Instructions for Authors

Journal Philosophy: Open Access Publishing

GRAND ROUNDS is a forum for the publishing of case reports that offer new information to the medical community as a whole. All articles are freely available worldwide: there is no subscription.

Accepted authors pay a fee of £149 to cover the cost of production (one fee per article) via credit card on our secure server – please see the link below and at the bottom of the page. (The £GBP Sterling price is definitive, the US$, Euros€ price may vary).

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Submission is online using an electronic manuscript tracking system called Editorial Manager which is used by many other publishers. The system is easy to use and there are online instructions. Click the 'Submit a Report' icon to the right of your screen to submit your article.

In case of difficulty please e-mail the Journals Publishing Manager at stating the problem clearly.

Length and layout

As a guideline, articles should contain approximately up to 1500 words, four figures, and twenty references and be structured in the following format:

  • Title
  • Full list of authors with affiliations; Author’s names should be clearly linked to their affiliations. Corresponding author's email, postal address, telephone and fax number.
  • List of up to 6 key words and relevant medical specialties
  • Abstract of up to 50 words summarizing the report and its purpose
  • Clinical or other case history
  • Diagnosis
  • Clinical evidence and unusual features
  • Teaching point or points (bulleted list or sentences or paragraphs)

References must include current clinical evidence. Citations must be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are mentioned in the text. The numbers should be in square brackets, superscript and come before any punctuation. The reference list should be prepared in Vancouver style. The abbreviations used for the periodicals cited in the reference list should follow the style of Index Medicus.

For journal articles list the surnames and initials of all authors when there are three or less. If there are more than six authors, list the first three followed by et al. For example,

Harries SR, Fox BM, Williams MP. Nephrostomy failure due to tumour lysis syndrome. Clin Radiol 2000; 55: 152 – 4.

For online articles the volume, issue, and page number can be replaced by the Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which is usually at the top of the article. Therefore, the same example as above would be formatted as:

Harries SR, Fox BM, Williams MP. Nephrostomy failure due to tumour lysis syndrome. Clin Radiol doi:10.1053/crad.1999.0071.

Or all details may be given:

Harries SR, Fox BM, Williams MP. Nephrostomy failure due to tumour lysis syndrome. Clin Radiol 2000; 55: 152, doi: 10.1053/crad.1999.0071.

Units and Abbreviations

Radiation measurements and laboratory values should be given in the International System of Units (SI). A full list of these can be found at

Ethical Considerations

Grand Rounds follows the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Code of Conduct.

Informed Consent

The consent of the patient(s) should be obtained. All information that would permit identification of the patient should be removed. The consent form should be signed by the patient and either scanned in and sent with the manuscript as an email enclosure. No consent is required should the patient be deceased.

Click here to download the patient consent form

Conflict of interest

All authors must disclose any financial and personal relationships with other people or organisations that could bias their work. Examples of financial conflicts include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patents or patent applications, and travel grants current during the work submitted. On submission, authors will be asked to tick a box if there is no conflict of interest. If they are unable to tick this box their manuscript should list the conflict of interest at the end of the abstract.

Protection of Human subjects in research

If the subjects were participating in a research study the text should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000 (World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki. Ethical principles for medical research involving human subjects. JAMA. 2000;284:3043-3045)


All authors are asked to sign a form stating that the manuscript has not been submitted to or published by another journal and that they are able to assign copyright to e-MED.

Click here to download the copyright transfer form


Payment is charged at £149 sterling. Payment is only requested if a case report is accepted for publication.

On acceptance of the article the author will be notified by email or by ordinary mail if this is requested. Click on the WorldPay link above to make payment.

Alternatively authors can enclose a cheque (£GBP only) with the copyright transfer form, made payable to e-MED Company Limited and send it to: e-MED Ltd, PO Box 518, Beckenham, Kent BR3 9HN, UK


Frank Cross
Consultant Vascular and General Surgeon
The London Clinic, UK


Neil Barnes
Consultant Physician
Barts Health NHS Trust, London, UK
Ali Jawad
Professor of Rheumatology
Barts Health NHS Trust, London, UK

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