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About Journal of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery
This page includes information about the aims and scope of Journal of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery , editorial policies, open access and article-processing charges, the peer review process and other information. For details of how to prepare and submit a manuscript through the online submission system, please see the instructions for authors.
Aims & scope
Journal of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, which has transferred to BioMed Central’s publishing platform, is an open access, peer-reviewed journal publishing on all aspects and sub-specialties of otolaryngology-head & neck surgery, including pediatric and geriatric otolaryngology, rhinology & anterior skull base surgery, otology/neurotology, facial plastic & reconstructive surgery, head & neck oncology, and maxillofacial rehabilitation, as well as a broad range of related topics.
The journal welcomes submissions of original articles focusing on research and clinical practices, on common and uncommon disorders and therapeutics, physicians' preferred technique and reviews of the literature.
Journal of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery articles published prior to 2013 can be accessed via Decker Publishing.
All articles published by Journal of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.
Authors of articles published in Journal of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery are the copyright holders of their articles and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the article, according to the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement.
For authors who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BioMed Central can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.
Open access publishing is not without costs. Journal of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1170/$1905/€1405 for each article accepted for publication. We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. Generally, if the submitting author's institution is a Member the cost of the article-processing charge is covered by the membership, and no further charge is payable. In the case of authors whose institutions are Supporter Members, however, a discounted article-processing charge is payable by the author. For further details, see our article-processing charge page. A limited number of waivers for article-processing charges are also available at the editors' discretion, and authors wishing to apply for these waivers should contact the editors.
All articles published in Journal of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery are included in PubMed, the most widely used biomedical bibliographic database service, which is run by the US National Library of Medicine. Other bibliographic databases that index articles published in Journal of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery include:
- PubMed Central
- Science Citation Index Expanded
The full text of all research articles is deposited in PubMed Central, the US National Library of Medicine's full-text repository of life science literature, and other digital archives including e-Depot (The Netherlands).
The full text of all research articles published by BioMed Central is also available on SpringerLink.
Journal of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery is tracked by Thomson Reuters (ISI) and has an Impact Factor of 0.84.
Publication and peer review process
Criteria for publication
Journal of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery considers the following types of articles:
- Original research: reports of data from original research.
- Case report: reports of clinical cases that can be educational, describe a diagnostic or therapeutic dilemma, suggest an association, or present an important adverse reaction. Please note that only those case report articles of exceptional interest will be considered for publication in the journal. All case report articles should indicate that informed consent to publish the information was granted from the patients or their guardians.
- Commentary: short, focused and opinionated articles on any subject within the scope of the journal. These articles are usually related to a contemporary issue, such as recent research findings, and are often written by opinion leaders.
- How I do it: present a new experimental method, test or procedure. The method described may either be completely new, or may offer a better version or unique management of an existing method, or challenging problem, medical or diagnostic.
- Letter to the Editor: these can take three forms: a substantial re-analysis of a previously published article, or a substantial response to such a re-analysis from the authors of the original publication, or an article that may not cover 'standard research' but that may be relevant to readers.
- Review: comprehensive, authoritative, descriptions of any subject within the scope of the journal. These articles are also written by opinion leaders that have been invited by the Editorial Board.
- Short report: brief reports of data from original research.
After an initial screening for general suitability, the Editors will assign submissions for external peer review. The journal will operate a 'closed' peer-review policy, and will aim to reach a first decision within six weeks.
Edited by Hadi Seikaly and Erin Wright, Journal of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery is supported by an expert Editorial Board.
Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My Journal of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, a personalized section of the site.
High-quality, bound reprints can be purchased for all articles published. Please see our reprints website for further information about ordering reprints.
Journal of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery will consider supplements based on proceedings (full articles or meeting abstracts), reviews or research. All articles submitted for publication in supplements are subject to peer review. Published supplements are fully searchable and freely accessible online and can also be produced in print. All full length articles (proceedings, reviews or research articles) are indexed by PubMed. PubMed displays the title of the supplement only in the case of meeting abstract collections. For further information, please contact us.
All manuscripts submitted to Journal of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.
Citing articles in Journal of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery
Articles in Journal of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.
Article citations follow this format:
Authors: Title. J Otolaryngol - Head Neck Surg [year], [volume number]:[article number].
e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. J Otolaryngol - Head Neck Surg 2009, 1:115.
refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.
Why publish your article in Journal of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery ?
Journal of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery 's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. Articles that have been especially highly accessed are highlighted with a 'Highly accessed' graphic, which appears on the journal's contents pages and search results.
Speed of publication
Journal of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Journal of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery , BioMed Central and PubMed Central and will also be included in PubMed.
Online publication in Journal of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery gives authors the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).
Promotion and press coverage
Articles published in Journal of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on Journal of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery 's pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.
In addition, articles published in Journal of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Journal of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery . A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.
Authors of articles published in Journal of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement).
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