Open Access

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 Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open publish?
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open publishes Original Research, Experimental Articles, Special Topics, Follow-up Studies, Ideas & Innovations, Case Reports, Correspondence, Viewpoints, and Video articles. 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.

Why do authors pay article-processing charges (APC)?
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open 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  - Original Articles
 - Experimental
 - Special Topic
 - Follow-up Study
 US $2195
 Tier 2 - Ideas & Innovations
 - Case Reports
 US$799
 Tier 3 - Letters to the Editor
 - Viewpoints
 US$599
 Tier 4 - Video Articles US$439

What costs does the article-processing charge (APC) cover?
As 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 will be asked to pay an APC in order for their article to be published open access. 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.

Does Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open 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.

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.

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. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open 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 in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open, does this make me compliant with my funding body requirements?
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open 's services and policies ensure that authors can fully comply with the public access requirements of major funding bodies worldwide.

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

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

Does Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open have an impact factor? Is Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open indexed in PubMed Central or Medline?
As a new journal, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open does not yet have an Impact Factor. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open is indexed in PubMed Central, DOAJ, and the Emerging Sources Citation Index. Journals within the Emerging Sources Citation Index are regularly reviewed to be considered to receive an Impact Factor.

Does Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open have clear editorial and ethical policies?

Yes, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open is a member of the Committee of Publication Ethics and adheres to their guidelines. More details on Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open s editorial and ethical policies can be found in the Editorial, Legal, and Ethical Policies.