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As an open access journal, the Archives of Plastic Surgery (APS) will follow the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing ( developed by Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), and the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME).
1. Website
The URL of official journal web site is
The APS team endeavors to make a good website. APS website demonstrates that care has been taken to ensure high ethical and professional standards. It does not contain any misleading information, including any attempt to mimic another journal/publisher’s site.
2. Name of Journal
The official journal title is Archives of Plastic Surgery, the abbreviation of ISO is Arch Plast Surg.
3. Peer Review Process
The APS has on online submission and peer review system at
  • • All manuscripts will be evaluated by 3 peer reviewers who are selected by the editors.
  • • A manuscript is first reviewed for its format and adherence to the aims and scope of the journal. If the manuscript does not fit the aims and scope of the Journal or does not adhere to the Instructions for Authors, it may be returned to the author immediately after receipt and without a review. Before reviewing, all submitted manuscripts are inspected by Similarity Check powered by iThenticate (, a plagiarism-screening tool.
  • • The journal uses a double-blind peer review process: the reviewers do not know the identity of the authors, and vice versa.
  • • The acceptance criteria for all papers are based on the quality and originality of the research and its clinical and scientific significance. An initial decision will normally be made within 3 weeks after the agreement of review by the reviewers, and the reviewers’ comments will then be sent to the corresponding authors.
4. Ownership and Management
This journal is owned by the publisher, the Korean Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (
5/6. Governing Body / Editorial Team and Contact Information
The governing body is the journal's editorial board. The full names and affiliations of the journal’s editors and members of journal management team are displayed on the About (Editorial Board & Journal Management Team) tab of journal homepage, and the contact information for the Editor and editorial office is on the About (Contact Us) tab.
7. Copyright and Licensing
Copyright to all published materials is owned by the Korean Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. All authors should agree to the copyright transfer during the submission process.

APS is an open access journal. Articles are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. To use the tables or figures of APS in other journals, books or media for scholarly, educational purposes, the process of permission request to the publisher of APS is not necessary. For permission to use them for other purposes, please fill in the Permission Request Form ( and send it to APS Editorial Office.

All contents of the journal are available immediately upon publication without embargo period.
8. Author Fees
For unsolicited manuscripts, the corresponding author is asked to pay for a part of the costs of article processing. The processing charge for an article is US $70.00 (70,000 Korean won) per page regardless of the type of article. Commissioned articles such as editorials, invited reviews, book reviews, and continuing medical education are free of charge. Also, articles that are classified as the publication type "letter" or "communication" are free from an author-side article processing charge.

No article processing charge will be requested from authors outside of Korea in order to encourage active submission from throughout the world, particularly Asia and developing countries. This policy is subject to change in the future.
9. Process for Identification of and Dealing with Allegations of Research Misconduct
The editorial board of APS have carefully examined all submitted manuscripts whether these are abided by the ethical guidelines of the ICMJE and COPE. The published articles have involved the statements of conflict of interest, institutional review board, informed consent, and human/animal rights.

When the Journal faces suspected cases of research and publication misconduct such as a redundant (duplicate) publication, plagiarism, fabricated data, changes in authorship, undisclosed conflicts of interest, an ethical problem discovered with the submitted manuscript, a reviewer who has appropriated an author’s idea or data, complaints against editors, and other issues, the resolving process will follow the flowchart provided by the COPE ( The editorial board of APS will discuss the suspected cases and reach a decision. APS will not hesitate to publish errata, corrigenda, clarifications, retractions, and apologies when needed.
10. Publication Ethics
APS follows the Guideline on Good Publication of COPE (, Recommendations of International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (, and Good Publication Practice Guidelines for Medical Journals of Korean Association of Medical Journal Editors (

Our publication ethics are displayed on the Author Information (Research and Publication Ethics) tab of journal homepage.
11. Publishing Schedule
APS published bimonthly (the 15th of January, March, May, July, September, and November).
12. Access
APS is an open access journal. A free full-text service both in the XML and PDF formats is available immediately upon publication without embargo period.
13. Archiving
Full text of APS has been archived in PubMed Central ( from the 39th volume, 2012. According to the deposit policy (self-archiving policy) of Sherpa/Romeo (, authors cannot archive pre-print (i.e. pre-refereeing), but they can archive post-print (i.e. final draft post-refereeing). Authors can archive publisher's version/PDF. APS provides the electronic backup and preservation of access to the journal content in the event the journal is no longer published by archiving in PubMed Central.
14. Revenues Sources
Revenue sources of journal are from the support of publisher (The Korean Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons), Korea Government’s support, author fees, and advertising rates.
15. Advertising
APS accepts advertisements. The policy of advertising is displayed on the About (Advertising Policy) tab of journal homepage.
16. Direct Marketing
Journal propagation has been done through the journal web site and distribution of an introduction pamphlet. Invitations to submit a manuscript are usually focused on the presenters at conferences, seminars, or workshops if the topic is related to the journal's aims and scope.
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