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Respirology Case Reports

Cover image for Vol. 4 Issue 5

Edited By: Christopher Lai

Online ISSN: 2051-3380

Author Guidelines


Respirology Case Reports is an open-access, peer-reviewed online journal publishing original clinical case reports in all fields of respiratory medicine. Respirology Case Reports is listed in PubMed Central (now PMC) and all articles are deposited into PMC on publication in an issue. Respirology Case Reportsis affiliated with Respirology, the official journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology (APSR), and APSR members benefit from a reduced publication fee.


- Submit your case report at

- To ensure prompt processing of your manuscript, use the journal's template and follow the instructions and formats requirements as detailed on the template below. We send you an email confirming your submission details.

- You will be prompted to agree to the open access fee, which is to be paid only upon acceptance of your case report. Your case report is sent for peer-review. You can follow its progress online in your Author Centre.

- After review and acceptance, you will be prompted to sign the Open Access Agreement form and pay the open access publication fee. Once the fee has been paid, your paper will be processed for publication. You can track the progress of your article through Wiley Author Services.

- You will receive notification that your proof is ready for review.

- Your article will be published on Wiley Online Library. If you have previously signed up for alerts through Wiley’s Author Services, you will be sent an email when your article is published online.


After review and acceptance of your manuscript, you will be required to sign an Open Access agreement form and pay the charge for the Open Access publication of the manuscript. If your paper is accepted, the author whom you identify as being the corresponding author for the paper will be presented with the option to sign an open access agreement (on behalf of all co-authors) to make the case report available under the terms of either the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC) license or the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-NoDerivs License (CC-BY-NC-ND).  From the 1st April 2013 RCUK or Wellcome trust funded authors will be directed to sign the open access agreement under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution license (CC-BY) in order to be funder compliant.

For more information on the terms and conditions of these licenses please visit:

Case reports published in Respirology Case Reports are thus available free to all readers. All articles are deposited into PubMed Central (now PMC) on publication in an issue, making the case reports searchable via PubMed and the free full text directly available via PubMed Central.

The corresponding author (as listed on the title page of the manuscript) will be charged the publication fee only after the manuscript is accepted. However authors must agree to pay this fee at the time of submission of their manuscript.Payment must be finalised prior to the manuscript being published. APSR members benefit from a reduced publication fee of US$500, whereas the fee for non-members is US$800. For more information on becoming an APSR member, please refer to the following website ( Publication Charges and Discounts page is


Submissions must be made online at:

Authors must use the journal’s case report template for their submission and provide a completed/signed copy of the patient consent form (see below for details).


Case reports must be succinct and must follow the structure outlined in the Journal's case report template : title, authors (maximum 6, First name Last name, do not add qualifications i.e. MD, PhD, etc.), affiliations, corresponding author; Abstract (maximum 150 words); short title (maximum 40 characters including spaces); 5 Keywords in alphabetical order; Main text (maximum 900 words) structured as follow: Introduction, Case Report, Discussion; Statement confirming patient consent, Conflicts of interest statement, Funding statement, Acknowledgement statement;References (maximum 5); Figures and Tables (maximum 2 in total).

The title should clearly describe the distinctiveness of the case presented and, if possible, the main message of the report. The title must be less than 12 words and should exclude the words "A Case Report".


The use of abbreviations, apart from standard abbreviations of units of measure, is discouraged. Abbreviations used must be defined in parentheses on first mention in the abstract and again in the body of the manuscript. If applicable, they must be re-defined in the figure legend or table caption. An alphabetical list of all abbreviations used with their definitions should be included in the manuscript.


Reference formatting and punctuation should conform to the Journal style which is based on the Vancouver system. Examples follow:

Standard journal article

List the first three authors, if more add et al. The issue number should not be quoted.

1. Lahita R, Kluger J, Drayer DE, et al. Antibodies to nuclear antigens in patients treated with procainamide or acetylprocainamide. N. Engl. J. Med. 1979; 301: 1382–5.

Books and other monographs

2. Cade JF, Pain MCF. Essentials of Respiratory Medicine. Blackwell Science, Oxford, 1988.

Book Chapter

3. Colby VT, Carrington CB. Infiltrative lung disease. In: Thurlbeck WM (ed.) Pathology of the Lung. Thieme Medical Publishers, New York, 1988; 198–213.

Electronic material

4. World Health Organisation, 3 July 2003. Update 94: Preparing for the Next Influenza Season in a World Altered by SARS. http://www.who.International/csr/disease/ influenza/sars. Accessed: 15 September 2003.

Online Article not yet published in an issue

An online article that has not yet been published in an issue (therefore has no volume, issue or page numbers) can be cited by its Digital Object Identifier (DOI). The DOI will remain valid and allows an article to be tracked even after its allocation to an issue.

5. Walker J, Kelly PT, Beckart L. Airline policy for passengers requiring supplemental in-flight oxygen. Respirology 2009 doi 10.1111/j.1440-1843.2009.01521.x

References should be cited in the text, table and figure legend, using superscript Arabic numerals (after punctuation marks where appropriate), in the order in which they first appear in the text. References should be typed double-spaced and numbered consecutively. Titles of journals should be abbreviated in the reference list according to the style used in Index Medicus.

Unpublished observations and personal communications should not be listed as references, but may be incorporated in the text and stated as such in parentheses. References to articles in a language other than English that do not have an English abstract should not be used.


The Tables (maximum 2) should be supplied as a separate file, and should be accompanied by a descriptive caption at the top. Tables should be referred to in the text. Explanatory material should be placed in footnotes below the Table and not included in the heading. All non-standard abbreviations should be defined in the footnotes. Footnotes should be indicated by *, †, ‡, §. Statistical terms such as SD or SEM should be identified in headings. Use of the word-processing ‘Table’ function for creating tables is encouraged; otherwise, use only one Tab (not spaces) to separate each column in a table.

Figure Legends

Legends to the figures should be supplied in the designated space in the case report template and should not appear on the figure file. The figures should be referred to in the text. Symbols, arrows and numbers or letters used to identify parts of illustrations should be identified and explained in the legend. The description in the legend should be sufficient for the reader to interpret the figure without reference to the text.

Figures and Electronic Art

The figures must be contained in separate files and should not be inserted in the case report template file. Each figure must be in the original format in which it has been created, we cannot accept objects inserted in a document from another source. Images must be saved in EPS or TIFF format with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi. Each figure should be presented at actual size to fit a single column (81 mm width), double column (169 mm width) or intermediate column (118 mm width). Illustrations should be sharp images. Authors should refer to: for further details. All photomicrographs must have internal scale markers and the legend must include the magnification and stain used. Letters, numbers and symbols must be clear and legible. Titles, keys and detailed explanations should be confined to the legend and not included in the illustration. Photographs of persons must be retouched to make the subject unidentifiable. If that is not possible or desirable, informed consent from the subject must be provided.

Please note that manuscripts containing a figure that does not meet these specifications will be returned to the authors for correction prior to peer-review.


Prior to submitting their case reports, authors must ensure that the patient(s) described in the case has(ve) given their informed consent for the case report to be published. In the circumstance that the patient is unable to provide consent (i.e. under 18, deceased, those who are unable to provide verbal or written consent, etc), authors must obtain consent from the patient's next of kin or legal representative. Upon submission, authors must provide the Journal’s patient consent form (available in English, Japanese, Mandarin, Korean and French), completed and signed by the relevant individual. Authors must ensure that the anonymity of the patient is respected by leaving out any specific details that are not relevant to the case.


Manuscripts should conform to the revised guidelines of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), published as Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication ( These guidelines and the advice of the Editorial Board, Editorial Staff and Publisher will be used if matters of advice, dispute or contention arise in relation to publications and/or authors.

Respirology Case Reports requires the authors to submit exclusively to the Journal and will not accept case reports containing significant portions of material published or submitted for publication elsewhere except for abstracts of no more than 400 words. Any material available with accessible electronic sources, such as PubMed, Institutions or Pre-Print websites or other electronically accessible sources are considered as published. The Editors of Respirology Case Reports reserve the right to refuse such contributions. Respirology Case Reports employs a plagiarism detection system and, by submitting a manuscript to the Journal, the authors accept that their manuscript may be screened for plagiarism or duplication against previously published works.


Respirology Case Reports requires that all authors disclose any potential or actual conflict of interest (financial or other), or state the absence of such conflict of interest. The corresponding author takes responsibility for the declaration of any conflict of interest and authorship by completing the relevant fields on the case report template.

All persons listed as authors should qualify for authorship as defined by the ICMJE ( and all persons qualifying for these requirements should be listed as authors. No more than six authors should be listed for any submission.


All contributions should be written in English and spelling should conform to the Concise Oxford English Dictionary. The Editors reserve the right to decline papers of which the standard of English is not acceptable for publication.

Pre-acceptance English-language editing: Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. Visit our site to learn about the options. All services are paid for and arranged by the author. Please note using the Wiley English Language Editing Service does not guarantee that your paper will be accepted by this journal.


The Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Board reserve the right to refuse any material for publication, and to accept manuscripts conditional upon changes in its contents. The Publisher, the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology, the Editorial Board and the Editors cannot be held responsible for errors or any consequences arising from the use of information contained in the Journal.


Accepted papers will be passed to Wiley’s production team for publication. The author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Wiley’s Author Services, where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be asked to complete an electronic license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper. More details on the copyright and licencing options for the journal appear below.

Wiley’s Author Services

Author Services enables authors to track their article through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The corresponding author will receive a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.


Once the paper has been typeset the corresponding author will receive an e-mail alert containing instructions on how to provide proof corrections to the article. It is therefore essential that a working e-mail address is provided for the corresponding author. Proofs should be corrected carefully; the responsibility for detecting errors lies with the author.

Early View

The journal offers rapid speed to publication via Wiley’s Early View service. Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue. Early View articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the authors' final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after online publication. Early View articles are given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before allocation to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article. More information about DOIs can be found at

Author Marketing Toolkit

The Wiley Author Marketing Toolkit provide authors with support on how to use social media, publicity, conferences, multimedia, email and the web to promote their article.

Author Guidelines updated 10 June 2015