Guidelines for Submissions
The appropriate length of submitted manuscripts varies with subject matter and audience. In general, manuscripts range from 2500 to 3500 words long. References and bibliographies are acceptable (see below for format); abstracts and footnotes to the text are not.
If submitted in hard copy only, manuscripts must be typed double-spaced and should have an unjustified (ragged) right column. Whenever possible, please submit manuscripts electronically, in either Microsoft Word, RTF, or plain-text (ASCII) format. Accompanying figures and images should not be embedded in the text file, but sent in separate files.
1. Tables should included at the end of the manuscript copy or in separate electronic files. 2. Tables should contain only words and common mathematical and technical symbols; art (arrows, etc.) should not be included. 3. Tables should be numbered (Roman numerals) in order of mention and clearly identified. 4. Each must have a brief title or legend; additional information may appear as footnotes to the table or as discussion in text. 5. When possible, tables should be limited to one per 1000 words of text (in other words, a 4000 word article would have no more than four tables).
1. Artwork must be provided in separate files, must not be included in the manuscript copy, and must correspond exactly to the text explanation. 2. Preferred electronic formats for line art, graphs, and images are TIFF, EPS, and JPEG. (Contact the editors for more details). 3. Figures should be numbered (Arabic numerals) in order of mention. 4. Each figure should have a brief title or legend; additional information should appear as discussion in text. 6. Figures or illustrations should be limited to one per 1000 words of text. 7. Hardcopy artwork and photography will be returned only on request.
1. References should be typed double-spaced on a separate page, should be numbered in the order in which they are mentioned, and should be indicated in text by superscript Arabic numerals. 2. Bibliographies (i.e., suggested readings) are unnumbered and should be organized alphabetically. 3. Use the following styles:
Article in journal—
Culver DH, Horan T, Gaynes RP, et al., "Surgical Wound Infection Rates by Wound Class, Operative Procedure, and Patient Risk Index," Am J Med, 91:1525-1575, 1991.
Placencia AM, Arin ML, Peeler JT, et al., "Physical Tests Are Not Enough," Med Dev & Diag Indust, 11(9):72-78, 1988. (Issue number  needed because journal not consecutively paginated.)
Book and book chapter—
Putz-Anderson V, Cumulative Trauma Disorders, New York, Taylor & Francis, 1988.
Small A, "Design for Older People," in Handbook of Human Factors, Salvendy G (ed), New York, John Wiley, pp 499-500, 1987.
Standards and reports—
Selected ASTM Standards on Packaging, 2nd ed., Philadelphia, American Society for Testing and Materials, 1987.
Human Factors Engineering Guidelines and Preferred Practices for the Design of Medical Devices, AAMI HE-1988, Arlington, VA, Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, 1988.
Proceedings and meeting abstracts—
Hernandez J, Klein K, Learned V, et al., "Isokinetic Wrist Strength of Females with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome," in Proceedings of the Human Factors Society 34th Annual Meeting, Santa Monica, CA, Human Factors Society, p 795, 1990.
Margolis WE and Finniman F, "What Quality Means to the Drug Industry," presented to the American Society for Microbiology at the 78th Annual Meeting, Dallas, May 1980. (For unpublished proceedings, give city and date of meeting where presentation was made, not the city of the organization's office.)
Federal Register, 57 FR:10702
21 USC 551(4)
Community Nutrition Institute v. Young, 818 F2d, 943 (DC Cir 1987).
SMDA, Section 16, amending FD&C Act, Section 503.
Manuscripts are subject to copyediting. Typically articles are edited to eliminate wordiness and awkward sentences, to add punch to a lead or part of an article, or to make the organization more logical. You will receive a copy of your edited article to review prior to publication to ensure no factual errors have occurred.
1. Manuscripts are accepted for consideration with the understanding that they are unpublished and are not under review elsewhere. 2. While OrthoTec does not discourage vendors or others engaged in the sale of products or services to our readers from submitting articles for publication, we do ask that authors disclose any financial interest in the material presented and strive to discuss it in a balanced, objective way. 3. No promotion of a specific brand or source of products or services is acceptable. Similarly, efforts to steer readers toward products or services offered by authors must be avoided. 4. UBM Canon assumes the copyright to published manuscripts. 5. UBM Canon assumes no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts or artwork, although they are accepted for review. Unsolicited materials will not be returned unless accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
Submissions may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed to the attention of OrthoTec at 877/743-6688, or mailed to
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For more detailed questions, contact ORT Editor Maria Fontanazza