Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Journal Orthopaedi and Traumatology Surabaya (JOINTS) research topics are related to education and training in the field of orthopedic and traumatology, including research reports, case reports, and literature reviews. Manuscripts dealing with (but not limited to) the following areas will be considered:

  • Musculoskeletal basic science and translational research
  • Microvascular and Soft Tissue Reconstruction
  • Upper Limb Condition and Management
  • Lower Limb Condition and Management
  • Joint Reconstruction and Replacements
  • Biomaterial and Orthopedic Tissue Engineering
  • Musculoskeletal oncology
  • Pediatric Musculoskeletal
  • Sports Medicine
  • Rehabilitation
  • Traumatology
  • Spine

Section Policies

Research Article

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Case Report

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Literature Review

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Journal Orthopaedi and Traumatology Surabaya (JOINTS) will carry out the peer review process for all manuscripts using double-blind peer-reviewed by at least 2 reviewers to evaluate the novelty of the topic and its contribution, the theory integrity and approaches, analysis coherences, and clear interpretation to the readers. The manuscript's final decision will be made by the editor-in-chief in accordance with the reviewers' comments. The manuscript that has been through the review process should be revised by the author, and subsequently, the author should upload the revised paper to the journal system on our website. The reviewers will re-check the revised article. The chief editor will make a decision to publish the revised manuscript to the JOINTS or not. The evaluation time of the submitted manuscript will be about 12-16 weeks from the submission date.

Publication Frequency

Journal Orthopaedi and Traumatology Surabaya (JOINTS) publishes twice a year in April and October.

Open Access Policy

Journal Orthopaedi and Traumatology Surabaya (JOINTS) provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

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Article Processing Charge

Journal Orthopaedi and Traumatology Surabaya (JOINTS) does not charge any fees for submission, article processing, or publication fees. Readers, libraries, and individuals can read and download any full-text articles free of charge.

Plagiarism Check

Authors are advised to use plagiarism detection software to check for content similarity. The editors of Journal Orthopaedi and Traumatology Surabaya (JOINTS) will screen all submitted manuscripts for plagiarism using the Turnitin plagiarism checker with a maximum similarity score of 20%. Articles that have met the criteria of our Guideline for Authors but do not meet our plagiarism requirements will be returned by the JOINTS Editorial Team to the author(s) for revision before we proceed any further.

Copyright Notice

The copyright of the article is thereby transferred to Journal Orthopaedi and Traumatology Surabaya (JOINTS) if and when the article is accepted for publication in the journal by the acknowledgment of the author. The copyright of accepted articles includes the rights to publish articles in various forms (including reprints) and shall be assigned to JOINTS as the publisher of the journal.

Authors are allowed to distribute the published article by sharing the link/DOI of the article at JOINTS. Any legal purposes deemed necessary by the authors are allowed to do without written permission from JOINTS.

The Copyright Transfer Agreement of JOINTS can be downloaded here

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Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Journal Orthopaedi and Traumatology Surabaya (JOINTS) is following the ethical statement of the Committee of Publication Ethics (COPE) and the International Committee for Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). The following statement clarifies the ethical behavior of all parties involved in the act of publishing an article in this journal, including the author, the editor, and the reviewer. 

Duties of Authors

1. Submission :

Authors must submit all elements of their manuscripts online at JOINTS Submission. Hard-copy submissions will NOT be considered or returned.

2. Human and Animal Subjects: 

The research being reported should have been conducted ethically and responsibly and should comply with all relevant legislation. For manuscripts reporting medical studies involving human participants, authors must provide a statement identifying the ethics committee that approved the study, and the study conforms to recognized standards (for example, Declaration of Helsinki). Research involving animals should be conducted with the same rigor as research on humans. The authors should implement the 3Rs principles (Replacement, Reduction, Refinement). The authors must describe the detailed journals regarding study design and statistical analysis, experimental procedures, experimental animals, housing, and husbandry. Authors must inform that ethical and legal approval was obtained before the start of the study and state the name of the body approving. The authors should also state whether experiments were performed following relevant institutional and national guidelines and regulations.

3. Reporting Manuscript’s Standards : 

The authors must present an accurate account of the original article (research, review, or case report) performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Authors should present their results clearly, honestly, and without fabrication, falsification, or inappropriate data manipulation. Authors should strive to describe their methods clearly and unambiguously so that their findings can be confirmed by others. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and will be unacceptable.

4. Originality and Plagiarism: 

Authors must ensure that they have written manuscripts that adhere to publication requirements and that the submitted work is original, is not plagiarized, and has not been published elsewhere. The manuscript should not be submitted concurrently to more than one publication unless the editors have agreed to co-publication. Relevant previous work and publications, both by other researchers and the authors’ own, should be properly acknowledged and referenced. The primary literature should be cited where possible. Original wording taken directly from publications by other researchers should appear in quotation marks with the appropriate citations.

5. Duplicate and Redundant Publications: 

Authors must avoid duplicate publication, which is reproducing verbatim content from their other publications. Authors should not submit and are also expected will not to publish redundant manuscripts or manuscripts describing the same research in more than one journal. Multiple publications arising from a single research project should be clearly identified as such, and the primary publication should be referenced

6. Acknowledgment of Sources: 

All sources of data used in the research and cited publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work should be properly identified. The authors must present a proper acknowledgment of the work of others.

7. Authorship of the Paper: 

The authorship of research publications should accurately reflect individuals’ contributions to the work and its reporting. Authors ensure that all the authors have seen and agreed to the submitted version of the manuscript and their inclusion of names as co-authors. Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. Others who have made significant contributions must be listed as co-authors. In cases where major contributors are listed as authors, those who made less substantial or purely technical contributions to the research or publication are listed in an acknowledgment section.

8. Fundamental Errors in Published Works:

In case the author discovers an error or inaccuracy in their submitted manuscript, the author should promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to correct the paper.

Duties of Editor

1. Publication Decisions: 

Editors are accountable and should take responsibility for everything they publish. Editors should apply consistent standards in their processes so that they have procedures and policies in place to ensure the quality of the material they publish and maintain the integrity of the published record. Based on the review report of the editorial board, the editor can accept, reject, or request modifications to the manuscript. Editors should ensure timely peer review and publication and avoid unnecessary delays. The editors may be guided by the policies of the journal's editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism that encourage maximum transparency and complete, honest reporting.

2. Review of Manuscripts: 

The editor must ensure that each manuscript is initially evaluated by the editor for originality. Editors should critically assess the ethical conduct of studies in humans and animals. The editor should organize and use peer review fairly and wisely. Editors should explain their peer review processes in the information for authors and also indicate which parts of the journal are peer-reviewed. The editor should use appropriate peer reviewers for papers that are considered for publication by selecting people with sufficient expertise and avoiding those with conflicts of interest.

3. Fair Play: 

Editors should make fair and unbiased decisions independent of commercial consideration and ensure a fair and appropriate peer-review process. The editor must ensure that each manuscript received by the journal is reviewed for its intellectual content without regard to the sex, gender, race, religion, citizenship, etc., of the authors. Editors are in a powerful position to make decisions on publications, which makes it very important that this process is as fair and unbiased as possible.

4. Confidentiality: 

Editors should ensure confidential handling of manuscripts, with no details being disclosed to anyone except the peer reviewers without the permission of the author. If discussions between an author, editor, and peer reviewer have taken place in confidence, they should remain in confidence unless explicit consent has been given by all parties or unless there are exceptional circumstances (eg, when they might help substantiate claims of intellectual property theft during peer review). 

Duties of Reviewers

Manuscripts submitted for publication in the JOINTS journals are subjected to double-blind peer-review. Double-blind reviewing maintains the authors' and the reviewers' identities, not disclosing their names to each other. The anonymity of authors and reviewers ensures an objective and unbiased assessment of the manuscript.

1. Confidentiality: 

Information regarding manuscripts submitted by authors should be kept confidential and be treated as privileged information. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.

2. Standards of Objectivity: 

Review of submitted manuscripts must be done objectively, and the reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments. The results reported in the manuscript must be original and authentic work of the authors. They should be devoid of any plagiarism, and the material should not have been published earlier. Experiments and other analyses should meet the recognized technical standards and must be described systematically. The manuscript must provide a statement identifying the ethics committee that approved the study, and the study conforms to recognized standards. The research presented in a manuscript should facilitate reaching accurate conclusions from the statistics. Methods, experiments, and reagents should be documented in detail. Authors should present and interpret the results and conclusions appropriately and comprehensively, clearly explaining the results and outcomes of their study. An incomplete interpretation of the results may result in the rejection of the manuscript. Furthermore, the manuscript should be written in English in a clear, direct, and active style, free from grammatical errors and other linguistic inconsistencies. All pages should be numbered sequentially, facilitating the reviewing and editing of the manuscript (see duties of Authors).

3. Promptness: 

The reviewers should respond in a reasonable time frame. If they cannot return a review within the proposed time, they should inform the journal promptly and explain they require an extension. In the event that a reviewer feels it is not possible for him/her to complete a review of the manuscript within a stipulated time, then this information must be communicated to the editor so that the manuscript can be sent to another reviewer.

Note :

Fabrication :

Fabrication is the making up (manufacturing) of all or parts of an experiment or clinical data as reported in a submitted or published manuscript in the Journal of Orthopedic and Traumatology Surabaya.

Falsification :

Falsification is the false reporting of data, methods, or circumstances in the experiment or study as reported in the submitted manuscript or published article in the Journal of Orthopedic and Traumatology Surabaya.


Plagiarism is the appropriation of another person's ideas, thoughts, or language and their representation as one’s own original work in a submitted manuscript or article published in the Journal of Orthopedic and Traumatology Surabaya. The ideas, thoughts, or language that was appropriated may never have been published or were in manuscript form, were printed by an institute for local consumption, or were published in a journal, book, or another medium for public consumption. In the submitted manuscript or published article in the Journal of Orthopedic and Traumatology Surabaya, there is no notation or mention of the person whose ideas, thoughts, or language were appropriated, and the author fails to provide any information to the Editors regarding these circumstances.