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About Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research

This page includes information about the aims and scope of Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research, editorial policies, open access and article-processing charges, the peer review process and other information. For details of how to prepare and submit a manuscript through the online submission system, please see the instructions for authors.

Aims & scope

Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research is an open access, peer-reviewed online journal that encompasses all aspects of clinical and basic research studies related to musculoskeletal issues.

Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research (JOSR) provides the platform for exchange of new clinical and scientific information in the most precise and expeditious way to achieve timely dissemination of information and cross-fertilization of ideas.

Orthopaedic research is conducted essentially at clinical and basic science levels. With the advancement of new technologies and the increasing expectation and demand from doctors and patients, we are witnessing an enormous growth in clinical orthopaedic research, particularly in the fields of traumatology, spinal surgery, joint replacement, sports medicine, musculoskeletal tumour management, hand microsurgery, foot and ankle surgery, paediatric orthopaedic, and orthopaedic rehabilitation. The involvement of basic science ranges from molecular, cellular, structural and functional perspectives to tissue engineering, gait analysis, automation and robotic surgery. Implant and biomaterial designs are new disciplines that complement clinical applications. Multidisciplinary research with collaboration amongst clinicians and scientists from different disciplines will be the trend in the coming decades.

Open access

All articles published by Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

Authors of articles published in Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research are the copyright holders of their articles and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the article, according to the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement.

For authors who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BioMed Central can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article-processing charges

Open access publishing is not without costs. Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1520/$2590/€1920 for each article accepted for publication. If the submitting author's institution is a Member, the cost of the article-processing charge is covered by the membership, and no further charge is payable. In the case of authors whose institutions are Supporter Members, however, a discounted article-processing charge is payable by the author. We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. For other countries, article-processing charge waivers or discounts are granted on a case-by-case basis to authors with insufficient funds. Authors can request a waiver or discount during the submission process. For further details, see our article-processing charge page.

Indexing services

All articles published in Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research are included in:

  • Cinahl
  • Citebase
  • Current contents
  • DOAJ
  • Google Scholar
  • Index Copernicus
  • Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition
  • MEDLINE
  • OAIster
  • PubMed
  • PubMed Central
  • Science Citation Index Expanded
  • SCImago
  • Scopus
  • SOCOLAR
  • Zetoc

The full text of all research articles is deposited in digital archives including e-Depot (The Netherlands).

The full text of all research articles published by BioMed Central is also available on SpringerLink.

Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research is tracked by Thomson Reuters (ISI) and has an Impact Factor of 1.58.

Publication and peer review process

Content overview

Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research considers the following types of articles:

  • Research: reports of data from original research.
  • Review: comprehensive, authoritative, descriptions of any subject within the journal's scope. Opinion leaders that have been invited by the Editorial Board usually write these articles. They have an educational aim and are 2000-3000 words.
  • Methodology: short, single accounts of novel scientific work that describes innovative techniques of data collection or analysis. They provide a mechanism for publishing scholarly material where developing a full research article is unnecessary or inappropriate.
  • Study protocol: describes proposed or ongoing research, providing a detailed account of the hypothesis, rationale, and methodology of the study.
  • Technical note: presents a new experimental or computational method, test or procedure.

Peer-review policies

Submitted manuscripts that are deemed suitable for peer review will be assigned to three reviewers. The reviewers will have up to three weeks to review the submitted article. After the receipt of the recommendation from the reviewers, the Editors-in-Chief will decide on whether to accept or reject the manuscript.

Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research is supported by an expert Editorial Board.

Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research, a personalized section of the site.

Reprints

High-quality, bound reprints can be purchased for all articles published. Please see our reprints website for further information about ordering reprints.

Supplements

Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research will consider supplements based on proceedings (full articles or meeting abstracts), reviews or research. All articles submitted for publication in supplements are subject to peer review. Published supplements are fully searchable and freely accessible online and can also be produced in print. For further information, please contact us.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Citing articles in Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research

Articles in Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format:

Authors: Title. J Orthop Surg Res [year], [volume number]:[article number].

e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. J Orthop Surg Res 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Why publish your article in Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research?

High visibility

Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. Articles that have been especially highly accessed are highlighted with a 'Highly accessed' graphic, which appears on the journal's contents pages and search results.

Speed of publication

Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research and BioMed Central.

Flexibility

Online publication in Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research gives authors the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research's pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.

In addition, articles published in Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.

Authors of articles published in Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement).

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