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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.
  • ORCID iD All authors have a registered ORCID iD. For more information, click here.
  • 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]
  • 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.
  • FUNDING ACKNOWLEDGEMENT-RESEARCH ARTICLES 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.
  • 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.
  • This submissions is in Microsoft Word file format (.doc, .docx)
  • This submission includes a separate title page as set out in AJOPS author guidelines
  • Figures relating to this submission are supplied as separate files with the figure number in the file name
  • The manuscript text is double spaced and pages are numbered consecutively in the top right-hand corner of each page as set out in AJOPS Author guidelines
  • The main manuscript has all identifying information removed and adheres to the content requirements set out in AJOPS author guidelines
  • Tables are presented on a separate page at the end of the manuscript.
  • The references follow the Vancouver style as outlined in the AJOPS author guidelines