Instructions to Reviewers
- The Journal welcomes original clinical and empirical scientific research articles, reviews and case reports on joint diseases and related surgery, arthroplasty, arthroscopy, general orthopedics and traumatology written only in English. Manuscripts submitted to the Journal must be original studies to attract readers' interest. Evident contributions to the field, correctness of the results, clear explanation of the methodology enabling to reproduce the results independently are important.
- In order to be published, submitted material must be approved by the editorial board. A peer review will be made by at least two referees, and the editorial board has the right to accept, ask for revision, or reject the manuscript. Reviewers are selected among independent experts who have published publications in the international literature. Manuscripts may be rejected without peer review by the editor-in-chief if they do not comply with the instructions to authors or if they are beyond the scope of the Journal. Any manuscript that does not conform with the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals, as reported at http://www.icmje.org/icmje-recommendations.pdf will also be rejected. Manuscripts are scanned for plagiarism or duplication. In case of an ethical issue on plagiarism or duplication, the Editorial Board will act in accordance with the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
- The editorial and publication processes of the Journal are conducted in accordance with the guidelines of the International Council of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), the Council of Science Editors (CSE), and the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the European Association of Science Editors (EASE), and National Information Standards Organization (NISO). The Journal conforms with the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing (doaj.org/bestpractice).
- On submission of the manuscript, the authors are required to fill in the form "Acknowledgement of Authorship, Conflict of Interest Statement, and Transfer of Copyright Agreement" and should clearly state whether or not any conflict of interest issue exists, and state their contribution to the study. For research articles in humans or animals, the corresponding author must submit a copy of the approval by the institutional review board (IRB); and informed consent obtained from each patient. For case reports, informed consent obtained from each patient and/or their families with the following statement is necessary; "The patients and/or their families were informed that data from the case would be submitted for publication, and gave their consent."
- Preparation of the manuscript: The manuscript should be prepared in accordance with The Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals - International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (www.icmje.org). Number pages consecutively beginning with the title page. Each part of the manuscript should begin on a new page in the following sequence: title page, abstract, text, acknowledgments, references, tables with titles, legends to figures. Use double-spacing, Times New Roman font and 12 punto.
Title Page: Title page should include the following: a) The title of the article which should be concise but informative; b) a short title of at most 35 letters; c) full names of each author with highest academic degrees and institutional affiliations; d) name(s) of the department(s) and institution(s); e) name, address, phone, mobile phone, and e-mail address of the author responsible for correspondence.
Abstract: The second page should have an abstract of minimum 150 and maximum 250 words. The abstract should state the purpose of the study, main findings and the principal conclusions in separate headings of Objectives, Materials (Patients) and Methods, Results, and Conclusion. The abstract should contain the title.
Text: The text of the article should be divided into sections with the headings Introduction, Materials (Patients) and Methods, Results, Discussion, and Conclusion. The text should not include any information on the institutions of the authors.
The introduction should state the purpose of the article and summarize the rationale for the study. Give only strictly pertinent references and limit this section to one page.
The Materials (Patients) and Methods should describe the selection of the observational or experimental subjects clearly. Give references to established methods including statistics. When reporting experiments on human or animal subjects indicate whether the procedures were followed in accordance with the ethical standards. Describe statistical methods in adequate detail. Give details on randomization.
Present Results in logical sequence in the text, tables and illustrations. Data in the text should not be repeated in the tables or illustrations.
Emphasize the new and important aspects of the study and present your conclusions in the Discussion section. Relate the observations to other relevant studies.
References: Number references consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. Unpublished observations and personal communications should not be used. Use no more than 20 references unless necessary. References will strictly be controlled and the author may be asked to provide the full-text of any of the references. They should be organized according to the following forms: Article in journal: The reference should include the full last name and initials of the first and middle names of all authors, title of the article, abbreviated title of the journal according to the style used by the PubMed/MEDLINE, year, volume, and inclusive page numbers. (Ramirez N, CE, Browne RH. The prevalence of back pain in children who have idiopathic scoliosis. J Bone Joint Surg Am 1997; 79:364-8.) Chapter in book: The reference should include the full last name and initials of the first and middle names of all authors, title of the chapter, name of the editors, title of the book, place, publisher, year and inclusive page numbers. (Milford L. Dislocations and ligament us injuries. In: Crenshaw AH (ed): Campbell's operative orthopedics. St. Louis: CV Mosby, 1987, pp. 241-257.) Book: The reference should include the full last name and initials of the first and middle names of all the authors, title of the book, edition, place, publisher, and year. (Colson JH, Armour WJ. Sports injuries and their treatment. (2nd ed). London: S. Paul, 1986, pp.160-162.)
Tables should be numbered consecutively in the order of mention in the text. Each table should include a brief title on the same sheet. Illustrations and figures should be professionally drawn and photographed.