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TSACO is a multi-disciplinary journal dedicated to publishing high-quality original research and reviews. The journal aims to provide rapid publication of research through its continuous online publication model. Submissions should be made through the journal’s new online submission system. All submissions are subject to peer review. Articles should not be under review or under consideration by any other journal when submitted to TSACO

TSACO is a member journal of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and is a sponsor of the Equator Network, which is an international initiative that promotes transparent, accurate reporting of research studies.

TSACO encourages all authors to read our information for authors. This outlines:

  • General Article Format
  • Manuscript Formatting
  • Editorial Policies

What is Open Access and an Article Publishing Charge (APC)?

Open Access equates to unrestricted access. Open Access publishing strives to facilitate the dissemination of research efficiently, effectively and equitably. All articles published in TSACO are Open Access and are therefore available online in a permanent, universally accessible repository.

The Article Publishing Charge (APC) covers the costs of the publication process (which would traditionally be covered via subscription fees), including:

  • Rigorous peer review through a maintained online submission system
  • Production costs such as copyediting, typesetting, and preparation for online publication
  • Continuous hosting and discoverability of your article
  • Marketing efforts to increase the article’s exposure

What is TSACO’s APC?

TSACO levies an APC that reflects the true cost of the services provided. The standard APC for an article is $2,100 USD (excluding VAT for UK and EU authors). The APC for Challenges in Acute Care Surgery is $500 USD (excluding VAT for UK and EU authors). Payment of the APC may be made online by credit card, or by bank transfer following receipt of an invoice.

Members of The American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST) and sister societies; the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST), Pediatric Trauma Society (PTS) and Western Trauma Association (WTA) are eligible to receive a discounted APC as part of their member benefits. Discounted rates consist of USD $1,750 USD (excluding VAT for UK and EU authors). Members must ensure to enter their Membership ID Number on submission to receive this discount.

Check with your institution before paying the APC. Your publishing costs might be covered through BMJ’s Open Access Programme, or you may be eligible for a discount. General information about BMJ’s Open Access Programme, including copyright policies and institutional memberships, is available via our author website.

Articles publish online after the APC is received. TSACO does not refund APCs.

How do I pay the APC?

The submitting author must confirm at the time of submission that they will organize payment should the article be accepted for publication. Prompt payment is advised as the article will not publish until payment is received.

Payment can be made through any of the following methods:

Immediate payment online via credit card using a secure payment form as soon as the manuscript has been accepted.

An invoice can be generated. Following receipt of an invoice, payment must be made within 30 days.

Does TSACO offer discounts and waivers on the APC?

We appreciate that some authors do not have access to funding to cover publication costs. No payment information is requested before an article is accepted, so the ability to pay does not affect editorial decisions.

TSACO offers a 100% waiver to corresponding authors from institutions based in Hinari Group Acountries, and a 50% waiver to authors from institutions based in Hinari Group B countries.

Members of The American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST) and sister societies (the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST), Pediatric Trauma Society (PTS) and Western Trauma Association (WTA) are eligible to receive a discounted APC as part of their member benefits. Discounted rates consist of USD $1,750 USD (excluding VAT for UK and EU authors). Members must ensure to enter their Membership ID Number on submission to receive this discount.

Check with your institution before paying the APC. Your publishing costs might be covered through BMJ’s Open Access Programme, or you may be eligible for a discount. General information about BMJ’s Open Access Programme, including copyright policies and institutional memberships, is available via our author website.

Please note that only one discount code will be honored per article.

Which funding agencies allow direct use of grants to cover the APC?

If you received a grant to conduct your research, your first enquiry should be to whoever disburses the research funds. Much research funding is now granted on the condition that any resulting articles are published Open Access and are deposited in PubMed Central – publishing in TSACO means that you meet both of these criteria. To help authors complete these requirements, many funders will permit payment of APCs from grants or have separate funds available.

The Open Access Directory contains a list of universities that have funds for researchers to pay APCs. The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) has something similar – both mainly cover US institutions and are not comprehensive. The Compact for Open Access Publishing Equity is a collection of universities that have pledged support to establishing durable mechanisms for underwriting the APC model. Alternatively, contact your librarian to find out what support your institution offers.

General information about BMJ’s Open Access Programme, including copyright policies and institutional memberships, is available via our author website.