About the Journal

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.

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.

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.

Data sharing policy

Research data includes factual materials obtained by authors in the course of work. These include digital data, images, audio and video files, processed and / or unprocessed data. Access to research findings that substantiate the content of the publication is encouraged, but are obligatory. The consent of the authors to provide access to research data does not affect the decision of publishing. This policy applies to research evidence that may be required to validate research findings in articles published in “Orthopedics, Traumatology and Prosthetics” journal.

Information about data that is not disclosed can be transferred as follows: placed in repositories with limited access; pre-anonymized.

The publisher of the journal “Orthopedics, Traumatology and Prosthetics” does not claim ownership of the research data provided by the author along with the article.

International Ethics Compliance Policy

Experimental and clinical studies submitted for publication must be approved by the local committee on bioethics (in the section "Materials and methods" indicate the full name of the committee, the number and date of the protocol). Clinical trials must be carried out in compliance with moral and ethical standards, rights and safety of patients, it is necessary to protect their physical and psychological health. Patients are required to be fully informed about the purpose and methods of research and treatment, drugs and their regimes of administration, potential risks and benefits, as well as possible discomfort during diagnosis and treatment, which should be reflected in the signed informed consent.

Experiments on animals must be carried out in compliance with the international ethical requirements and legislation of Ukraine (Law of Ukraine No. 3447-IV dated 21.02.2006 "About protection of animals from cruel treatment"), as well as taking into account the safety of researchers and staff who are involved, other people and the environment from the negative consequences of scientific research.

In the case of using anatomical materials of dead people for scientific purposes, it is necessary to comply with the current legislation of Ukraine, the principles of the ICH GCP, the order of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine No. 690 of 23.09.2009 "On approval of the Rules for conducting clinical trials and the Standard Regulations on the Ethics Commission", with changes and additions. Provide the relevant documents to the editor.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest

Unpublished data obtained from submitted manuscripts cannot be used in personal research without the written consent of the author.

Information or ideas obtained during the review and associated with possible benefits must be kept confidential and not used for personal gain.

Reviewers should not participate in the review of manuscripts in the event of conflicts of interest due to competitive, collaborative and other interactions and relationships with any of the authors, companies or other organizations associated with the submitted work.

Advertising policy

Advertising policy of the journal "Orthopedics, Traumatology and Prosthetics" is based on the recommendations of WAME Recommendations on Publication Ethics Policies for Medical Journals and the Law of Ukraine "On Advertising"

Orthopedics, Traumatology and Prosthetics journal generates advertising revenue, which creates a potential conflict of interest. Editors' decisions do not depend on the cost of advertising or producing reprints. Advertisers have no influence on the editor's decisions, regardless of the terms of advertising or other agreements.

The volume of advertising materials in the magazine should not exceed 10% of its volume.

Reprints should be published only in the form in which they were originally published in the journal (including subsequent corrections), so there should be no additions or changes in them.

Advertisements in the journal must be related to products or drugs used in traumatology and orthopedics, medical education or scientific meetings.

The functions of editor and advertising manager in the magazine are separated.

Commercial advertisements must not appear adjacent to any editorial or article that discusses the advertised product, nor must they contain references to the issue of the journal in which they appear.

Advertising content should be distinguished from the editorial and other materials so that the difference between them must be obvious.

Advertising should not be deceptive or misleading. Advertising should not exaggerate the actual characteristics of the advertised product. Advertising must not contain offensive images of a religious, racial or other nature.

The editors reserve the right to reject any advertising material damaging the reputation of the publisher or inappropriate to the content of the journal "Orthopedics, Traumatology and Prosthetics".

The decision of publishing an advertisement is made only with the participation of the editor and the editorial board of the journal.

Journal History

The oldest scientific-practical journal “Orthopaedics, Traumatology and Prosthetics” (published since 1927) is a specialized periodical in “Traumatology and Orthopaedics” (14.01.21) for specialists of the above and other related medical fields.

During the whole period of its activity this veteran journal with a rather reputable record of service has been the brain and the chief source of information for many thousands of orthopaedic traumatologists, neurosurgeons, neurologists and prosthetists.

The problem of creation of a specialized journal was first brought up by M.I. Sytenko at the All-Ukrainian Congress of Surgeons in Odessa in 1926, and he was backed by all the delegates. The editorial board, headed by M.I. Sytenko, was formed in December of the same year in Kharkov; this board prepared and realized the publication of the journal. The first issue of the journal, named “Orthopaedics and Traumatology”, appeared in May 1927. The journal was founded by the Ukrainian State Clinical Institute of Orthopaedics and Traumatology of the People’s Commissariat of Health of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (now Sytenko Institute of Spine and Joint Pathology of the National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine).

As early as with its first issues, the journal attracted attention of specialists in the former Soviet Union as the only source of information in orthopaedics and traumatology in the country, this field having dynamic development all over the world. Almost immediately, the journal united leading specialists and became the mouthpiece of the orthopaedic-traumatological thought in the country.

During the years of World War II the editorial staff of the journal suspended its publishing activity. The work was resumed from January 1955, and the journal immediately joined in solving urgent problems, typical for the post-war time: war injuries, their complications and consequences, restorative treatment of disabled soldiers, their rehabilitation, tuberculosis of bones and joints, particularly in children, and consequences of poliomyelitis. These problems, which were burning and urgent at that period of time, were actively explored on pages of this periodical.

In 1960s-1990s the journal contributed to achieving successes in clinical orthopaedics and traumatology and their practical application, namely: methods of osteosynthesis in bone injuries, formation of the Soviet vertebrology, paediatric orthopaedics, practical elimination of tuberculosis of bones and joints. Also significantly successful became treatment of scoliotic disease, preservation and transplantation of tissues, use of new materials, arthroplasty, prosthetics on a surgical table after amputation of an extremity, early diagnosis and treatment of congenital locomotor pathology in children.

From 1955 to 1992 the journal had the status of the All-Union periodical and was issued by the main publishing house of medical literature “Meditsina” Publishers with the circulation of up to 14,000-15,000 copies, but after the disintegration of the USSR the journal became Ukrainian again. Up to 1997, the appearance, capacity and design of the journal remained standard. For a long period of time the editorial board did not change the design of the journal cover due to a belief that the readers had got used to it. But the epoch changed, and the periodical changed too. Since 1998 it has been representing a harmonious combination of traditions of previous times and standards of Western pictorials. The journal has changed its old appearance to a modernized flax cover, in whose centre there is the symbol of orthopaedics, the famous Tree of Nicolas Andry. The tree has three main branches, which symbolize orthopaedics, traumatology and prosthetics. The architectonic organization of the print frame as a whole characterizes the field of action of orthopaedics, traumatology and prosthetics, that is restoration of the locomotor system, while foundation plates and side column bases show the solid theoretical basis of our speciality, of its all three branches. The infants imply the literal meaning of the term “orthopaedics” (translated from the ancient Greek as “straight child”). The snake is a generally used symbol of medicine, the pigeons and creeping vine branches emphasize close relationships between orthopaedics, traumatology and prosthetics, and the landscape space shows infinite prospects in the development of the medical science. The design and styling of the symbol and journal cover were elaborated by designer S.V. Leontyev.

Despite all political and economic difficulties after the disintegration of the USSR, the journal remains a mouthpiece and organizer of the field, supporting and developing the clinical thinking of Ukrainian orthopaedic traumatologists already in the community of new Ukrainian periodicals in this speciality.

According to the decision of the Higher Attestation Commission of Ukraine, since 1999 the journal has been included in the List of reviewed scientific specialized periodicals in the field of medicine for publication of results of theses competing for scientific degrees of the Candidate and Doctor of Science.

It is obligatory for each manuscript to be reviewed by two independent qualified specialists, thereby making it possible for the Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Board to maintain a high level of publications. All the articles, except advertizing ones, are published free of charge.

Today the purpose of the journal has not changed at all; it consists in spreading urgent information about scientific research results and investigations in the field of traumatology, orthopaedics, prosthetics and related specialities, exchange of experience of medical practitioners on the journal pages, information about planned and held congresses and other scientific events, anniversaries and memorable dates of outstanding figures in the field.

From year to year the geography of publications expands and the number of subscribers increases. According to data for 2012, the circulation averaged 1,100 copies, the scope was 140 pages, the periodicity was once a quarter.

During all the years of existence of “Orthopaedics, Traumatology and Prosthetics” its founder and Editors-in-Chief (Sytenko M.I., Novachenko N.P., Korzh A.A., Korzh M.A.) preserve the conception, which was laid into the foundation when the journal was created. This periodical can be rightfully called the guardian and continuer of the unique tradition of the journal business, while the succession of the Editorial Board, Council and staff has made it possible to preserve the invariable style and status of the journal.