Surgery Open Science is a new open access journal affiliated with the journal Surgery and striving to incorporate the strongest tenets of the open science movement including allowing author preprints, rigorous reviewing, and data sharing. As such, Surgery Open Science will provide leading edge dynamic, transparent, and interactive access to process and data.
Surgery Open Science seeks original, high quality basic and clinical science submissions and timely, rigorous review manuscripts in the broad field of general surgery; these submissions should be of interest to an international audience. Case reports and book reviews are not accepted by the journal.
Surgery Open Science strives for a fast, detailed reviewing process, aiming to return the first decision in less than 30 days from submission. Rapid online manuscript publication will follow acceptance. Authors are encouraged to submit original data for review.
Surgery Open Science has partnered with SSRN to provide authors an option to easily share their manuscripts with the community for feedback while it undergoes the peer review process. Authors may choose to post a preprint version of their manuscript on SSRN during the submission process to the journal. Manuscripts will appear on the First Look page once editors invite expert reviewers to share their opinion on the work. The “under review” status of the preprint will be updated to “accepted” if the manuscript is accepted and updated to “preprint” if the manuscript is rejected.
Preprint findings should not be presented to a lay audience without highlighting that they are preliminary and have not been peer-reviewed.