Malaysian Orthopaedic Journal

Instruction to Authors

The Malaysian Orthopaedic Journal is the official publication of Malaysian Orthopaedic Association (MOA) and ASEAN Orthopaedic Journal (AOA). It is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes review articles, original research papers and case reports. The manuscripts will be blinded and reviewed by an independent group of reviewers.


Through the Journal has been compiled with great care, the Malaysian Orthopaedic Journal disclaims any duty to investigate any information, procedures, 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 Malaysian Orthopaedic Journal.


All materials accepted for publication will become the permanent property of the Malaysian Orthopaedic Journal. The journal allows readers to read, download, copy, print, search and distribute the published articles, provided the authors are properly acknowledged and cited. The materials can also be used for linking, indexing or any other lawful purposes.


Manuscripts should be submitted electronically in Microsoft WORD for windows through our website and images as JPEG/TIFF files. Authors are requested to ensure that the manuscript is prepared according to the format to avoid delay in publication.

MOJ website:

MOJ Secretariat: Ms Nurul Jannah

A cover letter will be required in addition to the manuscript. The letter should contain the following paragraphs: “The article is original, has not been previously published either in printed or electronic form, and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.The author(s) undersigned hereby transfer all copyright ownership to the Malaysian Orthopaedic Journal”. This letter should be signed by all the authors and sent together with the hard copy manuscript or sent separately in the case of electronic submission to the mailing address of the journal.

Authors should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for the content for the article published. The editor may require authors to justify the assignment of authorship.

Format of Manuscript

The manuscript should be prepared on A4 size paper and double-spaced. Use size 12 point fond Times New Roman throughout (including title page, abstracts, references, tables and illustrations). There margin should be 2.5 cm on all sides and the text should be “left hand” justified only. All pages should be numbered on the top right corner.

Measurement should use SI units. Spell out “one” to “ten” at the beginning of a sentence, and “one” at all times. Arabic numerals should be used otherwise. Each of the following manuscript components should begin with a new page.

Title page

This component should contain the following

  • Title of the article
  • Author(s) name (initials and family name) followed by one academic qualification
  • Author’s institution in the form of footnotes
  • Name and address of the corresponding author (including email and mobile number if available)
  • Short running head not more than 40 characters


  • Should consist not more than 150 words.
  • Both structured and unstructured abstracts can be accepted.
  • For original articles, result and conclusion should be included.
  • Below the abstract, provide not more than 5 keywords or short phrases to assist in cross indexing of the article.


  • Provide only relevant information and references
  • Do not review the subject extensively.
  • Do not include results or conclusion of the study.
  • State the purpose of the study clearly.

Material and method

  • Specify the selection of subjects or study groups clearly.
  • Describe the methods, apparatus (including manufacturer’s name in parenthesis) and procedures in sufficient detail to allow others to reproduce the study.
  • Provide reference to established methods, brief descriptions for methods that are not well-known.
  • Describe new or substantially modified methods, giving reasons for using them and evaluate their limitations
  • Describe the chemicals and drugs used (including generic names, dosages and routes of administration).
  • Describe statistical methods used with adequate details to enable a knowledgeable reader to verify the reported results.
  • Ethics:
    • When reporting experiments on human subjects, indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional or regional) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 1983.
    • Do not use patients’ names, initials, or hospital numbers, especially in illustrative materia
    • When reporting experiments on animals, indicate whether the institution’s or a national research council’s guide for, or any national law on, the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.