Peer Review Process
The Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics (JPO) uses a double-blinded peer review process for most submissions, with the exception of editorials, letters to the editor and author responses, and content submitted for supplements.
Original Research Articles, Review Articles, Clinical Practice Guidelines, Case Reports, and Technical Reports
JPO uses a double-blind peer review process for original research articles, review articles, clinical practice guidelines, case reports, and technical reports. Manuscripts are screened for appropriate scope and content quality by the Editor-in-Chief (EIC). The EIC then invites 2 or 3 experts on the topic to serve as peer reviewers. Statisticians are invited to evaluate manuscripts when necessary. Blinded reviewer comments will be sent to the authors with the EIC’s decision to accept, revise, or reject the manuscripts.
ORIGINAL SUBMISSONS WITH A CONFLICT-OF-INTEREST: All original research articles, review articles, clinical practice guidelines, case reports, or technical reports that are authored by the EIC or Editorial Board members undergo standard peer-review procedures. In cases where an author is an Editorial Board member, the peer review process (including the decision to reject, revise, or accept) is managed by the EIC. In cases where the EIC is an author or has another conflict of interest with the submission, the peer review process is delegated to a member of the Editorial Board without a conflict of interest. In both situations, confidentiality of the double-blind peer review process is preserved.
Editorials are commentaries authored by the EIC or other individuals at the invitation of the EIC. Editorials are used to inform the JPO readership about policies, procedures, or issues that may be relevant to authors and readers. Editorials may undergo peer review if deemed necessary by the EIC.
Letters to the editor and author responses
Letters to the editor are short communications written by readers to express commentary, offer an alternative perspective, or provide constructive criticism of articles published in JPO. Letters to the editor are reviewed by the EIC and Managing Editor for content prior to publication, with recommendations of either accept, revise, or reject as appropriate. The EIC reserves the right to solicit and publish responses from article authors or other stakeholders to promote academic discourse.
Articles included in JPO supplements
(i.e., proceedings from Academy Annual Meetings or State-of-the-Science Conferences) are not subjected to JPO’s Peer Review Process but are reviewed and selected according to the Academy’s selection process. Abstracts selected for the Annual Meeting are selected by the Academy’s Clinical Content Committee, and articles selected for the State-of-the-Science Conferences are solicited from subject matter experts who are provided critical feedback on the manuscript draft from other experts prior to publication.