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Editorial Policy and Publication Ethics

A: Description


Though the journal has been compiled with great care, the journal disclaims any duty to investigate any information, procedure, design and the like which may have been described in the Journal. The appearance of any information in this Journal does not guarantee the publication is free from errors and the opinion and statements expressed are not necessarily endorsed by the journal.

A1: Open Access

The Malaysian Orthopaedic journal is an Open Access journal published under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License ( Readers are free to read, print, share and adapt the published material in any medium and for any purpose as long as appropriate attributions are made to the contributors. Authors retain the copy-right of the published material.  

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A2: Article Processing Charge (APC)

Starting from 1st May 2020, MOJ will charge a processing fee of USD 60.00 for all submissions for publication. This is a non-refundable fee to cover the administrative cost for evaluation and editing the submitted material. Once the APC has been successfully processed, the journal will assign a tracking number and initiate the evaluation of the submission. Payment of APC does not guarantee acceptance of the article.

A3: Authorship

MOJ adheres to the guidelines on authorship outlined by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) in the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals. Authors should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for the content of the article published. Authors should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for the content of the article published.

Addition, deletion or re-arrangement of author names must be made by the corresponding author, with a letter that indicates the reason for requesting such a change, and a list showing the contributions by each of the co-authors. The letter must be signed by all co-authors, and we will need a confirmation letter from the author to be added or deleted. The request can only be made before the article is accepted for publication.

[ICMJE: Author Responsibilities — Conflicts of Interest]

A4: Peer review

MOJ conducts double blind peer review process to evaluate case reports and original articles. Identities of the authors will be concealed from the peer reviewers, and vice versa.

A5: Language

For many authors of MOJ, English may not be their first language of communication. We would like to encourage our authors to seek the help of those who are fluent in English to ensure accurate reporting of scientific information and clear discussion on relevant subjects.

Our editorial office is not able to provide language editing service for the papers. We may request our author to improve the language of the paper even if it has been accepted following format and scientific editing (at the stage of copy editing). Generally, we will not reject a paper purely on the grounds of poor language. We may advise the author to engage professional language editing service for this purpose.

B: Publication ethics

B1: Duplication

The article must be original, has not been previously published either in printed or electronic form, and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. MOJ does not accept duplicate submission or publication.

Duplicate submission refers to submitting manuscript to more than one journal at the same time. Duplicate publication refers to publication of material that significantly overlaps with articles that have already been published by the same authors, without clear reference to the latter. Both duplicate submission and publication are considered to be un-ethical, and may infringe upon the international copyright laws.

[ICMJE: Overlapping Publication]

MOJ will consider an article that has been presented as an oral presentation or a poster during a scientific meeting. Publication as an abstract is also acceptable, unless it contains the same data tables and figures. During public health emergencies, sharing or publishing vital information with important implications towards further research, prevention, and treatment of a specific condition may not preclude the material from being considered for publication

B2: Plagiarism

Authors wishing to include figures or tables that have already been published elsewhere are required to obtain written permission from the copyright owner. Evidence that such permission has been granted must be submitted together with the manuscript. All reproduced materials must have the written permission of the owner (publisher), and it must be so indicated in the legend.

B3: Conflict of interest

MOJ requires each author to declare any direct or indirect relationship, connection or financial interest with other individuals or organizations that may inappropriately influence (bias) the conduct, analysis, discussion or conclusion of their study. Each author has to submit the ICMJE Uniform Disclosure Form for Potential Conflicts of Interest. Authors can access the interactive PDF forms at the link below, complete the form electronically, save the file before submitting them as attachments.

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B4: Retraction of articles

It is the responsibility of the Editorial Board of a journal to alert the readers when there is serious flaw in the scientific content, or infringement of professional ethics of a published article. The editorial board will investigate the incidence, and take the necessary the action based on the guidelines recommended by COPE. Retraction notice will be issued when there is conclusive evidence to support such an allegation. The main purpose of retraction is to correct major mistakes and ensure the integrity of biomedical literature.

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The Malaysian Orthopaedic Journal is a peer-reviewed journal that is published three times a year in both print and electronic online version. The purpose of this journal is to publish original research studies, evaluation of current practices and case reports in various subspecialties of orthopaedics and traumatology, as well as associated fields like basic science, biomedical engineering, rehabilitation medicine and nursing.

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