Clinical Practice and Cases in Emergency Medicine Submission

This page is designed to help you ensure your submission is ready for and fits the scope of the journal.

Before submitting you should read over the guidelines below:


Clinical Practice and Cases in Emergency Medicine (CPC-EM) is a distinct affiliated journal of the MEDLINE-indexed, Western Journal of Emergency Medicine (WestJEM), offering patient care case reports and images (still and video). A special focus is on bedside, point-of-care ultrasound videos. It is fully open-access, peer-reviewed, and freely available worldwide. CPC-EM encourages case reports and image submissions from junior authors (students, residents and fellows), as well as faculty of established and developing international Emergency Medicine (EM) programs. Most papers have both a junior and senior author, fostering our mentorship goal. As evidenced by some 400 submissions/year, there is a clear demand for publication and dissemination of this important clinical content.

Focus and Scope

Clinical Practice and Cases in Emergency Medicine (CPC-EM) is a leading international, open-access journal that publishes high-quality case reports, case series, clinicopathological cases (CPCs), and medical legal reports with special focus on point-of-care ultrasound videos. It focuses on cutting-edge advancements at the forefront of emergency medicine (EM), providing clinicians with critical information on the newest diseases and treatments in the field. It also publishes CPCs for educators­, analyzing and emphasizing complex diagnostic processes, and medico-legal cases for clinicians elucidating legal pitfalls in EM. Through free and  unrestricted international dissemination of this important clinical content, CPC-EM aims to serve as an asset to researchers and to meet the needs of all groups in healthcare.

Submission Checklist

CPC-EM Case Report Guidelines

Please review the submission guidelines here.

To be considered for external review and publication, case reports must describe a very rare or unique clinical condition that demonstrates major importance and impact towards public and population health in emergency medicine. Authors are encouraged to submit case reports that are educational/beneficial, furthering knowledge in emergency medicine. Abstracts should be no more than 100 words, and reports should be no more than 1750 words. Please note that figures, illustrations, or videos are highly recommended to be included (maximum of 3 figures / tables.) The case report should not be submitted if a similar case report has previously been published in CPC-EM.

CPC-EM Images in Emergency Medicine Guidelines

Please review the submission guidelines here.

Submissions are limited to 300 words. All Images submissions must have at least 1 Figure/Table/Image; no more than 3 Figures/Tables/Images are permitted per submission. We highly encourage both videos (ultrasound and otherwise) and high quality images. However, it is important to cross reference any media with our image bank on our website to avoid similar publications. In our review and publication process, we make an active effort to avoid submissions that create redundancy within our journal.

CPC-EM Clinicopathological Cases Guidelines

Please review the submission guidelines here.

Copyright Notice

I grant the Clinical Practice and Cases in Emergency Medicine (the “Journal”) on behalf of The Regents of the University of California (“The Regents”) the non-exclusive right to make any material submitted by the Author to the Journal (the “Work”) available in any format in perpetuity, and to authorize others to do the same.

The Author and the Journal agree that eScholarship will publish the article under a Creative Commons Attribution license, which is incorporated herein by reference and is further specified at, or later versions of the same license. A brief summary of the license agreement as presented to users is listed below:

You are free to:

  • Share – copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format;
  • Adapt – remix, transform, and build upon the material;
  • for any purpose, even commercially.

Under the following terms:

  • Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.

The Author warrants as follows:
(a) that the Author has the full power and authority to make this agreement;
(b) that the Work does not infringe any copyrights or trademarks, nor violate any proprietary rights, nor contain any libelous matter, nor invade the privacy of any person or third party; and
(c) that no right in the Work has in any way been sold, mortgaged, or otherwise disposed of, and that the Work is free from all liens and claims.

The Author understands that once the Work is deposited in eScholarship, a full bibliographic citation to the Work will remain visible in perpetuity, even if the Work is updated or removed.

For authors who are not employees of the University of California:
The Author agrees to hold The Regents of the University of California, the California Digital Library, the Journal, and its agents harmless for any losses, claims, damages, awards, penalties, or injuries incurred, including any reasonable attorney's fees that arise from any breach of warranty or for any claim by any third party of an alleged infringement of copyright or any other intellectual property rights arising from the Depositor’s submission of materials with the California Digital Library or of the use by the University of California or other users of such materials.

Peer Review

CPC-EM adhere to the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publications.1 All manuscripts submitted to the CPC-EM undergo a rigorous double-blind peer review process, whereas the authors and reviewers are blinded from each other’s names or affiliations. Editors are not to disclose the confidentiality of reviewers or authors. Details of the review are not revealed to the authors until review is complete and an official decision on the manuscript is made. Editors, editorial staff and reviewers are not to discuss publicly any authors’ works until publication. Manuscripts sent for review are privileged information and are the sole property of the authors’ until publication, at which time the manuscript is under the creative common license. For more information, click here.

All section editors assign at least 3-5 reviewers to whom the identities of the authors remain anonymous. Reviewers provide thorough feedback on the assigned article and make recommendations to the editors regarding the following:

  • Critique of the methodology

  • The impact and strength of the article

  • Significant limitations that need to be addressed

  • Are tables and figures relevant and suitable to the manuscript

  • Comments on the clarify, brevity and grammar

The Editor-in-Chief or Associate Editors will register the final decision. The reviewer’s identity will remain confidential throughout the peer review process.


Clinical Practice and Cases in Emergency Medicine allows the following licences for submission:

  • CC BY 4.0
    Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.

Publication Fees

Clinical Practice and Cases in Emergency Medicine (CPC-EM)

If the first author of the accepted article is a full-time member of a WestJEM department subscription, there is a 20% reduced fee for an accepted article to CPC EM. This page allows authors with accepted CPC EM manuscripts to submit the article processing fee. This fee is only required for accepted manuscripts to CPC EM. There is no fee for editorials, nor is there a fee to submit an article. CPC EM is willing to waive the article processing fee after the article has been accepted for authors who come from low income or lower middle income countries on a case by case basis. Please contact if you believe you qualify for this fee waiver only after your article has been accepted.

  • CPC-EM Image - Discounted Price $400 (rather than $500)
  • CPC-EM Case Report - Discounted Price $600 (rather than $750)
  • CPC-EM Case Series - Discounted Price $800 (rather than $1000)

Additional benefits of becoming a faculty department subscription to WestJEM can be found here.

If you would like to become a department subscriber click here. If you have any questions, please contact or call 1-800-884-2236.

Please click here for the article processing fee payment portal.

Publication Cycle

This journal published continuously all year round/publishes in issues every 3 months.


Public Submissions

Peer Reviewed


Case Reports

Letters to the Editor

Images in Emergency Medicine

Clinicopathological Cases

Case Series

Clinicopathological Cases from the University of Maryland

ACOEP Case Reports (Invitation Only)

ACOEP Images in Emergency Medicine (by Invitation Only)

ACOEP Clinicopathological Cases (Invitation Only)