EFORT Open Reviews is a peer-reviewed, ‘gold’ open access journal. The journal welcomes objective, comprehensive review articles across the whole field of orthopaedics and traumatology, from authors from all parts of the world.
Acceptance for publication is subject to rigorous double-blind peer review by our panel of expert reviewers, and all articles that are accepted for publication undergo rigorous scientific editing.
PubMed and Impact Factor
EFORT Open Reviews will be submitted for inclusion in PubMed Central within the first few months of publication. Later, EFORT Open Reviews will be submitted for indexing in Web of Science with a view to obtaining an Impact Factor.
Article publication charges
EFORT Open Reviews is offering an introductory waiver on all article publication charges (APCs) until 1 January 2017. No APCs will be payable by members of EFORT-affiliated national associations.
All manuscript submissions should be made online at the EFORT Open Reviews ScholarOne Manuscripts site: https://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/eor
If you are an invited author, you will already be registered on ScholarOne Manuscripts – please use your existing details to log in and navigate to the Author Center. If you are submitting an unsolicited manuscript, please read the manuscript guidelines carefully to check that your paper meets the criteria for submission, then click the 'Create Account' link and follow the on-screen instructions.
Articles are accepted for exclusive publication in EFORT Open Reviews and must not be previously published or under consideration elsewhere.
Papers should focus on a review of recent literature, and ideally should be based mainly on peer-reviewed reports published within the last 5 years. Each review article should synthesise current understanding of an area of interest in orthopaedics and traumatology.
The article text should be supplied as a Word DOC or RTF. Please use continuous line numbering in your main document file (in Word 2010, go to Page Layout>Line Numbers>Continuous). See additional guidelines on figure and table files below.
We only accept papers with a maximum of 4000 words including the Abstract, body of the text and References.
Each paper should have a maximum of 8 authors, and each author must have contributed substantially to the review. The corresponding author provides final approval for publication and is required to complete a conflict of interest form on behalf of all co-authors.
To ensure anonymity in peer review, the title page should be supplied separately from the body of the article, which should not contain any identifying information. The title page should contain the full title of the manuscript, author name(s) and affiliation(s), and the name, postal and email addresses of the corresponding author.
Abstract and keywords
The abstract should summarise the content and main conclusions of the article into 3–6 bullet points, and should be limited to a maximum of 250 words. Keywords should be based upon 3–8 key terms that might be used when searching for the article online.
Figures and tables
Figures and tables should be submitted as separate files, and should not be embedded in the Word doc. All figures and tables must be clearly cited in the text, and figure legends should be listed at the bottom of the main text file.
Each figure should have a figure legend, and figures should be numbered consecutively.
Each table should have a short, descriptive heading, and tables should be numbered consecutively. Tables should be supplied using proper table formatting with columns and rows.
As far as possible, figures should be provided as original source files, and should not be embedded within another document. Images may be supplied as JPEG or TIFF files at 300dpi or higher; line art may be supplied as EPS files at 800 dpi or higher.
References should be kept to a minimum, comprising only works that have been studied in full by the authors, and should only cite published work. The majority of references should refer to peer-reviewed literature published within the last 10 years. References should be presented using the Vancouver system, whereby references are numbered according to the order of citation in the text (not in alphabetical order). The reference list should appear at the end of the article. Vancouver style reference examples are as follows:
Patel MS, Newey M, Sell P. A comparison of patient-reported outcome measures after spinal surgery. Bone Joint J 2015;97-B:366–71.
Crawford Adams, J. Standard orthopaedic operations. Fourth ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 1992.
Chapter in a book
Winquist RA, Frankel VH. Complications of implant use. In: Epps CH Jr, ed. Complications in orthopaedic surgery. Vol. 1. Philadelphia: JB Lippincott Company, 1978:99–129.
Hazarika S, Baird E, Palan J. British Orthopaedics Trainees Association: BOTA positional statement on the use of simulation in surgical training, 2013. http://www.bota.org.uk/uploads/post_02291_BOTA_statement_simulation.pdf (date last accessed 25 March 2015).
Conflict of interest statement
Please include any declaration at the end of your manuscript prior to the references, under a heading ‘Conflict of interest’. If no declaration is made the following statement will be printed under this heading in your article: ‘None declared’.
Audio, video and multimedia material
Audio and video clips and other complementary multimedia material are very much encouraged. Multimedia material should be of the highest possible quality. For further guidelines or advice on inclusion of multimedia material, please contact Commissioning Editor, Amy Goggins: firstname.lastname@example.org
Before publication, authors are required as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. EFORT Open Reviews publishes manuscripts under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial license (CC-BY-NC) as standard, which allows others to re-use the work without permission so long as the work is properly referenced and the use is non-commercial. For more information, please visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/. If you are in receipt of funding and your funder requires publication under a CC-BY licence, please inform your Production Editor following acceptance.
Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere.
Any patient identifying information should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, or multimedia material unless essential, in which case written informed consent must be provided.