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.
- Editorial and Publication Process: 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. If the revised version of the manuscript is not submitted within the allocated time (30 days), the revision option may be canceled. Once a manuscript is accepted for publication, the author list of the manuscript cannot be changed.
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). An ORCID ID is required for all authors during the submission of the manuscript. The ID is available free of charge at http://orcid.org. 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 and clinical pictures 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." Please, don’t use any identifying information.
- Ethical Considerations: An approval of research protocols by the Ethics Committee in accordance with international agreements (Helsinki Declaration, revised 2013, Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals - https://www.nap.edu/catalog/5140.html/) is required for experimental, clinical, and investigational drug studies, and some case reports. If required, the ethics committee reports or a corresponding official document may be requested from the authors. In manuscripts reporting the results of an experimental study, it must be stated within the main text that all patients were informed in detail on the treatments and that an informed consent was obtained from each patient. For studies carried out on animals, the measures taken to prevent pain and suffering of the animals must be explicitly stated. Information on the patient consent, name of the ethics committee, and the ethics committee approval number must also be stated in the Patients and Methods section of the manuscript. It is the author's responsibility to carefully protect the patients’ anonymity. For photographs that may reveal the identity of the patient, signed releases of the patient or of his/her legal representative must be enclosed. In case of an ethical issue on plagiarism or duplication, the Editorial Board will act in accordance with the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
- Plagiarism: Whether intentional or not, plagiarism is a serious violation. We define plagiarism as a case in which a paper reproduces another work with similarity and without citation. If evidence of plagiarism is found before/after acceptance or after publication of the paper, the author will be offered a chance for rebuttal. If the arguments are not found to be satisfactory, the manuscript will be retracted and the author sanctioned from publishing papers for a period to be determined by the responsible Editor(s). The journal uses plagiarism screening tool to screen all submissions and to verify the originality of content before publication.
- 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 in pt. 12 size. 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 300 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. Abbreviations should be defined at first mention and used consistently thereafter. Readers often find these confusing, so please use as few as possible. Keywords should be concordant with the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) vocabulary terms and three to six keywords should be listed. 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. Iintroduction 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.
Materials (Patients) and Methods should describe the selection of the observational or experimental subjects clearly. Give references to established methods including statistics. Describe statistical methods in adequate detail. Statistical analysis must be performed in accordance with the guidelines on reporting statistics in medical journals (Altman DG, Gore SM, Gardner MJ, and Pocock SJ. Statistical Guidelines for Contributors to Medical Journals. Br Med J 1983;7:1489-93). The software used for the analysis should be explicitly stated. For parametric tests, continuous variables are expressed in mean ± standard deviation, while for non-parametric tests; data are expressed in median and range (min-max) or median and interquartile range (25th and 75th percentiles). When complex analyses are used, the relative risk (RR), odds ratio (OR) and hazard ratio (HR) values are supported by providing confidence intervals (CI) and p values. Units should be prepared in accordance with the International System of Units (SI). When reporting experiments on human or animal subjects indicate whether the procedures were followed in accordance with the ethical standards.
Results in logical sequence in the text, tables and illustrations. Data in the text should not be repeated in the tables or illustrations.
Discussion: 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, and they must be in the style used by the PubMed/MEDLINE.
Unpublished observations and personal communications should not be used. Use no more than 40 references unless necessary. References will strictly be controlled and the author may be asked to provide the full-text of any of the references. All authors should be listed if an article has six or less authors; if an article has more than six authors, first six authors are listed and the rest is represented by “et al.” Reference format and punctuation should be as in the following examples: • If the surname of the first author of the referenced article is given, “et al.” should be added after it, followed by its reference number within square brackets “”
- Give references in the text using Arabic numerals in brackets “” (superscript preferred)
- If more than one references are required in the main manuscript, references should be stated in a superscript square bracket with a comma at the end of the punctuation mark of the related sentence.[1,2,5]
- If there are more than two consecutive references, the first and the last ones should be given with “-” mark between them: e.g. [1-3]; [8-14]; [14-18]
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. (Kaplan K, Miyamoto R, Levine BR, Egol KA, Zuckerman JD. Surgical management of hip fractures: an evidence-based review of the literature. II: intertrochanteric fractures. J Am Acad Orthop Surg 2008;16:665-73).
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, year and inclusive page numbers (Colson JH, Armour WJ. Sports injuries and their treatment. (2nd ed). London: S. Paul, 1986, pp.160-162.).
Manuscripts published in electronic format: Teasell R, Bhogal SK, Foley N. Painful hemiplegic shoulder. Evidence-Based Review of stroke rehabilitation. 2006. Available from: http://www.scribd.com/doc/6281057/ Evidence-BasedReview-of-Stroke-Rehab
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 figuresshould be professionally drawn and photographed. All images should be submitted in .JPG and .TIFF formats in 300 Dpi resolutions. The originality of the visual media contained in the reviews should be confirmed by submitting a letter to the journal. The original versions of the printed or electronic copies of the images adapted from a published source should be explicitly cited and the written permission obtained from the copyright holder (publisher, journal or authors) should be forwarded to the journal.
- Key questions for the reviewers:
- Does the title reflect the content of the manuscript?
- Are the key words appropriate?
- Does the abstract summarize the manuscript? Can the abstract be understood without reading the manuscript? Are there any discrepancies between the abstract and the paper?
- Is the study based on the review of the medical literature in the introduction? Is the purpose of the study defined? Is there a hypothesis or a research question?
- Do the authors have Informed Consent and Ethical Committee Approval (date and number) in the patients (materials) and methods section?
- Is there a clear explanation of the methods enabling to reproduce the results independently?
- Does discussion begin with the most important findings? Does it compare the results with the relevant literature? Are the limitations and conclusion clear enough? Are all the references in PubMed format?
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