Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Field — medical sciences.

“Orthopaedics, Traumatology and Prosthetics” (OTP) is a peer-reviewed journal founded in 1927. “OTP” is an official publication of Ukrainian Association of Orthopaedic Traumatologists. The journal publishes original articles, reviews and discussions of practitioners and researchers whose activities are linked with traumatology, orthopaedics and prosthesis. The articles reflect innovative experiences and results of scientific researches concerning diseases and injuries of locomotor system and their treatment. An important part of editorial office policy is publishing lectures of leading specialists. Furthermore the journal publishes materials on the history of medicine, brief discussions of clinical cases, information on conferences and meetings, various critiques.


Section Policies


Theoretical and practical programme aspects of orthopaedics, traumatology and prosthetics (diagnosis, prophylaxis, treatment, rehabilitation), medical-biological and medical-technical aspects of the speciality.

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Information about unusual clinical cases, results of rare observations, experiments.

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Theoretical and practical aspects of osteosynthesis (including biological ones).

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Information about rational approaches in atypical situations, new methods, devices and appliances.

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Urgent problems of epidemiology, rendering of orthopaedic-traumatological aid, prevention of disability and training of personnel.

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Lecture materials and recommendations on separate of nosologіеs for medical practitioners.

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Promotion of the best practices in organization, prevention, diagnosis, therapeutic and surgical tactics and rehabilitation.

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Historical landmarks of the speciality.

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Materials, dealing with anniversary dates of scientists, organizations and scientific schools.

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Publications on the occasion of deaths of outstanding scientists in this field.

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Materials on ethics of scientific researches, experiments and treatment.

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Publications, which bring up certain kinds of ambiguous problems of the speciality and require public discussions.

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Scientific data summarizing articles, reviews of monographs, textbooks and manuals.

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Extended information about symposia, congresses, meetings, conferences, etc.

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Information about work of regional associations (societies) of the Ukrainian Association of Orthopaedic Traumatologists.

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Comments or responses of readers on materials, published in the journal.

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Information about new books on orthopaedics and traumatology.

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Peer Review Process

1. The Editorial Staff registers an article, provided the latter meets the requirements to the author’s original, which are published in the Journal or placed on www.otp-journal.com.ua, www.sytenko.org.ua.

2. The registered article is subjected to compulsory reviewing.

3. The Editor-in-Chief estimates the scientific value of the author’s original and assigns two reviewers – independent specialists, whose specialization is the closest one to the subject of the article. As a rule, these reviewers are leading Ukrainian specialists in the field of orthopaedics and traumatology, as well as in other related medical fields.

4. The term of reviewing (two weeks) is specified in the Manuscript Review Chart. This term can be prolonged depending upon the situation and the request of a reviewer.

5. Inorder to receive the maximally full and objective review of an article, the Editorial Board has developed the Manuscript Review Chart, which the reviewer should pay attention to.

6. The reviewer concludes:

- the article is recommended for publication in the author’s variant;

- the article is recommended for publication with regard for correction of specified shortcomings;

- it is recommended to give the article for additional reviewing to another specialist;

- the publication is refused with the statement of the cause.

7. The Editor-in-Chief examines suggestions of the reviewers and takes the necessary decision: to set the article in type or give the text of a review to the author with suggestion to take the recommendations into account and improve the article. The article, revised by the author, is sent for reviewing again.

8. Since 2012 the Journal has been practicing double blind reviewing: the authors do not know who reviews their work, and the reviewers do not know whom they review. All the correspondence between the reviewers and authors is performed via the Editorial Office. A reviewer can base his decision concerning publication of an article on the opinions of the experts, invited by him.

9. The opinion of a reviewer is not final. If opinions of reviewers do not coincide, the Editor-in-Chief sends the article for additional reviewing to one more expert.

10. If an author does not agree with the review, he can send a justified reply to the Editorial Office. The Editorial Board takes a decision about suitability of the publication on the basis of the validity of the article and its compliance with the subject area of the journal. In conflict situations the decision is taken by the Editor-in-Chief.

11. Each issue is finally approved by the Scientific Council of the State Institution “Sytenko Institute of Spine and Joint Pathology of the National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine” (the founding organization) at its regular meeting.

12. Incase of its positive review the author’s text is sent to the Editorial Office for its scientific editing, spell checking, technical editing and laying-out.

13. The originals of articles and reviews are stored at the Editorial Office of the journal during three years.



Publication Frequency

The Journal is published quarterly, namely on: April 1, July 1, October 1, December 28.

Therefore approximate terms for receiving articles end: to No. 1 – on January 15, to No. 2 – on April 15, to No. 3 – on July 15, to No. 4 – on October 15.


Delayed Open Access

The contents of this journal will be available in an open access format 6 month(s) after an issue is published.


Guide for reviewers

 1. The work is original. 

 2. The study, based on previous levels, reaches a new one. 

 3. The work is urgent. 

 4. The purpose of the work is described clearly and briefly.

 5. The methods of investigation correspond to the purpose defined. 

 6. The materials and methods are described with sufficient details. 

 7. The submitted results correspond to the purpose of the research. 

 8. The submitted results are visualized (including tables, figures, etc.). 

 9. The results are of significant scientific importance. 

10. The work is of significant practical importance. 

11. The findings and possible mistakes are assessed.  

12. The statistical analysis was adequately made. 

13. The author’s data are compared with literature ones. 

14. The conclusions are based on the findings and clearly stated. 

15. References to significant publications on the subject of the research are present.  

16. The conducted research meets ethical norms. 

17. The abstract is written in compliance with State Standard No. 7.9–95 (up to 850 characters) and describes the main points of the research. 

18. The article is skillfully written, logically linked and exposes its subject. 






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Publication Ethics

The Editorial Board took into account the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE, http://publicationethics.org) during the development of the plights for  the editorial policy of the Journal "The Orthopedics, Traumatology and Prosthetics".

Liabilities of the Editors / Editorial Board

All articles submitted to the journal undergo peer review. The Editorial Board reserves the right to reject an article or return it for revision.

The Editorial Board reserves the right for restyling the manuscript. Corrections which may change meaning of the text according to the Editorial Board are consistent with the authors.

The final decision on the possibility of publishing at the Journal "The Orthopedics, Traumatology and Prosthetics" journal takes the Editor-in-Chief and / or the Editorial Board.

The intention is to be done on the base on compliance with generally accepted criteria of filed work, its importance to the scientific community, matching the goals and objectives of the Journal, the reviewers solutions, and, if necessary, correspondence with the authors. This process should be accompanied by a maximum objectivity. The Editorial Board reserves the right to reject articles that do not meet requirements and topics of the journal.

The Editors / The Editorial Board protect the confidentiality of the review process and do not allow the disclosure of information outside the circle of those involved in the publication workflow. None of the persons familiar with the content of the submitted works can not use the data contained in them without official permission of the authors.

If any of the Editors / Editorial Board members aware of his conflict of interest when considering any of the submitted work, he must notify the other members of the Editorial Board, get out of the review process of this work and, if it's necessary, to transfer its powers / duties to another Editor / member of the Editorial Board.

Provided materials will not be returned and cannot be issued in other journals without proper permission of the Editorial Board.

Liabilities of authors

The research being reported should have been conducted in ethical and responsible manner and follow all relevant legislation. It should be based  on the experiments, clinical observations or theoretical calculations using statistical processing of the obtained material .

Authors should follow applicable reporting guidelines.

All research on living beings must be approved by the local Bioethics Committee.

The author should cite those publications ideas or data of which were used in the formulation of tasks or when discussing the results obtained, as well as those ones that can quickly introduce the reader to the earlier work, essential to understanding of this study. Except for reviews citation should be minimized for those publications that are not directly related to this report.

The research being reported should not have been published earlier unless otherwise stated or considered for publication in other journals at the same time.

Co-authors of the article should be all those persons who have made significant scientific contributions to the work presented and who share responsibility for the results obtained. Help of other authors should be marked in the notes or in the "Acknowledgements".

Authors of the papers submitted are responsible in cases of plagiarism detection .

In cases of any commercial interest of any author in the description of the used equipment, procedures, drugs, etc. work should include information about it.

Liabilities of reviewers

The reviewer should evaluate as objectively as possible the presented clinical, experimental or theoretical work, its interpretation and presentation, as well as take into account the extent to which work meets the scientific and linguistic standards.

If the selected reviewer aware of his inability to carry out the analysis of a set time, of his incompetence in some key aspects of the paper and / or there is a conflict of interest, he must decline to review.

The reviewer must keep confidentiality and not discuss the contents of the manuscript to people not involved in the publication workflow, or use unpublished data contained in the work without the official permission of the authors .

The reviewer should take into account the possibility of a conflict of interest when considered manuscript is closely related to current or published work of the reviewer. In case of doubt the reviewer should return the manuscript immediately without review, pointing to a conflict of interest.

The reviewer should clearly substantiate his comments. If findings, conclusions or argument has been previously published any reviewer’s assertion must be accompanied by appropriate reference.

The reviewer should pay attention of the editor on any substantial similarity between the considering manuscript and other published paper.

Reviewer is obliged to provide his review on time.