Article Types / Brief Report

Brief Report

Brief reports (aka Brief communication) are short reports of small-scale research projects or clinical observations. These reports address a specific issue that does not require a full report. They are not meant to convey the incomplete or preliminary findings of an ongoing research.

Brief reports undergo the same review process as original research articles. However, the article acceptance rate in this category is generally lower.

The format of a brief report should be as follows:

  • Abstract (one paragraph without subheadings; max. 200 words)
  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Results and Discussion (one section)
  • Authors’ Contributions
  • Disclosure of Conflict of Interest
  • Acknowledgements
  • Funding/Support
  • References (Vancouver style)


A brief report should include a maximum of 1500 words (including references), 2 figures/tables, and 20 references.