Fast-Track Review

The normal peer-review process and publication are free of charge in the Journal of Surgery and Medicine (JOSAM). All articles are freely available as early online and on the day of publication on the journal’s website. JOSAM articles are Open Access and fully compliant with Open Access mandates; they are free to read without a subscription. The journal issue is published monthly (the last week of every month).


Fast-Track Review Plan 

Rapid journal publication is important for the authors need urgent publication of articles for many reasons such as graduation and promotions deadlines. The journal management committee acknowledges the difficulties faced by the authors, but to ensure the continuous appearance of the journal, has decided to charge a minimal fee to the authors. JOSAM guarantees that such urgent publication will not compromise quality. It should be clear for all authors that there is absolutely no difference in the acceptance/rejection rate when authors have opted for the Fast-Track Process, and there are no preferences that will be given for the Fast-Track Process.

Ensuring quality

Acceptance of articles is driven entirely by editorial considerations and independent peer-review, ensuring the highest standards are maintained no matter the route to publication. As a publisher, JOSAM SelSistem upholds the highest standards of ethical publishing and complies with ICMJE, COPE, and GPP-3 guidelines.

Terms and Conditions

JOSAM is a self-supporting organization and does not receive funding from any government institution/organization. Hence, the operation of the journal is solely performed by the voluntary efforts of the editors and reviewers. JOSAM, SelSistem, doesn’t have any financial agreement with the editors, the language editors, and reviewers. There is no charge to submit a paper to the journal. JOSAM has an evaluation period of 6 months for normal processing with features of author-suggested reviewers and publication with full-text PDF with DOI. If you have an important and/or urgent paper that you want to be evaluated quickly, think Fast-track plan. This option is subject to a fee.


Detailed steps of a Fast-Track Plan

1 - Submit a manuscript, and obtain a manuscript ID; after scope and eligibility check, we offer a Fast-track plan.
2 - Send the payment with the manuscript ID.
3 - The rapid review process will begin after confirmation.
4 - All following processes; editorial pre-review, prerequisites check, blind review at least by two reviewers, and editorial decision; will be concluded within 15 working days (Fast-track Process).
5 - If the manuscript is accepted for publication, the next process will be the English language accuracy check and production stage.
6 - After approval of galley proof by the corresponding author, the manuscript will be published in the early pub issue. Early pub issue articles will be published in the final journal issue (with issue and page numbers) in the last week of every month.


What do the fast-track processing charges pay for?

Developing and maintaining quick publication, preparation in various formats for online publication, securing full-text inclusion in a number of permanent archives, and securing inclusion in CrossRef (enabling electronic citation in other journals that are available electronically). Our platform makes use of open-source software wherever possible, and all of our production work is done in-house ensuring rapid delivery of services by a highly skilled but cost-effective team. Our fees are fully transparent - you can trust us that every penny goes towards providing high-quality, sustainable publishing service, and not towards sky-high publisher profits.

Why do the fast-track processing charges change in time?

The fast-track processing fee is to meet the expenses of fast publication of the manuscript, web management, writing style check and corrections, layout management, and many more. These processes may vary in quantity and expenses. Therefore, the Fast-track Process fee may vary according to the complexity of the work and the journal's paper load.

Do the fast-track processing charges cover academic English editing services?

No, Fast-track processing doesn't cover or include English editing services.

Why a flat charge rather than one based on page numbers?

The size of an article (article type, article page number, article content (figures or tables)) is a poor indicator of the actual amount of work involved in obtaining peer reviews and in preparing the article for publication. A more useful discriminator might be the state an article is in when submitted, and its complexity, but the lack of objective tools to measure these have led us to conclude that a flat fee is the fairest approach at this stage.

Does the fast-track process increase the chance of the paper’s acceptance?

No. PoolText or any other referral and/or Fast-track process does not increase the acceptance chance of manuscripts, and they do not affect the final decision (acceptance or decline). All manuscripts (with/without PoolText and/or Fast-track process) are evaluated by at least two reviewers. Acceptance rates of fast-track-article or non-fast-track-article are similar. Paying a fast-track processing fee does not guarantee or increase the chances of acceptance of the article. To increase acceptance chance, please prepare articles according to related guidelines (STROBE, CONSORT, CARE).

How can I apply to the Fast-Track process?

Once the required transaction is confirmed, the article's Fast-track process will begin.

Who is responsible for making the payment?

Whoever submits the manuscript is responsible for making and arranging the payment. The corresponding author must confirm, at the time of submission, that he/she will organize payment.

If the article is declined, is the fast-track process fee refunded?

No. We recommend the authors prepare articles under the relevant guidelines (STROBE, CONSORT, CARE) to increase acceptance to the journal. If the article is rejected, no fees are refundable.
If you think your article has enough quality for publication, and if you need quick processing, request a fast-track process. Paying a fast-track fee does not guarantee acceptance. The JOSAM reserve the right to reject the paper promptly if the paper has obvious flaws, and the fast-track fee will not be refunded.

Does JOSAM offer discounts on fast-track processing charges?

JOSAM doesn’t offer any discounts on fast-track processing charges.

Refund policy

The fast-track fee is not refundable under any circumstance, even if the paper is rejected with or without peer-reviews.
An author possesses the right to request withdrawal of the manuscript. In case of withdrawal of the paper, there will be no refund after payment of the fast-track fee.
In case of discontinuation of a Fast-track plan, there will be no refund after payment of the fast-track fee.
A Fast-track fee is not transferable to another manuscript or another author or another author’s paper.
We can't give either a discount, credit, or refund for fast-track articles that are pulled back after they have been paid for.
The submitting author accepts responsibility for the charges of fast-track, and JOSAM will not issue refunds of any kind except those payments made more than the amount required.


JOSAM Fast-track Plan details

Receive Amount / Fee: 275 USD (Fast-track review process fee)


If you face any problems, please contact us for further guidance.


* Working days start from Monday to Friday
¥ The time depends on the author’s response time, and all processes may delay due to this issue.

We reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to update, modify, or change any portion of these terms at any time. You should review the most current version. Your continued use of the Fast-track process plan signifies that you accept the changes. If you do not agree with any of these terms and conditions, you should discontinue your use of the Fast-track Process plan.