Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

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

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


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 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 to 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 time of evaluation of the submitted manuscript will be about 12-16 weeks from the date of submission.


Publication Frequency

This journal publishes twice a year in April and October.


Open Access Policy

This journal 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.


Creative Commons License
JOINTS (Journal Orthopaedi and Traumatology Surabaya) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.



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Article Processing Fee

No article processing fee in this journal.


Plagiarism Check

The editors of JOINTS will screen all submitted manuscripts for plagiarism using Turnitin plagiarism checker with the maximum similarity score of 20%.



Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Journal Orthopaedi and Traumatology Surabaya (JOINTS) is a journal aims to publish original research papers, review articles, and case studies focused on orthopedics and traumatology articles presented as original articles, review articles, and case report. This 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 (Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Airlangga)This statement is based on COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.


Duties of Authors

  • Submission :

Authors must submit all elements of their manuscripts online at http://e-journal.unair.ac.id/index.php/JOINTS/about/submissions#onlineSubmissions. Hard-copy submissions will NOT be considered or returned.

  • 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 in 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 to state the name of the body approving. The authors should also state whether experiments were performed following relevant institutional and national guidelines and regulations.

  • 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.

  • Originality and Plagiarism: 

Authors must ensure that they have written manuscripts that adhere to publication requirements that 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.

  • Duplicate and Redundant Publications: 

Authors must avoid duplicate publication, which is reproducing verbatim content from their other publications. Authors should not submit and also expected will not 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

  • Acknowledgment of Sources: 

All sources of data used in the research and cite 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.

  • 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 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 while those who made less substantial, or purely technical, contributions to the research or the publication are listed in an acknowledgment section.

  • 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 or correct the paper.


Duties of Editor

  • 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 aim to ensure timely peer review and publication and should 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.

  • 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.

  • Fair Play: 

Editors should make fair and unbiased decisions independent from 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 sex, gender, race, religion, citizenship, etc. of the authors. Editors are in a powerful position by making decisions on publications, which makes it very important that this process is as fair and unbiased as possible.

  • 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 Journal of Orthopaedi and Traumatology Surabaya journals are subjected to double-blind peer-review. Double-blind reviewing maintains the identity of the authors as well as the reviewers, not disclosing their names to each other. The anonymity of authors and reviewers ensures an objective and unbiased assessment of the manuscript.

  • 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.

  • 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 in reaching accurate conclusions from the statistics. Methods and experiments, as well as 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 results may result in 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).

  • 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 could 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 ideas, thoughts, or language of another person 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, was printed by an institute for local consumption, or was 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.