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​​​​About JBJS

The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery

JBJS was founded by the American Orthopaedic Association in 1903 and is the Official Journal of the American Orthopaedic Association.


The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery (JBJS) has been the most valued source of information for orthopaedic surgeons and researchers for over 125 years and is the gold standard in peer-reviewed scientific information in the field. A core journal and essential reading for general as well as specialist orthopaedic surgeons worldwide, JBJS publishes evidence-based research to enhance the quality of care for orthopaedic patients. Standards of excellence and high quality are maintained in everything we do, from the science of the content published to the customer service we provide.  JBJS is an independent, non-profit journal. is the version of record of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. JBJS is published twice a month on the first and third Wednesday of each month, each time adding to a comprehensive PDF archive dating back to 1889. Additional features online include: article commenting, social sharing links, instructional videospodcasts, and continuing medical education activities.

Contributions from anywhere in the world are welcome and considered on their merits. The manuscript must be written in English and should be submitted as outlined in the Instructions for Authors.

Manuscripts are subject to blinded peer review by experts and a final decision by the editor. Papers are judged by the quality and relevance of the work. Our aim is to publish the best material available from anywhere in the world.


To improve musculoskeletal health across the globe by delivering gold standard information resources for clinicians, researchers, and orthopaedic care teams.

JBJS is provided for free or at nominal cost to institutions in low- and middle-income countries through participation in the HINARI Program developed by the World Health Organization (WHO). More detailed information is available here.

Our Vision

Global leadership in providing essential knowledge and diverse learning resources to improve patient care.

Core Values

  • Leadership in knowledge
  • Excellence
  • Integrity​
  • Focused on patient outcomes​
  • Equality in access, care, opportunity

Ethics Policy

This Ethics Policies document is intended to inform the public and all persons affiliated with The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Inc., of its general ethics policies.  These policies pertain to all publications produced by JBJS, Inc.

A History of Print

The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery has its origin as the Transactions of the American Orthopedic Association. The first volume contained the proceedings of the meetings of 1887 and 1888. Volume XVI of the Transactions of the American Orthopedic Association is also Volume I of the American Journal of Orthopedic Surgery. In 1919, when  JBJS became the official publication of the British Orthopaedic Association, the word American was dropped from the title and orthopedic was changed to orthopaedic. That year's volume, the Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery, became a new series, Volume I.

The present title, The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, was adopted in 1922. In 1948, American and British volumes were established. The American Orthopaedic Association retained ownership of  JBJSuntil 1954, when an independent non-profit corporation, The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Inc., was established. In 2013 the British Volume changed its name and the American Volume continues to be The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery.

Local Editions of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery

The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery is published in both English and local languages around the globe. English language editions of JBJS are currently published in India. Local language editions are published in Chinese, Czech, Korean, and Japanese.


The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery is currently indexed in MEDLINE/PubMed, Scopus, CrossRef, Portico, and the Web of Science (2020 impact factor: 5.284).

Media Information

If you are a media representative and have questions about embargoes, upcoming press releases or other matters, or wish to apply for a Media Subscription, please contact us at [email protected].

The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery
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