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Table 1 Comparison of advice on style of reporting and content of case report presented as no (%) or median with interquartile ranges.

From: Instructions to authors for case reporting are limited: A review of a core journal list

  All journals n = 163 Medicine n = 81 Surgery n = 38 Generic n = 44 p value
Advice on style of reporting
*Limit on words 1000 (750,1000) 1000 (750,1500) 750 (500, 1000) 1000 (925,1000) 0.70
*Limits on pages 4 (2,5) 3 (2,6) 4 (2.75, 6) 1 (1,1) 0.0001
*Limit on figures 1 (1,1) 1 (1,2) 2 (1,2) 1 (1,1) 0.30
*Limit on tables 1 (1,1) 1 (1,1) 1 (1,2) 1 (1,1) 0.45
*Limit on references 8 (5,10) 8 (6,10) 5 (4,8) 9 (5,10) 0.74
*Limit on Authors 6 (4,6) 5 (3,6) 5.5 (3.5, 6) 6 (5.25,9) 0.31
Abstract/Synopsis 149 (91%) 72 (89%) 37 (97%) 40 (91%) 0.30
Indexing/Key word 145 (89%) 70 (86%) 36 (94%) 39 (89%) 0.40
Consent required 29 (18%) 14 (17%) 5 (13%) 10 (23%) 0.52
Advice on content of case report
Instructive 91(55%) 50 (62%) 16 (42%) 25 (57%) 0.90
Originality 42 (26%) 19 (23%) 8 (22%) 15 (34%) 0.07
Innovative 42 (26%) 15 (19%) 10 (26%) 17 (39%) 0.25
Unusual/Rare 99 (61%) 53 (65%) 18 (47%) 28 (64%) 0.63
Hypothesis generation 9 (6%) 4 (6%) 2 (5%) 3 (7%) 0.55
  1. Data are reported as median with interquartile ranges, the others as actual numbers with percentages in bracket.