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.
Google Scholar, PubMed and Impact Factor
EFORT Open Reviews is indexed in Google Scholar, and is currently under consideration for inclusion in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and PubMed Central – upon acceptance, all forthcoming and previously published articles will be allocated a PMID and will be searchable within PubMed. We expect to receive a decision from PubMed Central in early 2017.
The journal will also be submitted for indexing in Web of Science with a view to obtaining an Impact Factor.
Article publication charges
EFORT Open Reviews offers a waiver on all article publication charges (APCs) for authors associated with EFORT: no APCs will be payable by members of EFORT participating national associations. For further information, please see Licensing & Article Publication Charges.
All manuscript submissions should be made online at the EFORT Open Reviews ScholarOne Manuscripts site: https://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/eor
If you have been invited to submit a paper, please click on the link within your invitation email to navigate directly to your ScholarOne Author Centre, where you can enter information about the paper and upload article and figure files.
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.
Review articles should be as concise as possible - we recommend a maximum word count of 4000 words.
Each paper should have a maximum of 6 authors, and each author must have contributed substantially to the review. The corresponding author provides final approval for publication. Each co-author is required to complete an ICMJE conflict of interest form prior to publication.
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 supplied for every article, based upon 3–8 key terms that might be used when searching for the article online.
Figures and tables
Each review article should include a small number of figures or images to illustrate points (techniques, materials, procedures and so on) that are discussed in the text, in order to aid readers' understanding. For any figures that are reproduced from previously published material (including websites), permission must be requested from the copyright holder, and confirmation of permission must be provided to the EOR Editorial Office. It is the author's responsibility to request permission to reproduce figures.
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.
Articles should usually finish with a Conclusions section. This should be more than simply a repetition of the body text, and should provide clear recommendations based on the literature and the authors' experience (as appropriate). Bullet points may be used for succinct expression of recommendations. This section may also briefly discuss the need for ongoing study and future directions.
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 5 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).
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 the Managing Editor.
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/4.0/. 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.
EFORT Open Reviews takes issues of plagiarism, copyright infringement and other breaches of best practice seriously. All submitted articles are screened using duplication-checking software, and we reserve the right to reject or retract any articles that are found to have plagiarised other work or reproduced copyright material without permission. This extends to reproducing sections of other works previously published by the submitting author(s). Further action may be taken as appropriate.
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