Acta Orthopaedica (previously Acta Orthopaedica Scandinavica 1930-2004), owned by the Nordic Orthopaedic Federation, is a non-profit, immediate Open Access journal, meaning your work is free for every-one to access online as soon as it’s published (Gold OA).

The articles are presented in PubMed (abstract) with a link to PubMedCentral (full article). Furthermore, the entire Acta production, including the Supplements, since the very start in 1930 is free at

Acta Orthopaedicapresents articles, from all parts of the world, of basic research interest, as well as clinical studies in the field of orthopedics and related subdisciplines. Ever since the journal was founded in 1930, by a group of Scandinavian orthopedic surgeons, the journal has been published for an international audience.

Manuscripts are assessed by members of the Editorial Office, then either rejected or sent for review by our group of international expert reviewers. We receive about 700 submissions each year and accept about 100 for publication after revisions recommended by reviewers (open), editors, and our biostatistician. A decision, unless the manuscript is immediately rejected, usually takes around 6 weeks.

Acta articles are printed under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial License which permits any noncommercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the source is credited. This means that Acta has no copyright on your article.

Article Processing Charge (APC) The standard research article APC is EURO 1,650. For Case Reports the APC is EURO 825. Depending on your location these charges may be subject to local taxes. This APC concerns only accepted and published articles, there are no submission fees or fees for rejected manuscripts.

NOTE: There is no APC for members in the national orthopedic associations who are fully paying members of the Nordic Orthopaedic Federation and who submit manuscripts on research performed in member countries.
Also, there is no APC for articles related to COVID-19, irrespective of submitting country.

Preprint publication If you have uploaded your original manuscript to a non-commercial preprint server, you can subsequently submit the manuscript to Acta Orthopaedica. We do not consider posting on a preprint server to be duplicate publication and this will not jeopardize consideration for publication in Acta. Allowing submission does not, of course, guarantee that an article will be sent out for review and perhaps be accepted; it simply reflects that availability on a preprint server should not be a disqualifier for submission.

If you’ve posted your AOM to a preprint server, we ask that, upon acceptance in Acta, you acknowledge that the article has been accepted for publication as follows: “This article has been accepted for publication in Acta Orthopaedica. After publication please update your preprint, adding the following text to encourage others to read and cite the final published version of your article (the “Version of Record”): “This is an original manuscript of an article published by Acta Orthopaedica on [date of publication], available online:[Article DOI].”

Registered reports Acta welcomes registered reports, i.e., the methods and proposed analyses of planned studies to be published as a journal article after peer-review has confirmed a meaningful study applying appropriate methods. Once the study is completed – and adheres to the initially approved proposal – publication in Acta is guaranteed irrespective of the study outcome.

Benefits of this 2-stage approach are:
Avoidance of a completed study being refused because of poor design disclosed only after the study is completed.
Peer-review of the research proposal which may improve the study design.
Reduction of publication bias; negative results will not prevent publication.

Study protocols Acta will consider publishing study protocols that reports started, but not completed studies. Protocols that have formal ethical approval and funding from a recognized, major research-funding body will be published without peer review (but possible editorial revision). The finished study will in principle be accepted for publication if completed according to protocol and conclusions are based on results.

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