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Prosthetics and Orthotics International

2015 Impact Factor: 0.930
2015 Ranking: 53/74 in Orthopedics | 51/65 in Rehabilitation (SCI)
2016 Release of Journal Citation Reports, Source: 2015 Web of Science Data

Editor
Timothy M. Bach La Trobe University, Australia


eISSN: 17461553| ISSN: 03093646|Current volume: 40|Current issue: 4 Frequency: Bi-monthly

Prosthetics and Orthotics International is the official journal of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO).

Prosthetics and Orthotics International is an international, multidisciplinary journal for all professionals who have an interest in the medical, clinical, rehabilitation, technical, educational and research aspects of prosthetics, orthotics and rehabilitation engineering, as well as their related topics.

The Journal publishes review articles, experimental and clinical research papers, case studies, technical notes, reports on prosthetics, orthotics and rehabilitation engineering practice, and book reviews. Occasionally special issues on specific themes of interest to the Journal's readership are published. Information about ISPO activities and the outcomes of the ISPO consensus conferences and working groups that are held are also published.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Prosthetics and Orthotics International is an international, multidisciplinary journal for all professionals who have an interest in the medical, clinical, rehabilitation, technical, educational and research aspects of prosthetics, orthotics and rehabilitation engineering, as well as their related topics.

The Journal publishes review articles, experimental and clinical research papers, case studies, technical notes, reports on prosthetics, orthotics and rehabilitation engineering practice, and book reviews. Occasionally special issues on specific themes of interest to the Journal's readership are published. Information about ISPO activities and the outcomes of the ISPO consensus conferences and working groups that are held are also published.

Associate Editor
Vibhor Agrawal Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, USA
Toshiki Kobayashi Hokkaido University of Science, Japan
Edward Lemaire The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre, Canada
Aaron K.L. Leung The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Samuel L Phillips James A. Haley Veterans Administration Medical Center, USA
Dick Plettenburg Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Editorial Board
Elaine Ball University of Salford, UK
Robert Bowers National Centre for Prosthetics and Orthotics, University of Strathclyde, UK
John Bowker University of Miami, USA
Reinald Brunner Children's University Hospital Basel, Switzerland
Helena Burger University Rehabilitation Institute, Slovenia
Nachiappan Chockalingam University of Staffordshire, UK
Irene Davis Harvard Medical School, USA
Deidre Desmond National University of Ireland Maynooth, Ireland
Stefania Fatone Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center, USA
Reed Ferber Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Pamela Gallagher Dublin City University, Ireland
Bernhard Greitemann Munsterland Clinic, Germany
Kerstin Hagberg Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Sweden
Marie Christine Hobatho Universite de Technologie de Compiegne, France
Norman Jacobs University of Strathclyde, UK
Kenton Kaufman Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, USA
Friedbert Kohler Braeside Hospital, Australia
Stefano Negrini Italian Scientific Spine Institute, Italy
Rune Nielsen Sophies Minde Ortopedi AS, Norway
Klaas Postema University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands
Nerrolyn Ramstrand Jönköping University, Sweden
James Selfe School of Public Health and Clinical Sciences, University of Central Lancashire, UK
Jim Woodburn Glasgow Caledonian University, UK
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    1. 1. Article types
          1.1 Original Research Report
          1.2 Review
          1.3 Technical Note
          1.4 Clinical Note
          1.5 Case Report
          1.6 Expert Clinical Viewpoint
          1.7 Letter to the Editor
          1.8 Book Review
    2. 2. Editorial policies
          2.1 Peer review policy
          2.2 Authorship
          2.3 Acknowledgements
          2.4 Funding
          2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
          2.6 Research ethics and patient consent
          2.7 Clinical trials
          2.8 Reporting guidelines
          2.9 Data
    3. 3. Publishing policies
          3.1 Publication ethics
          3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement
          3.3 Open access and author archiving
          3.4 Permissions
    4. 4. Preparing your manuscript
          4.1 Word processing formats
          4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
          4.3 Supplementary material
          4.4 Journal layout
          4.5 Reference style
          4.6 English language editing services
    5. 5. Submitting your manuscript
          5.1 How to submit your manuscript
          5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts
          5.3 Corresponding author contact details
    6. 6. On acceptance and publication
          6.1 SAGE Production
          6.2 Access to your published article
          6.3 Online First publication
    7. 7. Further information

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics
    This Journal recommends that authors follow the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE)

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tpoi to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Prosthetics and Orthotics International will be reviewed.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

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    1. Article types

    Prosthetics and Orthotics International is a peer-reviewed journal welcoming the following article types for publication.

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    1.1 Original Research Report

    This form of manuscript presents new clinical and experimental findings that advance the clinical and theoretical fields of orthotics, prosthetics, and related areas. The main text of the manuscript should not exceed 3,000 words (please refer to Table 1). The abstract for a Research Report has a 200 word limit and should contain the following subheadings: Study Design; Background; Objectives; Methods; Results; and Conclusions. Please state the word count on a line below the abstract.

    Under the abstract, a Clinical Relevance statement of no more than 50 words should be provided. This should provide information on the potential application or impact of the study regarding clinical practice. The author(s) may also make reference to how the findings of the study contribute to the overall understanding of the topic. Please state the word count on a line below the statement.

    The main body of an Original Research Report should include the following sections: Background; Methods; Results; Discussion; Conclusion; and References.

    The Background should introduce the topic area etc. and provide a succinct review of the relevant literature. This section concludes with the objectives/purpose of the study and by stating a hypothesis. The Methods section provides information on the design of the study (i.e. retrospective, randomised controlled trial). Suggested details include the study population, inclusion and exclusion criteria, ethical approval (consent), equipment, procedures, methods of analysis, and data analysis. The Results section must contain a detailed presentation of the data analysed and must refer to supporting information presented within tables and figures and their related legends. The Discussion should be concise and focus on your main findings - was the hypothesis supported or rejected? Within this section authors should also compare and contrast the findings of their study with the existing literature. The strengths and limitations of the study should also be addressed along with suggestions for further research. Where possible, emphasis should be placed on the application to clinical practice. The Conclusion provides a different or novel view of the problem you outlined in your Background. Conclusions made should be supported by your findings. Please state the word count after the Conclusion.

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    1.2 Review

    There are various types of reviews that can be submitted to Prosthetics and Orthotics International. A traditional Literature Review provides a critical synthesis of orthotics, prosthetics or related topics. The limit for this type of article is 5,000 words and the length of the work submitted should be stated prior to the reference section. The abstract should not exceed 200 words and should be structured using the following subheadings: Study Design (i.e. Literature Review); Background; Objectives; Methods; Results; Conclusions; and References. Please state the word count on a line below the abstract.

    A Clinical Relevance statement of no more than 50 words should also be provided. This should inform the reader of the potential application to or impact on clinical practice. The author(s) may also make reference to how the findings of the current review contribute to the overall understanding of the topic. The word count should be provided on a line below the statement.

    The journal also welcomes submissions based on Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses. The guidelines for the abstract are the same as those for the Literature Review. Authors should note that the overall maximum word counts for Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses are 4,000 and 3,500 words respectively (please refer to Table 1). The Abstract and Clinical Relevance statements for both sets of reviews are identical to those of the literature review.

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    1.3 Technical Note

    A Technical Note is a technical-research based commentary which preferably addresses a current issue. The limit for a technical note is 1,200 - 1,500 words. Specifically the article should provide a succinct and balanced summary of equipment, procedures, or particular (innovative) technological approaches used in the field. The abstract should adhere to a 150 word limit, and should include the following 3 subheadings: Background and Aim; Technique; and Discussion. A Clinical Relevance statement should also be provided under the abstract and should not exceed 35 words. This should provide a key point regarding the potential application to or impact on clinical practice. The word counts for the abstract and Clinical Relevance statement respectively should be provided on a line below each section.

    The subheadings within the main text should follow those of the abstract: Background and Aim; Technique; and Discussion, followed by an additional ‘Key Points’ section summarising the work in three to four bullet points (see Table 1). The word count for the main text should be stated beneath this section, prior to the References section.

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    1.4 Clinical Note

    Clinical Notes are limited to 1,200 - 1,500 words and provide a clinical-research based commentary which preferably addresses a current issue. Articles should give a succinct and balanced summary of a particular (innovative) approach or procedure that enhances clinical practice and understanding. The abstract is also structured with a 150 word limit and should include the following three subheadings: Background and Aim; Technique; and Discussion. A Clinical Relevance statement of no more than 35 words should also be provided underneath the abstract. This should provide a key point on the potential application to or impact on clinical practice. Word counts for the abstract and Clinical Relevance statement should be provided on a line below their respective sections.

    The subheadings within the main text should follow those of the abstract: Background and Aim; Technique; and Discussion, followed by an additional ‘Key Points’ section summarising the work in three to four bullet points (see Table 1). The word count for the main text should be stated beneath this section, prior to the References section.

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    1.5 Case Report

    Case Reports may include a single Case Study or a Case Series (group of patients). These should be between 1,500 and 2,000 words. They should be based on an intervention or interesting observation of a unique clinical case. The report should include a structured abstract of 150 words using the following subheadings: Background (include aim/purpose); Case Description and Methods; Findings; and Outcomes and Conclusion. As with other articles, a Clinical Relevance statement of no more than 35 words should be provided under the abstract. This statement may include the potential impact on clinical practice and recognition of the key features of the unique case. The word counts for the abstract and Clinical Relevance statement should be provided on a line below their respective sections.

    Within the main text the following subheadings should be used: Background (including aim); Case Description and Methods; Findings and Outcomes; and Discussion and Conclusion. Information presented with the Case Description should include patient characteristics, assessment, diagnosis (differential diagnosis if required), methods of assessment, and management strategies employed (please refer to Table 1). This information however will be individual to each Case Report. The word count for the main text should be stated after the Conclusion, prior to the References section.

    Authors are required to ensure the anonymity of the participant(s) (names, uniquely identifying personal descriptors, detailed family trees, and geographic location should not be included). Please check with your Institutional or Local Ethics Committee regarding specific requirements for consent on Case Reports. Normally, ethical approval should be sought and adhered to as outlined for 'Original Research Reports' above. There should be an introductory section as summarized above, followed by the presentation of the case. Where applicable, the steps undertaken to address the clinical problem should be explained in detail.

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    1.6 Expert Clinical Viewpoint

    This type of article is by invitation only from the Editor-in-Chief. The content, commentary, and nature of the article may follow a particular article published in the same issue or it could be presented in the form of a ‘current concept’ approach of key topic/area(s).

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    1.7 Letter to the Editor

    Readers' letters to the Editor-in-Chief are welcomed and should address issues raised by published articles or report significant new findings that merit rapid dissemination. The decision to publish is made by the Editor-in-Chief. To submit a letter, please email the Editor-in-Chief with text attached. Please note that all letters are copyedited prior to publication (please refer to Table 1).

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    1.8 Book Review

    A list of up-to-date books for review is available from the SAGE Ltd website (please refer to Table 1).

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    2. Editorial policies

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    2.1 Peer review policy

    Prosthetic and Orthotics International operates a strictly anonymous, double-blinded peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author, and the author’s name from the reviewer. Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, and an editorial decision is generally reached within 4-6 weeks of submission.

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    2.2 Authorship

    Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.
    The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:

    1. Made a substantial contribution to the concept and design, acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data,
    2. Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
    3. Approved the version to be published.

    Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.
    When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship.

    Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.

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    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    2.3.1 Writing assistance
    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance - including the individual’s name, company and level of input - and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.

    It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

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    2.4 Funding

    Prosthetics and Orthotics International requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

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    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    It is the policy of Prosthetics and Orthotics International to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.

    Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the References. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.

    For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations here

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    2.6 Research ethics and patient consent

    Medical research involving human subjects must be conducted according to the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki

    Submitted manuscripts should conform to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, and all papers reporting animal and/or human studies must state in the methods section that the relevant Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board provided (or waived) approval. Please ensure that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee, in addition to the approval number.

    For research articles, authors are also required to state in the methods section whether participants provided informed consent and whether the consent was written or verbal.

    Information on informed consent to report individual cases or case series should be included in the manuscript text. A statement is required regarding whether written informed consent for patient information and images to be published was provided by the patient(s) or a legally authorized representative.

    Please also refer to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants

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    2.7 Clinical trials

    Prosthetics and Orthotics International endorses the ICMJE requirement that clinical trials are registered in a WHO-approved public trials registry at or before the time of first patient enrolment. However, consistent with the AllTrials campaign, retrospectively registered trials will be considered if the justification for late registration is acceptable. The trial registry name and URL, and registration number must be included at the end of the abstract.

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    2.8 Reporting guidelines

    The relevant EQUATOR Network reporting guidelines should be followed depending on the type of study. For example, all randomized controlled trials submitted for publication should include a completed Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) flow chart as a cited figure, and a completed CONSORT checklist as a supplementary file.

    Other resources can be found at NLM’s Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives

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    2.9 Data

    SAGE acknowledges the importance of research data availability as an integral part of the research and verification process for academic journal articles.

    Prosthetics and Orthotics International requests all authors submitting any primary data used in their research articles alongside their article submissions to be published in the online version of the journal, or provide detailed information in their articles on how the data can be obtained. This information should include links to third-party data repositories or detailed contact information for third-party data sources. Data available only on an author-maintained website will need to be loaded onto either the journal’s platform or a third-party platform to ensure continuing accessibility. Examples of data types include but are not limited to: statistical data files, replication code, text files, audio files, images, videos, appendices, and additional charts and graphs necessary to understand the original research. All data submitted should comply with Institutional or Ethical Review Board requirements and applicable government regulations. For further information, please contact the editorial office at tim.bach@ispoint.org.

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    3. Publishing policies

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    3.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway

    3.1.1 Plagiarism
    Prosthetics and Orthotics International and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

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    3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    Prosthetics and Orthotics International offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information onfunding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    3.4 Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

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    4. Preparing your manuscript

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    4.1 Word processing formats

    Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

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    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines 

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

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    4.3 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc.) alongside the full-text of the article. These will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article.  For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files, which can be found within our Manuscript Submission Guidelines page.

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    4.4 Journal layout

    Prosthetics and Orthotics International conforms to the SAGE house style.  Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style.

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    4.5 Reference style

    Prosthetics and Orthotics International adheres to the SAGE Vancouver reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Vancouver to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the SAGE Vancouver output file here

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    4.6 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

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    5.1 How to submit your manuscript

    Prosthetics and Orthotics International is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tpoi to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

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    5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts

    Please supply a title, short title, an abstract, and keywords to accompany your article. The title, keywords, and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

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    5.3 Corresponding author contact details

    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

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    6. On acceptance and publication

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    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.

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    6.2 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

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    6.3 Online First publication

    Online First allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a final journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our Online First Fact Sheet

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Prosthetics and Orthotics International editorial office as follows:

    tim.bach@ispoint.org

    Article type

    Abstract/Clinical Relevance word limit

    Main text word limit

    Figures (parts to figure - i.e. A and B)

    Tables

    Original research report

    200/50

    3,000

    5(10)

    3

    Review (traditional)

    200/50

    5,000

    7(15)

    5

    Review (systematic)

    200/50

    4,000

    5(10)

    3

    Review (meta-analysis)

    200/50

    3,500

    5(10)

    3

    Technical note

    150/35

    1,200-1,500

    2(4)

    2

    Clinical note

    150/35

    1,200-1,500

    2(4)

    2

    Case report

    150/35

    1,500-2,000

    3(6)

    2

    Letter to the Editor

    N/A

    500

    1(2)

    1

    Book review

    N/A

    750

    0

    0

    Table 1. Overview of recommended maximums for manuscript submission to Prosthetics and Orthotics International

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