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What is Open Access?
Open access (OA) is the practice of providing unrestricted access via the Internet to peer-reviewed scholarly research. Open access journals provide 'gold' open access, meaning immediate open access to all of their articles on the publisher's website. 'Gold' open access for individual articles is funded by authors, institutions, funders, or sponsors who pay an open access article-processing charge (APC) after acceptance.

What types of articles will OTA International publish?
OTA International publishes Original Research, Reviews, Guidelines, Policy Statements Case Reports, Commentaries, Letters, and Meeting Proceedings. To enhance quality, readability and to be more competitive with other leading scientific journals, all manuscripts must conform to word-count standards for article length, references, and limited number of figure pieces. Please visit the Author Instructions for more information.

Full-length Original Articles, Reviews, Guidelines and Policy Statements
OTA Members: $1,425 USD
Nonmembers: $1,900 USD

Case Reports, Commentaries, Letters, and Meeting Proceedings
OTA Members: $563 USD
Nonmembers: $750 USD

Why do authors pay article-processing charges (APC)?
OTA International is an open access, peer-reviewed scholarly journal. To provide open access, the journal charges publication fees for each article published. These fees cover the expenses incurred by publication, including the peer review process, journal production and publication, and hosting and archiving fees. Fees vary by article type. The APC is charged on acceptance of the article and should be paid within 30 days by the author, funding agency or institution. Payment must be received in full for the article to be published.


 Tier

 Article Type

 Article Processing Charge

 Tier 1

  • Full-length Original Articles
  • Reviews
  • Guidelines
  • Policy Statements

 OTA Members: $1,425 USD
 Nonmembers: $1,900 USD

 Tier 2

  • Case Reports
  • Commentaries
  • Letters
  • Meeting Proceedings

 OTA Members: $563 USD
  Nonmembers: $750 USD



What costs does the article-processing charge (APC) cover?
Costs are involved in every stage of the publication process, from peer review to copy editing and hosting the final article on dedicated servers. Authors or funders will be asked to pay an APC so that these costs are addressed and the article can be published open access, with no subscription fees to read the content. By paying the APC, authors can post the final, published PDF of their article on a non-commercial web site, institutional repository or other non-commercial free public server, immediately on publication.

How will readers know articles are open access?
All open access articles will be marked with an icon bearing 'Open' on the full-text and PDF formats of the published work, and information on the type of creative commons license will be available on all article formats and listed in the article metadata.

Does OTA International offer a discounted rate to authors from emerging countries?
Authors from Emerging Countries will be eligible for discounted APC rates that amount to 30% off the Tier 1 rate, and 20% off the Tiers 2 and 3 rates. Authors are eligible for the discounted APC rate if they meet the following criteria:

  • Emerging Countries are defined by the both the Group A and Group B HINARI list of countries, areas, and territories, available here: http://www.who.int/hinari/eligibility/en/. The HINARI program for Access to Health Research is developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners to improve access to scientific information for health sector institutions in low- and middle-income countries by providing high quality, timely, relevant biomedical and social science journals for free or nominal prices.
  • "From" is defined as follows: currently studying or practicing medicine in one of the HINARI Group A or Group B countries.
  • Number of authors: 50% or more of the authors on a manuscript must be currently studying or practicing medicine in one of the HINARI Group A or Group B countries. All criteria for true authorship must be followed.
  • Corresponding author: The “printed Corresponding Author” (which may be different from the Editorial Manager corresponding author) must be currently studying or practicing medicine in one of the HINARI Group A or Group B countries.

Who retains copyright of the open access articles?
Authors retain copyright of their content. Open access articles will be freely available to read, download and share from the time of publication. OTA International publishes articles under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Non Derivative 4.0 license. If your research is funded by one of the following parties who requires a CCBY license, you may opt for the Creative Commons Attribution CC-BY 4.0 license.

National Institutes of Health Research (NIHR)
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Charity Open Access Fund (COAF)
Department of Health (DH)
International Development Research Centre
Research Councils UK (RCUK)
Wellcome Trust
Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
Swedish Research Council
World Health Organization (WHO)
World Bank
Worldwide Cancer Research
Yorkshire Cancer Research

Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs: CC BY-NC-ND

This license is the most restrictive of the six main licenses, only allowing others to download your works and share it with others as long as they credit you, but they can't change the work in any way or use it commercially.

Attribution: CC-BY

This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered.

If I publish OTA International, does this make me compliant with my funding body requirements?
OTA International’s services and policies ensure that authors can fully comply with the public access requirements of major funding bodies worldwide.

Is OTA International online only?
Yes, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open is available online, with no print edition.

How do I subscribe to OTA International?
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open is an open access journal, so no subscription is needed to read it.

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