Thank you for your interest in contributing content to OrthopaedicsOne. These Instructions for Authors are intended to make the process of creating and posting content as easy as possible. If you have any questions, please contact our Editorial Team

Article Title

The title of the content you contribute is important – it helps with the discoverability of the content on major search engines, meaning it will improve your colleagues’ ability to search for and find your article topic on the web and within the OrthopaedicsOne website. So please use standard terminology that is accepted in the orthopaedic and musculoskeletal health community when you name your article.

Length and References

There is no set length for an article on OrthopaedicsOne; the length will depend on the type of content and the topic you are contributing. In general, though, please limit your article to no more than 2,500 words. Remember, your article is not meant to be a comprehensive book chapter; rather, it should be a concise up-to-date reference that orthopaedic surgeons can consult for answers to their clinical questions.

Your article should be data-driven and backed by the literature, providing orthopaedic surgeons with the latest evidence-based information on your topic. Please include references. Consult the Citation Methods article on OrthopaedicsOne for instructions on how to format your references.


Once you reserve or create a topic, we ask you to complete and post the article within 45 days. If you find you will not be able to meet the deadline, please contact our Editorial Team

How to Post an Article

If you do not have an OrthopaedicsOne account, request one from the Sign Up. Once your request for an account has been granted, you are ready to log in (upper right hand corner of the page, over the Search bar) and begin the process of contributing your content to OrthopaedicsOne.

Start by scrolling down the page to the Browse Articles by Topic section, which provides a broad outline of how content is categorized on OrthopaedicsOne, to determine where your article will fit best. Click on the name of the section to drill down into the topic areas within the section, and then into the specific topics.

If the Page Already Exists

Suppose you want to contribute an article on Elbow Arthrodesis. You will click on the Shoulder and Elbow section in the Specialty content area, then click on Operative Techniques to find the Elbow Arthrodesis page.

Click on the “Edit” button in the upper right hand corner, which will allow you to access the template that has already been set up.

If the Page Does Not Yet Exist

Now, suppose the Elbow Arthrodesis page had not yet been created. You would follow a similar process as above. But at the Operative Techniques page, you would hover over “Add” at the upper right hand corner of the page and select “Page” from the drop-down menu, and then you would select the appropriate template and type the title of the article in the title field. You would not have to click “Edit” to begin working; when you create a new page, you are already in the edit mode.

You will see a number of templates that are available. Select the one that best fits the type of content you are contributing, such as a Condition, an Operative Technique, or a Fracture. If you are unsure which template to use, or if you have any other questions, please contact our Editorial Team

Remember, the template is meant as a guide; it should not restrict you. If there are other headings you need to add, feel free to add them. Similarly, if you need to delete certain headings, go ahead and do it.

Adding Content

In either case, once you are in Edit mode, you are able to add text and images (see below on how to add figures and video). You may copy and paste text from a Word document into the web page, or input the text directly into the page in either Wiki Markup or Rich Text. Note that Rich Text is most like working in Word and is preferred by most authors.

Regardless of how you upload the text and images, make sure all patient-identifying information has been removed

While you’re adding your article, your draft will be saved every 30 seconds. If you want, you can periodically save your work by clicking the “Save” button. Before saving, you can view your work by clicking the “Preview” tab. This will let you know whether you need to adjust any of the formatting.

Note that we have OrthopaedicsOne templates available in Word format. If you would be more comfortable working from a Word template than inputting directly on to a web page, please contact our Editorial Team and we will send the template to you.

Editing/Peer Review

OrthopaedicsOne is a peer-reviewed site, and content is reviewed by our editors. Any registered OrthopaedicsOne member (orthopaedic surgeons and musculoskeletal health care professionals only) may make or suggest changes to your article. You can be notified of these changes via email by selecting “Watch” in the Tools drop-down menu.

We encourage you to consider your article as a “living” document that you can update and edit as needed, such as when new research suggests changes to a procedure or when you have additional images or videos to post.


Images and videos are encouraged. You may watermark your images so that they will be identified as coming from your article on the OrthopaedicsOne website (for example, John Doe, MD, OrthopaedicsOne). See How to Watermark an Image for more information. Please note that any images posted on OrthopaedicsOne fall under a Creative Commons License, meaning that reuse is allowed for non-commercial purposes.

Before you upload your images, make sure all patient-specific information has been removed from them. When when you upload the images, use figure1, figure2, etc., as the image names, not the name of the patient (ie, not Jones1, Jones2, etc.).

If you are using copyrighted images from another source (such as a journal, book, or other website), make sure that you have the expressed written permission of the original source before posting the image on OrthopaedicsOne; you will be asked to provide the permission to the OrthopaedicsOne staff for verification. Also, please remove ALL patient information that may be included in the image.

How to Insert Figures
  • In Edit mode on the article page, select the Insert/Edit Image icon.

In Wiki Markup, the Image icon is on the left side of the toolbar, as seen above.

In the Rich Text Editor, the Image icon is toward the right side on the toolbar, as seen above. It can also be accessed by clicking Insert and then clicking Image.

  • Click “Browse,” and from your computer, select the image you want to insert on the page.
  • Check the Thumbnail check box; leave “Border” checked, and leave Align set at “None.”
  • Click Insert.

In the Rich Text editor, you will see the image.

The next step is to add a caption under the image. The OrthopaedicsOne format is the word Figure, the figure number, and a period in boldface, followed by the caption — for example, Figure 1. Radiograph of C5-C6 showing disk-space infection.

In Rich Text, highlight the words Figure 1. and click the B on the toolbar.

Continue these steps until you have uploaded all the images for your article and have added all the figure numbers and descriptions.

How to Post a Video

Go to Videos, scroll down to Browse Videos by Topic and click the appropriate category for your video.

Again scroll down the page until you see Add New Video. Click, and when you get the next screen, add the title of your video and click Save.

Read the About Uploading instructions, and when you’re ready, click Upload Video. You can fill in the information boxes (such as a brief description of the video) while the video is uploading. Do not close the Video Upload Progress window, however, until your video file has completed uploading.

If your video is intended to be part of an article, please contact our Editorial Team to ensure that the proper coding is added to the article.

Sample Articles

There are a number of good articles on OrthopaedicsOne that you can review to get a feel for how you should write your article:


If you have any questions as you are developing your article, pleasecontact our Editorial Team. We look forward to working with you on OrthopaedicsOne: The Future of Orthopaedic Information and Knowledge Management.™


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