Nigerian Journal of Orthopaedics and Trauma: Submissions

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Author Guidelines


The Nigerian Journal of Orthopaedics and Trauma is a peer reviewed journal publishing original research articles on all aspects of trauma, musculoskeletal diseases / disorders and related clinical and basic science fields.
Manuscripts are submitted on the understanding that they have not been previously published and are not under consideration for publication elsewhere. All studies on human subjects must have been approved by the appropriate ethics committee and by implication performed in accordance with internationally accepted ethical standards. Details that might disclose the identity of subjects of study should be omitted.
Manuscripts in the categories of original articles, case reports, special articles (by invitation), reviews, short communication and letters to the editor are accepted.

Preparation of manuscripts
Manuscripts (3 copies) should be typewritten with double spacing on one side of A4 paper, accompanied with a labelled diskette or CD. Research articles, should have the following sections: title page, abstract, text (introduction, methods, results, discussion, and conclusions), acknowledgement, references, tables and figures.
Length of manuscript. Research articles should not exceed 3000 words. Short communication should not exceed 1500 words. Letters to the editor and book reviews should not exceed 1500 words. Word count should be included in the cover letter.
Title page. This should contain a descriptive and informative manuscript title, initials and surnames of all authors, their highest academic degrees, affiliations / institutions and the name, address and e-mail address of the corresponding author. An e-mail address is compulsory.
Abstract. An abstract of approximately 250 words must be structured into background, objectives, methods, results, conclusions. Key words (not more than 7 words) must be included.
Tables and figures. These should be of good quality with comprehensive captions. Avoid internal vertical and horizontal lines in tables. Figures must be professionally drawn. Photographs should be in glossy form and lightly labelled on its backside. All tables and figures must be referred to in the text.
References. Authors must include only essential references which should be indicated as superscripted Arabic numerals in the text and listed in the references section consecutively as they appear in the text. The references must be in the following form: author(s), title of article, Index Medicus or Medline abbreviation of journal name (full journal name if no abbreviation), year of publication, volume number, first and last pages. When there are 5 or fewer authors, list all of them, otherwise, list the first 5 followed by et al. Reports in press should not be cited.
Electronic submission. This should be in MS Word format with 12 font size. MS Powerpoint is not acceptable. Do not use tabs, bold and italics. Revised manuscript should include the manuscript number in the top right corner of the title page.

Examples of references
a. Elechi EN, Etawo SU. Pilot study of injured patients seen in the University of PortHarcourt
Teaching Hospital, Nigeria. Injury. 1990; 21: 234 – 238.

b. Ruedi TP, Murphy WM. AO Principles of Fracture Management. Thieme Stuttgart. New
York, 2000; 59 -78.

c. Ekere AU. Motorcycle accidents and lower limb bony injuries. The Calabar experience. Part II
Dissertation to the Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria. 1990; 26 -40.

Proofs. Correction of proofs should be strictly restricted to printer’s errors and returned within 3 days.

Correspondence: All correspondence including manuscript submission, reprint request and inquiries for adverts should be addressed to:
L.O.A. Thanni, Editor-in-Chief, Nigerian Journal of Orthopaedics and Trauma, Dept of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, College of Health Sciences, Olabisi Onabanjo University, P.M.B. 2022 Sagamu 121001, Ogun State, Nigeria. E-Mail address:,

No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means without the written permission of the Editor-in-Chief.

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