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Aims and scope
Bone & Joint Research (BJR) is a gold open access journal with an Impact Factor of 2.425, dedicated exclusively to publishing research related to disorders of the musculoskeletal system and their treatment. The journal aims to provide rapid publication of research across a range of disciplines in the musculoskeletal sciences and in the clinical areas of orthopaedics and rheumatology, through a continuous publication model. BJR will consider a wide range of research study types. Suitable study types fall broadly into clinical studies and translational laboratory studies (where there is a clear relevance to the treatment of disorders in humans). Now available in PubMed Central, and therefore fully searchable on PubMed, BJR offers maximum exposure of your work.
We are keen to support studies by young and new researchers who want and need to publish their work while they are learning and developing their ideas and skills. We will consider early phase and post marketing studies from the device and pharmaceutical industries. We believe it is essential to the research record that such studies are published and with open access.
Other research BJR will not publish includes: case series of nonconsecutive patients; studies that lack a clear research question; case reports and theses.
BJR is owned and published by The British Editorial Society of Bone & Joint Surgery.
Open access and licensing
All articles published by BJR are made freely and permanently available online without subscription charges. Authors retain the copyright of their work but agree to license their work according to a Creative Commons Attribution License. Authors should select the correct licence that meets the requirements of their funding body. The standard licence used is CC-BY-NC unless specified otherwise. Full details of the licence are available at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/
Bone & Joint Research 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.
Article Publication Charge (APC)
BJR applies an Article Publication Charge of £1150/$1500/€1370 for each article accepted for publication. Submission to BJR is free of charge, and no fee is payable unless your article is accepted for publication.
Waivers and discounts
We appreciate that some authors do not have access to funding to cover publication costs. The journal will accept part payment where only limited funds are available, and offers a waiver to authors unable to pay on request. No payment information is requested before an article is accepted. The ability to pay cannot affect the editorial decision. BJR offers a 100% waiver to corresponding authors from institutions based in Hinari Group A countries, and a 50% waiver to authors from institutions based in Hinari Group B countries. For more information about Hinari, click here. In recognition of reviewers' support, any reviewer that returns a full review, on time, can receive a 10% discount on the article publication charge for a paper for which they are the corresponding author, if submitted within 12 months of completing the review. Current members of the British Orthopaedic Association are also entitled to receive a 10% discount on the article publication charge.
PubMed Central and Medline
All BJR papers are published in full in PubMed Central (PMC) and are therefore fully searchable in PubMed Publication of articles in PMC complies with the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy, and similar policies of other major funding bodies.
PubMed Central index
NLM catalogue record
The NLM abbreviation for BJR is Bone Joint Res.
BJR received its second impact factor of 2.425 in June 2016.
Submissions and peer review
Submissions are sent to a minimum of two reviewers from our international panel of experts, they are then either accepted or rejected by the Editor. All articles published in BJR will have undergone rigorous, double-blinded peer review, to the same standard as that offered by The Bone & Joint Journal (formerly known as JBJS Br).
We aim to have an initial decision within six weeks of submission. Publication is within a week of acceptance and authors will be sent proofs of their paper before it is published.
The vast majority of accepted papers go through resubmission stages where the authors are asked to respond to the editor's and reviewers' comments. If you are asked to resubmit, in the author's response letter, it is important to itemise each reviewer comment, then outline the authors' response and then the authors' action.
e.g. Reviewer 1 comment:
Online submissions through ScholarOne Manuscripts
In order to make a submission through ScholarOne Manuscripts, please visit https://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/bjr. If you are visiting the website for the first time, you will need to create an account before logging in. Articles should not be under review, or submitted for review, with any other journal when submitted to BJR.
Original research articles
These represent a substantial body of laboratory or clinical work. Reports should not exceed 4000 words including references; articles that exceed this word limit may be returned for revision before peer review. Additional data may be presented as supplementary information, which will be published online only should the article be accepted (this can be in any format: text, tables, images, videos, etc). Extended reports should be presented in sections - namely:
Abstract: No more than 250 words, summarising the problem being considered, how the study was performed, the salient results and the principal conclusions under subheadings 'Objectives', 'Methods', 'Results', and 'Conclusions'.
Key words: No more than five. These should be given beneath the Abstract.
Article summary: Section consisting of three headings (placed after the abstract): 'Article focus' (with up to three bullet points on the research questions or hypotheses addressed); 'Key messages' (with up to three bullet points showing the key messages or significance of the study); 'Strengths and limitations of this study' section (also with up to three bullet points).
Introduction: Brief description of the background that led to the study (current results and conclusions should not be included).
Methods: Details relevant to the conduct of the study. Ethics and dissemination. Wherever possible give numbers of subjects studied (not percentages alone). Statistical methods should be clearly explained at the end of this section.
Results: Work should be reported in SI units. Undue repetition in text and tables should be avoided. Comment on validity and significance of results is appropriate but broader discussion of their implication is restricted to the next section. Subheadings that aid clarity of presentation within this and the previous section are encouraged.
Discussion: The nature and findings of the study are placed in context of other relevant published data. Caveats to the study should be discussed. Avoid undue extrapolation from the study topic.
Acknowledgments and affiliations: Individuals with direct involvement in the study but not included in authorship may be acknowledged. The source of financial support and industry affiliations of all those involved must be stated.
References: (no limit but usually below 50). References should be from published work only. They should be presented using the Vancouver system by superscript numbers in the order of their appearance. Not in alphabetical order. They should be formatted in the style shown below.
Allen GM, Wilson DJ. Ultrasound and the diagnosis of orthopaedic disorders. Bone Joint J 2013;95-B:944-51.
Watson-Jones R. Fractures and joint injuries. Vol. 2. Fourth ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 1955:744-5.
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.
Web Reference: International commission on radiological protection. http://www.icrp.org (date last accessed 20 September 2009).
Peterson L. Osteochondritis of the knee treated with autologous chondrocyte transplantation [abstract]. ISAKOS Congress, 2001.
Figure legends: 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.
Tables: We only accept a maximum of eight 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.
Funding statement: Should be worded as follows. Either: 'This work was supported by [name of funder] grant number [xxx]' or 'This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors'.
Conflicts 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 ICMJE conflict of interest form must be completed by all authors. Bone & Joint Research will publish in each article a summary of the information collected in the ICMJE Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest documents. These are retained by the Journal, and can be made available upon request.
Author's contributions: State how each author was involved.
Reporting guidelines: The guidelines listed below should be followed where appropriate. Please use these guidelines to structure your article.
- CONSORT Statement (for reporting of randomized controlled trials). RCTs should include the registration number of the trial and the trial registry as the last line of the abstract.
- STARD (for reporting of diagnostic accuracy studies)
- STROBE (for reporting of observational studies in epidemology)
- PRISMA (for reporting of systematic reviews)
- MOOSE (for reporting of meta-analyses of observational studies)
- STREGA (for reporting of gene-disease association studies) The Equator Network (Enhancing the Quality and Transparency Of health Research) provides a comprehensive list of reporting guidelines.
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, Key words, Article Summary, 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 document. Please ensure this document adheres to the guidelines above.
If it does not meet the criteria, it will be declined. 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 figures in jpeg or tiff format. If adding labels to halftone photographs or radiographs please send a separate version without labels.
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 musculoskeletal 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.
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This procedure applies to complaints about the publishing policies, procedures and actions of publishing and editorial staff and the editor-in-chief of Bone & Joint Research.
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 BJR 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.