Peer Review Process


All manuscripts submitted to the Orthopaedic Journal at Harvard Medical School (OJHMS) will undergo a rigorous, blinded peer-review process that is the standard for publication in scholarly journals. The process is entirely electronic. Manuscripts are accepted and undergo review on a rolling basis.

Each manuscript will undergo initial review by two Associate Editors and the relevant Section Editor, who holds a faculty appointment at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and has subspecialty expertise in the field applicable to the manuscript. Reviewers will be blinded to the identity of the authors. Guest reviewers may be selected on occasion, depending on the manuscript’s topic, and will also hold faculty appointments at HMS. Manuscripts will be categorically scored based on value to the readership of OJHMS. Original research will be evaluated for originality, methodological soundness, and ethical conduct of research.

If accepted, the corresponding author will be asked to make the required revisions and resubmit the manuscript within a designated and reasonable time frame. Manuscripts will undergo a second review process by an Editor-in-Chief and either the Staff Editor-in-Chief or the Staff Managing Editor to ensure scientific integrity, review of potential conflicts of interest, and suitability for publication.

Accepted manuscripts will be designated for either full publication versus abstract-only publication in the full-color, print version of OJHMS; however all accepted manuscripts will be printed in their entirety online. OJHMS is published in print and online in June each year.