About JAOB

This journal is an open source publication which we aim to have zero charges for publication.

The journal was developed as there is a shortage of available journals for advances in orthopaedics and biomechanics to be published in by new researchers, registrars and clinical staff: but in a timely manner. We have all suffered from the long delays between submission and publication: whilst we appreciate the need for academic rigour there is also the need for valuable research to become usable – quickly and timely.

Hence, we aim for our turnaround to be quick. We publish an edition a minimum of every quarter; we anticipate turnaround for a positive decision to lead to publication in less than 3 months. Because our journal is wholly electronic we can keep turnaround times to a minimum. Authors, you can help by adhering to the guidance for authors paper template (see guidance section).

We have a peer review panel that assesses all relevant submissions using a strict marking criteria (see guidance section). The panel is made up from engineers, scientists and clinical staff.

We value submissions from all areas of orthopaedics and biomechanics. We do not prejudge: our scope is presented in the guidance section. If you can make a case that your paper fits within our remit we will consider it. If it does not we often suggest another journal you may wish to consider.


Scientific Editor: Prof P J Ogrodnik, Keele University

Clinical Editor: Prof PBM Thomas, Royal Stoke University Hospital

Special Editions

At the start of each year one volume is reserved for new researchers. In this edition registrars, PhD students and new researchers may submit preliminary findings and review papers. In this edition, we particularly welcome “state of the art” review papers that promote gaps in current knowledge.


One edition is tied to the Keele, Stoke and Oswestry Advances in Orthopaedics and Biomechanics conference. High quality papers and presentations will be invited to submit full papers for this edition – peer approval having already been enacted for inclusion into the conference.


ISSN: We have started our application process with the British Library. When we have our first edition we can formalise the application.

PubMed: When we have our first few editions we can apply for inclusion in PubMed.

Scholar and other search engines: All papers should appear in a Google Scholar search as soon as they are published.

Journal Ranking: It is too early to have any form of ranking.

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