JOURNAL OF SURGICAL RESEARCH
INFORMATION FOR AUTHORS
The Journal of Surgical Research publishes original manu-
scripts dealing with clinical and laboratory investigations per-
tinent to the practice and teaching of surgery. Priority will be
given to reports of clinical investigations or basic research
bearing directly on surgical management, and of general inter-
est to a wide range of surgeons and surgical investigators.
Manuscripts relating to surgical specialty interests will be
judged on the basis of general interest. Research need not
have been done by surgeons or in surgical laboratories. The
Journal publishes review articles and special articles relating
to educational, research, or social issues pertinent to the aca-
demic surgical community. Such manuscripts should be desig-
nated as Research Review or Special Article in the cover letter,
as well as on the title page. Preliminary reports of 1000 words
or less which are accepted by the editorial board will be given
priority for the earliest possible publication.
Submission of Manuscripts. It is a condition of publica-
tion that all manuscripts must be submitted in English to
the Journal of Surgical Research’s submission and review
http://ees.elsevier.com/jsurgres. Authors are re-
quested to transmit the text and art of the manuscript in elec-
tronic form to this address. Each manuscript must also be
accompanied by a cover letter outlining the basic ﬁndings of
the paper and their signiﬁcance. Minimal exceptions will be
exercised. Should you be unable to provide an electronic ver-
sion, please contact the editorial ofﬁce prior to submission
by e-mail: JSR@stellarmed.com; telephone: 508-732-6767
(x14); or fax: 508-732-6766.
Categorization of manuscript. The following categories
are used in the Table of Contents:
Wound Healing/Plastic Surgery
Manuscripts are accepted for review with the understand-
ing that no substantial portion of the study has been published
or is under consideration for publication elsewhere and that its
submission for publication has been approved by all of the au-
thors and by the institution where the work was carried out.
Manuscripts that do not meet the general criteria or standards
for publication in Journal of Surgical Research will be imme-
diately returned to the authors, without detailed review.
Authors submitting a manuscript do so on the understanding
that if the manuscript is accepted for publication, copyright in
the article, including the right to reproduce the article in all
forms and media, shall be assigned exclusively to the Publisher.
The Copyright Transfer Agreement, which may be copied from
the journal home page listed here, should be signed by the ap-
propriate person and should accompany the original submission
of a manuscript to this journal. The transfer of copyright does
not take place until the manuscript is accepted for publication.
Authors are responsible for obtaining permissions to re-
print previously published ﬁgures, tables, and other material.
Letters of permission should accompany the ﬁnal submission.
E-ONLY Articles. The Journal of Surgical Research has
initiated a certiﬁably expeditious process for publishing an
author’s manuscript. Our full-text website at
JournalofSurgicalResearch.com now included a Navigation
Button, titled, E-ONLY Articles. This is a new rapid publi-
cation feature in which your article will not appear in Print,
but as E-ONLY. In an E-ONLY format, your article enjoys
all the beneﬁts (and more) as a Print article does, that is,
with indexing services such as MEDLINE; the same biblio-
graphic information, such as volume, issue, and DOI number;
E-Page Numbers (i.e., e1, e2, e3, e4, etc.), however, replace the
‘‘P’’ page numbers but follow the same sequential pattern as
the print page number pattern, and the listing of E-Pages in
the print Table of Contents will follow the listing of the Print
page numbers; the E-ONLY method of delivery allows arti-
cles to be ofﬁcially and genuinely published much sooner
than in the standard print format, and the E-ONLY version
of an article, is classiﬁed, as it is in Print, as the Ofﬁcial,
Archived Version of Record at the National Library of Medi-
cine. PLEASE NOTE: Be certain to follow the same guidelines
and instructions for your submission of E-ONLY articles that
you use when you prepare and submit your manuscript for the
print version of the journal.
Digital Object Identiﬁer. Elsevier Inc. assigns a unique
digital object identiﬁer (DOI) to every article it publishes.
The DOI appears on the title page of the article. It is assigned
after the article has been accepted for publication and persists
throughout the lifetime of the article. Because of its persis-
tence, it can be used to query Elsevier Inc. for information
on the article during the production process, to ﬁnd the article
on the Internet through various Web sites, including IDEAL,
and to cite the article in academic references. When a refer-
ence to an online version of an article is being cited and that
reference has yet to appear in print, authors may want to in-
clude the DOI, as volume and page information is not always