JBJS Open Access (JBJS OA) is an international, peer-reviewed, open-access journal from the publishers of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. The mission of this continuously published online-only journal is to provide a steady flow of comprehensive, objective, and evidence-based basic-science and clinical studies that have the potential to impact orthopaedic care worldwide.  JBJS OA maintains the same standards of excellence that are the hallmarks of all products in the JBJS portfolio. JBJS OA expands the capacity of JBJS to meet the evolving needs of the orthopaedic community by disseminating knowledge on an open-access platform that is free of charge for all readers.

Co-edited by Eng Hin Lee, MD, FRCSC, and Robin R. Richards, MD, FRCSC, along with a distinguished Editorial Board, each issue of JBJS OA provides the orthopaedic community with essential reading on the latest advances in orthopedic surgery. JBJS OA welcomes manuscripts on basic science and clinical studies on the musculoskeletal system as well as on orthopedic education and training.

Contributions from anywhere in the world are welcome and are 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 Co-Editors. 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.

What makes JBJS OA essential reading?

JBJS OA serves the orthopaedic community as the premier open-access orthopaedic journal by focusing on several specific differentiators and factors for success.

  • Trusted Content: JBJS OA offers the same quality, editorial oversight, and innovation that are the hallmarks of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery.
  • Constructive Peer Review: Manuscripts are evaluated by the Co-Editors, Associate Editors, Consultant Reviewers, and editorial staff of JBJS OA. Authors receive a comprehensive, constructive, and balanced peer review after submission. Our instructions to peer reviewers specifically require them to ensure that a fair critique is provided to the author.
  • Substantive Copyediting: JBJS OA only publishes manuscripts that achieve the highest levels of quality, accuracy, and clarity. All accepted manuscripts will be copyedited to the same rigorous standards as articles that are published in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery.
  • Discoverability and Access: Articles published in JBJS OA are fully citable. The application for MEDLINE indexing will be made as soon as the journal reaches the appropriate milestones. Once approved, all previously published articles will be indexed. Articles will be easily accessible and searchable from Google and across different database products.
  • Timeliness: Articles will be published in a continuous manner over the course of each month to ensure a steady flow of new information.
  • International Perspective: Authors from anywhere in the world are encouraged to submit manuscripts to JBJS OA as the practice of orthopaedic surgery is international. JBJS OA is dedicated to communicating the best evidence and most advanced data on the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disease from around the world.
  • Innovation: As an online-only open-access publication, JBJS OA is uniquely positioned to leverage the digital medium to add value for the reader in terms of speed, access, and content.

JBJS OA Statistics

ISSN: 2472-7245

Published in the United States by The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Incorporated.


JBJS OA is indexed in PubMed Central, the Directory of Open Access Journals, Portico, and CrossRef.  Articles are discoverable via PubMed. 

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.

Instructions for Potential Authors

Authors who wish to submit an article for publication in JBJS OA should review our Instructions for Authors. All submitted manuscripts will undergo peer review, and the decision to accept will depend on the outcome of the review process.

Authors retain copyright to their articles. After an article has been accepted, all authors will be required to sign a License to Publish form and upload that form to the JBJS OA manuscript submission system. The article will then be published under the terms of the Creative Commons AttributionNonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND) license or under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY) license.

Article Processing Charge (APC)

The APC is $2,250 USD. The APC is charged on acceptance of the article and must be paid in full within 30 days by credit card by the author, funding agency, or institution. If the author originally submitted the paper to The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery and has paid a submission fee, the author will receive a $250 USD coupon code to use upon acceptance for publication in JBJS OA, making the total APC $2,000 USD. Additional payment instructions will be provided at the time of acceptance.

About The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Inc.

The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Inc., is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to producing a family of print and online publications related to the field of orthopaedics. The flagship publication, The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, dates its origins back to the 1889 Transactions of the American Orthopedic Association. Other publications in the JBJS portfolio include JBJS Case Connector, JBJS Essential Surgical Techniques, JBJS Reviews, and JBJS Journal of Orthopaedics for Physician Assistants. These electronic publications are designed to help those who practice and research orthopaedics worldwide by connecting surgeons to focused orthopaedic information.

Media Information

If you are a media representative and have questions about embargoes, upcoming press releases, or other matters, please contact us at info@jbjs.org. To apply for a Media Subscription, contact us at info@jbjs.org.

Contact Information:

The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Inc.
20 Pickering Street
Needham, Massachusetts 02492-3157, USA
ph: +1 781-449-9780
email: info@jbjs.org


Editor-in-Chief: Marc F. Swiontkowski, MD

Marc Swiontkowski, MD, is an orthopaedic surgeon with University of Minnesota Physicians and is a Professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He is CEO Emeritus of TRIA Orthopaedic Center in Bloomington, Minnesota. He is the past president of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association and the American Orthopaedic Association. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He served as a Deputy Editor for The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery from 1996 through 2014 and as the Editor of JBJS Case Connector from 2011 through 2016.

Co-Editor: Eng Hin Lee, MD, FRCSC

Eng Hin Lee, MD, FRCSC, is a Professor at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and Program Leader of the Tissue Engineering Program, National University of Singapore. He did his undergraduate medical education at the University of Western Ontario, after which he completed his postgraduate orthopaedic training at the University of Toronto teaching hospitals. He is a past president of the ASEAN Orthopaedic Association and the Asia Pacific Paediatric Orthopaedic Society and is currently a member of the International Paediatric Orthopaedic Think Tank. He is a charter member of the International Editorial Board and has served as a Deputy Editor for The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery since 2011.

Co-Editor: Robin R. Richards, MD, FRCSC

Robin Richards, MD, FRCSC, is Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto and a Surgeon-in-Chief Emeritus at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Richards is Vice Chair–Clinical of the University of Toronto Department of Surgery, Chair of the Awards and Internal Evaluation Committees, Past Secretary-Treasurer of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, and Past Deputy Editor for the Upper Extremity of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. Dr. Richards is a member of the Ontario, Canadian, and American Orthopaedic Associations and is Past President of the Canadian and Ontario Orthopaedic Associations. Dr. Richards was Head of the Department of Surgery and Co-Director of the Operating Room and Related Services at Sunnybrook HSC from 2001 to 2012. Dr. Richards maintains an active surgical practice focusing on upper-extremity reconstruction.

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.