Submission information


The review process assumes a high standard of English at submission (American spelling and usage are preferred by Acta), and due to the increasing volume of submissions, acceptance or publication of your article may incur unnecessary delays if this standard is not met. Even so, during recent years Acta Orthopaedica has been allocating increasing amounts of time to editorial work in order to help authors express their message clearly and succinctly. We hope to serve authors and readers alike by communicating solid observations at the expense of empty phrases. This trend is a natural evolution of scientific expression, which is necessary in the stiffening competition for attention. This does not mean that we prefer short articles - only that most articles become relatively short after removal of redundant, repetitive material. Authors submitting a paper do so on the understanding that the work has not been published before in any language, is not being considered for publication elsewhere, and has been read and approved by all authors.

Although reviewer selection is ultimately the decision of the Editor, authors are encouraged to provide the names and email addresses of potential reviewers. Previous or parallel publications on the same subject by the author(s) should be stated with the manuscript. This is necessary for two reasons, 1) to avoid double publications, and 2) to provide the reviewers with essential information.


Submit via online submission at ManuscriptManager. You will be asked to create a user account and follow the step by step instructions, entering the pertinent information. Once you have created a user account, it will be available to you for all future submissions and will remember all the correspondent information that you previously entered. For the article file upload section, the manuscript should be uploaded as a line-numbered PDF file with tables and figures embedded. Online submissions are automatically uploaded into the editorial office's reviewer assignment schedule and are therefore processed immediately upon upload. The pages should be double-spaced, numbered consecutively, and the first author's name should appear on all the pages.

The manuscript should be prepared according to Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts submitted to Biomedical Journals.. Authors of systematic reviews and meta-analyses are advised to consult the QUORUM statement.

Authors submitting a paper do so on the understanding that it has not been published and is not being considered for publication elsewhere. The author(s) should provide a statement about previous submissions and reports that might be regarded as duplicate publication of the same or a similar paper. Authors should provide a description of their individual contributions to the study at the end of the manuscript with the heading "Contributions of authors". Approval by the local ethics committee should be stated with date of issue and registration number.

Acta does not publish studies that only assess completeness, coverage, accuracy, and validity of data in registers. Such studies are considered part of normal register administration, and the results should be presented in the register's annual report.

Acta does not publish studies reporting merely the existence or organization of a new register. Furthermore, to qualify for publication an epidemiologic/register study must include a question assessed by use of the register data, for example : outcome related to different treatments, treatment changes over time, or incidence changes over time.

All documents with original data of relevance to the submitted manuscript should be stored and be retrievable on request for a minimum of 10 years. Authors are encouraged to include a copy of raw data in electronic form and/or make these data available via the internet.

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