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Iowa Orthopedic Journal

The Iowa Orthopedic Journal started in 1981 and has been an open source journal at PubMed and other databases. The primary purpose of the journal is to educate the residents the process of a journal publication.  Each year, two PGY4s and two PGY3s are selected for the editor positions and one PGY4 is selected for the business manager position.

Instructions for Author  

Any original article relevant to orthopedic surgery, orthopedic science or the teaching of either will be considered for publication in The Iowa Orthopedic Journal. Articles will be enthusiastically received from alumni, visitors to the department, members of the Iowa Orthopaedic Society, residents, and colleagues. 

Published articles and illustrations become the property of the Iowa Orthopedic Journal.  The journal is peer reviewed and referenced in PubMedIndex Medicus, and MEDLINE, which receives approximately 57,000 “hits” per month. 

Thank you for considering a submission of your article to the Iowa Orthopedic Journal.

When submitting an article, send the following:

1. TITLE PAGE:  The title page should list the author’s names in the order in which they should appear. Clearly designate the corresponding author and his/her email address and telephone number.

2. ABSTRACT:  Word count is limited to 350 words.  The abstract should consist of five paragraphs, with the headings Background (which states the primary research question), Methods, Results, Conclusions, and Level of Evidence (for clinical articles) or Clinical Relevance (for basic-science articles).

2. BIBLIOGRAPHY:  The bibliography must list references in order of their use (not alphabetically), and be double-spaced.  References must be presented in the text by superscript numbers.  The references should be in PubMed/Index Medicus format (for an example, go to the National Center for Biotechnology Information [NCBI] web site and search for specific reference citations). All references must be cited in the text.

3. FIGURES/TABLES:  Legends for all illustrations should be listed in order of appearance and single spaced.  Color illustrations may not be used unless it is the opinion of the journal that they convey information not available in black and white.  All images must have resolution of 300 pixels per inch (ppi).  Web page images are to be avoided.  Set digital cameras to their highest quality (ppi) setting for photographs. When submitting an illustration that has appeared elsewhere, give full information about previous publication and credit to be given, and state whether or not permission to reproduce it has been obtained.

4. PREPARATION OF MANUSCRIPT: Manuscripts must be typewritten and double spaced using wide margins.  Write out numbers under 10 except percentages, degrees or numbers expressed as decimals.  Direct quotations should include the exact page number on which they appeared in the book or article.  All measurements should be given in SI metric units.  The body of the manuscript should contain an Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion. The Source of Funding should be listed at the end of the manuscript.

5. SUBMISSION OF MANUSCRIPT: Authors may submit a single manuscript file (word file or PDF) or may submit a primary manuscript and as many additional files (figures, illustrations, legends, etc.) as needed.  Please go to to submit your manuscript.

Thank you for considering a submission of your article to the Iowa Orthopedic Journal.