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Author Guidelines

UK English is the sole language of the journal. The editors understand that English is not the mother language of many contributors. Nevertheless, proper grammatical construction, proper use of vocabulary and spelling are the prime responsibility of the authors. Manuscripts requiring rewriting or excessive editing work will be returned.

Title page : the title, in bold low case letters, should be short (maximum 15 words), clearly indicating the content of the article. The title will be followed by the first names (in low case letters) and last names (in capital letters) of the authors ; no more than six authors can be listed for an original study. A footnote on the title page should give the hospital or university affiliation and title of each author, as well as the name, mailing address, telephone, fax and e-mail address of the corresponding author. The authors shall also specify in which institution the study was carried out.

The text must be precise, clear and concise. A review article or original study should be no more than 4000 words, all included. Pages should be numbered. Abbreviations may not be used in either the title or abstract ; if used in the text, their meaning must be given the first time used. Articles should follow the “AIMRAD” structure (Abstract, introduction, materials (or patients) and methods, results and discussion) :

Abstract : normally no more than 150 words. It should state the purpose of the study in one sentence. Methods of study should be stated. Results should be summarised in sufficient detail to support the conclusions.

Introduction : short review of previous relevant studies and statement of the purpose of the study.

Materials (or patients) and methods : methods should be detailed only when they are original ; otherwise the source should be given. The authors shall clearly specify whether their study was prospective or retrospective, whether it was a randomized, controlled or cohort study; the proportion of patients lost to follow-up shall be indicated. Statistical methods shall be described in detail.

Results : they should be described, without comments. As a rule, results of surgery should have a follow-up of more than two years. A p value must be reported for any significant differences presented. When no significant differences are reported, a power study must be done. Correlation coefficients will be reported when applicable.

Discussion : includes comments on published data correlated to bibliographical references. No attempt should be made to present a comprehensive literature review. The strengths, weaknesses and limitations of the study must be presented. The conclusions shall be based on the findings reported in the manuscript.

References : The references quoted in the text are numbered and listed alphabetically at the end of the article ; they are referred to in the text by their number, in smaller italic figures in rounded parentheses. Only references actually used by the authors and of significance will be included. For books, author or editor, title, publisher, year of issue, first and last page of quoted text shall be mentioned. Titles of journals shall be abbreviated according to international rules (Index Medicus) ; the first and last page of each article shall be mentioned. The typography to be used is that found in recent issues of the journal; it shall be used with scrupulous attention to accuracy.

Examples :

1. Hoser C, Fink C, Brown C et al. Long-term results of arthroscopic partial lateral meniscectomy in knees without associated damage. J Bone Joint Surg 2001 ; 83-B : 513-516.

2. Rockwood CA, Matsen FA III. The Shoulder. 2nd ed, WB Saunders, Philadelphia, 1990, pp 722-735.

3. Shaw M, Burnett H, Wilson A, Chan O. Pseudosubluxation of C2 on C3 in polytraumatized children, prevalence and significance. Clin Radiol 1999 ; 54 : 577-580.



Illustrations and figures must be numbered with arabic figures, according to the sequence in which they appear in the text.

The tables should be numbered in roman figures.

Figures and tables will be quoted in the text. They are placed within the text or their appropriate places are indicated in the margin. There should be a title with a short descriptive heading for each table and a legend for each figure. When submitting an illustration that has appeared elsewhere, its origin must be stated and evidence must be provided that permission has been obtained from the author and publisher to reproduce it. Digital illustrations should have sufficient resolution to permit quality printing (at least 300 dpi). The use of colour prints will be considered only when it is necessary to illustrate a particular feature that cannot be made clear in some other way. The extra cost related with colour prints (ranging from 50 to 250 euros) will be charged to the authors, who shall provide written evidence of their agreement before publication.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word or RTF document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. 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 joined.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Copyright Notice

Original articles are accepted for exclusive publication in Acta Orthopaedica Belgica (A.O.B.). Simultaneous submission to several journals will be considered malpractice on the part of the authors and will result in rejection of their manuscript.

Publication does not constitute official endorsement of opinions presented in the articles. Each author must assume full responsibility for the content of the manuscript.

Articles published and their  illustrations become the property of A.O.B. and are covered by copyright. Upon request to the AOB editor, permission may be granted to reprint in a recognised medical journal material previously published in AOB, provided the original publication in AOB is duly credited


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