Instructions for Authors : Annals of Surgery Open

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AIMS AND SCOPE

Annals of Surgery Open: Perspectives on Surgical History, Education, and Clinical Approaches is an open access, peer-reviewed, international journal focusing on the field of surgery. Annals of Surgery Open publishes research on all areas of surgery, including historical and educational perspectives. As the complimentary title to Annals of Surgery, Annals on Surgery Open: Perspectives of Surgical History, Education, and Clinical Approaches will

  • provide a gold open-access venue for the publication of those research studies sponsored by private and public funding agencies that require gold open access publication of study results
  • vigorously maintain the high standards of Annals of Surgery, with careful editorial and peer review, and publishing standards

ABOUT OPEN ACCESS PUBLICATIONS

Annals of Surgery Open: Perspectives on Surgical History, Education, and Clinical Approaches is an open access journal with

  • Peer Review. A peer-reviewed publication, publishing selectively only those articles that pass peer review requirements of its Editorial Board.
  • Electronic Delivery. Offers content via online and app-delivered publication modalities (no print option).
  • Speed. Offers rapid review and publication times
  • No "pay wall" for readers. Charges no subscription fees; are free and "open access" to any viewer

To provide open access to Annals of Surgery Open: Perspectives on Surgical History, Education, and Clinical Approaches its content, the journal charges publication fees to the authors or other research sponsors/funding agencies for each article they publish. These fees cover numerous expenses incurred by publication, including the peer review process, journal production and publication, and hosting and archiving fees. Fees vary by article type.

Article Type APC
Original Study, Follow-up Study, Randomized Controlled Trials, Reviews, Surgical Education and Meta-Analysis 2,000 USD
Surgical History 1,500 USD
Surgical Perspectives  800 USD
Letters/Replies & Brief Clinical Reports 599 USD
Video 499 USD

Accepted articles from Emerging Countries will be eligible for discounted APC rates that amount to either 100% or 30% off the original APC.

Discounted APC Rate Eligibility:

Annals of Surgery Open offers full or partial equitable waivers for accepted articles from low-income and middle-income economies. Eligibility is based on the Research4Life eligibility criteria. Countries listed in Group A are eligible for the full waiver and countries listed in Group B are eligible for the partial (50%) waiver. The waiver is automatically applied based on the Corresponding Author's country information provided during submission.


To determine your eligibility, visit the Research4Life criteria page at https://www.research4life.org/access/criteria/


EDITORIAL POLICIES

Decisions concerning editing, revision, acceptance, or rejection of any manuscript are made by the Editor based on the reviews of the associate editors and guest reviewers. Editing may include shortening an article, reducing the number of illustrations or tables, or changing the paper's format. Accepted articles may appear with an invited discussion if the Editor so desires.

Ethical Approval of Studies/Informed Consent:

Authors of manuscripts that describe experimental studies on either humans or animals must supply to the Editor a statement that the study was approved by an institutional review committee or ethics committee and that the human subjects gave informed consent. Such approval should be described in the Methods section of the manuscript. Additionally, for studies conducted with human subjects, the method by which informed consent was obtained from the participants (i.e., verbal or written) also needs to be stated in the Methods section.

In those situations where a formal institutional review board process is not available, the authors must indicate that the principles outlined in the Declaration of Helsinki have been followed. More information regarding the Declaration of Helsinki can be found at http://www.wma.net/en/30publications/10policies/b3/

Registering Clinical Trials

Annals of Surgery Open requires all articles reporting results of clinical trials to be registered in a public trials registry that is in conformity with the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). All clinical trials, regardless of when they were completed, and secondary analyses of original clinical trials must be registered before submission of a manuscript based on the trial. Phase I trials designed to study pharmacokinetics or major toxicity are exempt.

Manuscripts reporting on clinical trials (as defined above) should indicate that the trial is registered and include the registry information on a separate page, immediately following the author's financial disclosure information. Required registry information includes trial registry name, registration identification number, and the URL for the registry.

Trials should be registered in one of the following trial registries:

(Clinical Trials)
(Australian Clinical Trials Registry)
(ISRCTN Register)
(Netherlands Trial Register)
(UMIN Clinical Trials Registry)

 

(An updated list of WHO recognized Primary Registries which authors may use for registering their clinical trial) http://www.who.int/ictrp/network/primary/en/index.html

 

ONLINE SUBMISSION

All manuscripts must be submitted online at https://www.editorialmanager.com/aoso/

First-time users

Please click the Register button at https://www.editorialmanager.com/aoso/. Upon successful registration, you will be sent an email providing your username and password. Save this information for future reference. Note: If you have received an email from us with an assigned username and password, or if you are a repeat user, do not register again. Once you have an assigned username and password, you do not have to re-register.

Authors

Please click the Login button from the menu at the top of the page and login to the system as an author. Submit your manuscript according to the author instructions. You will be able to track the process of your manuscript through the system.

 

JOURNAL POLICIES

DUPLICATE PUBLICATION

Manuscripts are reviewed for possible publication with the understanding that they are being submitted only to the Annals of Surgery Open: Perspectives on Surgical History, Education, and Clinical Approaches and have not been published, simultaneously submitted, or already accepted for publication elsewhere. The Editorial team may subject any manuscript submitted for consideration of publication in Annals of Surgery Open: Perspectives on Surgical History, Education, and Clinical Approaches to plagiarism-detection software.  

This does not preclude consideration of a manuscript that has been rejected by another journal or a complete report that follows publication of preliminary findings elsewhere, usually in the form of an abstract. Copies of any possibly duplicate published material should be submitted with the manuscript under consideration, with a statement in the cover letter as to why the manuscript currently being submitted is not a duplicate publication.

 

DISCLOSURE OF CONFLICTS

Authors must state all possible conflicts of interest in the manuscript, including financial, consultant, institutional and other relationships that might lead to bias or a conflict of interest. If there is no conflict of interest, this should also be explicitly stated as none declared. All sources of funding should be acknowledged in the manuscript. All relevant conflicts of interest and sources of funding should be included on the title page of the manuscript with the heading "Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding." For example: "Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: A has received honoraria from Company Z. B is currently receiving a grant (#12345) from Organization Y, and is on the speaker's bureau for Organization X - the CME organizers for Company A. For the remaining authors none were declared."

AUTHORSHIP

Annals of Surgery Open: Perspectives on Surgical History, Education, and Clinical Approaches expects that each person listed as an author has participated suffi­ciently in the intellectual content, the analysis of data, and/or the writing of the manuscript to take public responsibility for it. Each author must have reviewed the manuscript, believe it represents valid work, and approve it for submission.

 

Moreover, should the Editorial team request the data upon which the manuscript is based, the authors shall produce it. Each author's specific contributions to the work should be indicated; this information will be published as a footnote to the paper. For example, the areas of participation might include:

  • Participated in research design
  • Participated in the writing of the paper
  • Participated in the performance of the research
  • Contributed new reagents or analytic tools
  • Participated in data analysis

     

    An author may list more than one contribution, and more than one author may have contributed to the same aspect of the work. Any change in authorship/contributions after submission must be approved in writing by all authors and submitted to the Editorial Office for final consideration.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE

Appropriate use of the English language is a requirement for publication in the Journal. Authors who have difficulty in writing in English who submit manuscripts to international journals often receive negative comments from referees or editors about the English-language usage in their manuscripts, and these challenges can contribute to a decision to reject a paper. To help reduce the possibility of such problems, we strongly encourage such authors consider using Wolters Kluwer Author Services**.

 

WOLTERS KLUWER AUTHOR SERVICES

Wolters Kluwer, in partnership with Editage, offers a unique range of editorial services to help you prepare a submission-ready manuscript:

  • Premium Editing: Intensive language and structural editing of academic papers to increase chances of journal acceptance.
  • Advanced Editing: A complete language, grammar, and terminology check to give you a publication-ready manuscript.
  • Translation with Editing: Write your paper in your native language, and Wolters Kluwer Author Services will translate it into English, as well as edit it to ensure that it meets international publication standards.
  • Plagiarism Check: Helps ensure that your manuscript contains no instances of unintentional plagiarism.
Artwork Preparation: Save precious time and effort by ensuring that your artwork is viewed favorably by the journal without you having to incur the additional cost of purchasing special graphics software.

For more information regarding Wolters Kluwer Author Services, please visit http://wkauthorservices.editage.com.

 **Note that the use of such a service is at the author's own expense and risk and does not guarantee that the article will be accepted.

 

Financial Support and Competing Interests

A financial disclosure section is part of the submission process and must be completed by each author at first revision. This information is for review by the Editors but will be published if relevant to the content of the accepted manuscript.

The primary purpose of the disclosure section is to determine whether authors have received any commercial financial support that could create a conflict of interest. In addition to monetary interests, a potential for conflict of interest can exist whether or not an indi­vidual believes that a relationship (such as dual commitments, competing interests, or competing loyalties) affects his or her scientific judgment. Please review ICMJE Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals at the following link: http://www.icmje.org/conflicts-of-interest.

 

PEER REVIEW

All articles published in Annals of Surgery Open: Perspectives on Surgical History, Education, and Clinical Approaches are subject to review by the Editorial team to ensure adherence to editorial and submission guidelines. Authors submitting manu­scripts to Annals of Surgery Open: Perspectives on Surgical History, Education, and Clinical Approaches may propose suitable reviewers or oppose reviewers who may have competing interests. Manuscripts are accepted based on quality, originality, significance, novelty, and interest to the readers of Annals of Surgery Open: Perspectives on Surgical History, Education, and Clinical Approaches.

Annals of Surgery Open: Perspectives on Surgical History, Education, and Clinical Approaches Editor-in-Chief, Keith Lillemoe, and Associate Editors review all submissions; at this stage manuscripts may be rejected without review. Submissions deemed complete and appropriate for the scope of the journal then undergo rigorous single-blind peer review by at least two reviewers. Once all reviews are complete, the editor makes a final decision and either accepts the manuscript, returns constructive peer-review feedback to the authors, or rejects the manuscript. If a paper is revised and resubmitted it undergoes additional screening by editors and possibly by reviewers, and line editing is performed by the editor and copyeditors.

 A paper that has been formally rejected will not be reconsidered for publication in Annals of Surgery Open: Perspectives on Surgical History, Education, and Clinical Approaches.

Cascading Peer Review

Annals of Surgery- the partnering journal to Annals of Surgery Open: Perspectives on Surgical History, Education, and Clinical Approaches -utilizes a 'cascading peer review method' whereby manuscripts not acceptable for Annals of Surgery but deemed suitable for Annals of Surgery Open: Perspectives on Surgical History, Education, and Clinical Approaches will automatically be considered for publication in Annals of Surgery Open: Perspectives on Surgical History, Education, and Clinical Approaches. Authors of such manuscripts will receive an email indicating the decision not to accept the article in Annals of Surgery and an offer to transfer the manuscript to the Annals of Surgery Open: Perspectives on Surgical History, Education, and Clinical Approaches editorial system. Authors will be able to click a link to 'accept' or 'decline' this offer; If 'accept' is clicked, the article will be automatically transferred and resubmitted to Annals of Surgery Open: Perspectives on Surgical History, Education, and Clinical Approaches Editorial Manager site. ​

 

Types of Manuscripts Published

Type Text Word Guideline* Abstract Word Guideline Figure/Table Guideline Reference Guideline
Original Study 3,500 250 10 50
Randomized Controlled Trials 3,500 250 10 50
Education 3,500 250 10 25
Reviews 5,000 250 10 75
Meta-Analysis 5,000 250 7 75
Surgical History 5,000 250 7 100
Surgical Perspectives 1,500 No abstract 1 10
Letters/Replies & Brief Clinical Reports 1,000 No abstract 0 10
Video 500 No abstract 0 5


ORIGINAL STUDY

These are full-length original research articles, representing substantial, novel research in general surgery.

RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIALS

Authors of will be required to fill in a 10-item "Submission CONSORT" questionnaire as part of the submission process. If the paper receives a decision of "Revise," then the authors must include a completed copy of the full CONSORT checklist and flow chart, designated as supplemental digital content items. Please follow the guidelines in the current CONSORT statement (Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials), which you can access via the following website http://www.consort-statement.org/.  this does not make sense to me, but maybe it does for people do who RCTs?

REVIEW PAPER

These articles are state-of-the-art reviews on specific topics within surgery.

META-ANALYSIS

These articles are systematic, critical assessments of current literature pertaining to clinical topics, emphasizing factors such as cause, diagnosis, prognosis, therapy, or prevention. All articles should be searched for and selected systematically for inclusion and critically evaluated, and the search and selection process should be described in the manuscript. The specific type of study or analysis should be described for each article or data source.

We encourage authors of meta-analyses of clinical trials to submitted the PRISMA flow diagram and checklist. Authors of meta-analyses of observational studies are encouraged to submit the MOOSE checklist. The PRISMA and MOOSE items should be designated as supplemental digital content items. 

BRIEF CLINICAL REPORTS

These are brief articles that should contain substantive ideas and commentary supported by appropriate data and references, highlight a new surgical technique, or an extension or modification of a current surgical technique. Techniques should be explained in detail, and the discussion should include a robust explanation of the benefits of the new technique compared to other surgical interventions.

SURGICAL HISTORY

We are excited to accept papers on the history of surgery, broadly conceived.  Extending across time and from around the world, these submissions could explore, among other themes, the life of a surgeon; examine the development of a new technique or technology; interrogate relationships among surgeons, nurses, and other health care providers; analyze the experience of patients who underwent an operation; address the hurdles minorities encountered when trying to enter the profession; assess the impact of race/gender/class in surgical history; or research any other topic that relates to the history of surgery.  The best articles will demonstrate familiarity with the major historical works on the topic and specify the ways in which the author's argument is new and different through the use of primary sources.

Submissions need not follow the structured format outlined below (re: introduction, materials and methods, results, etc.)  Rather, they should present their argument in clear, articulate prose while maintaining an internal organization that allows the reader to follow along facilely.  With few thematic exceptions, papers should be organized chronologically; internal sub-headings are encouraged.  Paragraphs should have topic sentences that present the main point, followed by supporting evidence.  A conclusion should draw the paper together and try to extend the specific argument to a generalizable theme.

SURGICAL EDUCATION

Education papers are meant to provide both cutting edge and innovative research or serve as guidelines in surgical education; they may be submitted as original manuscripts, randomized controlled trials or meta-analyses.  Review papers in education are also welcome.  Finally, opinions and comments related to surgical education can be submitted as Surgical Perspectives articles.

SURGICAL PERSPECTIVES

Surgical Perspectives are short articles are not a commentary on specific papers published in the Annals of Surgery but rather address important issues relevant to healthcare or medicine in general and which are of specific interest to the profession of surgery. The topics of these articles may include surgical quality or safety, surgical reimbursement, surgical education, or other issues facing the profession. Like all papers published in the journal, these papers will be peer-reviewed.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Letters about published articles in the Journal. Letters commenting on papers published in the Annals of Surgery are also welcome. They should contain substantive ideas and commentary supported by appropriate data and references. Please be sure to cite the original paper published in the Journal in the references. Whenever possible, they will be published with the reply of the published paper's author.

​VIDEOS

Authors may want or be invited to submit videos to the Journal's website. The videos will serve to emphasize key aspects of the research findings reported in their soon to be published manuscript. Please visit Stand Alone Video Format Requirements to download full specifications and instructions for preparing these invited videos.

 

MANUSCRIPT PREPARATION AND FORMATTING INSTRUCTIONS

Manuscripts must be written in clear, grammatical English (see English Language Assistance above). Manuscripts not conforming to Journal format will be returned to authors for modification. Please double space the entire main body document and number each page. Do not add line numbers as the system will generate those when the PDF is built.

Title page, footnotes, abbreviations, and abstract pages must be included in the main body file. Please do not upload separate copies of these documents.

Acceptable document file types for text and tables include .DOC and .DOCX; do not submit a .PDF.

Page 1Title Page. The following elements are required for every submission:

  • Title. Include a descriptive title of the work; the title should not be a sentence. No proprietary or brand names for drugs or agents may be used in article titles.
  • Authors. The full first name, middle initials, and family name of each author, as well as the name(s) of the department(s) and institution(s) to which the work should be attributed.
  • Address for Correspondence. A current email and full mailing address for the corresponding author must be provided.
  • Funding. Include disclosure of funding received for this work, especially details of funding from any of the following organizations: National Institutes of Health (NIH); Wellcome Trust; and Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).
Disclosure. If the author(s) have no funding to disclose, please include the phrase, "The authors declare no conflicts of interest."

Page 2:
  • Footnotes. These should be designated by superscript Arabic numbers and should include:
  • Title: List each author's specific contributions to the work (see details above, under Authorship); list all forms of support received by each author for this study; list any potential conflict of interest for each author, or make a declaration of no conflict of interest.
  • Authors' names: List current email addresses for each author.
  • Text: Provide these in numerical sequence.
Footnotes for other than the above are not permitted in the manuscript body.

Page 3: Abbreviations. This page should list abbreviations not likely to be famil­iar to the reader. They should be listed alphabetically with their meanings. Please do not abbreviate terms unless they are used frequently.
 
Page 4: Abstract. Where required, abstracts are limited to 250 words, which is included in the overall manuscript word count. They should briefly describe, respectively, the problem being addressed in the study, how the study was performed, the salient results, and what the authors conclude from the results.

Mini Abstracts:

Mini-abstracts will be used by the journal in both the eTOC and on social media. For an effective mini-abstract please be sure to include the study type (i.e., retrospective study, prospective study, randomized trial, etc), the population, and main results.

Main Body: Introduction. The introduction contains a statement of the purpose of the work, the problem that stimulated it, and a brief summary of relevant pub­lished investigations.

Materials and Methods: Avoid detailed description of previously published methods and cite the appropriate ref­erence. Detailed methods may be provided as Supplemental Digital Content and will appear in the online version only.

 Results: The results should be concise, avoiding redundant tables and figures illustrating the same data.

Discussion: This section should follow the results and is used to in­terpret results, with minimal recapitulation of findings.

Acknowledgments: This section normally includes sources of research funds, the names of collaborators who are not listed as coauthors, or of any others who contributed to the manuscript. Where a medical writer or editorial assistant has been used to write or edit the article, the writer must be identified and named, together with the source of funding.

References: The journal uses American Medical Association (AMA) style. References should begin on a separate page and numbered in the order in which they are cited in the text, where they are designated by superscript numbers placed outside periods and commas and inside colons and semicolons. Only published works and manuscripts that have been accepted for publication should be listed in the References. Manuscripts in prepa­ration, unpublished observations, and personal communications should be re­ferred to in parentheses in the text. Completed manuscripts submitted for publication may be cited as footnotes to the text (see above, Footnotes). If these are subsequently accepted, the author may transfer them to the reference section in galley proof.

References Format: No more than six authors should be listed. If there are seven or more, only the first three followed by ''et al.'' should be included. Titles of journal articles must be included, and abbreviation of journal names should conform to Index Medicus style.

For information on AMA style, please visit http://www.amamanualofstyle.com.

Two authors:

Ahmed KA, Xiang J. Mechanisms of cellular communication through intercellular protein transfer. J Cell Mol Med. 2011; 15(7): 1458.

More than seven authors:

Ali JM, Bolton EM, Bradley JA, et al. Allorecognition pathways in transplant rejection and tolerance. Transplantation 2013; 96(8): 681.

Organization as author:

CDC. Prevention of herpes zoster: recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). MMWR Recomm Rep 2008; 57: 1.

Donation after Circulatory Death. British Transplant Society. Available at:
http://www.bts.org.uk/Documents/Guidelines. Accessed August 1, 2013.

Tables: Tables must be one pdf/word page or shorter. Tables longer than this need to be split into smaller tables or uploaded as supplemental files. Photographs of tables are not acceptable. Type each table, double-spaced through¬out (including column headings, footnotes, and data), on a separate page. Tables may be included as part of the Main Body file and placed after the References section. Number the tables in sequence in Arabic numerals and supply a concise, informative title for each one. Each column in the tables should carry a concise heading describing the data in the column. Use lowercase superscript letters to designate footnotes, and type the footnotes below the tables to which they refer. Tables are cited in the text in numerical order. Each table should be able to be understood without consulting the text.

Like text, tables should be prepared using a standard word-processing program and may be included within the main body text document or uploaded separately. Do not upload table files more than once (that is, in the main document and in separate files).

Acceptable document file types for tables include .DOC and .DOCX; do not submit .PDF, .XLS or .XLSX type files.

Figures and Legends: Figures should be uploaded in the highest resolution available. Legends should be supplied for all figures. They are numbered to correspond with the figures and typed double-spaced on a separate page. Figure legends for any supplemental figures being submitted are to be provided separately; see section, Supplemental Digital Content (SDC).

 Acceptable figure file formats
  • Do not embed figures into the main body file
  • All final digital figures for accepted manuscripts must be submitted in .EPS, .TIFF, .JPG. PowerPoint .PPT format is permitted when the image resolution is very high.
  • Each figure must be uploaded as a separate file.
  • Histology figures must be in color.
  • Monochrome images (such as line graphs) should be prepared at a resolution of 1200 DPI.
  • Halftones images (black/white or color) should be prepared at a resolution of 300 DPI.
  • Combination halftones (images containing both pictures and text labeling) should be prepared at 600 DPI.
  • Color images must be saved as  "CMYK." Images saved as  "RGB" are not ac­ceptable for printing.
  • Your manuscript may be returned to you for correction if the images are of insufficient quality.
  • Artwork submitted to the Journal will be checked for quality. Authors submitting a revised paper will have the opportunity to check the quality of their images and make the necessary changes. This step is required for all revisions.

Supplemental Digital Content (SDC): Authors may submit Supplemental Digital Content to supplement the information provided in the manu­script. It is preferable to include all significant figures and tables in the manuscript. Nonetheless, SDC may include the following types of content: text, tables, figures, references peripheral to information provided as SDC, audio, and video. SDC should be consecutively cited in the Main Body text of the submitted manuscript. SDC files will be available via URL(s) placed at the citation points within the article and are not copyedited by the publisher. Note that Journal policies for manuscript sub­mission relating to peer review, patient anonymity, ethics, financial disclosure, copyright, and permissions also apply to SDC. Authors should mask patients' eyes and remove patients' names from supplemental digital content unless they obtain written consent from the patients and submit them as supplemental files at the time of the manuscript submission.

Format, File Type and Size Requirements: SDC must be provided in one Word or PowerPoint file. Each SDC in the file should have a visual header in the following name format (e.g.,  "SDC, Figure 1";  "SDC, Materials and Methods") and a corresponding citation must appear in the Main Body text. Note that SDC is numbered separately from non-SDC material. If providing SDC figure(s), a figure legend should be included on the figure itself. When uploading SDC select "Supplemental Digital Content' as the file designation. For audio and video files, also include the author name, videographer, participants, length (minutes), and size (MB). Video files should be formatted with a 320x240 pixel minimum screen size. For each submission, the SDC file cannot exceed a total size of 10 MB.

 

ONLINE MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION

NEW SUBMISSIONS

Once the manuscript has been created, visit the submission site at https://www.editorialmanager.com/aoso/ to upload the manuscript. Once the manuscript has been vetted for compliance with the Journal's requirements, a manuscript number will be assigned to the submission. Failure to adhere to these guidelines will result in your manuscript being returned to you for correction. Faxed, scanned or emailed copies of manuscripts will not be accepted.

REVISED SUBMISSIONS 

Mandatory Author Forms

Authors will be required to complete a License to Publish (LTP) form. LTP forms are required of every author listed on the submission. Please ensure each author's email address is properly listed on the footnotes page of your manuscript to avoid delays in reaching authors. Manuscripts will not pass to production without completed forms. A copy of the required License to Publish form can be found at the following link: https://edmgr.ovid.com/aoso/accounts/AoSO_LTP.pdf

All revised submissions require a point-by-point response to the reviewers' comments. Please upload this document as file type Response to Reviewers.

Changes made in the revised manuscript should be indicated using highlighted, bold or underlined text. Upload both a Marked and a Clean version of the revised manuscript. File types are provided for both versions.

A requirement of all revisions is the artwork quality check as described above (see Figures and Legends).

Revised manuscripts should be submitted within the deadline specified in the decision letter. Please contact us for an extension of the due date if it is not possible to submit the revision within that period, or should you desire to with­draw the manuscript from further consideration.

Revisions should adhere to original specifications for the submission type. Sometimes changes made in response to the decision/critiques may bring the revised manuscript out of compliance (e.g., over the word count and/or table/figure limit) with original specifications. This may be allowed by the Editor, but it must be noted in the point-by-point response.

SUBMITTING VIDEOS

Authors may want or be invited to submit videos to the Journal's website. The videos will serve to emphasize key aspects of the research findings reported in their soon to be published manuscript. Please visit Stand Alone Video Format Requirements to download full specifications and instructions for preparing these invited videos.[JB1] 

 

POST ACCEPTANCE

PUBLICATION COSTS AND PAGE PROOFS

Annals of Surgery Open: Perspectives on Surgical History, Education, and Clinical Approaches is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal. To provide open access, the journal charges publication fees for each article accepted and published. These fees cover the expenses incurred by publication, including the peer review process, journal production and publication, hosting and archiving fees, and article promotions. Fees vary by article type.

 

Article Type APC
Original Study, Follow-up Study, Randomized Controlled Trials, Reviews, Surgical Education and Meta-Analysis 2,000
Surgical History 1,500
Perspectives  800
Letters/Replies & Brief Clinical Reports 599
Video 499

 

PAGES PROOFS

The publisher's Journal Production Editor will contact you when page proofs are ready for your review. The figures included on author's proofs are high resolution. Please inform the Journal Production Editor immediately if you have any questions concerning the quality of the figures on the proofs. For information regarding proofs, or the status of publication of your accepted manuscript, please contact [email protected].

CHANGES IN CORRESPONDING AUTHOR'S CONTACT INFORMATION

Please give all new information, including email addresses, to the editorial office, and to the publisher. Authors may send this information to [email protected]. If the Journal is unsuccessful in contacting the corresponding author, the author will not receive proofs for approval, and the manuscript may not be published.

CHANGES AT PROOF

It is expected that the final manuscript sent to the Editor is indeed the final version, so few changes should be required at proof stage.

AUTHORS RETAIN COPYRIGHT

Authors retain their copyright for all articles. Authors grant WK a license to publish the article and identify itself as the original publisher.

CREATIVE COMMONS LICENSE

Open access articles will be freely available to read, download and share from the time of publication. Articles are published under the terms of the Creative Commons License Attribution-NonCommerical No Derivative 4.0, which allows readers to disseminate and reuse the article as well as share and reuse of the scientific material. It does not permit commercial exploitation or the creation of derivative works without specific permission. To view a copy of this license visit
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0

ARCHIVING

Annals of Surgery Open currently archives its content with Portico and CLOCKKS

​COMPLIANCE WITH NIH AND OTHER RESEARCH FUNDING AGENCY ACCESSIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

A number of research funding agencies now require or request authors to submit the published article (the article after peer review and acceptance but not the final published article) to a repository that is accessible online by all without charge. ​

To provide open access to Annals of Surgery Open: Perspectives on Surgical History, Education, and Clinical Approaches content, the journal charges publication fees to the authors or other research sponsors/funding agencies for each article they publish. These fees cover numerous expenses incurred by publication, including the peer review process, journal production and publication, hosting and archiving fees, and article promotion.

  • Authors funded by RCUK, Wellcome Trust, Austrian Science Fund, or World Health Organization: Authors funded by RCUK, Wellcome Trust, Austrian Science Fund (FWF), or World Health Organization (WFO) must sign a license giving the publisher the right to publish the article. The authors retain copyright but anyone may reuse the article and create derivatives, even for commercial purposes, with proper attribution to Annals of Surgery Open: Perspectives on Surgical History, Education, and Clinical Approaches as the original publisher. Authors will be required to publish, as per the RCUK mandate and the Wellcome Trust, FWF, and WHO policies, under the Creative Commons: Attribution (CC-BY) 4.0 License. Only RCUK, Wellcome Trust, FWF, and WHO authors are allowed to choose this option.
  • All other authors: Authors (including authors of commercially sponsored papers) will have articles published in final form as OA. Authors must sign a license giving the publisher the right to publish the article, create derivatives, and sell reprints. The authors retain the copyright, and anyone can use the article for non-commercial purposes with proper attribution to Annals of Surgery Open: Perspectives on Surgical History, Education, and Clinical Approaches as the original publisher. Each author will sign a license that will give him/her the rights outlined in the Creative Commons: Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC BY-NC-ND) 4.0 License. This license does not permit commercial exploitation or the creation of derivative works without specific permission. 

EDITORIAL OFFICE 

The Editorial Office is pleased to answer any questions you may have about preparing your manuscript in accordance with our guidelines. Email: [email protected]

 

Submit a manuscript: https://www.editorialmanager.com/aoso/