Why submit to ORTHOPEDICS?

  • Orthopedics: Clinical. Trusted. Independent.

  • Published for more than 35 years
  • Indexed in MEDLINE/PubMed, SCOPUS, and other major databases
  • 2016 Impact Factor: 1.143
  • Average time from submission to decision: 59 days

Submit an Article Guidelines updatedOctober 2017

Authors wishing to submit a manuscript to ORTHOPEDICS should refer to the following:

Author Form

At manuscript submission, each author must complete and submit the form below. This combined Author Statement-ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest addresses copyright transmittal and any relevant disclosures.

Interactive Author Statement-ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest (interactive PDF - preferred)

  1. Download the form to your computer.
  2. Open the form in Adobe Acrobat Reader, fill it out, and then save it to your computer.
  3. Upload the form with your manuscript submission in Editorial Manager.

Note. Mac/Safari and Chrome users may have difficulty using the interactive form. These authors should use the Noninteractive Form, which must be printed, completed/signed, and then scanned and uploaded with your manuscript submission in Editorial Manager.

Information for Authors

Journal Description and Mission

The purpose of ORTHOPEDICS is to provide the practicing orthopedic surgeon with practical, clinical articles in the environment of a bimonthly peer-reviewed, scientific journal.

The Journal offers an author-friendly approach from submission through publication. ORTHOPEDICS adheres to the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals (2013) of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors.

Authorship Criteria and Responsibilities

Criteria for authorship include contribution to:

  • Conception and design, or
  • Data collection, or
  • Analysis and interpretation

AND

  • Writing the manuscript, or
  • Critical revision of the manuscript

All individuals identified as authors should meet the necessary criteria for authorship listed above, and all individuals who meet the criteria should be identified as authors. Those who do not meet the necessary criteria should be acknowledged (see Acknowledgments). Any issues related to authorship must be resolved before the manuscript is submitted to the Journal.

Authors should be accountable for the portions of the manuscript to which they have contributed. They should also have confidence in the integrity of the contributions of all other authors. All authors should have read the final manuscript prior to submission and be aware of its submission to the Journal.

One author must be identified as the corresponding author, who is responsible for (1) ensuring all authors meet the authorship criteria and complete the required Author Statement-ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest; (2) submitting the manuscript to the Journal and serving as the main contact during the review process; and (3) performing any related activities if the manuscript is accepted, such as reviewing proofs of the edited manuscript and answering editorial queries. The corresponding author will be identified as the primary contact in the published article.

Order of authorship must be determined and agreed upon by all authors before manuscript submission. Any disagreements should be resolved before submitting the manuscript. Changes in authorship (ie, order, addition, and/or deletion of authors) must be approved by all authors. Requests for changes in authorship after initial manuscript submission and before publication are required in writing (email preferred) signed by all authors.

Acknowledgments

Any individuals who contributed to the manuscript but do not meet the necessary criteria for authorship should be acknowledged. Acknowledgments should be limited to those who helped extensively, such as providing statistical help, essential equipment, or laboratory services; or translating references.

Copyright Transfer

Manuscripts are accepted with the understanding that they have not been previously published (in print or online) and are not under simultaneous consideration by another publication. Previous publication of the abstract is acceptable. Publication of data or a detailed report in news media constitutes prior publication. Accepted manuscripts become the permanent property of the Journal and will not be published until the Author Statement-ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest has been completed in full by each author.

Conflict of Interest and Sponsorship

If any author has a financial conflict of interest in the subject matter in the manuscript, this must be indicated. If the manuscript discusses in any way a drug, a device, equipment, or an instrument, the authors must state whether or not they have any commercial or proprietary interest in the product or company. Likewise, they must reveal whether they have any financial interest as a consultant, reviewer, or evaluator.

If applicable, authors should describe the role of the study sponsor, if any, in study design; collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; writing the report; and the decision to submit the report for publication. If the supporting source had no such involvement, the authors should so state. If applicable, authors must declare whether they had assistance with study design, data collection, data analysis, or manuscript preparation. If the manuscript reports on a registered clinical trial and has been assigned a trial registration number from a public trials registry, authors should provide this information.

Human Subjects Protection and Protection of Identifiable Subjects

When reporting experiments on human subjects, indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional or regional) or with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 1983. Do not use patients’ names, initials, or hospital numbers, especially in illustrative material. When reporting experiments on animals, indicate whether the institution’s or the National Research Council’s guide for, or any national law on, the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.

For manuscripts reporting experiments, authors must state formally that an appropriate institutional review board (IRB) approved the project and/or that informed consent was obtained from the subjects after the nature of procedure(s) had been explained.

If subjects’ personal details are provided, measures should be taken to protect subjects’ identity. If photographs are submitted with a manuscript, permission to publish must be obtained in writing from all individuals pictured. Measures to conceal the identity of an individual in a photograph should not be used.

Manuscript Preparation

General Guidelines

Manuscripts should be prepared following the AMA Manual of Style, 10th edition, and spelling should reflect Dorland’s Illustrated Medical Dictionary. Manuscripts must be double-spaced, with 1-inch margins. Font requirements are 12 point, Times New Roman. One electronic file should include the entire text of the manuscript, including all components, each of which should begin on a new page.

IMPORTANT! Manuscript files uploaded for review MUST include consecutive page and line numbers.

Manuscript titles should be concise, specific, and informative and should contain the key points of the work. Overly general titles, as well as questions and declarative sentences, should be avoided.

Use of abbreviations should be limited to those that are commonly understood without explanation. All abbreviations must be spelled out at first mention in the text. Pharmaceuticals should be referred to by their generic names. Device manufacturers and their locations should appear in parentheses following the mention of devices.

Title page. All mansucripts should have a title page that provides the following information:

  • Complete article title;
  • First name, middle initial, and last name of all authors, with their highest academic degrees, the institution(s) at which the work was done, as well as the affiliations of all authors indicated, using authors’ initials, and including the city and state of all institutions;
  • Name, complete mailing address, e-mail address, and telephone number for correspondence;
  • Statement indicating whether the authors have or have not received grant support or research funding and whether they have or do not have any proprietary interests in the materials described in the article.

References and Text Citations. References are to be cited consecutively in the text in superscript Arabic numerals placed after all punctuation, with no spaces between punctuation (eg, “…text.1,2” NOT “…text. 1, 2”). For three or more consecutive references, provide only the range (eg, 1-3, NOT 1,2,3). Once a reference is cited, all subsequent citations to it should use the original reference number. Numbers are assigned according to the order the references are cited in the text. Do not list references alphabetically and then assign numbers.

Authors are responsible for bibliographic accuracy and must check every reference in the manuscript and proofread each reference in the page proofs. Authors must have read the cited works. Authors should not assume the accuracy of citations taken from a database or from the reference list of another publication; each reference should be verified from its source.

References should be listed in numerical order in the reference section. No more than six authors should be listed; references with more than six authors should list the first three followed by “et al.” “In press” articles may be cited by number and included in the reference list, identified as “in press.” Unpublished observations, including manuscripts in preparation or submitted, and personal communications should be cited parenthetically in the text and not numbered or included in the references. Abbreviations of the names of journals should conform to PubMed/MEDLINE. The titles of those journals that are not listed in PubMed/MEDLINE must be provided in full. Journal titles should be cited as they existed at the time of publication.

Reference examples:

  • Journal article (example is one with more than six authors). Iber FL, McGonagle T, Serebro HA, et al. Unidirectional sodium flux in small intestine in experimental canine cholera. Am J Med Sci. 1969; 58:340-350.
  • Book. Boyd W. Pathology for the Physician, 7th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lea & Febiger; 1965:207.
  • Chapter in a Book. Caster WC. The study of connective tissue. In: Hollander JL, ed. Arthritis and Allied Conditions, 7th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lea and Febiger; 1966:57-64.

Figures, Photos, Illustrations. All figures should be called out in the text and numbered in the order they are called out in the text. Figures should not include any numbers or text (unless the text is necessary for understanding the figure). The exception is multi-part figures where a letter should be placed in the bottom right corner to identify each part. If arrows or asterisks are used in images, what they are focusing on must be indicated in the caption.

  • Permission: Drawings or computer-generated images submitted with a manuscript require print and electronic permission from the artist to publish. Identifiable photographs of patients must be accompanied by proof of informed consent. Authors must disclose whether any figures or tables have been previously published; such materials must be accompanied by a letter of permission from the publisher, which extends non-exclusive worldwide rights to reprint the material for all forms of media now or hereafter developed to SLACK Incorporated. Content from U.S. government websites (eg, NIH, CDC, USDHHS) is in the public domain and generally can be used without permission. However, some content on these sites may be from another source, in which case permission must be obtained from the copyright holder.
  • Captions: A complete descriptive caption for each figure should be included in a Figure Captions section at the end of the manuscript. Each caption must be identified by number, corresponding to the order of figure appearance in the text. All captions must be listed together in consecutive order. Sources, permissions, and any other explanatory information about the figure should be included as part of its caption. Captions must include the view and type of figures (eg, lateral radiograph, sagittal MRI, photograph, illustration) and a description of what the figure is showing. For figures that have multiple parts, the caption should describe what each part is showing (eg, Figure 1: Anteroposterior (A) and lateral (B) radiographs showing…).
  • Digital Requirements: Digital images should be high resolution (at least 300 dpi) and saved in JPEG or TIFF format. Image files should be uploaded separately from manuscript text files. Images embedded in Word files and PowerPoint® slides are not acceptable. Each image must be a separate, stand-alone file, named to match the figure number listed in the text (eg, Jonesfig1.tif).

Tables. Each table should be word processed, and all column and row heads, as well as data within the table, should be double spaced. Each table should be placed on a separate page and have an appropriate title. Lines should not be used to indicate spacing. Each column should be given a short abbreviated heading. Explanatory matter should be listed in footnotes, not in the heading. All necessary information must be contained in the footnotes and the table itself so that it can be understood independent of the text. Abbreviations used in a table should be explained at the bottom of the table in the footnotes. Tables should be mentioned in the text but should not duplicate information given in the text. If data from another published or unpublished study are used, written permission must be obtained and acknowledged fully.

Video. For all categories of articles, authors may submit a video (no more than 5 minutes) illustrating the technique. Submitted video should be MPEG 4 with the dimensions of 720 x 480 for Standard Resolution Video or 1900 x 1080 for High Definition Video in the NTSC format. If the video has audio, it should already be synced with the video and in one complete file. Videos will be published at Healio.com/Ortho with the accompanying article.

Succinctness

Conciseness of expression is critical to effective communication. Available Journal space remains a pertinent concept even as electronic publishing may impart an illusion of limitless publication space.

Scientific rigor and relevance are the priorities of medical publishing, and concise writing is a third element that supports the Journal’s mission of maximizing both the quality and quantity of original information it presents for immediate use and to the literature. When other factors are equal, selection for publication will favor the manuscript that works with fewer words. Similarly, only the highest quality and necessary figures and tables should accompany manuscripts.

Efforts to limit the length of manuscripts will not only result in the ability of the Journal to publish more clinical science, but also serve readability, reader interest, and accessibility to needed information.

Verbosity and extraneous elaboration are to be avoided.

English Language Standards

Manuscripts must be written in clear, standard American English in order to be considered for publication in the Journal.

Manuscript Types and Requirements

Articles in the following categories will be considered and published on a regular basis:

  • Case Report
  • Feature Article
  • Review Article
  • Guest Editorial
  • Tips & Techniques

A non-refundable $219 processing fee for peer review is due at the time of submission for unsolicited Feature, Review, and Case Report Articles. Authors are asked for payment via PayPal at the end of the submission process in Editorial Manager.

Waivers are available for authors who are current Orthopedics Editorial Board members, or corresponding authors from the countries (Groups A and B) listed on the World Health Organization HINARI website. If you choose either of these waivers but are not eligible, your manuscript will be returned to you for payment. If you qualify for a waiver, please check the “Request Waiver” box and copy and paste the selected reason in the Comments to Publication box in Editorial Manager.

Length Limits for Submissions

  Type

 

Maximum Number of Words

 

Abstract Word Count

 

Maximum Number of Tables

 

Maximum Number of Figures

 

Maximum Number of References

  Case Report

 

1200

 

250

 

0

 

3

 

15

  Feature Article

 

2500

 

250

 

4

 

6

 

40

  Review Article

 

4000

 

100

 

4

 

6

 

N/A

  Tips & Techniques

 

1500

 

100

 

3

 

10

 

25

  Note. Maximum number of words is exclusive of the title page, abstract, references, and figure captions.

Case Report

A non-refundable $219 processing fee for peer review is due at the time of submission for unsolicited Feature, Review, and Case Report Articles. Waivers are available in some circumstances, as explained in the Submission Requirements for Feature Articles, Reviews, and Case Reports.

  • Title page;
  • Abstract: Reports require an unstructured abstract of 250 words;
  • Introduction: The introduction should not be an extensive review of the literature, but only of that portion that is pertinent to the presentation of the case, and should be approximately 100 to 150 words;
  • Case report: The report should be complete and concise and presented in 100 to 300 words;
  • Discussion: The discussion should be 400 to 600 words, as merited by the subject;
  • References: References are limited to 15 or fewer;
  • Figures: Figures are limited to 3 or fewer;
  • Figure captions;
  • No tables are to be included.
Feature Article

Feature articles include original research or retrospective studies. A non-refundable $219 processing fee for peer review is due at the time of submission for unsolicited Feature, Review, and Case Report Articles. Waivers are available in some circumstances, as explained in the Submission Requirements for Feature Articles, Reviews, and Case Reports.

  • Title page;
  • Abstract: Reports require an unstructured abstract of 250 words;
  • Introduction: The introduction should be a brief overview of the topic and the main objective of the study;
  • Materials and methods: This section should include the basic design, subjects, and scientific method. Materials and methods should be written clearly and in such detail that the work can be duplicated by others. The technique of analysis of data should be mentioned;
  • Results: Results must be described concisely and state the main results of the study, including confidence intervals and exact level of statistical significance;
  • Discussion: The discussion should be concise, explaining the significance of the findings and their relation to previous work. It should analyze the results, indicating statistical or clinical significance and the implications. Statements should be supported by the internal data or by published references. Shortcomings should be indicated. Speculation is to be avoided;
  • Conclusion: Only those conclusions supported by the data obtained and, whenever appropriate, the direct clinical implication of the findings should be stated (while avoiding speculation);
  • References: References are limited to 40 or fewer;
  • Tables: Text and tables must be consistent and not repetitive. Tables are limited to 4 or fewer;
  • Figures: Figures must not be repetitive; Figures are limited to 6 or fewer;
  • Figure captions.
Review Article

Review articles present a comprehensive discussion and literature review of a single topic of general interest. The number of references is not limited but will be published at the discretion of the editorial office if over 100. A non-refundable $219 processing fee for peer review is due at the time of submission for unsolicited Feature, Review, and Case Report Articles. Waivers are available in some circumstances, as explained in the Submission Requirements for Feature Articles, Reviews, and Case Reports.

Tips & Techniques

This column features an innovative tip or technique accompanied by a video. Authors must disclose any financial interest in the technique.

Note about video submissions: For Tips & Techniques articles, authors are required to submit with the article one brief video clip (no more than 5 minutes) illustrating the technique. Submitted video should be MPEG 4 with the dimensions of 720 x 480 for Standard Resolution Video or 1900 x 1080 for High Definition Video in the NTSC format. If the video has audio, it should already be synced with the video and in one complete file. Videos will be published at Healio.com/Ortho with the accompanying article.

  • Title page;
  • Abstract: An unstructured abstract of 100 or fewer words is required;
  • Introduction: This section provides a brief overview of the topic and the main objective of the study;
  • Materials and methods: The basic design, subjects, and scientific method should be described. Materials and Methods should be written clearly and in such detail that the work can be duplicated by others. The technique of analysis of data should be mentioned;
  • Surgical technique: The discussion should be concise, explaining the significance of the findings and their relation to previous work;
  • Results: Results must be described concisely;
  • Discussion: The discussion should be concise, explaining the significance of the findings. It should analyze the results, indicating statistical or clinical significance and the implications;
  • Conclusion: Only those conclusions supported by the data obtained and, whenever appropriate, the direct clinical implication of the findings should be stated (while avoiding speculation);
  • References: Only essential references should be included. References are limited to 25 or fewer;
  • Tables: Text and tables must be consistent and not repetitive. Tables are limited to 3 or fewer;
  • Figures: Figures must not be repetitive and are limited to 10; 4-color images are preferred; a detailed explanation and illustration of the technique is essential;
  • Figure captions.

Manuscript Submission

Manuscripts should be submitted via Editorial Manager®. Authors should contact the editorial office with questions regarding the submission process.

Submissions for a Guest Editorial can be directed to the editorial office.

Review Process

All manuscripts undergo unbiased, non-double-blind peer review by two or more members of the Editorial Board and/or Review Panel. Final decisions regarding manuscript disposition are made by the Editors, and authors are notified by e-mail as soon as possible about the acceptability of their manuscript.

All Feature, Review, and Case Report manuscripts submitted to ORTHOPEDICS are judged according to the following criteria:

  • Importance to clinical orthopedic care
  • Quality of the written report
  • Broad interest to the orthopedic surgeon or a groundbreaking article with a narrower topic

Peer reviewers are required to maintain confidentiality about the manuscripts they review and must not divulge any information about a specific manuscript or its contents without prior permission.

Blue Ribbon Articles

During the peer review process, members of the Journal’s Editorial Board and Review Panel rate articles according to the above criteria, identifying those worthy of Blue Ribbon status. The Editors make the final decisions. Blue Ribbon articles are published in the print edition of ORTHOPEDICS, as well as online. Articles not chosen for Blue Ribbon status are published online only. The printed table of contents reflects both print and online-only articles.

Policy on Research Misconduct

The publisher and editor will take reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred, including but not limited to plagiarism, citation manipulation, and data falsification/fabrication. Per journal policy, final manuscript acceptance is contingent upon successfully passing a plagiarism software check. If an allegation of research misconduct is made related to an article published in the Journal, the publisher and editor will follow the guidelines provided by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) to address such allegations.

Copyediting, Author Proofs, and Online Advanced Release

All accepted manuscripts are professionally copyedited to adhere to the AMA Manual of Style, 10th edition, and journal style. The Journal reserves the right to delete extraneous or excess material and change or add titles and headings.

Proofs of the edited article are provided to the corresponding author for review and approval. Rewriting the manuscript or making frivolous changes at the proof stage is unacceptable. Authors are responsible for all statements made in their work, including changes made during copyediting and production that are approved by the corresponding author.

Articles appearing in the Online Advanced Release section of the website have been peer reviewed, accepted for publication, and posted online before print publication. Copyediting has been completed and author corrections incorporated, but final proofing has not occurred. The content of the article will usually remain unchanged, and possible further corrections are fairly minor. The final version of the article will specify the volume, issue, and page numbers.

For all articles, the electronic journal (Healio.com) will be the publication of record rather than the print journal.

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor are correspondence regarding articles that have been published in the journal. Letters regarding a previously published article must be submitted within 12 months of the article’s publication to be considered for possible publication, and the author of that article will be given the opportunity to respond.

Letters should be no more than 500 words, with no more than 5 references and no more than 1 figure. Letters may be edited for clarity or length, and letter authors must disclose any competing or conflicting interests. All letters are published at the Editor’s discretion. Letters should be submitted to the editorial office.

Corrections and Errata

Requests to publish corrections should be emailed to the editorial office. Corrections and errata are reviewed by the Editor, published promptly, and linked online to the original article.

Article Reprints

Article reprints are available through Wright's Media.

Archiving

The publisher works with Portico to ensure electronic backup and preservation of access to ORTHOPEDICS content.

Editorial Office

Questions regarding the Journal should be directed to the editorial office.


Scholarly Uses of Journal Articles

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Public Access Policy for Non-Open Access Articles

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