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Craniomaxillofacial Trauma & Reconstruction Open

Craniomaxillofacial Trauma & Reconstruction Open

Published in Association with AO Foundation, AOCMF
eISSN: 24727512 | ISSN: 24727512 | Current volume: 5 | Current issue: 1
Craniomaxillofacial Trauma & Reconstruction Open (CMTRO) is an open access, fast tracked peer-reviewed journal which focuses on the study and treatment of Craniomaxillofacial Trauma and Reconstruction including diagnosis, operative and non-operative treatment options, surgical techniques, and emerging technology and clinical developments including case reports and technical notes.The journal is published on behalf of AO CMF. The journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

For inquiries about Craniomaxillofacial Trauma and Reconstruction Open please contact the Peer Review Associate (Aaina.Dhawan@sagepub.in).

Craniomaxillofacial Trauma & Reconstruction Open is an open access companion journal to Craniomaxillofacial Trauma & Reconstruction, publishing case reports and original articles covering all aspects of surgery of the head, face and jaw. The journal is of interest to specialists working in ophthalmology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, otolaryngology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, dentistry, facial plastic surgery and trauma surgery.Craniomaxillofacial Trauma & Reconstruction Open is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.

Editors-in-Chief
Kathleen Fan Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon, King's College Hospital, London, UK
Florian M Thieringer Senior Consultant Cranio-Maxillo-Facial Surgery, University Hospital Basel, Switzerland
Mike Yiu Yan Leung, BDS, MDS, MOSRCS, FCDSHK (OMS), FHKAM (DS), PhD Clinical Associate Professor in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Faculty of Dentistry, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Editor Emerita
Sabine Girod MD DDS PhD FACS Professor of Surgery, OMFS (emerita) Stanford University, California, United States
Managing Editor
Danielle Lieberman AO CMF International
Oculoplastic Surgery
Milind Naik, MD Oculoplastic Surgeon Consultant, LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, India
Head and Neck Oncology
Shubhra Chauhan, MDS(OMFS), FHNS, AOCMF fellow, IFHNOS-GOLF fellow Consultant Head and Neck Oncosurgeon VS Superspeciality Hospital, Chennai, India
Pediatric, Cleft & Craniofacial Surgery
Marwa Elkassaby, BDS, MDS, PhD Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, OMFS Department Head and Director of Cleft Care Center, Faculty of Dentistry, Ainshams University, Cairo, Egypt
Basic Science & Molecular Biology
Elena Della Bella, PhD Research Scientist AO Research Institute Davos, Davos, Switzerland
Craniomaxillofacial Trauma
Divya Mehrotra, MDS, FDS RCPS (Glasgow, London) FAMS, AO Fellow Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon Vice Dean Faculty of Dental Sciences Additional Controller of examinations Faculty In-charge DHR MRU Lab King George's Medical University, Lucknow-226003
Transgender Surgery
José C. Martins Jr. MD,DDS Craniofacial surgery Plastic Surgery Fellow Craniofacial Surgery- University Hospital of Basel AO faculty Chief Surgeon and Founder of Transgender Center Brazil WPATH Member
TMJ
Patrícia Radaic, DDS, OMS, MSc, PhD Clinical and research coordinator of AOCMF Fellowship Host Center São Paulo, Brazil Head of the dentistry intensive care unit at Hospital BP- Beneficencia Portuguesa, São Paulo, Brazil
Dentoalveolar Surgery
Fawzia Butt, (BDS, FICD, FDSRCS, MDS-OMFS) Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon Lecturer dept of Human Anatomy/Oral &Maxillofacial Surgery and Oral Pathology Oral Medicine University of Nairobi
Hard and Soft Tissue Reconstruction of CMF Defects
Susana Heredero Jung, MD, PhD Consultant Maxillofacial surgeon at Hospital Universitario Reina Sofía Córdoba, Spain
Dental Implant Reconstruction
Fernando Briceño, DDS MSc Associated Professor Universidad javeriana Private practice Bogota, Colombia

Craniomaxillofacial Trauma & Reconstruction Open

Manuscript Submission Guidelines

This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.

This Journal recommends that authors follow the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

Please read the guidelines below then visit the journal’s submission site https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/cmtr-open to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned. Remember you can log in to the submission site at any time to check on the progress of your paper through the peer review process.

Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Craniomaxillofacial Trauma & Reconstruction Open will be reviewed. As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

Craniomaxillofacial Trauma & Reconstruction Open may accept submissions of papers that have been posted on pre-print servers; please alert the Editorial Office when submitting (contact details are at the end of these guidelines) and include the DOI for the preprint in the designated field in the manuscript submission system. Authors should not post an updated version of their paper on the preprint server while it is being peer reviewed for possible publication in the journal. If the article is accepted for publication, the author may re-use their work according to the journal's author archiving policy.

If your paper is accepted, you must include a link on your preprint to the final version of your paper.

All papers submitted to Craniomaxillofacial Trauma and Reconstruction Open are required to provide an Author Declaration form alongside your manuscript files prior to submission. The form must include all co-author signatures.

Table of Contents:

1. Open Access

2. Article processing charge (APC)

3. What do we publish?

3.1 Aims & scope

3.2 Article types

3.3 Writing your paper

4. Editorial policies

4.1 Peer review policy

4.2 Authorship

4.3 Acknowledgements

4.4 Funding

4.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

4.6 Research ethics and patient consent

4.7 Clinical trials

4.8 Reporting guidelines

4.9 Research Data

5. Publishing policies

5.1 Publication ethics

5.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement

6. Preparing your manuscript

6.1 Formatting

6.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

6.3 Supplemental material

6.4 Reference style

6.5 English language editing services

7. Submitting your manuscript

7.1 How to submit your manuscript

7.2 Title, keywords and abstracts

7.3 Information required for completing your submission

7.4 ORCID

7.5 Information required for completing your submission

7.6 Permissions

8. On acceptance and publication

8.1 SAGE Production

8.2 Online publication

8.3 Promoting your article

9. Further information

10. Appealing the publication decision

 

1. Open Access

Craniomaxillofacial Trauma & Reconstruction Open is an open access, peer-reviewed journal. Each article accepted by peer review is made freely available online immediately upon publication, is published under a Creative Commons license and will be hosted online in perpetuity. Publication costs of the journal are covered by the collection of article processing charges which are paid by the funder, institution or author of each manuscript upon acceptance. There is no charge for submitting a paper to the journal.

For general information on open access at SAGE please visit the Open Access page or view our Open Access FAQs.

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2. Article processing charge (APC)

If, after peer review, your manuscript is accepted for publication, a one-time article processing charge (APC) is payable. This APC covers the cost of publication and ensures that your article will be freely available online in perpetuity under a Creative Commons license.

The article processing charge (APC) is $1,800. APC’s are waived to AOCMF Member Plus.

The article processing charge (APC) is payable when a manuscript is accepted after peer review, before it is published. The APC is subject to taxes where applicable. Tax-exempt status can be indicated by providing appropriate registration numbers when payment is requested. Please see further details here.

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3. What do we publish?

3.1 Aims & scope

Before submitting your manuscript to Craniomaxillofacial Trauma & Reconstruction Open, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

3.2 Article types

 

Article Type

Abstract Limit

Keywords Limit

Title Limit

Original Article

Up to 250 words

Up to 6 keywords

Up to 200 characters

Review

Up to 250 words

Up to 6 keywords

Up to 200 characters

Letter to the Editor

Up to 250 words

Up to 6 keywords

Up to 200 characters

Case Report

Up to 250 words

Up to 6 keywords

Up to 200 characters

Technical Note

Up to 250 words

Up to 6 keywords

Up to 200 characters

Consensus Statement

Up to 250 words

Up to 6 keywords

Up to 200 characters

Invited Paper

Up to 250 words

Up to 6 keywords

Up to 200 characters

Editorial

Up to 250 words

Up to 6 keywords

Up to 200 characters

IMPORTANT NOTE: IF THERE IS NO LIMIT ON THE NUMBER OF REFERENCES ALLOWED.

3.3 Writing your paper

The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

3.3.1 Making your article discoverable

For information and guidance on how to make your article more discoverable, visit our Gateway page on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

   All abstracts should be strucutured and contain the following headings:

  • Study Design (1-3 words describing the manuscript)
  • Objective
  • Methods 
  • Results
  • Conclusions

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4. Editorial policies

4.1 Peer review policy

 

The journal’s policy is to have manuscripts reviewed by two expert reviewers. Craniomaxillofacial Trauma & Reconstruction Open utilizes a double-blind peer review process in which the reviewer and authors’ names and information are withheld from the other. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, while maintaining rigor. Reviewers make comments to the author and recommendations to the Editor who then makes the final decision.

As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of 3 peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below: 

 

•            The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission

•            The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors

•            Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted

 

You will also be asked to nominate peers who you do not wish to review your manuscript (opposed reviewers).

Please note that the Editors are not obliged to invite/ reject any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.

The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for possible publication in the journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor / Board member will have no involvement in the decision-making process.

Craniomaxillofacial Trauma & Reconstruction Open is committed to delivering high quality, fast peer-review for your paper, and as such has partnered with Publons. Publons is a third party service that seeks to track, verify and give credit for peer review. Reviewers for Craniomaxillofacial Trauma & Reconstruction Open can opt in to Publons in order to claim their reviews or have them automatically verified and added to their reviewer profile. Reviewers claiming credit for their review will be associated with the relevant journal, but the article name, reviewer’s decision and the content of their review is not published on the site. For more information visit the Publons website.

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4.2 Authorship

Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.

The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:

 

  1. Made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the work; or acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data,
  2. Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
  3. Approved the version to be published,
  4. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

 

Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship.

 

Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.

 

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4.3 Acknowledgements

All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

 

Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

4.3.1 Third party submissions
Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:

•    Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input 
•    Identify any entities that paid for this assistance 
•    Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.

Where appropriate, SAGE reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.

4.3.2 Writing assistance

Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance. It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

 

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4.4 Funding

Craniomaxillofacial Trauma & Reconstruction Open requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

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4.5 Declaration of conflicting interests                   

It is the policy of Craniomaxillofacial Trauma & Reconstruction Open to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.

Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.

For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations.

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4.6 Research ethics and patient consent

Medical research involving human subjects must be conducted according to the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki.

Submitted manuscripts should conform to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, and all papers reporting animal and/or human studies must state in the methods section that the relevant Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board provided (or waived) approval. Please ensure that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee, in addition to the approval number.

For research articles, authors are also required to state in the methods section whether participants provided informed consent and whether the consent was written or verbal.

Information on informed consent to report individual cases or case series should be included in the manuscript text. A statement is required regarding whether written informed consent for patient information and images to be published was provided by the patient(s) or a legally authorized representative. Please do not submit the patient’s actual written informed consent with your article, as this in itself breaches the patient’s confidentiality. The Journal requests that you confirm to us, in writing, that you have obtained written informed consent but the written consent itself should be held by the authors/investigators themselves, for example in a patient’s hospital record. The confirmatory letter may be uploaded with your submission as a separate file.

Please also refer to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants

All research involving animals submitted for publication must be approved by an ethics committee with oversight of the facility in which the studies were conducted. The journal has adopted the Consensus Author Guidelines on Animal Ethics and Welfare for Veterinary Journals published by the International Association of Veterinary Editors.

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4.7 Clinical trials

Craniomaxillofacial Trauma & Reconstruction Open conforms to the ICMJE requirement that clinical trials are registered in a WHO-approved public trials registry at or before the time of first patient enrolment as a condition of consideration for publication. The trial registry name and URL, and registration number must be included at the end of the abstract.

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4.8 Reporting guidelines

The relevant EQUATOR Network reporting guidelines should be followed depending on the type of study. For example, all randomized controlled trials submitted for publication should include a completed CONSORT flow chart as a cited figure and the completed CONSORT checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses should include the completed PRISMA flow chart as a cited figure and the completed PRISMA checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. The EQUATOR wizard can help you identify the appropriate guideline.

Other resources can be found at NLM’s Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives.

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4.9 Research Data

 

The journal is committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research, and has the following research data sharing policy. For more information, including FAQs please visit the SAGE Research Data policy pages.

 

Subject to appropriate ethical and legal considerations, authors are encouraged to:

  • share your research data in a relevant public data repository
  • include a data availability statement linking to your data. If it is not possible to share your data, we encourage you to consider using the statement to explain why it cannot be shared.
  • cite this data in your research

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5. Publishing policies

5.1 Publication ethics

SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

5.1.1 Plagiarism

Craniomaxillofacial Trauma & Reconstruction Open and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

5.1.2 Prior publication

If material has been previously published, it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

5.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement

Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. Craniomaxillofacial Trauma & Reconstruction Open publishes manuscripts under Creative Commons licenses. The standard license for the journal is Creative Commons by Attribution Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC), which allows others to re-use the work without permission as long as the work is properly referenced and the use is non-commercial. For more information, you are advised to visit SAGE's OA licenses page. Alternative license arrangements are available, for example, to meet particular funder mandates, made at the author’s request.

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6. Preparing your manuscript

6.1 Formatting

The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

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6.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines  

Figures supplied in color will appear in color online.

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6.3 Supplemental material

This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplemental files.

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6.4 Reference style

Craniomaxillofacial Trauma & Reconstruction Open adheres to the AMA Manual of Style. View the guide here to ensure your manuscript conforms to this style.

 

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6.5 English language editing services

Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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7. Submitting your manuscript

7.1 How to submit your manuscript

Craniomaxillofacial Trauma & Reconstruction Open is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit [https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/cmtr-open] to login and submit your article online.

IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

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7.2 Title, keywords and abstracts

Please supply a title, short title, an abstract and keywords to accompany your article. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

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7.3 Information required for completing your submission

Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

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7.4 ORCID
 

As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.

The collection of ORCID IDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

If you do not already have an ORCID ID please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.

7.5 Information required for completing your submission
You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. The affiliation listed on the manuscript should be the institution where the research was conducted. If an author has moved to a new institution since completing the research, the new affiliation can be included in a manuscript note at the end of the paper. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

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7.6 Permissions

Please ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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8. On acceptance and publication

If your paper is accepted for publication after peer review, you will first be asked to complete the contributor’s publishing agreement. Once your manuscript files have been checked for SAGE Production, the corresponding author will be asked to pay the article processing charge (APC) via a payment link. Once the APC has been processed, your article will be prepared for publication and can appear online within an average of 30 days. Please note that no production work will occur on your paper until the APC has been received.

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8.1 SAGE Production

Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will made available to the corresponding author via our editing portal SAGE Edit, or by email to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorizing the change.

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8.2 Online publication

One of the many benefits of publishing your research in an open access journal is the speed to publication. With no page count constraints, your article will be published online in a fully citable form with a DOI number as soon as it has completed the production process. At this time it will be completely free to view and download for all.

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8.3 Promoting your article

Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximize your article’s impact with Kudos.

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9. Further information

Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Craniomaxillofacial Trauma & Reconstruction Open editorial office as follows:

 

Danielle Lieberman: Danielle.Lieberman@med.usc.edu

For inquiries about Craniomaxillofacial Trauma & Reconstruction Open, please contact the Peer Review Associate:

Aaina.Dhawan@sagepub.in 

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10. Appealing the publication decision

Editors have very broad discretion in determining whether an article is an appropriate fit for their journal. Many manuscripts are declined with a very general statement of the rejection decision. These decisions are not eligible for formal appeal unless the author believes the decision to reject the manuscript was based on an error in the review of the article, in which case the author may appeal the decision by providing the Editor with a detailed written description of the error they believe occurred.

 

If an author believes the decision regarding their manuscript was affected by a publication ethics breach, the author may contact the publisher with a detailed written description of their concern, and information supporting the concern, at publication_ethics@sagepub.com