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Journal of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery

Journal of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery


eISSN: 19160216 | ISSN: 19160216 Frequency: Yearly
The Journal of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery has been a major source of peer reviewed evidence based information on medical and surgical management of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery problems for over 50 years. The Journal is owned by the Canadian Society of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. Our papers are well represented at all international meetings. 

The Journal of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery is the international destination of choice for authors looking to publish otolaryngology research in an open access format. The scope of the journal covers all subspecialties of OtoHNS, including general otolaryngology, allergy/rhinology, otology/neurotology, laryngology, head and neck oncology, sleep medicine, pediatric otolaryngology, facial plastics and reconstructive surgery. We are also aiming to grow the number of systematic and scoping reviews being published.

Co-Editor-in-Chief
Dr. Douglas Chepeha, MD, MScPH, FACS, FRCSC University of Toronto, Canada
Dr. Brian Rotenberg, MD, MPH, FRCSC, CCPE Western University, Canada
Associate Editors
Dr. Vincent Biron, MD, PhD, FRCSC University of Alberta, Canada
Dr. Michael Brandt, BSc, MD, MSc, FRCSC University of Toronto, Canada
Dr. Jason Ying Kuen Chan, MBBS, DABOto, FRCSEd, FHKCORL, FHKAM CUHK Medical Centre, Hong Kong, China
Dr. Shamir Chandarana, MD, MPH, FRCSC University of Calgary, Canada
Dr. Brent Chang, MD, FACS, FRCSC Mayo Clinic, USA
Dr. Gaurav Chawdhary, FRCS NHS Foundation Trust, UK
Dr. David W.J. Côté, MD, FRCSC University of Alberta, Canada
Dr. Chris Diamond, MD, MPH, FRCSC University of British Columbia, Canada
Dr. Cathie Garnie, BSc, PhD University of British Columbia, Canada
Jordan Glicksman, MD Mass Eye and Ear, USA
Dr. Andre Isaac, MD, MSc Global Health, FRCSC University of Alberta, Canada
Dr. Karen M. Kost, MDCM (McG), FRCSC McGill University, Canada
Dr. R. Jun Lin, MD, MSc , FRCSC University of Toronto, Canada
Dr. Chwee Ming Lim, 2MBBS(S'pore), MRCS(Edin), Mmed(ORL) Singapore General Hospital, Singapore
Dr. Ewa Olszewska, MD, PhD Medical University of Bialystok, Poland
Dr. Nader Sadeghi, MD, FRCSC McGill University, Canada
Dr. Nael Shoman, MD, FRCSC Dalhousie University, Canada
Dr. Jennifer Siu, MD, MPH, FRCSC University of Toronto, Canada
Dr. Leigh Sowerby, MD, FRCSC Western University, Canada
Dr. Han Zhang McMaster University, Canada
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  • 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 of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery's submission site 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.

    Sage disseminates high-quality research and engaged scholarship globally, and we are committed to diversity and inclusion in publishing. We encourage submissions from a diverse range of authors from across all countries and backgrounds.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Journal of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery 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, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you, 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. Please note that the journal does not accept submissions of papers that have been posted on preprint servers.

    If you have any questions about publishing with Sage, please visit the Sage Journal Solutions Portal.

    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 ORCID
      7.4 Information required for completing your submission
      7.5 Permissions
    8. On acceptance and publication
      8.1 SAGE Production
      8.2 Online First publication
      8.3 Promoting your article
    9. Further information
    10. Appealing the publication decision

    1. Open Access

    Journal of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery 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 APC is US $2,500.

    The APC for Canadian Society of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery members is US $1,500. CSOHNS will additionally cover US $750 for confirmed members, reducing the APC to US $750.

    Article processing charges for Letters to the Editor meeting our submission requirements are waived.

    Journal of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery waives the APC for articles whose corresponding authors are based in countries listed in Group A or Group B by Research4Life.

    The 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 Journal of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    3.2 Article types

    Original Research Articles

    Research Articles should present novel work within the scope of the journal which represents an important advancement in knowledge or understanding. The article types include clinical trials, cohort studies, case-control studies, cross-sectional studies and observational studies. Research articles need to include an introduction, methods (a well-reported methodology that facilitates reproducibility, includes statistical approach and sample size when appropriate), results (to include descriptive and analytic results), discussion (pertaining to the results in the context of the published literature including strengths and weaknesses) and conclusion. Follow EQUATOR guidelines.

    • Word Limit: 3,500
    • Title: 10-25 words
    • Key Messsage (min-max): 1-3 messages, point form
    • Structured Abstract: 300 words, structured with the headings: Importance (max 50 words), Objective (primary and secondary if applicable), Design (see EQUATOR guidelines to categorize), Setting (to understand the underlying population for generalizability), Participants (to include eligibility, population under study), Invervention or Exposures, Main Outcome Measures, Results (Characteristics of the population, numerical results from tablulation or analysis of main outcome measures, include conficence intervals and P values), Conclusions and Relevance (must be related directly to the results, include future directions from the results of the study)
    • Reference Limit: 75
    • Table and figure limit: 7
    • Keywords (min-max): 3-10

    Meta-analysis

    Meta-analysis should present novel work within the scope of the journal which represents an important advancement in knowledge or understanding. Meta-analysis need to include an introduction, methods (a well-reported methodology that facilitates reproducibility, includes statistical approach and sample size when appropriate), results (to include descriptive and analytic results),, discussion (pertaining to the results in the context of the published literature including strengths and weaknesses) and conclusion. Follow EQUATOR guidelines. Follow PRISMA guidelines. A PRISMA flow sheet must be included. A Forest Plot presenting pooled statistical analysis of the results of multiple studies must be included.

    • Word Limit: 3,500
    • Title: 10-25 words
    • Key Messsage (min-max): 1-3 messages, point form
    • Structured Abstract: 300 words, structured with the headings: Importance (max 50 words), Objective (primary and secondary if applicable), Design (see EQUATOR guidelines to categorize), Setting (to understand the underlying population for generalizability), Participants (to include eligibility, population under study), Invervention or Exposures, Main Outcome Measures, Results (Characteristics of the population, numerical results from tablulation or analysis of main outcome measures, include conficence intervals and P values), Conclusions and Relevance (must be related directly to the results, include future directions from the results of the study)
    • Reference Limit: 75
    • Table and figure limit: 7
    • Keywords (min-max): 3-10

    Systematic Reviews

    Systematic reviews should present novel work within the scope of the journal which represents an important advancement in knowledge or understanding. Systematic reviews need to include an introduction, methods (a well-reported methodology that facilitates reproducibility, includes statistical approach and sample size when appropriate), results (to include descriptive and analytic results), discussion (pertaining to the results in the context of the published literature including strengths and weaknesses) and conclusion. Follow EQUATOR guidelines. Follow PRISMA guidelines. A PRISMA flow sheet must be included.

    • Word Limit: 3,500
    • Title: 10-25 words
    • Key Messsage (min-max): 1-3 messages, point form
    • Structured Abstract: 300 words, structured with the headings: Importance (max 50 words), Objective (primary and secondary if applicable), Design (see EQUATOR guidelines to categorize), Setting (to understand the underlying population for generalizability), Participants (to include eligibility, population under study), Invervention or Exposures, Main Outcome Measures, Results (Characteristics of the population, numerical results from tablulation or analysis of main outcome measures, include conficence intervals and P values), Conclusions and Relevance (must be related directly to the results, include future directions from the results of the study)
    • Reference Limit: 75
    • Table and figure limit: 7
    • Keywords (min-max): 3-10

    Patient Safety/Quality Improvement

    Patient safety/quality improvement articles should present novel work within the scope of the journal which represents an important advancement in knowledge or understanding aimed to improve patient safety and the quality of otolaryngology care. Topics include but are not limited to: healthcare delivery, avoiding medial errors, quality of care, comparative effectiveness research, and patient/resident education. Patient safety/quality improvement articles need to include an introduction, methods (a well-reported methodology that facilitates reproducibility, includes statistical approach and sample size when appropriate), results (the development of the intervention, including process measures, benefits, cost, missing data, failures, to include descriptive and analytic results), discussion (pertaining to the results in the context of the published literature including strengths and weaknesses) and conclusion. Follow EQUATOR guidelines.

    • Word Limit: 3,500
    • Title: 10-25 words
    • Key Messsage (min-max): 1-3 messages, point form
    • Structured Abstract: 300 words, structured with the headings: Importance (max 50 words), Objective (primary and secondary if applicable), Design (see EQUATOR guidelines to categorize), Setting (to understand the underlying population for generalizability), Participants (to include eligibility, population under study), Invervention or Exposures, Main Outcome Measures, Results (Characteristics of the population, numerical results from tablulation or analysis of main outcome measures, include conficence intervals and P values), Conclusions and Relevance (must be related directly to the results, include future directions from the results of the study)
    • Reference Limit: 75
    • Table and figure limit: 7
    • Keywords (min-max): 3-10

    “How I Do It”

    “How I Do It” articles should present novel solutions to clinical or technical problems within the scope of the Journal the represent advancement in existing knowledge, aimed at a surgical or medical audience. Topics can include technical or surgical advancements or new applications of medical therapies (including off label, which must be declared in the article). “How I Do It” submissions need to include an introduction, methods (a well-reported methodology that facilitates reproducibility, includes statistical approach and sample size when appropriate), results (the development of the intervention, including process measures, benefits, cost, missing data, failures, to include descriptive and analytic results), discussion (pertaining to the results in the context of the published literature including strengths and weaknesses) and conclusion. Images and or videos are required, both illustration and photographic.

    • Word Limit: 3,500
    • Title: 10-25 words
    • Key Messsage (min-max): 1-3 messages, point form
    • Structured Abstract: 300 words, structured with the headings: Importance (max 50 words), Objective (primary and secondary if applicable), Design (see EQUATOR guidelines to categorize), Setting (to understand the underlying population for generalizability), Participants (to include eligibility, population under study), Invervention or Exposures, Main Outcome Measures, Results (Characteristics of the population, numerical results from tablulation or analysis of main outcome measures, include conficence intervals and P values), Conclusions and Relevance (must be related directly to the results, include future directions from the results of the study)
    • Reference Limit: 75
    • Table and figure limit: 7
    • Keywords (min-max): 3-10

    Research Letter

    Research letter should present novel work within the scope of the journal which represents an important advancement in knowledge or understanding. Research Letter need to include an introduction, methods (a well-reported methodology that facilitates reproducibility, includes statistical approach and sample size when appropriate), results (to include descriptive and analytic results), discussion (pertaining to the results in the context of the published literature including strengths and weaknesses) and conclusion. Follow EQUATOR guidelines. Ideal for long term follow up of clinical trials. Follow EQUATOR guidelines.

    • Word Limit: 700 words
    • Title: 10-25 words
    • Key Messsage (min-max): 1-3 messages, point form
    • No Abstract
    • Table and figure limit: 3
    • Keywords (min-max): 3-10

    Commentaries

    Commentaries discuss the findings, implications, and/or outcomes of specific research particularly guidelines from societies or committees of societies. The findings presented are evidence based. Commentairies that are not developed as part of a formal process of aggregation of opinion and/or data are discouraged. Commentaries can also provide readers with a focused opinion/view of a topic that is recently published in the journal or elsewhere, or on important changes or trends related to the field.

    • Word Limit: 2,500
    • Title Short ( running title): 3-10 words
    • Key Messsage (min-max): 1-3 messages, point form
    • Abstract: 300 words, unstructured
    • Reference Limit: 30
    • Table and figure limit: 7
    • Keywords (min-max): 3-10

    Letter to the Editor

    • Correspondence to the Editor unrelated to a specific article
      • Word Limit: 500
      • Reference Limit: 3
      • No abstract, tables, or figures to be included
    • Correspondence pertaining to a recently published article or to be published concurrently with an article within the journal
      • Word Limit: 800
      • Reference Limit: 5
      • No abstract, tables, or figures to be included

    Please visit our Sage Author Gateway for guidance on producing visual and/or video abstracts.

    3.3 Writing your paper

    Visit the Sage Author Gateway for general advice on how to get published, plus links to further resources. Sage Author Services also offers authors a variety of ways to improve and enhance your article including English language editing, plagiarism detection, and video abstract and infographic preparation.

    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.

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    4. Editorial policies

    4.1 Peer review policy

    Sage does not permit the use of author-suggested (recommended) reviewers at any stage of the submission process, be that through the web-based submission system or other communication. Reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of themanuscript. Our policy is that reviewers should not be assigned to a paper if:

    • The reviewer is based at the same institution as any of the co-authors.
    • The reviewer is based at the funding body of the paper.
    • The author has recommended the reviewer.
    • The reviewer has provided a personal (e.g. Gmail/Yahoo/Hotmail) email account and an institutional email account cannot be found after performing a basic Google search (name, department and institution).

    The journal’s policy is to have manuscripts reviewed by two expert reviewers. Journal of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery utilizes a single-anonymized peer review process in which the reviewer’s name and information is withheld from the author. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, while maintaining rigor. Reviewers make comments to the author and recommendations to the Editor-in-Chiefs who then make the final decision.

    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.

    Journal of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery is committed to delivering high quality, fast peer-review for your paper, and as such has partnered with Web of Science (previously Publons). Web of Science is a third party service that seeks to track, verify and give credit for peer review. Reviewers for Journal of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery can opt in to Web of Science 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 Web of Science website.

    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.

    Please note that AI chatbots, for example ChatGPT, should not be listed as authors. For more information see the policy on Use of ChatGPT and generative AI tools.

    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.

    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

    Per ICMJE recommendations, it is best practice to obtain consent from non-author contributors who you are acknowledging in your paper.

    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.

    4.4 Funding

    Journal of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery 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.

    4.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    It is the policy of Journal of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery 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.

    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.

    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 ARRIVE guidelines.

    4.7 Clinical trials

    Journal of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery 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.

    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. If your research involves animals, you will be asked to confirm that you have carefully read and adhered to the ARRIVE guidelines.

    Visit NLM’s Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives for more resources.

    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.

    As a condition of publication authors are required to:

    • Share your research data in a relevant public data repository
      • Include a data availability statement. This should:
      • Indicate if data is available and shared
      • In certain cases, indicate if research data is available but not shared, and why. If you cannot share your data and this is a requirement of publication, consult the journal editorial office.
      • Indicate if there is an absence of data
    • Cite 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

    Journal of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery 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. Journal of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery 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. Templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    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.

    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.

    6.4 Reference style

    Journal of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery adheres to the AMA Manual of Style. View the AMA Manual of Style to ensure your manuscript conforms to this style.

    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

    Journal of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery is hosted on Sage Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/johns 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.

    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.

    7.3 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.

    7.4 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).

    7.5 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.

    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.

    8.2 Online First 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.

    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.

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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 Journal of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery editorial office as follows:

    Donna Humphrey, Managing Editor
    entcanada@csohns.org

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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

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