripts and Letters to the Editor 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/Videos
  • Letters to the Editor

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 health care provider 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?

Cases presented as a poster or oral presentation at any scientific meeting should contain a disclosure statement of this fact on the title page. Cases published as an abstract related to a scientific meeting should be considerably expanded and enriched from the abstract version. Full-text manuscripts of an abstract submitted to an upcoming scientific meeting must not be accepted prior to the close date of that meeting’s abstract submission period. For instance, if you have submitted an abstract to an upcoming meeting for which the abstract deadline is June 15, your full-text submission to ACGCR should be timed such that it is not accepted to the journal prior to June 15. The reasoning behind this policy is that abstract submissions should constitute “new” material, and a manuscript accepted for full publication in a journal is no longer “new”. The time between submission to ACGCR and acceptance is rarely less than 30 days, so you may time your submission accordingly.

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. All images should be numbered sequentially and cited in the text. Images should be submitted as separate TIF files of reasonable size (at least 3.5” wide) and high resolution (at least 300 dpi). Do not submit PDF files and do not paste images into your Word document. Individual panels of multi-panel images should submitted as separate files. No labels (A, B, etc) should be pasted on top of the image; arrows or markers should be black or white and tasteful in design. A brief caption for each image must be provided in your manuscript file. Color is published free of charge and is encouraged for all relevant figures, images, and videos.

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.

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 bi-weekly publication. Prior to July 2016, the journal was published quarterly.

Is ACGCR on PubMed? What about other indexes and archives?

The ACG Case Reports Journal is currently indexed on PubMed, Web of Science’s Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), EBSCO, EMBASE, Google Scholar, and the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). Full-text content is automatically archived on PubMed Central.

Is there a print issue of ACGCR?

No. ACGCR is an online-only, open-access publication.

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?

As our publication frequency has changed over the years, so has our citation structure. The formats below reflect those changes at various points in our publication history.

For articles published 2013 through April 2016:
Author(s). Title. ACG Case Rep J. Year;vol(issue):inclusive pages. URL. Published [date]. Accessed [date].

For articles published July through December 2016:
Author(s). Title. ACG Case Rep J. Year;vol(issue):e#. URL. Published [date]. Accessed [date].

For articles published January 2017 and later:
Author(s). Title. ACG Case Rep J. Year;vol:e#. URL. Published [date]. Accessed [date].

How can I join the ACGCR Editorial Board?

An application for the 2017-2018 Editorial Board can be found here. Applications must be received by April 17, 2017.