About the Journal

Aims and Scope

The aim of Journal of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery is to serve as an international forum for hand and plastic surgeons from all over the world, with special reference to enable Nordic researchers.

The scope of the journal:

  • Research articles on all subjects related to hand surgery and plastic surgery
  • Original articles on basic research, operative methods, and the clinical outcomes
  • Systematic reviews and national/international guidelines
  • Case reports are rarely published in this journal

Extended issues are published occasionally, dealing with special topics such as microvascular surgery, craniofacial surgery, cleft lip and palate surgery, breast reconstruction, gender-confirming surgery, burns and postbariatric surgery. Supplements, usually doctoral theses, may also be published.

From 2023 all content will be published Open Access, ensuring that the valuable and clinically relevant content published by  Journal of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery is accessible to all.

JPHS in short

Full title: Journal of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery (2010 - current)

ISSN: 2000-6764 (online)

Owner: Acta Chirurgica Scandinavica Society

Publisher: Medical Journals Sweden AB

2022 Impact Factor: 1.2

License: Creative Commons CC-BY-NC 4.0 

Readership: Plastic and hand surgeons worldwide

Formerly known as:
Scandinavian Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Hand Surgery (1990 - 2009)
Scandinavian Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (1967 - 1989)

Abstracting and indexing

Journal of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery is indexed in the following:

Biological Abstracts
Current Advances in Cell and Developmental Biology
Current Contents - Clinical Medicine (Clarivate Analytics)
EMBASE (Elsevier)
Index Medicus
Life Sciences Collection
Medical Documentation Service
Medline (NLM)
PubMed (NLM)
PubMed Central Selective Deposit Medicine & Health (NLM)
Research Alert
Science Citation Index Expanded (Clarivate Analytics)
Scopus (Elsevier)

Peer Review Process 

Upon submission, all manuscripts are reviewed by one of the journal Editors. Some papers may be rejected at this stage as they do not meet basic scientific principles or deal with topics beyond the scope of Journal of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery. All other manuscripts will be entered into our peer review system and are sent to at least two reviewers with special expertise in the relevant subject field. Journal of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery applies a single-blind peer review policy, meaning authors are not informed about the identity of the reviewers. 

Based on the feedback from the reviewers, the Editors thereafter decide whether the manuscript should be accepted directly (which in practice is rare), subject to minor or major revision before a final decision can be made, or rejected. The revised manuscript is usually sent to the reviewers again, sometimes including one further reviewer, before a final decision is made (or a decision to ask for further revision).

Archiving and Author Self-Archiving

Articles published in Journal of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery are part of the Public Knowledge Preservation Network for purposes of preservation and restoration. In addition, Abstracts are permanently stored in Web of Science (SCIE), PubMed/MEDLINE, and Scopus. 

Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their articles on personal and institutional websites after publication (while providing full bibliographic details and a link to the original publication).