SECTION III: REGULAR AND SPECIAL FEATURES: Orthopaedic • Radiology • Pathology Conference
It has been brought to our attention by our readers that two pairs of manuscripts published in Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research and the American volume of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery may represent duplicate publication. The articles in question are:
- The Progression of Patellofemoral Arthrosis After Medial Unicompartmental Replacement by Berger et al, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, 2004;428:92-99
Cementless Acetabular Reconstruction in Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty, by Della Valle et al, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, 2004;420:96-100
- Results of Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty at a Minimum of Ten Years of Follow-up by Berger et al, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, American Volume, 2005;87:999-1006
- Revision of the Acetabular Component without Cement After Total Hip Arthroplasty by Della Valle, et al, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, American Volume 2005;87:1795-1800
We reviewed both pairs of manuscripts and shared the concerns raised by the readers with regard to the possibility of redundant publication. Therefore, we asked the authors of the four papers to review them and provide an explanation of circumstances surrounding their publication. Attached is the response letter from the authors which we do not feel, in either case, adequately justifies the publication of two separate articles because in neither case does one article provide sufficient new information beyond the information provided in the companion article. We both feel that the most important element of the authors' response letter lies in the introductory paragraph in which the Department of Orthopaedics has decided to establish an oversight committee to vet manuscripts before submission for publication. We both endorse this concept and encourage other academic orthopaedic departments to pursue a similar review process to minimize the risk of being charged with duplicate or redundant publication.
James D. Heckman, MD
Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, American Volume
Richard A. Brand, MD
Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research© 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.