Guide for Authors
PurposeThe Journal of Arthroplasty brings together under one cover the clinical and scientific foundations for joint replacement of the hip and knee.The Journal solicits manuscripts of the highest quality from all areas of scientific endeavor that relate to joint replacement or the treatment of its complications, including those dealing with clinical series and experience, prosthetic design, biomechanics, biomaterials, metallurgy, biologic response to arthroplasty materials in vivo and in vitro, and case reports that allow unique insight into any aspect of arthroplasty.
It is the purpose of the Journal to present material to practicing Orthopaedic surgeons that will keep them abreast of developments in the field, prove useful in the care of patients with major joint disability, and aid in understanding the scientific foundation of this subspecialty area of orthopaedics. The international members of the Editorial Board provide a worldwide perspective for the journal's area of interest. Their participation ensures that each issue of The Journal of Arthroplasty provides the reader with timely, peer-reviewed articles of the highest quality.
Online Submission of Manuscript Using the Elsevier Electronic System (EES). MANUSCRIPTS AND ALL SUBMISSIONS,INCLUDING LETTERS-TO-THE-EDITOR, MAY ONLY BESUBMITTED ONLINE VIA THE ELSEVIER ELECTRONIC SYSTEMwhich can be accessed at http://www.ees.elsevier.com/joa . TheJournal homepage, www.arthroplastyjournal.org, and the ElsevierAuthor Gateway page of the Journal contain all details of the EES,including its Guide for Authors for manuscript submissions.
Submission of Illustrations. Figures, and graphs submitted in electronic format should be provided in EPS or TIF format. Graphics software such as Photoshop and Illustrator, NOT presentation software such as Powerpoint, CorelDraw, or Harvard Graphics, should be used to create the art. Color images must be CMYK and at least 300 DPI. Gray scale images should be at least 300 DPI. Line art (black and white or color) should be at least 1200 DPI and combinations of gray scale and line art should be at least 1200 DPI.Submission of a paper implies that it reports unpublished work and is not simultaneously being submitted to another journal. Accepted manuscripts become the sole property of the Journal and may not be published elsewhere either electronically or in print, without consent of the publisher. Online publication prior to print publication constitutes pre-publication.
All components of the manuscript must appear within a singleelectronic file: references, figure legends, and tables must appear atthe end of the manuscript. Please refrain from using end notes asreferences or automatic list numbering because these features arelost in conversion: Simply type the reference number in parenthesisin the text and type the reference list. Formatting, such asGreek letters, italics, super- and subscripts, may be used; thecoding scheme for such elements must be consistent throughout.Editorial Office Correspondence. Correspondence for the U.S.Editorial office for the Journal of Arthroplasty, Dr. William J. Hozack, MD, should be directed to: Taylor Bowen, Managing Editor, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guidelines for authorship
- Each author is responsible for the content and accuracy of the entire manuscript, with the exception of students, residents, and fellows. Each author should participate in the content and design of the study, the preparation of the manuscript and its revisions, and final approval.
- "Gift authors" and "ghostwriters" should be excluded.
- A maximum of 6 authors will be allowed.
- Other individuals who contribute effort to the process should be identified as "contributors" and acknowledged at the end of the manuscript together with their contribution.
- After submission, authors may not add, remove or change authors of the manuscript unless, on appeal to the Editor an exclusion is made."
- The order and inclusion should be decided by consensus among the authors themselves and acknowledged in writing.
- Authors of manuscripts representing a multi-center study who wish to exceed The Journal's limit of six authors can be listed as a "writing Committee", all of whom assume responsibility for the overall content and integrity of the article. Members of the writing committee are listed in the footnote on the title page of the published article and their affiliations are listed in an appendix.
- In-text citations should include the first and second authors.
- The authors should clearly indicate the predominant surgeon or surgeons who have contributed patients. Contributing patients is not sufficient in and of itself to merit authorship.
- Adherence to these policies is mandatory unless, upon appeal, exclusion is made by the Editor.
IRB Approval. Manuscripts describing research involving human subjects must have Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval prior to any review process. Please note the approval in the cover letter or on a separate piece of paper. IRB documentation should be available upon request.
Manuscript PreparationNEW SUBMISSIONS:
Submission to this journal proceeds totally online and you will be guided stepwise through the creation and uploading of your files. The system automatically converts your files to a single PDF file, which is used in the peer-review process.
As part of the Simplified Submission service, you may choose to submit your manuscript as a single file to be used in the refereeing process. This can be a PDF file or a Word document, in any format or lay-out that can be used by referees to evaluate your manuscript. It should contain high enough quality figures for refereeing. If you prefer to do so, you may still provide all or some of the source files at the initial submission. Please note that individual figure files larger than 10 MB must be uploaded separately.
There are no strict requirements on reference formatting. References can be in any style or format as long as the style is consistent. Author(s) name(s), journal title / book title, article title, year of publication, volume and issue / book chapter and the pagination must be present. The reference style required by the journal will be applied to the published version by Elsevier.
There are no strict formatting requirements but all manuscripts must contain the essential elements needed to convey your manuscript, for example Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Conclusions, Artwork and Tables with Captions.
If your article includes any Videos and/or other Supplementary material, this should be included in your initial submission for peer review purposes.
Divide the article into clearly defined sections. It is not necessary to format your manuscript in double column layout, even if the journal has a double column layout.
REVISED SUBMISSIONSA Cover Letter stating the purpose of the submission [new, revision (include manuscript number), or special supplement] is mandatory for all manuscripts. The The cover letter should note that: all authors have participated in the research, the article has not been submitted elsewhere, and IRB approval has been received. (IRB approval is necessary for all research involving patients.)
Each figure file counts as one submission; therefore, if Figure 1A, 1B, and 1C is submitted as three separate files rather than a single file with three panels, the images count as three figures.Manuscripts should be arranged as follows:
- Title page: Full title; authors' names, Professional degree letters following each author's name, institutional affiliations; a contact author responsible for proofreading and reprint requests (name, address, telephone, and fax numbers, and E-MAIL address) . Title should not exceed 20 words. Sample Title Page
- Abstract page: Abstract not to exceed 125 words, unstructured, without references; 5-6 key words for indexing purposes at end of abstract; a brief title (no longer than 10 words) to be used as a running head.
- Text in the following format: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion.
- Grants and other acknowledgments should be noted on a separate page.
- Tables: Cite all tables in the text, number them in order of appearance, and provide a short heading.
- Figure legends: Provide figure legends on separate page(s). All figures should be cited in text and numbered in order of appearance. Sample legends for figures
- Two Conflict of Interest statements are required: one disclosure submitted by each author, signed, (signature or typed) and dated: one submitted without authors' names (blinded) but with each author's disclosure information on one form.
The manuscript should be double-spaced with 1" margins on all sides. Manuscript pages AND LINES should be consecutivelynumbered. (For line numbering click File, Page, Set Up, Layout,Line Numbers, Continuous, OK.)
In keeping with the anonymity of the review process, the authors' names should not appear on any of the manuscript pages except the title page.Abbreviations
Abbreviations should appear in parentheses immediately after the term first appears in the text.References
Authors are responsible for verifying the accuracy and completeness of references. References should appear in brackets and should be cited in numeric order in the text and listed at the end of the article in citation order. Unpublished data, personal communications, and other materials not accessible to the reader should not be listed as references but rather given in parentheses in the text. References are limited to 50.The correct form, punctuation, and capitalization for references is shown in the following examples, using Index Medicus abbreviations for journal titles.
Journal articleJournal Supplement
1. Laskin RS. RMC total knee replacement: a review of 156 cases. J Arthroplasty 1986; 1:11
2. Vendsala A. Studies on adrenaline in plasma. Acta Physiol Scand 1960; 1(suppl 173):1
BookChapter in edited book
3. Enneking WF: Musculoskeletal tumor surgery. Churchill Livingstone, New York, 1983
4. Kinasewitz GT: Regulation of ventilation. p. 103. In George RB, Light RW, Matthay RA, eds. Chest medicine. New York: Churchill Livingstone; 1983: 103.
Paper presented at a meetingIllustrations. Illustrations. Line art, including graphs, charts, and drawings,should be professionally rendered or computer-generated, nothand-drawn.
5. Ewald FC: Distraction arthroplasty. Presented at the Annual Meeting. November, 1983; Society of Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons; Rochester, NY.
Color illustrations are not accepted for publication unless theauthor agrees to pay all costs associated with producing color art.For detailed instructions on the preparation of electronic artwork,consult Elsevier's Author Gateway at http://www.elsevier.com/authors .Figure Legends. Figure legends should be supplied for each figureand should be brief and not repetitive of the text. All figures shouldbe cited in the text and numbered in the order of appearance. Anysource notation for borrowed figures should appear at the end ofthe legend. Omit the magnification of any photograph unless notgenerally apparent (as in an electron photograph). Legends shouldbe double-spaced on a separate sheet of paper.
Tables. Tables should be comprehensible without reference tothe text and should not be repetitive of descriptions in the text.Every table should consist of 2 or more columns; tables with only1 column will be treated as lists and incorporated into the text.Cite all tables in the text, number them in order of appearance,and provide a short heading. Each table should be typed doublespacedon a separate sheet of paper, using only horizontal rules.Explanatory matter and source notations for borrowed tablesshould be placed in the table footnote.Permissions. Authors are responsible for applying for permissionfor both print and electronic rights for all borrowed materials andare responsible for paying any fees to the applications of thosepermissions. So that the Journal can use tables or figures borrowedfrom another source, permission must be obtained fromthe copyright holder, usually the publisher. This is necessary evenif you are an author of the borrowed material. It is essential tobegin the process of obtaining permission early; a delay mayrequire removing the copyrighted material from the article.
Give the source of a borrowed table in a footnote and of a borrowedfigure in the legend. Use the exact wording required by thecopyright holder. Send copies of the letter granting permission.Identified by table or figure number, along with the manuscript.Abbreviated Clinical Follow-up Reports. This type of formatshould be utilized as a supplement to articles that originally werepublished in The Journal of Arthroplasty. The intent is to informreaders of the quality of clinical follow-up with a minimum offive additional years of study. The approximate length should befive manuscript pages.
The follow-up report should summarize the original studypublished in The Journal of Arthroplasty including patient population,type of reconstruction and type of series i.e., selected,unselected, consecutive. It is anticipated that the same assessmentformat would be utilized as in the previous report usinggenerally accepted clinical grading systems for the knee and hip.Survivorship analysis is helpful and appropriate.The follow-up report should include evolution of the populationsince the original study particularly in regard to patients lost forvarious reasons. At a minimum, the number and percentage ofrevisions should be included as well as additional complications.If survivorship analysis is utilized the follow-up report shouldinclude revisions for aseptic loosening, revisions for any cause,and radiographic loosening.
Case Reports. Case reports should be succinct, informative and limited to a maximum of eight double spaced pages including text, abstract, references, figures and tables.As of December 2008, only the title, authors' names and institutional affiliations, and the abstract of case reports will be published in paper copies of The Journal of Arthroplasty. Case reports will be published in their entirety online at www.arthroplastyjournal.org.
Brief Communications. Brief Communications are meant to bereports that promptly disseminate new ideas and observations.These ideas may not be sufficiently mature or evaluated to meritpublication as a full manuscript and yet may be of interest andimportance. An example would be the report of a group of catastrophicfailures of a new implant design that would serve asan early warning to the readership. Brief Communications willbe limited to 2 printed pages, including text, tables, figures, andreferences. This corresponds to 6 double-spaced standard manuscriptpages, with 1 page of text eliminated for every figure or tableadded. References should be limited to less than 10. In addition,the standard complete format for papers—introduction, materialsand methods, results, and discussion—may be eliminated; however,please include a brief abstract. Brief Communications will bereviewed as soon as possible and, when accepted, published in thenext possible issue.Technical Note. A "Technical Note" will be limited to two printedpages, including text, tables, figures, and references. This correspondsto six double spaced standard manuscript pages, withone page of text being eliminated for every figure or table added.References should be limited to less than ten. In addition, thestandard complete format for papers—introduction, materialsand methods, results and discussion—may be eliminated butplease include an abstract.
Page Proofs and Reprints. Page proofs are sent from the publisherand must be returned promptly to avoid delay of publication.Reprints are ordered from the publisher at the time pageproofs are returned.Visit Elsevier's Author Gateway (http://www.elsevier.com/authors ) forthe facility to track accepted articles and set up e-mail alerts toinform you of when an article's status has changed. The AuthorGateway also provides detailed artwork guidelines, copyrightinformation, frequently asked questions, and more.
For information on articles that have been accepted for publication,please contact the publisher:The Instructions to Authors are in accordance with the UniformRequirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals.
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