Author Guidelines


  1. General guidance:

Journal of Orthoplastic Surgery (JOPS) welcomes authors to submit their original work for publication. By submitting to JOPS, Authors declare that they are submitting their original work that has not been published before and is not being considered for publication elsewhere.

Authorship: Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors. The journal does not accept any changes to authorship (including author order) after the initial manuscript submission. Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the work. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.

Publication Ethics: JOPS is committed to upholding standards of ethical behaviour at all stages of the publication process. We expect authors to follow a similar approach with respect to publication ethics as set out by the Commission on Publication Ethics (COPE) and International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).To avoid plagiarism, authors must certify that their manuscripts are their original work, and cite content from other sources appropriately. Cases of ethical misconduct are treated very seriously and will be dealt with in accordance with the COPE guidelines.

Ethical Approval: Authors should be able to submit, upon request, a statement of ethical approval from a research ethics committee or institutional review board. Authors need to include a statement of ethical approval in the methodology section of their manuscripts.

Research ethics: Medical research involving human subjects must be conducted according to the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki. Submitted manuscripts should conform to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals.

Patient consent for research articles, authors are also required to state in the methods section whether participants provided informed consent and whether the consent was written or verbal. Information on informed consent to report individual cases or case series should be included in the manuscript text. A statement is required regarding whether written informed consent for patient information and images to be published was provided by the patient(s) or a legally authorized representative. Any information, including illustrations, should be as anonymized as far as possible. Please also refer to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants.

Acknowledgements: All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section.

Declaration of conflicting interests: Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’. For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations.

Funding: JOPS requires all authors to acknowledge their funding under a separate heading. A funding acknowledgement statement must be included in the manuscript in the form of a sentence under a separate heading entitled ‘Funding’ directly after your Acknowledgements and Declaration of Conflicting Interests.Your statement should include relevant grant numbers and the URL of any funder's web site. If no funding was received by any of the authors, then please include this statement in your manuscript: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency.

Review process: The editorial office evaluates all manuscripts following submission. Manuscripts rejected at this early stage either have serious scientific flows, or are outside the scope of the journal. Manuscripts that meet the journal scope and fulfill its submission criteria are then assigned to at least two peer reviewers (double blind) with expertise in the subject. The reviewers submit their reports on the manuscripts along with their recommendation to the journal editor. Authors will be sent an email notification with the editorial final decision whether their work has been accepted, potentially accepted pending corrections, or rejected. Editorial decisions are final and the journal will not reconsider an editorial decision. The Editorial Workflow gives the editors the authority to reject any manuscript at any stage because of inappropriateness of its subject, lack of scientific quality, or incorrectness of its results.

Plagiarism: JOPS takes issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. Submitted articles may be checked with plagiarism checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

  1. Types of articles:
  1. Editorials: Editorial reviews from respected authorities in the field will be commissioned by the journal.
  2. Original research: not more than 3000 words with a structured abstract of no more than 250 words (Introduction, Methods, Results, and Conclusion), not more than 10 figures and 5 tables, and a maximum of 50 references.
  3. Review Article: not more than 3000 words with an unstructured abstract of no more than 250 words, not more than 10 figures and 5 tables, and a maximum of 50 references.
  4. Case Report: not more than 1500 words with an unstructured abstract of no more than 150 words, not more than 5 figures, and a maximum of 10 references.
  5. Clinical Audits: not more than 1500 words with an unstructured abstract of no more than 150 words, and a maximum of 10 references.
  6. Surgical techniques: not more than 1500 words, 10 figures, and 15 references.
  7. Conference Proceedings
  8. Letters to the Editor: are limited to 500 words and 5 references
  1. Manuscripts Preparation: 
  • Manuscripts should be submitted by one of the authors of the manuscript through the online manuscript submission system.
  • Manuscripts should be written in English. All manuscripts are expected to be prepared as a single MS Word document with the complete text, references, tables and figures included.
  • As part of the submission process, authors are required to check their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines:
    • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
    • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
    • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
    • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.  


  • Manuscripts should be prepared according to the following order:
  1. Title page: The first page should include: title of paper, list of all authors with full given and family names, addresses of all authors, and name of corresponding author with email address. The title should be short and descriptive, and less than 250 characters in length (including spaces). All individual disclosures of conflict of interest of all co-authors shall also be indicated on this page.
  2. Manuscript main document: The main manuscript should not include any information regarding the authors. Add line numbers to the document for the convenience of reviewers’ commenting.
    1. Title: Title of the submitted work as above.
    2. Abstract:It should not be more than 250 words (Original research and review articles) and not more than 150 words (case reports, and clinical audits). Structured abstracts should follow (Introduction, Methods, Results, and Conclusion).
    3. Key words: At the end of the abstract, authors should provide no more than 10 key words. Key words should be taken from Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) from Index Medicus.
    4. Main text: The main text should be written in clear and simple English and divided into sections as follows:
      1. Introduction: no subsections
      2. Materials and methods
      3. Results
      4. Discussion
      5. Conclusion
      6. Acknowledgements (if any)
      7. Declaration of conflicting interests
      8. Funding: a funding acknowledgement statement
      9. References
      10. Tables: Tables should be in an editable rather than image version. Tables must be edited with Word/Excel.
      11. Legends for figures
      12. Figures: Figures/photographs must be submitted as jpg or tif files with distinct characters and symbols at 500 dpi. Each figure must be numbered and correctly oriented. All reproduced material must have the written permission of the owner, and such permission must be stated in the legend. Figures and tables should be numbered and cited as Figure 1, Figure 2, Figure 3, etc. in sequence.
      13. References: References must be listed in the numerical system (Vancouver). All references should be numbered sequentially [in square brackets] in the text and listed in the same numerical order in the reference section. The reference numbers must be finalized and the bibliography must be fully formatted before submission.

 Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery editorial office (