Author guidelines

1. Manuscripts and illustrations are provided digitally via the ‘Online Manuscripten Service’ at Authors can login to the server via the “Inloggen OMS” button. By sending a message including an abstract of the manuscript via the link “email” access to a login account can be acquired.

2. Manuscripts for all sections need to be written in English. The only exception is the section “Van de Vereniging” which is written in Dutch. Text should be provided as text document in ‘MS Word’ format.

3. Manuscripts should generally have the following structure: Title, Authors, Abstract, Introduction, (Patients / Material and) Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, References. Case reports should be presented according to the PICO format. PICO means “Patients, Intervention, Comparison and Outcome”. Please report name and address (including email address) of the corresponding author. From all other authors, title, first name, initials, surname, function and institute should be reported.

4. Revisions are provided such that changes made to the manuscript can be seen by the reviewers. Authors must use the function “Track changes” in “MS Word”. In addition, authors should give a point-by-point reply to the reviewer’s comments.

5. A maximum word count applies per manuscript and a maximum number of characters applies for the title. This can be checked in the word processing program. For case reports the maximum word count is 1500, for original articles the maximum word count is 3000. The maximum word count applies to all text, including tables, legends and references. Titles should contain maximally 130 characters (including spaces). For thesis abstracts, book reviews, and the section ‘Dutch research in international journals’ a maximum word count of 500 words applies.

6. Thesis abstracts should have the following structure: Title, PhD candidate (first name and surname), institute, date of PhD defense, link to the pdf version at the NOV website, abstract. In addition, a pdf of the thesis cover with a minimal resolution of 300 dpi should be submitted.

7. In the text one font and one format should be used, without using any formatting function. All text, including (sub)headings, should be left aligned.

8. Literature references should be referred to with superscript numbers placed directly after the punctuation mark at the end of the sentence. Numbers should follow the order in which references are mentioned in the text. The reference list should be ordered according to the number in the text. Do not use automatic numbering of the word processing program. Each number should start at a new line; number, names and initials of all authors (mention only the first six, then use ‘et al.’); complete title of the publication; name of the journal in standard abbreviation according to the Index Medicus; year; volume; first and last page.
See the following examples for a journal (A), a book (B) and a book chapter (C):
A: McMaster MJ, Singh H. The surgical management of congenital kyphosis and kyphoscoliosis. Spine 2001; 26(19):2146-5.
B: Weinstein SL. The pediatric spine: principles and practice. New York. Raven Press 1994.
C: Bates, M.J. Search and idea tactics. In H.D. White, M.J. Bates, & P. Wilson (Eds.), For information specialists: Interpretations of reference and bibliographic work. Norwood, NJ: Ablex, 1992:183-200.

9. Tables should be included in the manuscript document, each at a separate page, after the reference list. Each table should be composed using the table function of the word processing program. Tables should be numbered in the order they appear in the text, and each table should have a title.

10. Figures should be provided as separate digital images in ‘TIFF’ format. Each figure should have a minimal resolution of 300 dots per inch (dpi) and have a minimal width of 20 cm. The document should be named “Fig. + number” in the order in which they appear in the text. Each figure should have a caption. All figure captions should be combined at a separate page in the manuscript, after the reference list. Take characters in figures into account as figures may be rescaled: figures are usually shrunk to the width of one column. Microphotos should contain a line with a scale, such that the real size of the object can be read.

11. In the manuscript, authors should disclose the presence or absence of any conflict of interest, as well as any financial support in a short “ Disclosure Statement”. The mentioning of ‘no disclosure’, ‘some disclosure in relation to the article’ or ‘disclosure in relation to the article’ suffices.

12. By submitting the manuscript, one declares that the manuscript is not submitted to another journal, that the mentioned authors approve with the way they are mentioned, and that the authors agree that the editorial board proposes the manuscript to their advisors. The editorial board is authorized to apply changes in the use of words, sentences, spelling and the layout. Essential changes will not be applied without consultation of the author.

13. In a covering letter the author should declare that, in case the manuscript is published in the ‘Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Orthopaedie’, all rights of the manuscript concerning multiplication and /or publication by means of print, photocopy, microfilm, or any other way, are assigned to the Netherlands Orthopaedic Association (NOV).

14. Permission of the author(s) and the publisher is necessary for the use of previously published material. This permission should be enclosed when the manuscript is submitted for publication.

15. Manuscripts concerning research involving human participants are only accepted provided that it is mentioned in the text that the study is approved by the Medical Ethical Review Board of the institution where the research is conducted. Manuscripts concerning research involving animals are only accepted provided that it is mentioned in the text that the study is approved by the Animal Experiments Committee of the institution where the research is conducted.

16. Manuscripts and revisions that do not comply with these terms can be rejected and sent back to the author.

(version March 2020)

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