As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
PRIOR PUBLICATION This submission has not been previously published nor is it before another journal for consideration.
CONSENT TO PUBLICATION All authors have consented to the publication of this submission in the Australasian Journal of Plastic Surgery and have been correctly cited and acknowledged. Where there are more than five authors a covering letter must be provided justifying the inclusion of each author named. Contributors who don't qualify as authors should be mentioned under 'Acknowledegements'. Joint first authors should be indicated by a '*' which will be accompanied by a statement noting equal contribution on publication.
CONFLICT OF INTEREST All authors have completed a conflict of interest form. The conflict of interest form can be found here.
PATIENT CONSENT Patient consent has been obtained and the original signed form is with the treating institution.
IMAGE RIGHTS Any figure (such as an illustration or graphic or image) from a secondary source requires written permission from the copyright holder to reproduce. If you are unsure about this, please contact journal staff.
PROOF OF QUALIFICATIONS Authors who are not members of ASPS/NZAPS have provided evidence of their qualifications to the corresponding author and these have been emailed to [email protected]
FUNDING ACKNOWLEDGEMENT Any funding received for research, authorship and/or publication has been acknowledged. This information will be blinded during peer review and added prior to publication if the article is accepted.
DE-IDENTIFIED The main manuscript has all identifying information removed.
AUTHOR GUIDELINES The manuscript adheres to the content requirements set out in author guidelines.
All manuscripts submitted to the journal are screened by the editorial team. Manuscripts are immediately rejected if they do not follow the author guidelines, are not in line with the aims of the journal, or are well short of the standard required for publication.
Authors should be aware of AJOPS' requirements for manuscript type (word count, abstract structure, number of figures and tables and references)
Reporting guidelines have been developed for different study designs; examples include CONSORT Statement for randomised trials, STROBE for observational studies, PRISMA Statement for systematic reviews and meta-analyses, and STARD for studies of diagnostic accuracy. AJOPS encourages authors to follow these guidelines because they help authors describe the study in enough detail for it to be evaluated by editors, reviewers, readers and other researchers evaluating the medical literature.
Clinical trials should be identified in the title of the manuscript
Authors should include the name of the trial register and their clinical trial registration number in the Methods section of the manuscript.
Randomised control trial - reporting
Radomised controlled trials should be identified in the title of the manuscript.
A statement confirming that patient consent has been obtained for the publication of related images and data must be included at the end of the text and before the references. For privacy reasons patient consent forms should be held by the treating institution. Use the statement:
Patients/guardians have given informed consent to the publication of images and/or data.
Conflict of interest
Authors must declare any conflicts of interest. This statement should follow the patient consent statement. Use the statement:
The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.
Authors must include a statement as to whether or not they have received funding for the research, authorship and/or publication of the paper. This statement should follow the statement on conflict of interest. Use the statement:
The authors received no financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.
Authors are asked to submit a separate title page with the following information included:
A concise, relevant and accurate title of no more than 80 characters, including spaces
Authors' names,* qualifications, affiliations and ORCID id:
Maximum of three qualifications eg MBBS PhD FRACS
Each author's role/participation in the authorship of the manuscript
Joint first authors will be indicated by an * and a note stating equal contribution.
If a submission has more than five authors, the inclusion of each name must be justified in the covering letter
Contributors who do not qualify as authors should be mentioned under 'Acknowledgements’
Contact details for the corresponding author:
Full name, postal addresses, email and telephone number.
Disclosures: Include a separate disclosure for each of the following:
Patient/consent for the publication of any images and/or data relating to the patient
Conflicts of interest relating to the authors
Financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of the manuscript.
Clinical trial registration:
Name of trial database where registered
Registration number and date registered
Name of review board/ethics committee
Ethics approval number
Authors must acknowledge anyone who contributed to the manuscript who is not an author. Corresponding authors are responsible for obtaining permission to acknowledge individuals and should confirm this in writing by forwarding email acceptance to AJOPS.
Total word count including the abstract and figures and tables (equivalent to 250 words each)
NB: References are not included in word count
AJOPS has adopted the use of medical subject headings or MESH terms a controlled vocabulary of biomedical terms used in MEDLINE (PubMed, PubMed Central).
Include 5 MESH terms for articles and 3 for cases.
All figures (illustrations and photographs) should:
be supplied as separate files
include the figure number in the file name
be colour, where possible
be high-resolution (at least 300 dpi) and saved as a .eps, .tiff or .jpg file and
be accompanied by permission from the copyright holder where necessary
In the main body of the text, figures should be cited in consecutive order using Arabic numerals and contained in parentheses (Figure 1)
At the end of the manuscript, after the references, include a list of the figures with:
the number and full title of each figure
a legend for each figure with definitions of any symbols used and statistical measures of variation, such as standard deviation and error of the mean, identified.
Tables should be:
numbered consecutively throughout the text using Arabic numerals
be self-contained and complement, but not duplicate, information contained in the text
be presented on a separate page at the end of the manuscript
have columns with brief headings with units of measurement in parentheses
captioned with definitions of any symbols used and statistical measures of variation, such as standard deviation and error of the mean, identified.
Use the following symbols, in sequence: : †, ‡, §, ||, ¶, ††, ‡‡ (*, **, *** should be reserved for P values)
The journal uses the Vancouver referencing style where references are:
numbered sequentially as they occur in the text using Arabic numerals
ordered numerically in the reference list at the end of the text
complete with **all** author names (_et al_ is no longer used).
For in-text citations, use:
Arabic numerals set in superscript **following** punctuation with no surrounding parentheses. For example: 'Your in-text reference marker should appear after punctuation.4
Submissions must adhere to the following format:
Microsoft Word file (.doc, .docx) with all identifying information removed
double spaced text
12 point Times New Roman
first level headings in bold; second level headings in italic; and third level headings underlined
page numbers in the top right-hand corner of each page
tables embedded at the end of the manuscript, double-spaced, with no outlines, limited to one data point to each cell with captions in italic below
figures supplied as separate files with the figure number in the file name.
Full-length reports of current research in either basic or clinical science.
Maximum 3000 words including abstract, main text, figures/tables
Maximum 250 words; structured (include subheadings Background, Methods, Results, Conclusion) and 5 keywords based on MESH terms
Structured (include subheadings Introduction, Methods, Analysis, Discussion and Conclusion)
Maximum 8; each counts as 250 words
A systematic review article offers a comprehensive analysis of a specific topic with reference to all the available literature. Systematic reviews are evidence-based, have a clearly described methodology, include meta-analysis where appropriate and provide a quantitative summary.
Narrative reviews describe and discuss broad scientific topics with reference to selected literature. They can be evidence-based but generally provide a qualitative summary of the topic.
Maximum 4800 words including abstract, main text, figures/tables
Maximum 250 words. For systematic reviews, include subheadings (Introduction, Methods, Results, Conclusion) and five keywords based on MESH terms; Narrative reviews may have an unstructured summary and five keywords based on MESH terms.
Systematic and narrative review articles should include information about the databases used for literature searches, the time period and how the information was extracted.
Maximum 8; each counts as 250 words
Case reports describe interesting or unusual cases and provide clinical insight into patient care. The generally accepted format for a case report includes a title, introduction/background, case, discussion, conclusion and references. Case reports undergo a double-blind peer review process prior to acceptance.
Maximum 1000 words; include subheadings (Background or Introduction, Case, Discussion and Conclusion)
Not required; include 3-5 keywords based on MESH terms.
Maximum 3; these do not contribute to the word count
Case series describe interesting or unusual cases involving one to five patients in similar situations and provide clinical insight into patient care, such as strategies for treatment and management where applicable. The generally accepted format for a case series includes a title, introduction/background, case, discussion, conclusions and references. Case series undergo a double-blind peer review process prior to acceptance.
Maximum 1500 words; include subheadings (Background or Introduction, Case, Discussion and Conclusion)
Maximum 150 words, unstructured; include 3-5 keywords based on MESH terms
Maximum 5; these do not contribute to the word count
OTHER MANUSCRIPT TYPES
Editorials are invited by the editors-in-chief or from members of the editorial board. They present views and perspectives related to published articles, current issues or journal policy. They are concise, scholarly, insightful and thought-provoking.
Word count: Maximum 1000 words Figures/tables: Maximum 1; this does not contribute to the word count References: No limit
Features are commissioned by the editors-in-chief. They can be on any topic that is of interest to readers that is related to current issues or journal policy. Features are typically articles but other submission types may be commissioned at the discretion of the editors-in-chief.
Word count: Depending on the type of submission Abstract: Depending on the type of submission Figures/tables: Depending on the type of submission References: No limit
Perspectives are welcome on any topic within the field of medicine/public health. These can be overview statements, personal views or studies based on surveys. Perspectives should contain a tight linear argument and be more than just a mini-review. Perspectives are evaluated by the editors-in-chief and may be subject to peer review.
Word count: 1000-1500 words Abstract: Not required Figures/tables: Maximum 3; these do not contribute to the word count. References: Maximum 10
'HOW TO DO IT' GUIDES
'How to do it' guides are focused descriptions of key aspects of operative technique. The title should start with 'How to do a...' followed by the technique (eg 'How to Rhinoplasty'). Articles may be accompanied by supplementary material. 'How to do it' guides are evaluated by the editors-in-chief and may be subject to peer review.
Word count: 600 words Abstract: Not required Figures/tables: 1; this does not contribute to the word count. References: Maximum 10
Letters are brief communications, concisely written, about content published in the journal. Letters offer a perspective or provide information pertinent to a particular topic. For letters responding to another letter, use the title format 'Response to [title of letter]' to ensure that readers can track the discussion.
Word count: 300 words Figures/tables: 1; this does not contribute to the word count. References: Maximum 5
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