Open Access 

LWW's hybrid open access (OA) option is offered to authors whose articles have been accepted for publication. With this choice, articles are made freely available online immediately upon publication. All authors submitting work to Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research® will be given the opportunity to select the OA option upon manuscript acceptance. Authors who select this option retain their copyright, but grant LWW a license to publish the article and identify itself as the original publisher. This choice has no influence on the peer review and acceptance processes. These articles are subject to the journal's standard peer review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their merit. 

The open access option entails: 

Copyright Transfer Forms - Each author must complete and submit the journal's copyright transfer agreement and disclosure form detailing potential conflicts of interest based on the recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals" ( 

A copy of the form is made available to the submitting author within the Editorial Manager submission process. Co-authors will automatically receive an Email with instructions on completing the form upon submission. 

Authors of accepted peer-reviewed articles have the choice to pay a fee to allow perpetual unrestricted online access to their published article to readers globally, immediately upon publication. Authors may take advantage of the open access option at the point of acceptance to ensure that this choice has no influence on the peer review and acceptance process. These articles are subject to the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit. 

The article processing charge (APC) is charged on acceptance of the article and should be paid within 30 days by the author, funding agency or institution. Payment must be processed for the article to be published open access. For APC pricing visit:​

Authors retain copyright 

Authors retain their copyright for all articles they opt to publish open access. Authors grant Wolters Kluwer an exclusive license to publish the article and the article is made available under the terms of a Creative Commons user license. Please visit our Open Access Publication Process page for more information.

Creative Commons license 

Open access articles are freely available to read, download and share from the time of publication under the terms of the Creative Commons License Attribution-NonCommerical No Derivative (CC BYNC-ND) license. This license does not permit reuse for any commercial purposes nor does it cover the reuse or modification of individual elements of the work (such as figures, tables, etc.) in the creation of derivative works without specific permission. 

Compliance with funder mandated open access policies 

An author whose work is funded by an organization that mandates the use of the Creative CommonsAttribution (CC BY) license is able to meet that requirement through the available open access license for approved funders. Information about the approved funders can be found here: 

It is the responsibility of the Corresponding Author to inform the Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research® Editorial Office that they have RCUK or Wellcome Trust funding. Neither the journal office nor LWW will be held responsible for retroactive deposits to PubMed Central (PMC) if the author has not completed the proper forms. 

FAQ for open access