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Case Reports in Perinatal Medicine

Editor-in-Chief: Dudenhausen, Joachim W.

Editorial Board Member: Chappelle, Joseph / Gei, Alfredo / Niklas, Victoria / Stepan, Holger / Skupski, Daniel W. / Aslam, Muhammad / D`Addario, Vincenzo / Genc, Mehmet R. / Hentschel, Roland / Holzgreve, Wolfgang

Aims and Scope

In addition to evidence-based studies, practitioners in clinical practice esteem especially exemplary reports of cases that reveal specific manifestations of diseases, its progress or its treatment.

Continuous readers' interest and significant relevance of case reports inspired the Editors and Publishers of the Journal of Perinatal Medicine to found this new journal Case Reports in Perinatal Medicine.

We consider case reports and series to be brief reports describing an isolated clinical case or a small number of cases. They may describe new or uncommon diagnoses, unusual outcomes or prognosis, new or infrequently used therapies and side effects of therapy not usually discovered in clinical trials.
They represent the basic concept of experiences for studies on representative groups for further evidence-based research.

The potential roles of case reports and case series are:
1. Recognition and description of new diseases
2. Detection of drug side effects (adverse or beneficial)
3. Study of mechanisms of disease
4. Medical education and audit
5. Recognition of rare manifestations of disease

The aims & scope of the new journal are very similar to those of JPM; both journals publish interdisciplinary, innovative, evidenced-based and basic science research that is both informative and useful for daily clinical practice, and both journals aim to be beneficial for future challenges. 

Manuscripts must meet one of the following criteria:

1.  Unexpected or unusual presentations or processes of a disease 
2.  Presentations, diagnoses and/or management of new and emerging diseases 
3.  An unexpected association between diseases or symptoms 
4.  An unexpected event in the course of observing or treating a patient 
5.  Findings that shed new light on the possible pathogenesis of a disease or an adverse effect 
6.  Unique therapeutic approaches
7.  Unreported or unusual side effects or adverse interactions involving medications or treatments

Call for papers: Please submit your papers directly to our online submission system at:

Submission of Manuscripts

The editors would like to invite submissions for this journal:

  • Publication of color figures is provided free of charge both in online and print editions
  • Rapid publication times: max 3 weeks from acceptance to online publi-cation
  • Ahead of print online publication for all accepted papers after peer reviewing
  • All papers accepted after peer reviewing are published online first
  • High quality manuscript processing through Thomson Reuters
  • Manuscript submission in English language at
  • For further information please contact

Instructions for Authors

In the cover letter prospective authors are requested to address to which category (ies) the case belongs to and the theme of educational message intended:

Case report categories:

  • Totally original condition or disease
  • Rare and previously sparsely reported condition
  • Unusual presentation of a common disease
  • Unexpected association between two relatively uncommon symptoms or signs
  • Impact of one disease process on another
  • Unexpected event in the course of observing or treating a patient
  • Impact of a treatment regime of one condition on another disease
  • Unexpected complication of treatment or procedure
  • New and unique treatment
  • Honest mistakes in management

Theme of educational message:

  • Raise awareness so that diagnosis may be made more readily in the future
  • Shed new light on possible etiology and/or pathogenesis of a condition or complication
  • Illustrate a new principle, or support or refute current theory
  • Elucidate a previously misunderstood clinical condition or response to a treatment
  • Inform on how a problem can be anticipated and avoided in the future

Basic structure of a clinical case report presentation:

  • Title
  • Structured summary
  • Key words: for indexing purposes
  • Introduction
  • Presentation of the case
  • Discussion
  • References

A checklist for writing case reports at JPM:

  • Title: Should facilitate retrieval with electronic searching.
  • Structured summary: Include background of the problem; highlights of the present report and its conclusions (What is the educational message?)
  • Introduction:
    - Describe whether the case is unique. If not, does the case have an unusual diagnosis, prognosis, therapy or course?
    - Describe how the case contributes to scientific knowledge.
    - Describe the instructive or teaching points that add value to this case.
  • Presentation of the case:
    - Describe the history, examination and pertinent investigations adequately. Is the cause of the patient's illness clear-cut? What are other plausible explanations?
    - Describe the treatments adequately. Have all available therapeutic options been considered? Are outcomes related to treatments
  • Discussion:
    - Provide a literature review of other similar cases (if available; if not mention as much).
    - Explain the rationale for reporting the case. What is unusual about the case? Describe how the case in question is different to the previously reported ones. Does it challenge prevailing wisdom or existing knowledge?
    - In the future, could things be done differently in a similar case?
    - 'Take-home message' of the lessons learnt including (if applicable):
    - Recommendations for patient management
    - Interesting lines of research that could be addressed
  • References: Essential to the case
  • Consent:The material submitted for publication should not allow for individual patient's identification. The identifying information should be removed or edited as much as possible or alternatively a consent form with the patient's authorization will be required for publication.
  • Extension guidelines:
    - Limit on authors: The maximum numbers of authors allowed is 6.
    - Limit on words:  1000 excluding the abstract for case reports and 2000 words for case series.
    - Limit of figures:  4 figures.
    - Limit on tables and figures: One per manuscript.
    - Limit on references: Eight for case reports; 10 for case series.
    Manuscripts exceeding these limits should be justified in the submission letter to the Editor and will be considered on an individual basis.

Submission and review:

All interested authors are encouraged to submit appropriate material at:
All contributions submitted for publication are critically reviewed by at least two renowned experts in the field in order to ensure the constant high quality of the journal.

Editor-in-Chief: Dudenhausen, Joachim W.

Associate Editors: Gei, Alfredo, Houston / English, Sharon, Leeds

Public Repositories

Author wishes to include own article in an institutional repository or place own article on a departmental/personal website
The author's institute can offer access to the authors’ final, accepted manuscript version of an article from its repository website. Likewise, authors are allowed to post their final, accepted manuscript version on their own personal or laboratory website. In both cases an embargo period of 12 months after online publication in the journal applies. Unless expressly permitted, authors may not post the publisher's version on their own website. However, it is possible to place a link to the published article PDF for purchase.

This permission is restricted to non-commercial institutions only; for the conditions regarding article placement on corporate websites, please contact

Inclusion of articles in a general repository
General repositories may include the abstract of the article in the repository and place a link to the publisher's version of the article for purchase.

NIH-funded authors: WdG acknowledges that the author of an NIH-funded article retains the right to provide a copy of the final, accepted manuscript document to NIH for archiving in PubMed Central 12 months after online publication in the journal. Note that only the accepted author’s version of the manuscript, not the PDF file of the published article, may be used for NIH archiving.

Institutional repository wishes to include articles which do not exist in electronic format
WdG allows institutional repositories to include a scanned version of their authors' journal articles as published in printed form. We request a link be placed to the journal’s homepage (

Author wishes to place a link to the abstract of an article
Authors may place as many links to the abstract as desired.

Author wishes to send electronic offprints (PDFs) to colleagues
Authors will receive an offprint of the publisher’s article version as PDF-document. Authors may send up to 30 copies of the PDF document as electronic offprint to colleagues. Any other form of distribution of the electronic offprint file requires written permission from the publisher.

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Joachim W. Dudenhausen
Weill Cornell Medical College, Charité - University Medicine Berlin, Berlin/Germany

Associate Editors
Victoria Niklas (Neonatology), Nemours Children's Hospital, Orlando/USA
Joseph Chappelle (Obstetrics), Stony Brook Hospital, New York/USA

Editorial Board
Muhammad Aslam, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston/USA
Vincenco D'Addario, University of Bari, Bari/Italy
Mehmet R. Genc, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York/USA
Roland Hentschel, University Medical Center Freiburg, Freiburg/Germany
Wolfgang Holzgreve, University Hospital Bonn, Bonn/Germany
Daniel W. Skupski, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York/USA
Holger Stepan, University Hospital Leipzig, Leipzig/Germany

Managing Editor
Ingrid Grünberg
Case Reports in Perinatal Medicine
Walter de Gruyter GmbH
Genthiner Str. 13
D-10785 Berlin
Tel.: +49 (30) 2600 5245
Fax: +49 (30) 2600 5325

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