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MOJ Instructions for Authors

Instructions for Authors


  • Present the important findings in a logical sequence.
  • The results can be supplemented with tables or illustrations.
  • Do not repeat all the data contained in the tables or illustrations. Emphasize only the important observations.


  • Emphasize only important findings, their implications and limitations.
  • Avoid repeating in detail data provided in the results and introduction.
  • Relate the observations to other relevant studies.
  • Avoid statements that are not completely supported by results of the study.
  • Whenever recommendations for treatment are made, the patients groups and applicable conditions must be carefully defined.


  • Link conclusions to the aim(s) of study
  • All conclusions must be supported by the results of the study
  • Avoid claiming priority to work that has not been completed.


  • Number references consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text, tables or illustrations.
  • Present references in Vancouver style. References in the text should be cited each by a reference number in ‘Arabic numerals’ in square brackets e.g. [1] or [2-3]
  • List the first 6 authors followed by “et al”.
  • Journal titles should be abbreviated in accordance with Index Medicus.
  • Authors are responsible for the accuracy of references and must verify them against original documents.


  • Use of tables should be kept to a minimum.
  • Roman numerals should be used for numbering tables (e.g. Table I, Table II).
  • Present each table on a separate page, with a clear legend ABOVE it.
  • The content of a table should be clearly labelled so that it is comprehensive without reference to the text.


  • Use of illustrations or diagrams should be kept to a minimum.
  • Arabic numerals should be used for numbering illustrations, and present them as “Figures” (e.g. Figure1, Figure2).
  • Describe each illustration on a separate page, with a clear legend BELOW it.
  • All reproduced materials must have the written permission of the owner (publisher), and it must be so indicated in the legend.
  • For electronic submission,
    • Higher resolution images (300 DPI or higher) should be submitted as separate files (JPEG or TIFF) and named according to figure numbers.

Case Reports

Interesting cases with unique features in the diagnosis and management will be considered for publication. Describing the outcome of treatment or survival of a rare condition is more important than reporting its distinct entity and the treatment offered.

A case report should adhere to the following guidelines

  • Maximum of 1000 words excluding the abstract.
  • Maximum of one table, 3 illustrations and 5 references.
  • Suggested components: abstract, introduction, case report and discussion, references.

Letters to the Editor

The Journal encourages commentaries of published articles and other materials that are of general interest to the readers or medical community as a whole. Communications should be directed to the chief editor. It should not exceed 500 words.

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About Us

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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