Iowa Orthopaedic Journal

Instructions for Authors, 2016
36th Edition, Iowa Orthopaedic Journal

IOJAny original article relevant to orthopaedic surgery, orthopaedic science or the teaching of either will be considered for publication in The Iowa Orthopaedic Journal.  Articles will be enthusiastically received from alumni, visitors to the department, members of the Iowa Orthopaedic Society, residents, and friends of The University of Iowa Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation.  The journal is published every June. 

Published articles and illustrations become the property of The Iowa Orthopaedic Journal.  The journal is peer reviewed and referenced in Index Medicusand MEDLINE and receives approximately 30,000 “hits” per month.  Previously published articles will not be accepted unless their content has been significantly changed.


Dear Authors,
Thank you for considering a submission of your article to the Iowa Orthopaedic Journal.

When submitting an article, send the following:

1. TITLE PAGE. The title page should list the author’s names in the order in which they should appear.  Clearly designate the corresponding author and his/her email address and telephone number.

2. ABSTRACT.  Word count is limited to 350 words.  The abstract should consist of five paragraphs, with the headings Background (which states the primary research question), Methods, Results, Conclusions, and Level of Evidence (for clinical articles) or Clinical Relevance (for basic-science articles).

2. BIBLIOGRAPHY. The bibliography must list references in order of their use (not alphabetically), and be double-spaced.  References must bepresented in the text by superscript numbers.  The references should be in PubMed/Index Medicus format (for an example, go to the National Center for Biotechnology Information [NCBI] web site and search for specific reference citations). All references must be cited in the text.


  • Legends for all illustrations should be listed in order of appearance and single spaced.
  • Color illustrations may not be used unless it is the opinion of the journal that they convey information not available in black and white.
  • Each image should be sent as an individual .tif or .jpg file.  All images must have resolution of 300 pixels per inch (ppi).  Web page images are to be avoided.  Set digital cameras to their highest quality (ppi) setting for photographs.
  • When submitting an illustration that has appeared elsewhere, give full information about previous publication and credit to be given, and state whether or not permission to reproduce it has been obtained.

4. Preparation of manuscripts: Illustrations/figures/legends should NOT be embedded in the manuscript and should be sent separately.  Their insertion points should be clearly marked in the manuscript. Manuscripts must be typewritten and double spaced using wide margins.  Write out numbers under 10 except percentages, degrees or numbers expressed as decimals.  Direct quotations should include the exact page number on which they appeared in the book or article.  All measurements should be given in SI metric units.  The body of the manuscript should contain an Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion.  The Source of Funding should be listed at the end of the manuscript.

5. Send electronic copies of all items to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Special illustrations and photographs may be exempted from this electronic requirement upon request.  Submissions are due by January 11, 2016.