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ePlasty is an international electronic journal covering all elements of plastic and reconstructive surgery. We offer fast-track peer review and publication of manuscripts that we judge important to clinical practice or research. Contributions should be written clearly in English so that they are understandable to readers in other disciplines.

ePlasty seeks original articles, editorials, historical and current reviews, letters and case reports, and descriptions of clinical care, rehabilitation, and surgical techniques. Basic as well as clinical science articles are welcomed. Scientific reports of original research in such areas as economic policy, ethics, law, and health care delivery are also considered for publication. Authors are encouraged to present their work succinctly.

The authors verify and warrant that the article is original, does not infringe on any copyright of any third party, is not being considered by another journal, and has not been previously published. The final manuscript has been read and the individual contribution of each author has been approved by the corresponding author. Manuscripts must be written in clear, understandable English. Language will not be corrected by our copy editors.

Authors must submit an electronic copy of written permission from the copyright owner (usually the publisher) to use direct quotations, tables, or illustrations. Any permission fees that might be required by the copyright owner are the responsibility of the authors requesting use of the borrowed material, not the responsibility of ePlasty.

ePlasty, www.eplasty.com, is part of the OPEN ACCESS PUBLISHING model and as such, authors retain copyright to their work that is published within the journal.
  • It is the author's responsibility to ensure that a patient's anonymity is completely protected. Authors should mask patients' eyes and remove patients' names from figures unless they obtain written consent from the patients and submit written consent with the manuscript. Authors sign that the releases have been obtained.
  • Authors must verify that any experimental investigation with human subjects reported in the manuscript was performed with informed consent of the subjects and following the guidelines for experimental investigation with human subjects required by the institution(s) with which all the authors are affiliated.
  • For all experimental work involving human subjects it should be indicated in the methods section of the manuscript that Institutional Review Board approval or informed consent was obtained. For clinical trials, the registration number and registry name should be stated.
  • Editors frequently suggest revised titles and may rewrite the summaries of articles. Contributors are sent proofs and are welcome to discuss proposed changes with editors, but ePlasty reserves the right to make the final decision about matters of style and the size of figures. Corrections of the proofs are the responsibility of the authors.

Manuscript Submission
In order to fulfill our commitment of delivering ePlasty, www.eplasty.com, free-of-charge to a rapidly growing global readership, fees to cover associated costs — including peer review, journal production, online hosting and archiving — have been established. These fees are effective as of November 15, 2010.

All manuscript submissions using Editorial Manager,
(www.editorialmanager.com/eplasty) will incur a Manuscript Review Fee.
All manuscripts that are accepted for publication will incur a separate Publication Fee if the author/s choose to publish in ePlasty
.

A Manuscript Review Fee of $50 USD will be required at the time of manuscript submission through Editorial Manager for peer review.
Previously rejected articles that are submitted for new review will be subject to a new Manuscript Review Fee of $50 USD.
To access the Manuscript Review Payment site log onto:

                                       ePlasty Payment Site

A separate Publication Fee of $250 USD will be required for accepted articles prior to their publication.

Manuscript Publication Surcharge

Journal Articles that exceed the acceptable word limit (3000 words) by 50% or more as well as any submissions with large numbers of figures/tables that require extensive copyediting and preparation will be subject to a Manuscript Publication Surcharge of $200 USD. This fee will be assessed at the discretion of the Co-Editors-in-Chief who will inform authors of the additional charge.

Payment of the Manuscript Publication Surcharge Fee will be required PRIOR to manuscript preparation and publication.

To access the Publication Fee Payment site log onto:

                                      ePlasty Payment Site

Interesting Cases will no longer be submitted through Editorial Manager, but should be sent directly to the Co-Editor-in-Chief, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , using the template available in the Instructions for Authors/Resident Trainee, or [Click here to download Template].


All Interesting Cases submitted after 1/1/2011 must be accompanied by a
non-refundable fee that must be paid at the time of submission for review and possible publication in www.eplasty.com.

This fee covers all costs associated with manuscript review, editing,
corrections, formatting, copyediting and publication.No additional fees will be charged should the manuscript require revisions prior to acceptance for publication.

It may be waived under special circumstances by the Co-Editor-in-Chief,
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Interesting Cases that are published in ePlasty after 1/1/2011 will be indexed in
PUBMED/NLM.

The Interesting Case Submission Fee may be paid by clicking on the following link:

                                       ePlasty Payment Site

Manuscript Preparation Instructions
Manuscripts must conform to the following requirements to be considered for publication in ePlasty.
Manuscripts that do not adhere to the following instructions will be returned to the corresponding author for technical revision before undergoing peer review.
All submissions must conform to the following word-count requirements for article length and number of figures:
  1. Original Articles and Review Articles are limited to 3000 words and 20 Figure pieces.
  2. Case Reports are limited to 1500 words and 4 Figure pieces.
  3. Research Letters to the Editor are limited to 500 words and 2 Figure pieces

The Manuscript Review Fee must be paid via ePlasty Payment Site before manuscripts can be submitted through Editorial Manager,

www.editorialmanager.com/eplasty.

The Publication Fee must be paid via ePlasty Payment Site before manuscripts can proceed to the publication process.

Manuscript Requirements:
Manuscripts that do not adhere to the following instructions will be returned to the corresponding author for technical revision before undergoing peer review.
All submissions must conform to the following word-count requirements for article length and number of figures:

ePlasty, www.eplasty.com, is part of the OPEN ACCESS PUBLISHING model and as such, authors retain copyright to their work that is published within the journal.
  • It is the author's responsibility to ensure that a patient's anonymity is completely protected. Authors should mask patients' eyes and remove patients' names from figures unless they obtain written consent from the patients and submit written consent with the manuscript. Authors sign that the releases have been obtained.
  • Authors must verify that any experimental investigation with human subjects reported in the manuscript was performed with informed consent of the subjects and following the guidelines for experimental investigation with human subjects required by the institution(s) with which all the authors are affiliated.
  • For all experimental work involving human subjects it should be indicated in the methods section of the manuscript that Institutional Review Board approval or informed consent was obtained. For clinical trials, the registration number and registry name should be stated.
  • Editors frequently suggest revised titles and may rewrite the summaries of articles. Contributors are sent proofs and are welcome to discuss proposed changes with editors, but ePlasty reserves the right to make the final decision about matters of style and the size of figures. Corrections of the proofs are the responsibility of the authors.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR EDITORIAL MANAGER
Authors should acknowledge all other forms of assistance, excluding clerical and secretarial, in an Acknowledgments paragraph. Authors must also state any affiliations with industry , e.g. medical consultant, in a footnote.

Title Page
Include the following on the title page: (a) complete manuscript title; (b) all authors' full names, highest academic degrees, and affiliations; (c) name and current e-mail address for correspondence; (d) city, state, country and (e) sources of support that require acknowledgment. All manuscripts must include 5 Keywords as part of the manuscript submission and these should be clearly highlighted immediately below the title of the manuscript.

Structured Abstract
An abstract of 250 words or less must accompany all articles. It must have 4 parts: (1) Objective; (2) Methods; (3) Results; and (4) Conclusions. It must be factual and concise. Do not use abbreviations or acronyms.

Introduction
State the purpose of the article and summarize the rationale for the study or observation. Give only strictly pertinent references and do not include data or conclusions from the work being reported.

Methods
Describe your selection of the observational or experimental subjects (patients, laboratory animals, or other data sets including controls) clearly. Identify the demographic and other important characteristics of the subjects. Because the relevance of such variables as age, sex, and ethnicity to the object of research is not always clear, authors should explicitly justify them when they are included in a study report. The guiding principle should be clarity about how and why a study was done in a particular way. Authors should specify carefully what the descriptors mean, and tell exactly how the data were collected (for example, what terms were used in survey forms, whether the data were self-reported or assigned by others.).

Identify the methods, apparatus (give the manufacturer's name and address in parentheses), and procedures in sufficient detail to allow other workers to reproduce the results.

Reports of randomized clinical trials should present information on all major study elements, including the protocol (study population, interventions or exposures, outcomes, and the rationale for statistical analysis), assignment of interventions (methods of randomization, concealment of allocation to treatment groups), and the method of masking (blinding).

Authors submitting review manuscripts should include a section describing the methods used for locating, selecting, extracting, and synthesizing data. These methods should also be summarized in the abstract.

Results
Present your results in logical sequence in the text, tables, and illustrations. Do not repeat in the text all the data in the tables or illustrations; emphasize or summarize only important observations.

Discussion
Emphasize the new and important aspects of the study and the conclusions that follow from them. Include in the "Discussion" section the implications of the findings and their limitations, including implications for future research. Link the conclusions with the goals of the study but avoid unqualified statements and conclusions not completely supported by the data

References
The authors are responsible for the accuracy of the references. References must follow the general arrangement and punctuation outlined in: International Committee of Medical Journal Editors Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals. (Available at http://www.icmje.org/)

In the text, references should be numbered consecutively, in the order in which they are first mentioned, using Arabic numerals in superscript.

Refer to the List of Journals Indexed in Index Medicus for abbreviations of journal names, or access the list at
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/tsd/serials/lji.html.

Sample references are as follows:
JOURNAL ARTICLE
Liu K, Nagase H, Huang CG, Calamita G, Agre P. Aquaporin water channels: atomic structure molecular dynamics meet clinical medicine. J Clin Invest 2002.10:1395-9.

BOOK CHAPTER
Hartford CD. Care of outpatient burns. In: Herndon DN (ed). Total Burn Care. Philadelphia: WB Saunders;1997:71-80.

ENTIRE BOOK
Todd I, Spickett G.. Lecture Notes in Immunology.Oxford: Blackwell;2005.

SOFTWARE
Epi Info [computer program]. Version 6. Atlanta, Ga: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:1994.

ONLINE JOURNALS
Molnar JA, Simpson JL, Voigner DM, Morykwas MJ, Argenta LC. Management of an acute thermal injury with subatmospheric pressure. J Burns Wounds 2005; 4:e5.

DATABASE
CANCERNET-PDQ [database online]. Bethesda, Md: National Cancer Institute; 1996. Updated March 29,1996.

WORLD WIDE WEB
Gostin LO. Drug use and HLV/AIDS [JAMA HIV/AIDS Web site]. 1996. Available at: http://www.amaassn.org/. Accessed June 1, 2006.

TABLES
Tables should each be the same size and orientation as the rest of the contribution. Times New Roman (not bold) type of the same size as the rest of the text is used, with a brief, 1-line title in italics. Symbols and abbreviations are defined immediately below the table, followed by essential descriptive material.

ePlasty reserves the right to edit tables for format
Figure Legends
Each figure legend should begin with a brief title for the whole figure and continue with a short description of each panel and the symbols used. It should not contain any details of methods, and should not exceed 100 words.

Figures
Figures should be kept to the minimum required to succinctly present the data. Line art/charts/graphs: EPS (recommended) or TIFF, BMP, JPEG Photographic: We prefer 300 ppi TIFF, BMP, or JPEG images in RGB (not CMYK) color space. Units should follow the Metric System and should have a single space between the number and the unit, and follow SI nomenclature or the nomenclature common to a particular field. Unusual units or abbreviations should be spelled out in full or defined in the legend. If photographs of people are used, either the subjects must not be identifiable or their pictures must be accompanied by written permission to use the photograph.

ELECTRONIC FORMATS FOR FIGURES
The figure and table files should be submitted as separate files and not imbedded into the document. These files will then be built into the PDF in the order that the author specifies.

Abbreviations
For a list of standard abbreviations, consult the Council of Biology Editors Style Guide (available from the Council of Science Editors, 9650 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20814) or other standard sources. Write out the full term for each abbreviation at its first use, unless it is a standard unit of measure.

Audiovisual Material
THERE IS A CHARGE FOR INCORPORATING VIDEO INTO AN ARTICLE. PLEASE EMAIL THE EDITOR FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. Authors may submit video files as part of their submission. These files are not built into the PDF. During the submission step of Attaching Files, the author is provided the option to include a separate video file that will become accessible via a link in the PDF. All uploaded files must pass a virus check, whether or not they are built into the PDF, or accessed via a link in the PDF.

Ethics
Research carried on human or animal subjects must be accompanied by Institutional Review Board approval codes or equivalent supporting documents.

Statistics
Describe statistical methods with enough detail to enable a knowledgeable reader with access to the original data to verify the reported results. Avoid relying solely on statistical hypothesis testing, such as the use of P values, which fails to convey important quantitative information. Specify any general-use computer programs used and provide details of any unusual or complex statistical analysis. . Use graphs as an alternative to tables with many entries. Define statistical terms, abbreviations, and most symbols.

Acknowledgments
List all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship, such as a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance or guidance. Financial and material support should also be acknowledged.

Cover Letter
Submitted papers should be accompanied by a brief cover letter from the corresponding author, containing a full current e-mail address. The cover letter should also contain a concise paragraph indicating why the paper is appropriate for ePlasty.

Authors’ Agreement and Financial Interest Disclosure
The authors must verify and warrant that the article is original, does not infringe on any copyright of any third party, is not being considered by another journal, and has not been previously published. The authors must verify that the final manuscript has been read and the individual contribution of each author has been approved by the corresponding author. The authors also must agree to fully disclose all financial support and any conflict of interest as it relates to any submission (original research, letters, book reviews, and scientific review articles) and agree that such disclosure will accompany the manuscript submission.

Previously Published Papers
ePlasty does not consider contributions under consideration or published elsewhere. If part of a contribution has appeared or has been submitted elsewhere, the paper is not automatically rejected so long as the main result, conclusion and implications are not apparent from the other work. In this event, the corresponding author must specify in the cover letter which part of the contribution will appear or has appeared elsewhere, indicating the publication concerned.

Future publications
Authors will retain copyright of their published works in ePlasty and may republish all or part of their work elsewhere as long as the original ePlasty publication is acknowledged. If the authors publish all or part of their ePlasty work elsewhere, the ePlasty publication will still remain permanently online and will not be removed, even if the authors subsequently relinquish copyright ownership of the material to another publisher.

Publishing Timeline
The editors are committed to expedient publication of accepted material. Every effort is made to inform the author of the acceptance or rejection of the manuscript within one month of submission and to publish accepted manuscripts within 3 months of submission.

Open Access Publishing
ePlasty supports the Open Access Publishing model and applies the Creative Commons Attribution License to all works published on ePlasty. The Full license text is here. Authors publishing under this license retain copyright of the work.

Article Formatting
Contributions should be single-spaced and written in English, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. Contributions should be presented in the following sequence: title, authors, institution(s), abstract, introduction, methods, results (with graphs and/or tables, figures with preceding figure legends, discussion, any acknowledgments, and references.

English Language Services for Authors
Appropriate grammatical use of the English language is a fundamental requirement for publication in ePlasty. Authors who may have difficulty writing in English may seek professional assistance to refine the use of English in their submissions. A number of web-based companies provide such editorial services and include:

http://www.bioscienceeditingsolutions.com/
http://www.journalexperts.com/
http://www.biosciencewriters.com/
http://www.sciencedocs.com/
http://www.prof-editing.com/
http://www.bostonbioedit.com/

Neither ePlasty nor the publisher, The Open Science Co., endorse or take responsibility for the quality of these services. Their names are provided as potential resources to assist in preparation of submissions and their use does not guarantee acceptance of any materials submitted for possible publication.


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