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1. Journal Info
2. Open Access Policy
3. Publisher Info
4. Advertising Policy
5. Author’s Rights and Obligations
6. Conflict of Interest Policy
7. Editorial Policy
8. Peer Review Policy
9. Editorial and Peer Review Processes
10. Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement
11. Plagiarism Policy
12. Privacy Policy
13. Protection of Research Participants (Statement On Human And Animal Rights)
14. Publishing Ethics
15. Corrections, Retractions & Expressions of Concern
16. Self-Archiving Policies
17. Statement of Informed Consent
18. Terms of Use

Journal Info

Hand and Microsurgery, the official journal of Turkish Society for Surgery of the Hand and Upper Extremity, is a peer-reviewed scientific journal published three times a year. Manuscripts in English are welcomed for consideration.
ISSN: 2458-7834
Issues: Published 3 times a year
Owner and Managing Editor
On behalf of the Turkish Society for Surgery of the Hand and Upper Extremity, President, Ahmet Ekin

Scientific Editor
Associate Professor
Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon
Hand Surgeon
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
University of Pittsburgh, USA
editor@handmicrosurgeryjournal.com
yakulahci@yahoo.com
Yak37@pitt.edu

Publisher Administrative Office
Türk El ve Üst Ekstremite Cerrahisi Derneği
(Turkish Society for Surgery of the Hand and Upper Extremity)
Atatürk Bulvarı Beler Apt. 175/20
06680 Bakanlıklar, Ankara, Turkey
Phone:(+90) 312- 425 04 80-81
Fax: (+90) 312- 425 04 81
Email: turkhand@gmail.com

Open Access Policy


Hand and Microsurgery is an “open access” journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. All articles are immediately made available upon publication. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. 
This is in accordance with the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) definition. Furthermore, Journal does not have article processing charges (APCs), article submission charges, or any other hidden charges during the publication process.
The articles in Hand and Microsurgery are open access articles licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) which permits unrestricted, non-commercial use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the work is properly cited.

Publisher Info

Türk El ve Üst Ekstremite Cerrahisi Derneği
(Turkish Society for Surgery of the Hand and Upper Extremity)

Turkish Society for Surgery of the Hand and Upper Extremity website:
http://www.turkhandsociety.org/en/

Main Office:
Atatürk Bulvarı Beler Apt. 175/20
06680 Bakanlıklar, Ankara, Turkey
Phone:(+90) 312- 425 04 80-81
Fax: (+90) 312- 425 04 81
Email: turkhand@gmail.com

There is no parent companies of Turkish Society for Surgery of the Hand and Upper Extremity.

Currently Hand and Microsurgery has been published by Turkish Society for Surgery of the Hand and Upper Extremity. The journal is open access and peer-reviewed and has a special and experienced scientific editor in chief, and an international scientific advisory board.

Advertising Policy

Turkish Society for Surgery of the Hand and Upper Extremity accepts advertising for their hard copies, web sites and related e-mail services (e-mail alerts) according to the following principles:

• Advertising must be separate from content. Content may not be altered, added, or deleted to accommodate advertising. Advertisers have no input regarding any of our editorial decisions or advertising policies. The advertising sales representatives have neither control over, nor prior knowledge of, specific editorial content before it is published.

• Turkish Society for Surgery of the Hand and Upper Extremity reserves the right to decline or cancel any advertisement at any time.

• Third-party advertisements may not use Turkish Society for Surgery of the Hand and Upper Extremity name, logo, or title on their web pages or email alerts.

• Advertised products must be compliant with the regulations in the country where the advertisement will be seen. Advertisements for pharmaceutical products (including new drug applications) that are subject to U.S. Food and Drug Administration oversight must comply with FDA regulations regarding advertising and promotion.

• Users will be able to distinguish advertising and editorial content clearly on the web site and in e-mail alerts. Commercial advertising does not appear on the same screen as editorial content on the web site or in full-content e-mails.

• Advertisers have no control or influence over the results of searches a user may conduct on Journal web pages.

Author’s Rights and Obligations

All authors published their research papers in Hand and Microsurgery are entitled for following rights and obligations:

1. Authors hold full copyright and self archiving rights, they transfer the publishing rights to Hand and Microsurgery.
2. We do decline to publish material where a pre-print or working paper has been previously mounted online.
3. We allow author to get their seminar papers published with note about the seminar if the paper is not mounted online.
4. The research and review papers published in Hand and Microsurgery can be archived in any private of public archives online or offline. For this purposed authors need to use the final published papers downloaded from http://handmicrosurgeryjournal.com
5. Authors are allowed to archive their article in open access repositories as “post-prints”. (Please note that: a post-print is the version incorporating changes and modifications resulting from peer-review comments.)
6. The authors need to acknowledge the original reference to the published paper when used in some other format like epub or audio files.
7. Hand and Microsurgery offers Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License to researchers and scholar who uses the content of the published papers.
8. Authors are free to use link to our published papers and share the published papers online or offline in the final format printed on the Journal website.
9. Authors can index and store the published papers in the private or public archives or repositories like university database, internet archived, academia, researchgate etc.
10. We promote sharing of knowledge with due credit to the authors and researchers of the papers published with Hand and Microsurgery.

Conflict of Interest Policy

Adopted from Conflict of Interest in Peer-Reviewed Medical Journals which is prepared by WAME Editorial Policy and Publication Ethics Committees.

Articles would be published with statements or supporting documents declaring:

• Authors’ conflicts of interest; and

• Sources of support for the work, including sponsor names along with explanations of the role of those sources if any in study design; collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; writing of the report; the decision to submit the report for publication; or a statement declaring that the supporting source had no such involvement; and

• Whether the authors had access to the study data, with an explanation of the nature and extent of access, including whether access is on-going.

To support the above statements, editors may request that authors of a study sponsored by a funder with a proprietary or financial interest in the outcome sign a statement, such as “I had full access to all of the data in this study and I take complete responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis.”

Editorial Policy

Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing

Hand and Microsurgerystrives to adhere to the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing which could be found in the DOAJ Web site completely , for details please check here.

Hand and Microsurgery has established a guideline for editorial independence as delineated below. The guideline generally follows that created by the World Association of Medical Editors.
1. Hand and Microsurgery is operated by Turkish Society for Surgery of the Hand and Upper Extremity.
2. The General Chief Editor (currently, Dr. Yalcin Kulahci) is responsible for independent leadership of Hand and Microsurgery editorial operations. The General Publishing Editor reports to the Editor-in-Chief (currently Dr. Yalcin Kulahci) for all editorial matters.
3. Hand and Microsurgery has one Editor-in-Chief. These Editor-in-Chief have their own boards.
4. The Editor-in-Chief has full authority over the content of Hand and Microsurgery and its related offerings. This includes summaries and comments on recent medical advances, opinions, blogs and news.
5. Content-related decisions are based on quality, importance, and value to the users of Hand and Microsurgery. Contributing authors, editors, Hand and Microsurgery staff are free to express responsible positions – even if these views are not in agreement with interests, policies or published research, editorial or commentary of Turkish Society for Surgery of the Hand and Upper Extremity.
6. Hand and Microsurgeryactively seeks input regarding editorial matters from the physician Editors-in-Chief in an advisory capacity, as well as from the other editorial board members, internal editorial staff, and readers.
7. Editors-in-Chief of Hand and Microsurgeryis empowered to create content and commentary free of commercial and organizational influence. All authors and editors operate without conflict of interest and all potential conflicts are disclosed (please also see Conflict of Interest Policy).

Peer Review Policy

The practice of peer review is to ensure that only good science is published. It is an objective process at the heart of good scholarly publishing and is carried out by all reputable scientific journals. Our referees play a vital role in maintaining the high standards Review Policy and all manuscripts are peer reviewed following the procedure outlined below.

Initial manuscript evaluation
The Editor first evaluates all manuscripts. It is rare, but it is possible for an exceptional manuscript to be accepted at this stage. Manuscripts rejected at this stage are insufficiently original, have serious scientific flaws, have poor grammar or English language, or are outside the aims and scope of the journal. Those that meet the minimum criteria are normally passed on to at least 2 experts for review.

Type of Peer Review
Policy employs double blind reviewing, where both the referee and author remain anonymous throughout the process.

How the referee is selected
Whenever possible, referees are matched to the paper according to their expertise and our database is constantly being updated.

Referee reports
Referees are asked to evaluate whether the manuscript: – Is original – Is methodologically sound – Follows appropriate ethical guidelines – Has results which are clearly presented and support the conclusions – Correctly references previous relevant work.

Language correction is not part of the peer review process, but referees may, if so wish, suggest corrections to the manuscript.

How long does the review process take?
The time required for the review process is dependent on the response of the referees. Should the referee’s reports contradict one another or a report is unnecessarily delayed, a further expert opinion will be sought. The Editor’s decision will be sent to the author with recommendations made by the referees, which usually includes verbatim comments by the referees. Revised manuscripts might be returned to the initial referees who may then request another revision of a manuscript.

Final report
A final decision to accept or reject the manuscript will be sent to the author along with any recommendations made by the referees, and may include verbatim comments by the referees.

Editor’s Decision is final
Referees advise the editor, who is responsible for the final decision to accept or reject the article

Editorial and Peer Review Processes

Editorial and Peer Review Processes generally follow these steps:

1. We follow and request from authors, reviewers and editors the “ICJME Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly work in Medical Journals”.
2. When an article is submitted to Hand and Microsurgery, Editor makes the first check of submitted articles (structure, plagiarism, scientific quality).
3. Article may be rejected, sent back for structural revision, or sent to at least two reviewers for peer review.
4. After peer review process, articles may be rejected, sent back for revision requested by reviewers or accepted for publication.
5. Revised articles by authors may be accepted, resent to reviewers, resent to authors for additional corrections/revision or rejected.
6. Authors could not see reviewers’ information. Editor may make authors’ information available to reviewers or not.
7. Accepted articles are forwarded to publishing process.
8. Editor(s) may require additional materials or changes from authors during copy editing, composing, grammatical editing and/or proof reading steps.

Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

Editorial and Peer Review Processes generally follow these steps:

The publication of an article in a peer reviewed journal is an essential model for our journal “Hand and Microsurgery”.

It is necessary to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer(s) and the publisher.
Our ethic statements are based on COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

Publication decisions
The editor of the Hand and Microsurgery is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published.
The editor may be guided by the policies of the journal’s editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editor may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision.

Fair play
An editor at any time evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.

Confidentiality
The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest
Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor’s own research without the express written consent of the author.

Duties of Reviewers
Contribution to Editorial Decisions
Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper.

Promptness
Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process.

Confidentiality
Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.

Standards of Objectivity
Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Acknowledgement of Sources
Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor’s attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest
Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.

Duties of Authors

Reporting standards
Authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

Data Access and Retention
Authors are asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such data (consistent with the ALPSP-STM Statement on Data and Databases), if practicable, and should in any event be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.

Originality and Plagiarism
The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.

Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication
An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.

Acknowledgement of Sources
Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.

Authorship of the Paper
Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors.
The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Hazards and Human or Animal Subjects
If the work involves chemicals, procedures or equipment that have any unusual hazards inherent in their use, the author must clearly identify these in the manuscript.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest
All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Fundamental errors in published works
When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.

Plagiarism Policy

Whether intentional or not, plagiarism is a serious violation. Plagiarism is the copying of ideas, text, data and other creative work (e.g. tables, figures and graphs) and presenting it as original research without proper citation. We define plagiarism as a case in which a paper reproduces another work with at least 25% similarity and without citation.

If evidence of plagiarism is found before/after acceptance or after publication of the paper, the author will be offered a chance for rebuttal. If the arguments are not found to be satisfactory, the manuscript will be retracted and the author sanctioned from publishing papers for a period to be determined by the responsible Editor(s).

Screening for plagiarism

We check each submission for plagiarism with dedicated software at www.ithenticate.com, to prevent such unethical practices.

Privacy Policy

Turkish Society for Surgery of the Hand and Upper Extremity is committed to the protection of your personal information. The privacy policy outlined here applies only to information collected by Turkish Society for Surgery of the Hand and Upper Extremity through the http://handmicrosurgeryjournal.com website.
Information We Collect
We will request personal information from you to establish your individual user profile that will support all online activities carried out as an author, editorial board member, or other related role. Information such as your name, postal address, e-mail address, telephone number and geographic locale are used as unique identifiers to allow access to certain content or to a secure site. All personal information is treated by Turkish Society for Surgery of the Hand and Upper Extremity as strictly private and confidential. Turkish Society for Surgery of the Hand and Upper Extremity will not disclose any personal information to third parties without your permission, unless required by law.

Cookies
Cookies and log files are automatically recorded when you visit our site. These data may include some or all of the following information: IP address, host name, domain name, browser version and platform, date and time of requests, and downloaded or viewed files. This information is used to measure and analyze traffic and usage of the http://handmicrosurgeryjournal.com website and our digital products.

Making Changes to Your Information
Once you have created a user account on the http://handmicrosurgeryjournal.com website, you can update your personal information at any time through your account settings.

This statement may be periodically updated.
If you have any concerns about how your information is being used or stored, please contact us by email at editor@handmicrosurgeryjournal.com

Protection of Research Participants (Statement On Human And Animal Rights)

Adopted from ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly work in Medical Journals (http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/browse/roles-and-responsibilities/protection-of-research-participants.html).

When reporting experiments on people, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national), or if no formal ethics committee is available, with the Helsinki Declaration as revised in 2008. If doubt exists whether the research was conducted in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration, the authors must explain the rationale for their approach and demonstrate that the institutional review body explicitly approved the doubtful aspects of the study.

Patients have a right to privacy that should not be violated without informed consent.

Identifying information, including names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, or pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Informed consent for this purpose requires that an identifiable patient be shown the manuscript to be published. Authors should disclose to these patients whether any potential identifiable material might be available via the Internet as well as in print after publication. Patient consent should be written and archived with the journal, the authors, or both, as dictated by local regulations or laws. Applicable laws vary from locale to locale, and journals should establish their own policies with legal guidance. Since a journal that archives the consent will be aware of patient identity, some journals may decide that patient confidentiality is better guarded by having the author archive the consent and instead providing the journal with a written statement that attests that they have received and archived written patient consent.
Nonessential identifying details should be omitted. Informed consent should be obtained if there is any doubt that anonymity can be maintained. For example, masking the eye region in photographs of patients is inadequate protection of anonymity. If identifying characteristics are de-identified, authors should provide assurance, and editors should so note, that such changes do not distort scientific meaning.
The requirement for informed consent should be included in the journal’s instructions for authors. When informed consent has been obtained, it should be indicated in the published article.
When reporting experiments on animals, authors should indicate whether institutional and national standards for the care and use of laboratory animals were followed. Further guidance on animal research ethics is available from the International Association of Veterinary Editors’ Consensus Author Guidelines on Animal Ethics and Welfare.

Publishing Ethics

Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice
Hand and microsurgery follows the ICMJE’s Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, and expected from authors, reviewers and editors that they follow the best-practice guidelines on ethical behaviour contained in this document.

Authorship
All contributors who have made a significant contribution should be given chance to be cited as authors. Other individuals who have contributed to the work should be acknowledged. Articles should include a full list of the current institutional affiliations of all authors, both academic and corporate.
Competing interests
All authors, referees and editors must declare any conflicting or competing interests relating to a given article. Competing interests through their potential influence on behaviour or content or perception may undermine the objectivity, integrity or perceived value of publication.
Sources of funding
Funding received for the work described in the paper or for the publication itself, for all authors, must be declared within the publication.

Corrections, Retractions & Expressions of Concern

In an effort to better serve our researchers, librarians, and others in the academic community, Ejmanager believes clarity in the publishing record is a critical component of information distribution. Recognizing a published article as a finalized “Version of Record” establishes the expectation that it can be relied upon as accurate, complete, and citable. Ejmanager defines this Version of Record as the initial article publication for open access journals.
It is presumed that manuscripts report on work based on honest observations. However occasionally information becomes available with may contradict this. In such situations Ejmanager Publishing journals apply Committee on Publication Ethics guidelines on corrections, retractions and expressions of concern.
Corrections
Errors in published papers may be identified requiring publication of a correction in the form of a corrigendum or erratum. Because articles can be read and cited as soon as they are published, any changes thereafter could potentially impact those who read and cited the earlier version. Ejmanager provides authors with an opportunity to review article proofs prior to publication with the express goal of ensuring accuracy of the content. Publishing an erratum or corrigendum increases the likelihood readers will find out about the change and also explains the specifics of the change.
Corrigenda and Errata are published on a numbered page and will contain the original article’s citation. Cases where these corrections are insufficient to address an error will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis by the Editor in Chief. Inadequacies arising from the normal course of new scientific research are not within the scope of this and will require no correction or withdrawal.
Expressions of Concern
Where substantial doubt arises as to the honesty or integrity of a submitted or published article it is the Editor in Chief’s responsibility to ensure that the matter is adequately addressed, usually by the authors’ sponsoring institution. It is not normally the Editor in Chief’s responsibility to carry out the investigation or make a determination. The Editor in Chief should be promptly informed of the decision of the sponsoring institution and a retraction printed should it be determined that a fraudulent paper was published. Alternatively, the Editor-in-Chief may choose to publish an expression of concern over aspects of the conduct or integrity of the work.
Article withdrawal
Articles may be withdrawn by corresponding author before accepting for publication. If it is accepted, it could be used only for Articles in Press which represent early versions of articles and sometimes contain errors, or may have been accidentally submitted twice. Occasionally, but less frequently, the articles may represent infringements of professional ethical codes, such as multiple submission, bogus claims of authorship, plagiarism, fraudulent use of data or the like. Articles in Press (articles that have been accepted for publication but which have not been formally published and will not yet have the complete volume/issue/page information) that include errors, or are discovered to be accidental duplicates of other published article(s), or are determined to violate our journal publishing ethics guidelines in the view of the editors (such as multiple submission, bogus claims of authorship, plagiarism, fraudulent use of data or the like), may be “Withdrawn” from eJManager. Articles which have been published under an issue could not be withdrawn.
Article retraction
Infringements of professional ethical codes, such as multiple submission, bogus claims of authorship, plagiarism, fraudulent use of data or the like. Occasionally a retraction will be used to correct errors in submission or publication.The retraction of an article by its authors or the editor under the advice of members of the scholarly community has long been an occasional feature of the learned world. Standards for dealing with retractions have been developed by a number of library and scholarly bodies, and this best practice is adopted for article retraction by eJManager:
– A retraction note titled “Retraction: [article title]” signed by the authors and/or the editor is published in the paginated part of a subsequent issue of the journal and listed in the contents list.
– In the electronic version, a link is made to the original article.
– The online article is preceded by a screen containing the retraction note. It is to this screen that the link resolves; the reader can then proceed to the article itself.
– The original article is retained unchanged save for a watermark on the .pdf indicating on each page that it is “retracted.”
– The HTML version of the document is removed.
Article removal: legal limitations
In an extremely limited number of cases, it may be necessary to remove an article from the online database. This will only occur where the article is clearly defamatory, or infringes others’ legal rights, or where the article is, or we have good reason to expect it will be, the subject of a court order, or where the article, if acted upon, might pose a serious health risk. In these circumstances, while the metadata (Title and Authors) will be retained, the text will be replaced with a screen indicating the article has been removed for legal reasons.
Article replacement
In cases where the article, if acted upon, might pose a serious health risk, the authors of the original article may wish to retract the flawed original and replace it with a corrected version. In these circumstances the procedures for retraction will be followed with the difference that the database retraction notice will publish a link to the corrected re-published article and a history of the document

Self-Archiving Policies

All articles published on the Hand and Microsurgery website are protected by copyright held by eJManager Company (or its subsidiaries). This copyright covers the exclusive rights to reproduce and distribute the article, including in electronic forms, reprints, translations, photographic reproductions, or similar. Except for articles published on an open access basis, the transfer of copyright to eJManager (or its subsidiaries) becomes effective when an article is accepted for publication.
As author of a journal article, you retain the rights detailed in the following:
The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) of your article can be found on the relevant webpage of Hand and Microsurgery.
The above permissions apply to authors whose articles are to be published by Hand and Microsurgery and authors who have purchased a copy or received a complimentary copy of their published article.
This policy does not apply to pay-per-view customers and subscribers, who should adhere to their respective agreed policies
1. The publisher-created version can only be posted where a gold access fee has been paid and the article contains an OpenAccess mark.
2. You may post the preprint anywhere at any time, provided it is accompanied by the following acknowledgement:
• Preprint of an article submitted for consideration in Hand and Microsurgery © [Year] [copyright eJManager] [www.jicep.com]
• Preprint of an article published in [Journal, Volume, Issue, Year, Pages] [Article DOI] © [copyright eJManager] [www.jicep.com]
3. After publication in web site, you may post the accepted author manuscript on your personal website, your institutional or subject repositories of your own choice or as stipulated by the Funding Agency. Please provide the following acknowledgement:
• Electronic version of an article published as [Journal, Volume, Issue, Year, Pages] [Article DOI] © [copyright eJManager] [Journal URL]
Definitions:
• “preprint” – a version of an article created prior to peer review
• “accepted author manuscript” – an author-created version of the final journal article (to reflect changes made in peer review and editing)
“publisher-created version” – the definitive final record of published research that appears in the journal and embodies all value-adding publisher activities including copy-editing, formatting and pagination.

Statement of Informed Consent

Patients have a right to privacy that should not be violated without informed consent. Identifying information, including names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, or pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Informed consent for this purpose requires that an identifiable patient be shown the manuscript to be published. Authors should disclose to these patients whether any potential identifiable material might be available via the Internet as well as in print after publication. Patient consent should be written and archived with the journal, the authors, or both, as dictated by local regulations or laws. Applicable laws vary from locale to locale, and journals should establish their own policies with legal guidance. Since a journal that archives the consent will be aware of patient identity, some journals may decide that patient confidentiality is better guarded by having the author archive the consent and instead providing the journal with a written statement that attests that they have received and archived written patient consent.
Nonessential identifying details should be omitted. Informed consent should be obtained if there is any doubt that anonymity can be maintained. For example, masking the eye region in photographs of patients is inadequate protection of anonymity. If identifying characteristics are de-identified, authors should provide assurance, and editors should so note, that such changes do not distort scientific meaning.
The requirement for informed consent should be included in the journal’s instructions for authors. When informed consent has been obtained, it should be indicated in the published article.
– International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (“Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals”) – December 2014

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General
These Terms of Use govern your access to and use of digital products and services owned by the Turkish Society for Surgery of the Hand and Upper Extremity and its subsidiaries, including but not limited to the www.http://handmicrosurgeryjournal.com website, unless other terms and conditions apply.

Copyright
All published materials (including illustrations, tables and images in the manuscripts) will become the sole property of, and will be copyrighted by the Hand and Microsurgery.
Therefore, “Acknowledgement of Authorship and Transfer of Copyright Agreement” and are requested in addition to manuscripts that are to be assessed. No payment is done for manuscripts under the name of copyright or others approved for publishing in the journal and no publication cost is charged; however, reprints are at authors’ cost.
To promote the development of global open access to scientific information and research, Hand and Microsurgery provides copyrights of all online published papers (except where otherwise noted) for free use of readers, scientists, and institutions (such as link to the content or permission for its download, distribution, printing, copying, and reproduction in any medium, without any changing and except the commercial purpose), under the terms of CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 License, provided the original work is cited. To get permission for commercial purpose please contact the publisher.

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