Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery (OSJ) is a peer-reviewed, open access journal which focusses on publishing original reviews and research articles on all aspects of orthopaedic surgery. The journal welcomes and will publish materials of a diverse nature, from basic science research to clinical trials and surgical techniques. Please see the Aims and Scope tab for further information.
This is the official journal of the Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association.
This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
Why Publish in OSJ?
- Rigorous peer review of your research
- Open access format, driving high visibility and global exposure
Open access Article Processing Charge (APC) information
Publication in the journal is subject to payment of an article processing charge (APC). The APC serves to support the journal and ensures that articles are freely accessible online in perpetuity under a Creative Commons licence.The APC for this journal is 1500 USD. Members of the Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association are eligible for a lower APC of 1000 USD.
Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery is an open access peer-reviewed journal publishing original reviews and research articles on all aspects of orthopaedics and traumatology. Manuscripts dealing with (but not limited to) the following areas will be considered:
· Basic science and translational research
· Spine Surgery
· Sports and arthroscopic surgery
· Joint replacement surgeries
· Upper limb surgeries
· Musculoskeletal oncology
· Paediatric orthopaedics
|Kenneth MC Cheung||Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong|
|Frankie Leung||Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong|
|Edward Ted Mah||Department of Orthopaedics & Trauma, Northern Adelaide Local Health Network, SA Health, Flinders University of South Australia, Australia|
|David Fang||Centre for Orthopaedic Surgery, Hong Kong|
|Alpaslan Senkoylu||Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Gazi University, Turkey|
|David SK Choon||Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University Malaya Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur 50603, Malaysia|
|James Hui||Department of Orthopaedic Surgery National University Health System, National University of Singapore, 1E Kent Ridge Road, Singapore|
|Bobby Kin Wah NG||Prince of Wales Hospital, Chinese University of Hong Kong|
|Zsolt Janos Balogh||Department of Traumatology, John Hunter Hospital and University of Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW, Australia|
|Frankie Leung||Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong|
|In-Ho Jeon||Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea|
|Edward Ted Mah||Department of Orthopaedics & Trauma, Northern Adelaide Local Health Network, SA Health, Flinders University of South Australia, Australia|
|A Merter Ozenci||Medical Park Antalya Hospital, Department of Orthopaedics, Antalya, Turkey|
|Daisuke Sakai||Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Tokai University School of Medicine, Japan|
|Vivek Ajit Singh||Consultant Orthopaedic Oncologist, University Malaya Medical Centre, Lembah Pantai,59100, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|Chun Hoi Yan||Division of Joint Replacement Surgery, Department of Orthopaedics & Traumatology, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong|
|Lui Tun Hing||Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, North District Hospital, Hong Kong|
|Margaret Fok||Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Queen Mary Hospital, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong|
|Daniel Yee Tak Fong||School of Nursing, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong|
|Azlina Abbas||Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA|
|Shankar Acharya||Department of Spine Surgery, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital Rajinder Nagar New Delhi, India|
|Saw Aik||Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University Malaya Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur 59100, Malaysia|
|Paul Allcock||Lyell McEwin Hospital, Elizabeth Vale, SA Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide, SA, Australia|
|Asavamongkolkul Apichat||Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand|
|Alaric Aroojis||Centre for Bone & Joint, Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Four Bungalows, Andheri (W), Mumbai - 400053, India|
|Zsolt J. Balogh||John Hunter Hospital and University of Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia|
|Massimo Balsano||Regional spinal Department of Verona|
|Jorge Daniel Barla||Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Thierry Begue||Department of Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery, Antoine Beclere Hospital, Univ Paris, paris, France|
|Simon N. Bell||Department of Surgery, Monash University School of Clinical Science at Monash Health, Melbourne, Australia|
|Haluk Berk||Dept of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, School of Medicine, Dokuz Eylul University, Inciralti, 35340 Izmir, Turkey|
|Nicolaas Budhiparama||Department of Orthopaedic & Traumatology, Department of Vocational Studies, Airlangga University, Surabaya, Indonesia|
|Kai Cao||Spine Surgery, Orthopedics Department, The First Affiliated Hospital of Nanchang University, China|
|Charles Ch Li||Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, North District Hospital, Hong Kong|
|Ying Kei Chan||Room 2001, 20/F, Hing Wai Building, 36 Queen’s road central, Hong Kong SAR|
|Cholawish Chanlalit||Department of Orthopedics, Faculty of Medicine, Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand|
|Hang Cheong Cheng||Hong Kong|
|Jason Pui Yin Cheung||Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong|
|Esther Ching San Chow||Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, United Christian Hospital, Hong Kong|
|Tae-Joon Cho||Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul,Republic of Korea, South Korea|
|Tsz Lung Choi||Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, United Christian Hospital, Hong Kong|
|Tanainit Chotanaputi||Pramongkutklao Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand|
|Wang Chow||Division of Joint Replacement Surgery, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, 5/F, Professional Block, Queen Mary Hospital, Pokfulam, Hong Kong|
|Andrew Clarke||Middlemore Hospital, Otahuhu, Auckland 1640, New Zealand|
|Damian Cy Mak||Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, North District Hospital, Hong Kong|
|Shamal Das De||Singapore|
|Ashish D Diwan||Spine Service, Suite 16, L5, St George Private Hospital, Kogarah, NSW 2217, Australia|
|Klaus Dresing||Trauma and Orthopedic Surgery and Plastic Surgery, University Medicine Göttingen, Georg-August-University, Robert-Koch-Strasse 40, 37075 Göttingen, Germany|
|Christian Fang||Queen Mary Hospital, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong|
|Margaret Fok||Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Queen Mary Hospital, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong|
|Henry Chun Him Fu||Division of Joint Replacement Surgery Department of Orthopaedics & Traumatology Queen Mary Hospital,102 Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong|
|Hiroshi Fujita||Institute for Joint Replacement, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Kyoto Katsura Hospital, Yamada-hirao-cho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 615-8256, Japan|
|Boris Fung||Division of hand surgery, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong|
|John George||Department Of Biomedical Imaging, Faculty Of Medicine, University of Malaya, Malaysia|
|Ashish Gupta||Department of Mechanical Engineering, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia|
|Ravi Gupta||Government Medical College Hospital, Chandigarh, India|
|Hiroshi Hashizum||Lecturer, Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery, Wakayama Medical University, 811-1 Kimiidera, Wakayama-city, 641-8510, Japan|
|Taku Hatta||Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Tohoku Rosai Hospital, Sendai, Japan|
|Michael Hayes||Orthopaedic Division, SPORTSMED·SA, 32 Payneham Road, Stepney, S Aus,5069, Australia|
|Sheung-tung Ho||Hong Kong|
|Wai-Yip Ho||Division of General Orthopaedics and oncology, Queen Mary Hospital, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong|
|Wing Yuk Ip||Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Queen Mary Hospital, 102 Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong|
|Keita Ito||Department of Biomedical Engineering, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, P.O. Box 513, 5600 MB EINDHOVEN, Netherlands|
|Ashok Johari||Children's Orthopaedic Centre, 2nd Floor, Bobby Apartments, 143 L. J. Road, Mahim (W), Mumbai 400016, India|
|Jose Antonio San Juan||Department of Orthopaedics, Chong Hua Hospital, Cebu City, Philippines|
|Takashi Kaito||Spine section, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine, 2-2 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871, Japan|
|Kaewpornsawan Kamolporn||Chief of Paediatric Orthopaedic Section, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand, 2 Prannok Road,Bangkoknoi, Bangkok, 10700, Thailand|
|Aashay Kekatpure||Apollo Spectra Mumbai, Wockhardt Hospital Mumbai, PKC Hospital, Navi Mumbai, India|
|Michael P. Kelly||Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA|
|Chan Chee Ken||Malaysia|
|Mauricio Kfuri||James P. Stannard and Carolyn A. Stannard Distinguished Professor in Orthopedic Surgery, Surgery of the Knee and Orthopedic Trauma, Missouri Orthopaedic Institute - University of Missouri, USA|
|Erica Kholinne||Department of Orthopedic Surgery, St. Carolus Hospital, Jakarta, Indonesia|
|Khalid I. Khoshhal||Professor of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery, College of Medicine, Taibah University, Almadinah Almunawwarah, Saudi Arabia|
|Joyce SB Koh||Senior Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore|
|Kenny Kwan||Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong|
|Mun Keong Kwan||Professor and Head of Spine Unit, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|Ernest Kwek||Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore|
|Hau Yan Kwok||Asia Pacific (HK) Orthopaedics and Spine Centre, Rm 531, Central Building, 1 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong|
|Ying-Lee Lam||Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Queen Mary Hospital, 102 Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong, Hong Kong|
|Tak-Wing Lau||Hong Kong|
|Somsak Leechavengvongs||Upper extremity and Reconstructive Microsurgery, Institute of Orthopedics, Lerdsin General hospital, Silom Road, Bangkok 10500, Thailand|
|Victor YL Leung||Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong|
|Denny TT Lie||Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore|
|David Limb BSc, MB BS, FRCS||Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, UK|
|Mark Chii-Jeng Lin||Department of Orthopedics, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan|
|Samuel Ka Kin Ling||Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, North District Hospital, Hong Kong|
|Bo Liu||Department of Hand Surgery, Beijing Ji Shui Tan Hospital, Beijing, P.R.China|
|William Lu||Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Room 907, Lab Block, 21 Sassoon Road, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong|
|Yi Lu||Sports Medicine Department, Beijing Ji Shui Tan Hospital, China|
|Arjandas Mahadev||Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Singapore|
|Kin Cheung Mak||Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong|
|Chun Man Ma||Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, North District Hospital, Hong Kong|
|Yukihiro Matsuyama||Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, Hamamatsu city, Shizuoka, Japan|
|Azhar Merican||Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA|
|Berton R Moed||Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, 3635 Vista Avenue, 7th Floor Desloge Towers, St. Louis, Missouri 63110, USA|
|Amanda My Slocum||Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, North District Hospital, Hong Kong|
|Ronald My Wong||Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Prince of Wales Hospital, Hong Kong|
|Cho Nam-Su||Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Cheil Orthopedic Hospital, Seoul, Korea|
|Yamamoto Nobuyuki||Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Tohoku University School of Medicine, Sendai, Japan|
|Seiji Ohtori||Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Chiba University, Chiba, Japan|
|Eijiro Okada||Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery, Saiseikai Central Hospital, Japan|
|Richard Page||Deakin University Barwon Health, Australia|
|Kichul Park||Republic of Korea|
|Andre Pontoh||Knee & Sports Division, Orthopaedic Department, Fatmawati Hospital - Jakarta, University of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia|
|Vidyadhara S||HOD & Consultant Spine Surgeon, Manipal Spine Care Center, Manipal Hospital, 98, Rustam Bagh, HAL-Airport Road, Bangalore - 560017, INDIA|
|Dino Samartzis||Division of Spine Surgery, Department of Orthopaedics & Traumatology, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong|
|Alpaslan Senkoylu||Professor of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Gazi University, Turkey|
|Lori Setton||Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Orthopaedic Surgery, William Bevan Professor of Biomedical Engineering & Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Duke University, Box 90281, 136 Hudson Hall, Durham, NC 27708, USA|
|Wan Yiu Shen||Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, 30 Gascoigne Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong|
|Charanjeet Singh, MD||Gleneagles hospital Kuala Lumpur|
|Kwai Ming Siu||Dept of Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Princess Margaret Hospital, 2-10 Princess Margaret Hospital Road, Lai Chi Kok, Hong Kong|
|Yuk Chuen Siu||North District Hospital, Hong Kong, China|
|Lucian Bogdan Solomon||The University of Adelaide and Clinical Academic Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Australia|
|Oliver Stokes||Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Centre, Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, Barrack Road, Exeter, UK|
|Aree Tanavalee||Department of Orthopaedics, Chulalongkorn, Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand|
|Apivatthakakul Theerachai||Chiangmai University, Thailand|
|Gary Tw Chan||Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, Hong Kong|
|Tanawat Vaseenon||Orthopaedic department, faculty of medicine, Chiang Mai University, Thailand|
|Shaojie Wang||Department of Joint Surgery and Sports Medicine, Zhongshan Hospital of Xiamen University, Fujian, China|
|Wilson Ee Jen Wang||Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, National University of Singapore, Singapore|
|Yifei Wang||Department of Orthopaedic Oncology, Peking University People’s Hospital, Beijing, China|
|Kota Watanabe||Keio University School of Medicine, 35 Shinonomachi, Shinjyuku-ku Tokyo, Japan|
|Klaus Wenda||Chair of Bone, Joint and Spine Center, HSK Wiesbaden, Germany|
|Hok Leung Wong||Honorary Clinical Associate Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Honorary Clinical Associate Professor, Hong Kong University, Hong Kong|
|Jimmy Wong||Hong Kong|
|Kam Yiu Wong||Princess Margaret Hospital, Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong|
|Samson Wong||Department of Microbiology, Queen Mary Hospital, 102 Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong|
|Tak Man Wong||Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong|
|Yat Wa Wong||Division of Joint Replacement Surgery, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, 5/F, Professional Block, Queen Mary Hospital, Pokfulam, Hong Kong|
|Siu Bon, Anson Woo||Kwong Wah Hospital, 25 Waterloo Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong|
|Mitsuru Yagi||Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Keio University School of Medicine, Japan|
|Shu-Hua Yang||Department of Orthopedics, Medical School, National Taiwan University, Taiwan|
|Cho Yau Lo||Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, North District Hospital, Hong Kong|
|Sai Hung Yeung||5/F, Flat B, Braemar Hill Mansion, 37 Braemar Hill Road, North Point, Hong Kong|
|Yeung Yeung||Hong Kong|
|Çaglar Yilgör||Acibadem University, Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Istanbul, Turkey|
|Qi Yin||Department of Musculoskeletal Science, Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Liverpool, L69 3GA, UK|
|Kazuo Yonenobu||Graduate School of Health Care Science, Jikei Institute, Japan|
|Taek-Rim Yoon||Chonnam National University, Republic of Korea|
|Kwok Yung Yuen||Department of Microbiology, Queen Mary Hospital, 102 Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong|
|Li Zhao||Department of Pediatric Orthopaedics, Xin-Hua Hospital affiliated to Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai,200092, China|
|Zhaomin Zheng||Department of Spine Surgery, The First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China|
- Open Access
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- Article Types
- Editorial policies
4.1 Peer Review Policy
4.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
4.6 Research ethics and patient consent
4.7 Clinical Trials
4.8 Reporting guidelines
- Publishing policies
5.1 Publication ethics
5.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
- Preparing your manuscript
6.1 Word processing formats
6.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
6.3 Supplementary material
6.4 Reference style
6.5 English language editing services
- Submitting your manuscript
7.2 Information required for completing your submission
7.3 Corresponding author contact details
7.5 Manuscript preparation checklist
- On acceptance and publication
8.1 SAGE Production
8.2 Continuous publication
8.3 Promoting your article
- Further information
This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.
This Journal recommends that authors follow the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).
Please read the guidelines below then visit the journal’s submission site https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jnlos to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned. Remember you can log in to the submission site at any time to check on the progress of your paper through the peer review process.
Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery will be reviewed.
As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.
The Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery does not accept papers that have been uploaded to a pre-print server.
Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery is an open access, peer-reviewed journal. Each article accepted by peer review is made freely available online immediately upon publication, is published under a Creative Commons license and will be hosted online in perpetuity. There is no charge for submitting a paper to the journal.
The Article Processing Charge (APC) for this journal is $1,500. However, if the first author or corresponding author of the submission is a member of the Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association, a reduced APC of $1000 will be applicable.
The article processing charge (APC) is payable when a manuscript is accepted after peer review, and before it is published. The APC is subject to taxes where applicable. Tax-exempt status can be indicated by providing appropriate registration numbers when payment is requested. Please see further details here.
The Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery considers the following article types:
- Original Research: These should detail original experiments/research conducted by the authors. Any research on any topic is accepted, provided it falls within the aims and scope of the journal. Original research must add to scientific knowledge on the subject and must be completed in accordance with ethical principles. Research on humans or animals must have applicable ethical approvals.
- Commentary: Commentaries discuss the findings, implications, and/or outcomes of specific research or wider research on a general topic. They elaborate on or offer original ideas about a specific paper or a widely-researched subject. Commentaries differ from reviews in that they present the author’s original ideas and suggestions instead of only collating and reporting the previous research.
- Editorial: Written by the Editorial team of the journal, editorials are intended to inform readers of changes concerning the journal, or to introduce supplements, special issues, or new ideas relevant to the journal. In limited circumstances individuals other than the Editorial team listed here may propose an editorial topic if they wish. Please contact us to discuss submitting an Editorial.
- Review: A review is a detailed examination including the benefits and drawbacks of a medicine, therapeutic technique, computer program, policy, or anything else appropriate to the journal. They are substantially composed of a report on previous research. Authors wishing to present original ideas in addition should choose the Commentary type. Review articles should address important new areas of general interest and afford the author the opportunity to present a forward-looking perspective on the topic and/or incorporate their own experience in the field.
- Letter: Letters contain correspondence typically pertaining to a recent or concurrently published article within the journal. Comments and critiques may be passed on to the authors of the original article to write a Response. Letters of this nature must contain a maximum of 800 words and 5 references.
The Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery no longer accepts case reports for consideration.
Following a preliminary triage to eliminate submissions unsuitable for Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery all papers are sent out for review. The covering letter is important. To help the Editor in his preliminary evaluation, please indicate why you think the paper suitable for publication. If your paper should be considered for fast-track publication, please explain why. The journal’s policy is to have manuscripts reviewed by two expert reviewers. Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery utilizes a double-blind peer review process in which the reviewer and author’s names and information are withheld from the other. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, while maintaining rigor. Reviewers make comments to the author and recommendations to the Editor-in-Chief, Deputy Editor and Section Editors who then makes the final decision.
The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for possible publication in the journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor/Board member will have no involvement in the decision-making process.
Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.
The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:
- Made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the work; or acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data,
- Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
- Approved the version to be published,
- Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.
Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship.
Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.
4.3.1 Third party submissions
Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:
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- Identify any entities that paid for this assistance
- Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.
Where appropriate, SAGE reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.
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Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance”).
It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.
Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.
Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
It is the policy of Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.
Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.
For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations.
Medical research involving human subjects must be conducted according to the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki.
Submitted manuscripts should conform to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, and all papers reporting animal and/or human studies must state in the methods section that the relevant Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board provided (or waived) approval. Please ensure that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee, in addition to the approval number.
For research articles, authors are also required to state in the methods section whether participants provided informed consent and whether the consent was written or verbal.
Information on informed consent to report individual cases or case series should be included in the manuscript text. A statement is required regarding whether written informed consent for patient information and images to be published was provided by the patient(s) or a legally authorized representative.
Please also refer to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants
All research involving animals submitted for publication must be approved by an ethics committee with oversight of the facility in which the studies were conducted. The journal has adopted the Consensus Author Guidelines on Animal Ethics and Welfare for Veterinary Journals published by the International Association of Veterinary Editors.
Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery endorses the ICMJE requirement that clinical trials are registered in a WHO-approved public trials registry at or before the time of first patient enrolment. However, consistent with the AllTrials campaign, retrospectively registered trials will be considered if the justification for late registration is acceptable. The trial registry name and URL, and registration number must be included at the end of the abstract.
The relevant EQUATOR Network reporting guidelines should be followed depending on the type of study. For example, all randomized controlled trials submitted for publication should include a completed CONSORT flow chart as a cited figure and the completed CONSORT checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses should include the completed PRISMA flow chart as a cited figure and the completed PRISMA checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. The EQUATOR wizard can help you identify the appropriate guideline.
Other resources can be found at NLM’s Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives
SAGE acknowledges the importance of research data availability as an integral part of the research and verification process for academic journal articles.
Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery requests all authors submitting any primary data used in their research articles if the articles are accepted to be published in the online version of the journal, or provide detailed information in their articles on how the data can be obtained. This information should include links to third-party data repositories or detailed contact information for third-party data sources. Data available only on an author-maintained website will need to be loaded onto either the journal’s platform or a third-party platform to ensure continuing accessibility. Examples of data types include but are not limited to statistical data files, replication code, text files, audio files, images, videos, appendices, and additional charts and graphs necessary to understand the original research. The editor may consider limited embargoes on proprietary data. The editor can also grant exceptions for data that cannot legally or ethically be released. All data submitted should comply with Institutional or Ethical Review Board requirements and applicable government regulations. For further information, please contact the editorial office at email@example.com
SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.
Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.
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Alternative license arrangements are available, for example, to meet particular funder mandates, made at the author’s request.
Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.
For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.
Figures supplied in color will appear in color online.
This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc.) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files
Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery adheres to the SAGE Vancouver reference style. Please review the guidelines on SAGE Vancouver to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.
Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.
Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jnlos to login and submit your article online.
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As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.
The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.
You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).
Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.
Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway
7.5.1 Title page
(a) Title of the paper which should be short and succinct
(b) Full Name(s) of author(s), affiliation (s), and email(s)
(c) The full name, affiliation, email and mailing address of the corresponding author
(d) A short running head of no more than 40 characters
7.5.2 Anonymous main document
Add line number to the document for the convenience of reviewers’ commenting.
(a) It should not be more than 150 words for unstructured abstract (in review articles) and no more than 250 words for structured abstract with sections like purpose, methods, results, conclusion (in original articles)
(b) It should be factual and succinct
(c) For basic science papers the last sentence of the abstract should describe the clinical relevance of the study
(3) Key words
At the end of the abstract, authors should provide no more than 10 key words for information retrieval. Key words should be taken from Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) from Index Medicus.
(4) Main text
The main text should be written in clear and simple English and divided into sections. In general the sequence should be as follows:
(a) Brief introduction
(b) Materials and methods
(c) Results (In reporting results of surgery follow-up of less than one year is usually unacceptable)
(d) Discussion (it should avoid repeating preceding information)
(5) Acknowledgements (if any)
(8) Legends for ﬁgures
Number of ﬁgures should not be more than 16. Each photograph must be numbered and correctly oriented to show the topside. Avoid heavy pencil marks. Histological slides should mention the magniﬁcation and the stain. Lettering in diagrams must be legible after reduction. Coloured illustrations may be accepted if essential, but the authors will bear the cost of printing. All reproduced material must have the written permission of the owner (publisher), and such permission must be stated in the legend.
If your paper is accepted for publication after peer review, you will first be asked to complete the contributor’s publishing agreement. Once the manuscript files have been received, your paper will be published on average within 25 days.
Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will made available to the corresponding author via our editing portal SAGE Edit, or by email to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorizing the change.
One of the many benefits of publishing your research in an open access journal is the speed to publication. With no page count constraints, your article will be published online in a fully citable form with a DOI number as soon as it has completed the production process. At this time it will be completely free to view and download for all.
Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice.
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery editorial office as follows: