Journal Policies

Publication Ethics

Journal of Orthoplastic Surgery (JOPS) is committed to upholding standards of ethical behaviour at all stages of the publication process. We expect authors to follow a similar approach with respect to publication ethics as set out by the Commission on Publication Ethics (COPE) and International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).To avoid plagiarism, authors must certify that their manuscripts are their original work, and cite content from other sources appropriately. Cases of ethical misconduct are treated very seriously and will be dealt with in accordance with the COPE guidelines.


JOPS will judge any case of plagiarism on its limits. All the submitted manuscripts for publication are checked for plagiarism after submission and before starting review. The manuscripts in which the plagiarism is detected are handled based on the extent of the plagiarism. If the plagiarism is observed by editors or peer reviewers at any stage of publication process, it could be rejected based on the extent of plagiarism occurred.


The journal does not accept any changes to authorship (including author order) after the initial manuscript submission. Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the work. All authors should have read and approved the final version. All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section.

Human rights

When reporting on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the Helsinki Declaration (1964, amended most recently in 2008) of the World Medical Association.

Ethical Approval

Authors should be able to submit, upon request, a statement of ethical approval from a research ethics committee or institutional review board. Authors need to include a statement of ethical approval in the methodology section of their manuscripts. Manuscripts should also include a statement that the patient’s written consent was obtained (if applicable) and any information, including illustrations, should be as anonymized as far as possible.

Conflicts of Interest

Corresponding authors are required to confirm whether they or their co-authors have any conflicts of interest to declare, and to provide details of these. It is the Corresponding author’s responsibility to ensure that all authors adhere to this policy.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.