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1. Website

The URL address of official journal web site is http://www.jtraumainj.org.

Aims & Scope statement: http://www.jtraumainj.org/about/index.php

The Journal of Trauma and Injury is an official publication of the Korean Society of Trauma and an international, peer-reviewed open access journal. The aim of this journal is to contribute to saving lives of patients who underwent traumatic events through active communication and exchange of study information on trauma and provision of education and training on trauma. For achieving aims, this journal publishes original basic and clinical researches on trauma-associated medical fields such as surgeries including general surgery, chest surgery, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, head and neck surgery, gynecology and ophthalmology, emergency medicine, anesthesiology, neuro-psychiatrics, rehabilitation medicine and radiology including interventional radiology. Furthermore, this journal has established relationship with the Armed Forces Medical Command and Armed Forces Capital Hospital because of the Korean special situation with North Korea and publishes basic and clinical researches about the battle field trauma unique in Korea. Also this journal includes all items closely associated with medicine, disaster and department of emergency, emergency medical technicians and nurses, social infrastructures and systems, government policies and supports. The Journal of Trauma and Injury was launched in June 1988 with Korean and English Languages and has finally settled as an English language. The journal publishes the original articles, case reports/ case series, review articles, editorials, correspondence, and articles commissioned by the Editorial Committee which are related to basic or clinical research on trauma.


The Journal of Trauma and Injury is primarily for doctors and nurses in the field of trauma. Its readership can be expanded to other positions:
Researchers interested in trauma issues
Students seeking to understand the recent trends in trauma

Authorship criteria: http://www.jtraumainj.org/authors/authors.php

Doctors and researchers throughout the world can submit a manuscript if the scope is appropriate for Journal of Trauma and Injury. Manuscripts should be submitted in English.

ISSN Information: pISSN: 1738-8767, eISSN: 2287-1683

2. Name of journal

The official journal title is Journal of Trauma and Injury. Abbreviated title is J Trauma Inj.

3. Peer review process


Type of peer review: Double-blind review

Method of peer review
All submitted manuscripts are screened for duplication through Crosscheck (https://app.ithenticate.com) before review. All contributions (including solicited articles) are critically reviewed by the editorial board members, and/or reviewers. Reviewers' comments are usually returned to authors. The decision of the editor is final. Manuscripts are sent simultaneously to two reviewers for double-blinded peer review. A third reviewer will be assigned if there is a discrepancy between two reviewers. Authors will receive notification of the publication decision, along with copies of the reviews and instruction for revision, if appropriate, within two months after receipt of the submission.
All manuscripts from editors, employees, or members of the editorial board are processed the same way as other unsolicited manuscripts. During the review process, they will not engage in the selection of reviewers and decision process. Editors will not handle their own manuscripts even if they are commissioned ones.

4. Ownership, journal management team, and publishing credentials

The journal is owned by the publisher, the Korean Society of Traumatology of the Republic of Korea (South Korea). http://trauma.or.kr

The management team is as follows:

- Journal Manager: Gil Jae Lee, Editor-in-Chief of JTI, Gachon University,, Korea
- Managers of the Review Process:
          Min A Lee, Gachon University, Incheon, Korea
          Kun Hwang, Inha University Hospital, Incheon, Korea
- Ethics Editor: I-Lin Hsu, National Cheng Kung University Hospital, Taiwan
- Statistics Editor: Chan Yong Park, Wonkwang University, Iksan, Korea
- Manuscript Editor: Da Bin Park, Jin Publishing Co., Seoul, Korea
- English Manuscript Editor: Kyung Hag Lee, National Medical Center, Seoul, Korea
- Layout Editor: Mi Jung Kim, Jin Publishing Co., Seoul, Korea
- Website and JATS XML Producer: Im, Jeonghee, M2Community, Korea

5. Governing body

The governing body is the journal's editorial board.

6. Editorial team and contact information


The Editorial team is available from Editorial Board page at the front part of the journal.

Contact information
Editor: Gil Jae Lee, M.D., Gachon University, Incheon, Korea
Korean Society of Traumatology
Department of Trauma Surgery, Gachon University Gil Medical Center
783 Namdong-daero, Namdong-gu, Incheon 21556, Korea
Tel: +82-10-5552-2653
Email: office@jtraumainj.org

7. Copyright and licensing

Copyright policy: All published papers become the permanent property of the Korean Society of Traumatology. Copyrights of all published materials are owned by the Korean Society of Traumatology and permission must be obtained for any commercial use of materials. Every author should sign the copyright transfer agreement forms.

Licensing information: This is an Open Access journal distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/) which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

8. Author fees


There are no author submission fees or other publication-related charges. All cost for the publication process is supported by the Publisher. Journal of Trauma and Injury is a so-called platinum open access journal which does not charge author fees.

9. Process for the identification of and dealing with allegations of research misconduct


When the journal faces suspected cases of research and publication misconduct such as redundant (duplicate) publication, plagiarism, fraudulent or fabricated data, changes in authorship, an undisclosed conflict of interest, ethical problems with a submitted manuscript, a reviewer who has appropriated an author셲 idea or data, complaints against editors, and so on, the resolution process will follow the flowchart provided by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) (http://publicationethics.org/resources/flowcharts). The discussion and decision on the suspected cases are carried out by the Editorial Board.

10. Publication ethics

Journal policies on authorship and contributorship


Authorship credit should be based on 1) substantial contributions to conception and design, acquisition of data, and/or analysis and interpretation of data; 2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; 3) final approval of the version to be published; and 4) agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved. Every author should meet all of these four conditions. After the initial submission of a manuscript, any changes whatsoever in authorship (adding author(s), deleting author(s), or re-arranging the order of authors) must be explained by a letter to the editor from the authors concerned. This letter must be signed by all authors of the paper. Copyright assignment must also be completed by every author.

Corresponding author and first author: Journal of Trauma and Injury does not allow multiple corresponding authors for one article. Only one author should correspond with the editorial office and readers for one article. Journal of Trauma and Injury does accept notice of equal contribution for the first author when the study was clearly performed by co-first authors.

Correction of authorship after publication: Journal of Trauma and Injury does not correct authorship after publication unless a mistake has been made by the editorial staff. Authorship may be changed before publication but after submission when an authorship correction is requested by all of the authors involved with the manuscript.

How the journal will handle complaints and appeals
The policy of the journal is primarily aimed at protecting the authors, reviewers, editors, and the publisher of the journal. If not described below, the process of handling complaints and appeals follows the COPE guidelines available from: https://publicationethics.org/appeals.

Who complains or makes an appeal? Submitters, authors, reviewers, and readers may register complaints and appeals in a variety of cases as follows: falsification, fabrication, plagiarism, duplicate publication, authorship dispute, conflict of interest, ethical treatment of animals, informed consent, bias or unfair/inappropriate competitive acts, copyright, stolen data, defamation, and legal problem. If any individuals or institutions want to inform the cases, they can send a letter via the contact page on our website: http://www.jtraumainj.org/about/contact.php. For the complaints or appeals, concrete data with answers to all factual questions (who, when, where, what, how, why) should be provided.

Who is responsible for resolving and handling complaints and appeals? The Editor, Editorial Board, or Editorial Office is responsible for them. A legal consultant or ethics editor may be able to help with decision making.

What may be the consequence of the remedy? It depends on the type or degree of misconduct. The consequence of resolution will follow the COPE guidelines.

Journal policies on conflicts of interest / competing interests
The corresponding author must inform the editor of any potential conflicts of interest that could influence the authors interpretation of the data. Examples of potential conflicts of interest are financial support from or connections to companies, political pressure from interest groups, and academically related issues. In particular, all sources of funding applicable to the study should be explicitly stated.

Journal policies on data sharing and reproducibility;


This journal follows the data sharing policy described in "Data Sharing Statements for Clinical Trials: A Requirement of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors" (https://doi.org/10.3346/jkms.2017.32.7.1051). As of July 1, 2018 manuscripts submitted to ICMJE journals that report the results of interventional clinical trials must contain a data sharing statement as described below. Clinical trials that begin enrolling participants on or after January 1, 2019 must include a data sharing plan in the trial's registration. The ICMJE's policy regarding trial registration is explained at http://www.icmje.org/about-icmje/faqs/clinical-trials-registration/. If the data sharing plan changes after registration this should be reflected in the statement submitted and published with the manuscript, and updated in the registry record.
All of the authors of research articles that deal with interventional clinical trials must submit data sharing plan of example 1 to 4 in Table 1. Based on the degree of sharing plan, authors should deposit their data after de-identification and report the DOI of the data and the registered site.

Table 1.   Examples of data sharing statements that fulfill these ICMJE requirements*

Element Example 1 Example 2 Example 3 Example 4
Will individual participant data be available (including data dictionaries)? Yes Yes Yes No
What data in particular will be shared? All individual participant data collected during the trial, after deidentification. Individual participant data that underlie the results reported in this article, after deidentification (text, tables, figures, and appendices). Individual participant data that underlie the results reported in this article, after deidentification (text, tables, figures, and appendices). Not available
What other documents will be available? Study protocol, statistical analysis plan, informed consent form, clinical study report, analytic code Study protocol, statistical analysis plan, analytic code Study protocol Not available
When will data be available (start and end dates)? Immediately following publication. No end date. Beginning at 3 months and ending at 5 years following the article publication. Beginning at 9 months and ending at 36 months following the article publication. Not applicable
With whom? Anyone who wishes to access the data. Researchers who provide a methodologically sound proposal. Investigators whose proposed use of the data has been approved by an independent review committee (쐋earned intermediary) identified for this purpose. Not applicable
For what types of analyses? Any purpose To achieve aims in the approved proposal. For individual participant data meta-analysis. Not applicable
By what mechanism will data be made available? Data are available indefinitely at (link to be included). Proposals should be directed to xxx@yyy. To gain access, data requestors will need to sign a data access agreement. Proposals may be submitted up to 36 months following article publication. After 36 months the data will be available in our University's data warehouse but without investigator support other than deposited metadata. Not applicable
Data are available for 5 years at a third-party website (link to be included). Information regarding submitting proposals and accessing data may be found at (link to be provided).

ICMJE = International Committee of Medical Journal Editors.
*These examples are meant to illustrate a range of, but not all, data sharing options.

Journal's policy on ethical oversight
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 author셲 idea or data, complaints against editors, and other issues, the resolving process will follow the flowchart provided by COPE (http://publicationethics.org/resources/flowcharts). The Editorial Board will discuss the suspected cases and reach a decision. We will not hesitate to publish errata, corrigenda, clarifications, retractions, and apologies when needed.
Upon discovery of misconduct in research and/or publication ethics, the following actions will be taken: A declaration of manuscript retraction and its reason will be made public via the journal and website and the incident will be shared with the funding agency as applicable, as well as the authors institution. A written warning will be issued to authors, who will be banned from submitting manuscripts for a minimum of 3 years. Authors membership to the Korean Society of Traumatology will also be cancelled.

Journal's policy on intellectual property
All published papers become the permanent property of the Korean Society of Traumatology. Copyrights of all published materials are owned by the Society.

Journal's options for post-publication discussions and corrections
The post-publication discussion is available through 쁋etter to the Editor. If any readers have a concern on any articles published, they can submit letters to the editor on the articles. If any errors or mistakes in the article are found, it can be corrected through errata, corrigenda, or retraction.

11. Publishing schedule

Journal of Trauma and Injury is published quarterly on the last day of every March, June, September, and December. Any supplementary or special issues may be published.

12. Access

Journal of Trauma and Injury is freely accessible from http://www.jtraumainj.org according to the Creative Commons License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/). The copyright, including the right of online transmission, is owned by the Korean Society of Traumatology.

13. Archiving

Journal of Trauma and Injury is accessible without barrier from Korea Citation Index (https://kci.go.kr) and is archived in the National Library of Korea (http://nl.go.kr) in the event the journal is no longer published.

14. Revenues sources

Revenue sources of journal are from the support of publisher the Korean Society of Traumatology), and the support of the Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies grant funded by the Korean government (Ministry of Science and ICT).

15. Advertising

Journal of Trauma and Injury currently does not operate advertised products or services.

16. Direct marketing

Journal propagation has been done through the journal website and distribution of an introduction pamphlet. Invitations to submit a manuscript are usually focused on presenters at conferences, seminars, or workshops if the topic is related to the journal's aims and scope.

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Department of Trauma Surgery, Gachon University Gil Medical Center
783 Namdong-daero, Namdong-gu, Incheon 21556, Korea
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