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The Next Step to Improve the Quality of Techniques in Orthopaedics

Browner, Bruce D. MD, MHCM, FACS, FAOA, FAAOS; Editor-in-Chief

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Techniques in Orthopaedics: March 2020 - Volume 35 - Issue 1 - p 1
doi: 10.1097/BTO.0000000000000438
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Techniques in Orthopaedics (TIO) is the “grand daddy” of orthopedic technical journals. While there are now a number of orthopedic subspecialty technical journals and scientific journals have added short technical articles, TIO continues to have broad following as evidenced in the growing traffic on its website. The journal has been strengthened by expanding the focus to include coverage of transitional research in addition to describing surgical techniques. Each quarterly symposium now includes an article that enables authors to discuss technology oriented health policy, legal, financial, and ethical issues.

Seeking to make a unique contribution to the literature we are choosing controversial, infrequently covered or totally new topics for the quarterly symposia. The topics include such diverse subjects as: perioperative pain management, the anterolateral ligament of the knee, new biomaterials, 3D printing and fabrication, new tumor surgical treatments, congenital upper extremity problems, concussion, SI joint dysfunction and surgery, proximal junctional kyphosis and failure, postoperative infection, stem cells, clinical registries, preoperative optimization systems, osteointegration amputee prosthetics, personal genetic markers, and limb lengthening intramedullary devices.

Five years ago, we developed a new editorial board lead by 15 subspecialty Associate Editors. Each built their section with a number of subspecialized editorial board members and additional reviewers. All articles submitted to the journal have undergone extensive review. Some have gone through a number of revisions before acceptance. I have been very impressed by the thoroughness and high quality of the reviews and wish to thank all involved in the process for their dedication and hard work. With their persistent attention to detail and critical recommendations we can truly claim we are conducting “rigorous peer review.”

Achieving Index Medicus status has been a long-held goal. While the expanded review process and the varied choice of symposium topics have been steps to that goal, more is required in order to comply with the PRISMA (, CONSORT (, and STROBE ( guidelines required by Pub Med for scientific journals it lists.

To make TIO more eligible for Index Medicus listing and further improve its quality we are implementing new Instructions For Authors that will outline the expanded requirements for manuscript structure. These instructions are similar to those utilized by other Pub Med approved scientific journals so we believe authors will be familiar with these requirements and should not find it too difficult or onerous to comply. We hope that our contributing authors will continue to submit manuscripts and recognize that they have a pivotal role in helping us build a stronger more significant journal.

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