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As an open-access journal, ACFS follows the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing ( developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), and the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME).
1. Website
The URL of the journal’s official website is
The ACFS team endeavors to make a highly efficient website, where care has been taken to ensure high ethical and professional standards. The journal’s website does not contain any misleading information, including any attempt to mimic another journal/publisher’s site.
2. Name of Journal
The official journal title is Archives of Craniofacial Surgery, and the ISO abbreviation is Arch Craniofac Surg.
3. Peer Review Process

1) Manuscripts to be reviewed
All submitted manuscripts are peer reviewed.

2) Who conducts peer review
Peer review is conducted by at least three external experts.

3) Type of peer review
A a double-blind peer review is adopted. The author and reviewer cannot identify each other. Names of reviewers are not posted in the published article. Reviewers are anonymous.

4) Screening before peer review
If the manuscript does not align with the journal's aims and scope or style and format, the editorial office returns it immediately to the authors. In the case of human population studies, the manuscript without an appropriate ethics statement is also returned to the authors without peer review.

5) Plagiarism check
All submitted or invited articles are screened by a plagiarism check program, such as Similarity Check (Crosscheck). If a certain amount of duplicate content is detected, it is returned to the authors.

6) Author-recommended reviewers
Some can be invited as peer reviewers, but only sometimes. The editorial office may recommend other external experts.

7) Review of research data or supplementary material
Those materials are subjected to peer review.

8) Duration for the first decision
The result of the first peer review is usually finished within a month. If there is no correspondence from the editorial office on the fate of the submitted manuscript two months after the submission, please contact the editorial office.

9) Revision process
The Editorial Board may ask authors to revise their manuscripts according to the reviewers' opinions. Authors should upload revised manuscripts with replies to each reviewer's comments. Revisions should be completed within 60 days after they are requested. If a revised manuscript is not received by the due date, the Editorial Board will not consider it for publication. Depending on the circumstances, authors may request an extension of the revision period to the Editorial Board. The manuscript review process should be finished with the second review. The Editorial Board may consider further review upon request from the authors.

10) Review by statistician
It can be implemented when data needs professional statistical review by a statistician.

11) Final decision maker
An editorial board finally decides the manuscript's fate, such as accept, reject, and re-submission, after hearing from peer reviewers.

12) Review by the editorial board
The editorial board reviews some publication types, including editorials, errata, corrigenda, retractions, withdrawals, and letters to the editor, without external peer review.

13) No guarantee acceptance
The journal does not guarantee acceptance of initial manuscript submissions except for the invited articles.

14) The publication date
It is published with all published research, including submission dates, revision, and acceptance.

15) Review of in-house manuscripts
All manuscripts from editors, staff, or editorial board members are subject to the same review process as other submissions. During the review process, they will not be involved in the selection of reviewers or the decision-making process. Editors will not handle their manuscripts even if they have been commissioned.

4. Ownership and Management
This journal is owned by its publisher, the Korean Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (
5. Governing Body / Editorial Team and Contact Information
The governing body is the journal's editorial board. The full names and affiliations of the journal’s editors and members of journal management team are displayed on the “About” (“Editorial Board & Journal Management Team”) tab of the journal homepage, and the contact information for the Editor and editorial office is on the “About” (“Contact Us”) tab.
6. Copyright and Licensing

The copyright of all published materials is owned by the Korean Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association. All authors give their agreement to copyright transfer during the submission process.

ACFS is an open-access journal. Articles are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. To use the tables or figures of ACFS in other journals, books, or media for scholarly or educational purposes, requesting permission from the publisher of ACFS is not necessary. For permission to use articles for other purposes, please fill in the Permission Request Form ( and send it to ACFS Editorial Office.

All contents of the journal are available immediately upon publication without an embargo period.

7. Author Fees
All articles published in our journal are open and freely accessible online after publication. This is made possible by the article-processing charge (APC) that covers the range of publishing services we provide. The APC is payable when a manuscript is accepted before publication. The publication fee charged for accepted articles consists of a basic charge of 200 US dollars (equivalent to 200,000 Korean won) and 40 US dollars (equivalent to 40,000 Korean won) per page. Letters, invited articles, and editorials shall not be subject to the APC.
8. Process for Identifying and Dealing with Allegations of Research Misconduct
The editorial board of ACFS carefully examines all submitted manuscripts to determine whether they abide by the ethical guidelines of the ICMJE and COPE. Published articles should include statements of conflict of interest, institutional review board approval, informed consent, and human/animal rights.

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 author’s idea or data, complaints against editors, and other issues, the resolution process will follow the flowchart provided by the COPE ( The editorial board of ACFS will discuss suspected cases and reach a decision. ACFS will not hesitate to publish errata, corrigenda, clarifications, retractions, and apologies when needed.

9. Publication Ethics
ACFS follows the Guideline on Good Publication of COPE (, Recommendations of International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (, and Good Publication Practice Guidelines for Medical Journals of Korean Association of Medical Journal Editors (

Publication ethics are displayed on the Author Information (Research and Publication Ethics) tab of journal homepage.

10. Publishing Schedule
ACFS is published bimonthly (on the 20th of February, April, June, August, October, and December).
11. Access
ACFS is an open-access journal. A free full-text service both in the XML and PDF formats is available immediately upon publication without an embargo period.
12. Archiving
The full text of ACFS has been archived in PubMed Central ( since 2014, and in Scopus ( since 2019. According to the deposit policy (self-archiving policy) of Sherpa/Romeo (, authors cannot archive pre-prints (i.e., pre-refereeing), but they can archive post-prints (i.e., final drafts post-refereeing). Authors can archive publisher's versions/PDFs. ACFS provides electronic backup and preservation of access to the journal content in the event the journal is no longer published by archiving in PubMed Central.
13. Revenue Sources
The revenue sources of the journal are the publisher’s support (the Korean Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association), the Korean government’s support, author fees, and advertising.
14. Advertising
ACFS accepts advertisements. The advertising policy is displayed on the “About“ (“Advertising Policy”) tab of the journal homepage.
15. Direct Marketing
The journal is disseminated through its website and the distribution of an introductory 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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