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Hair Transplant Forum International

The ISHRS’s Hair Transplant Forum International, aka, the Forum, is the society’s publication exclusive to members. The Forum serves the field of hair restoration surgery by providing a free exchange of ideas in a non-peer-reviewed setting with articles relating to hair loss and its surgical and medical treatments. It is a full-color, 8½”×11″, bimonthly journal (every other month) with 40–54 pages (self-cover). Circulation includes more than 1,200 members; distribution is via 1st class USPS for the United States, and Global Mail (Royal Mail) for international.

Members may also download issues and articles of the Forum via the Forum ePublication site. Select articles are open-access.

The first issue of the Forum from Sept. 1990 was a 4-page newsletter created by founder O’Tar T. Norwood.

Forum ePub

Created in 2019, the aim of Forum ePub is to make access and article discovery easier. Forum ePub was partially funded by the generous donors of the ISHRS’s Annual Giving Fund.

Editorial Guidelines for Submission and Acceptance of Articles for the Forum Publication

  1. Articles should be written with the intent of sharing scientific information with the purpose of advancing the art and science of hair restoration and improving patient outcomes.
  2. If results are presented, the medical regimen or surgical techniques that were used to obtain the results should be disclosed in detail. If intra-operative or immediate post-operative photos are presented, please submit photos that show results (at least 6 months after surgery) of the procedure being presented.
  3. Articles submitted with the sole purpose of promotion or market¬ing will not be accepted.
  4. Authors should acknowledge all funding sources that supported their work as well as any relevant corporate affiliation.
  5. Trademarked names should not be used to refer to devices or techniques, when possible.
  6. Although we encourage submission of articles that may only contain the author’s opinion for the purpose of stimulating thought, the editors may present such articles to colleagues who are experts in the particular area in question, for the purpose of obtaining rebuttal opinions to be published alongside the original article. Occasionally, a manuscript might be sent to an external reviewer, who will judge the manuscript in a blinded fashion to make recommendations about its acceptance, further revision, or rejection.
  7. Once the manuscript is accepted, it will be published as soon as possible, depending on space availability.
  8. All manuscripts should be submitted to [email protected]
  9. A completed Author Authorization and Release form (for each and every author)—sent as a Word document (not a fax)—must accompany your submission. The form can be obtained in the Members Only section of the Society website at This release can be signed electronically, in the Word document. Simply open on your computer, fill in the highlighted fields, and return the Word document with your submission.
  10. All photos and figures referred to in your article should be sent as separate attachments in JPEG or TIFF format. Be sure to attach your files to the email. Do NOT embed your files in the email or in the document itself (other than to show placement within the article). Please make reference to all photos and figures in the body of your document and also supply individual captions for each photo or figure.
  11. Images should be sized no larger than 6 inches in width and should be named using the author’s last name and figure number (e.g., TrueFigure1).
  12. For the byline (author’s information below the article title) please provide all author’s names and the city of their residence along with a contact email address of the lead author to be published with your article.
  13. After review and acceptance of your article the editors may request that you prepare an abstract. The content of the abstract should be:
    Abstracts are to be 150 to 250 words and summarize the article. They must contain Background, Materials and Methods, Results, and Conclusions. If applicable, the Conclusion should state the benefit for the physician and the patient. Also, if applicable, if part of an ongoing IRB approved trial the reference number should be included.

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ISHRS Policy on Crossmark

The ISHRS is participating in the Crossmark service. Crossmark is a multi-publisher initiative from Crossref to provide a standard way for readers to locate the current version of a piece of content. By applying the Crossmark logo the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery is committing to maintaining the content it publishes and to alerting readers to changes if and when they occur.
The ISHRS is committed to maintaining versions of record copies of content that display the Crossmark button. Clicking on the Crossmark logo will tell you the current status of a document and may also give you additional publication record information about the document.

Retraction and Correction Policy
The ISHRS issues corrigenda while leaving original uncorrected articles.

Definitions and Explanations of Additional Custom Metadata Fields
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