The Bone & Joint Journal is owned and published by The British Editorial Society of Bone & Joint Surgery.
We welcome original articles from any part of the world. The papers are assessed by members of the Editorial Board and our international panel of expert reviewers, then either accepted for publication or rejected by the Editor. We receive over 2000 submissions each year and accept about 250 for publication, many after revisions recommended by the reviewers, editors or statistical advisers. A decision usually takes between six and eight weeks. Each paper is assessed by two reviewers with a special interest in the subject covered by the paper, and also by members of the editorial team. Controversial papers will be discussed at a full meeting of the Editorial Board. Publication is between four and six months after acceptance.
Proofs of the edited paper and illustrations are emailed to the corresponding author for correction and to respond to any queries from the Editor. The corresponding author will receive a free PDF of the paper within a few days of publication; professional reprints can be ordered.
Please note: The Bone & Joint Journal is no longer publishing Case Reports and they will be rejected without review.
Online submissions through ScholarOne Manuscripts
In order to make a submission through ScholarOne Manuscripts, please visit https://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/bjj. If you are visiting the website for the first time, you will need to create an account before logging in.
To submit through ScholarOne Manuscripts, all papers must adhere to the following guidelines, otherwise, the manuscript will be declined.
We only accept papers with a maximum of 4000 words including the Abstract, body of the text and References. If you have more words than this please edit your manuscript until you reach the required word count.
We only accept papers which have 8 authors or less. Please only list authors who have actively written the paper. Any additional personnel associated with the collection of data or production of the manuscript should be thanked in an acknowledgement at the end of the paper.
We only accept papers with 10 figures or less, counting a, b and c separately. Please ensure you split composite figures into their separate images (eg 1a, 1b, 1c etc), as they will need to be uploaded individually to OrthoDox. Each figure will need a full descriptive legend identifying the area of interest and any arrows or lettering. For radiographs please ensure you state view used and the time point at which it was taken.
We only accept a maximum of 8 tables. Text included in tables will not count towards overall word count. Each table should have a short, descriptive heading. Tables must not duplicate information already given in the text.
Your main document should be completely blinded and all identifying information should be on a separate title page.
Please read our comprehensive guide on how to structure a paper.
Please use our preparing a paper checklist to assist you in writing your paper.
Once you have read the guides and are ready to make your submission, please make sure you have the following documents available:
Your complete manuscript including Abstract, Introduction, Main Text, References, Tables and Acknowledgments. Please ensure all elements are included in the same document. You will only be able to upload one word.doc file. Please ensure this document adheres to the guidelines above. If it does not meet the criteria, it will be declined. A title page containing all author information.
Individual jpegs or tiffs of each figure are to be uploaded separately (no more than 10 can be uploaded). Please split composite images into for example 1a, 1b and 1c and upload individually with the appropriate legend. It is not necessary to keep the figures embedded in the Word document.
Upon acceptance please forward high quality versions of any figures.
These should be the largest, best quality versions available, as separate, individual files in tiff format. If adding labels to halftone photographs or radiographs please send a separate version without labels.
Reprints can be ordered at the time of printing, we will contact you with our current prices at the appropriate time.
Permission to reproduce any material or illustrations which have been previously published must be obtained from the author and the publisher, and written evidence of this must accompany the submitted article.
Letters to the Editor
We welcome letters to the Editor on matters of general orthopaedic concern or about recently published articles. To submit a letter relating to a published article, please go to the article online and click on the link to submit a letter. Where appropriate, the authors of the original article will be invited to submit a response. All letters should be under 300 words, fully referenced and will be subject to selection and editing.
If the paper is accepted for publication we require the authors to sign an Assignment of Copyright before the article can be published. The form will be sent with the acceptance e-mail.
Conflict of interest
A conflict of interest statement is required for every article which is accepted for publication. This statement will have no bearing on the decision to publish, or not to publish. The Bone & Joint Journal will publish in each article a summary of the information collected in the author(s)' ICMJE Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest documents. These are retained by the Journal, and can be made available upon request. In addition, a choice of one of the following statements is available:
1. The author or one or more of the authors have received or will receive benefits for personal or professional use from a commercial party related directly or indirectly to the subject of this article.
2. The author or one or more of the authors have received or will receive benefits for personal or professional use from a commercial party related directly or indirectly to the subject of this article. In addition, benefits have been or will be directed to a research fund, foundation, educational institution, or other non- profit organisation with which one or more of the authors are associated.
3. Although none of the authors has received or will receive benefits for personal or professional use from a commercial party related directly or indirectly to the subject of this article, benefits have been or will be received but will be directed solely to a research fund, foundation, educational institution, or other non- profit organization with which one or more of the authors are associated.
4. No benefits in any form have been received or will be received from a commercial party related directly or indirectly to the subject of this article.
5. The author or authors choose not to respond to the above statements.
BJJ Open Access
The BJJ offers authors of accepted papers the option of paying an open access publication charge to make their paper freely available online immediately via the journal website, meaning that readers will not need a journal subscription to view open access content. Gold Open Access articles are deposited in PubMed Central upon publication.
Authors may be able to comply with funder mandates by archiving their work in an institutional or subject repository. The embargo on subject or institutional repository archiving is 12 months following publication. Therefore, for any funder which requires deposit after 12 months, Green Open Access is sufficient at no cost. The version to be archived is the accepted, unedited version. The published final version should be acknowledged and the DOI included.
If the funder requires deposit in less than 12 months then authors will need to request Gold Open Access upon acceptance of their paper and pay the relevant fee (£2500 GBP + VAT/ $3150 USD for CC-BY-NC and £2900 GBP + VAT/ $3650 USD for CC-BY). They should also clarify their funder’s requirements at that time (including selecting the correct licence to be compliant eg CC-BY/CC-BY-ND/CC-BY-NC), the standard licence used is CC-BY-NC. The Bone & Joint Journal confirms compliance with the UK Wellcome Trust’s revised requirements, including publication under a CC-BY licence. The publishers confirm that they will refund Author Publication Charges to the Wellcome Trust for any article where they fail to comply with these requirements, unless the failure to comply is caused by circumstances outside the control of the publishers.
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For a guide to the publication ethics for The Bone & Joint Journal, please click here.
This procedure applies to complaints about the publishing policies, procedures and actions of publishing and editorial staff and the editor-in-chief of The Bone & Joint Journal.
We define a complaint as:
- anything defined as a complaint by the complainant
- anything we believe goes beyond an expression of disagreement with a decision and identifies a perceived failure of process or severe misjudgement
The complaint must relate to content or a procedure that was the responsibility of the BJJ or our editor.
Registering a complaint
Complaints may be made by phone, email or letter. Our preference is by email as it provides the most reliable audit trail. The complaint should be directed initially to the person the complainant is already in contact with over the relevant matter. If that is not appropriate please email the Head of Editorial Publishing Services.
Whenever possible complaints will be dealt with by the person to whom they are made. Where that is not possible or appropriate the complaint will be referred to the most appropriate person.
All complaints will be acknowledged immediately if made on the telephone or within three working days of receipt if made by email or post.
If possible a definitive response will be made within two weeks. If this is not possible an interim response will be given within two weeks. Interim responses will be provided until the complaint is resolved.
If the complainant is unhappy with the initial response they can ask for the complaint to be escalated to the relevant manager.
If a complainant remains unhappy after a reply considered definitive by the editor-in-chief or publisher, the complainant may complain to an external body, when that body has relevant oversight.
COPE publishes a code of practice for editors of scientific, technical, and medical journals. It will consider complaints against editors but only once a journal's own complaints procedures have been exhausted.