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How to publish a clinical case?

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Recently, in my forever pursuit of all things that are new, stimulating and medical, I caught a real diagnostic zebra. I cannot write the Dx here due to HIPAA, but it is likely to be considered medical diagnosis of at least 70th level out of 80. And I figured it out totally on my own. 

So, now I'd like to make it into case report and get it published. There are case reports about this condition, but not that many of them, published in big medical journals. 

The problem is, I am "just a Nurse Practitioner". I am not even a staff in that ordinary regional medical center. I have privileges there through private practice I work for. And I was totally alone in the process, as the practice allows me like 98.5% autonomy (the rest being paperwork which has to be signed by someone with M.D.) but otherwise they cannot care less as long as the daily clinical work is done. The place where it all is going on is connected with 4th tier medical school, and that's about it in terms of academy. 

In addition, since I had plenty and then some of my ideas blatantly stolen and used by physicians, I am wary about asking a consultant to be my "guide". It was work done by me, alone (and maybe some lab guys in Mayo Clinic who did the key diagnostic test). I want my name being first. 

I went through several NP journals and their publishing guidelines. The problem with them is that they, understandibly want all things "nursing" and there is absolutely nothing "nursing" in the situation. The diagnosis is not "nursing" one. The diagnostic approach had nothing specifically "nursing". And I will have trouble to find any references that somehow belong to anything "nursing". 

So, does anybody have experience of publishing clinical case while being a "nurse"? Pearls and tips will be warmly appreciated!

 

 

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Hmm...THe NP journals that I subscribe too specifically the AANP Journal of NPs says to look at the site: www.npjournal.org and then do list an email of:

 

authorsupport@elsevier.com

Have you looked here? I guess I don't see why this isn't a "NURSE" issue? Maybe I'm not understanding what you are asking for?

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I've not done this kind of thing myself but after reading a bit about how case reports are published and how authors sometimes have to pay for the ability to have the case report be available for open access, it seems like the BMJ is one of the more recognizable and "better" journal to try in your situation. They do require authors to be "fellows" which just means you apply and pay 225 British Pounds for the year.  

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5522590/

https://casereports.bmj.com/pages/authors/

https://libguides.gwumc.edu/casereports

 

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Although this isn't a journal, you could present it on the Fig.1 app.  I use it as a learning tool, and a lot of medical professionals will comment.  There's no fee to join.

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Try contacting AANP for guidance.

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