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Where does the content in

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Orthopaedia.NET OrthopaedicsOne has content from three different sources:

  • Original articles written by Orthopaedia.NET OrthopaedicsOne authors. These are individuals who are residents, fellows, surgeons or allied health professionals and experts in their fields as judged by their peers and by their track record of distinguished research, teaching, writing, and training in their field. You can view our current list of authors here.
  • Content Partners. These are organizations who have reached a formal agreement with Orthopaedia.NET OrthopaedicsOne to have their existing material published in OrthopaediaOrthopaedicsOne. NET. In most cases, such material is published verbatim from the Partner organization, with some editing for style and length to make the entry consistent with Orthopaedia.NET OrthopaedicsOne guidelines. Remaining consistent with the Orthopaedia.NET OrthopaedicsOne governance guidelines, once the entry is up on Orthopaedia.NET OrthopaedicsOne, authors may then add to or edit that material. Every entry from a Content Partner is assigned to, and must be approved by, at least one Section Editor. You can view our current list of Content Partners here.
  • Free and Open Content Sources. The typical example here is a government agency whose work rests fully in the public domain, such as many federal government publications. Other examples include non-profit and educational organizations whose copyright allows free use for educational and non-commercial purposes. In most cases, such material is published verbatim from the organization, with some editing for style and length to make the entry consistent with Orthopaedia.NET OrthopaedicsOne guidelines. Remaining consistent with the Orthopaedia.NET OrthopaedicsOne governance guidelines, once the entry is up on Orthopaedia.NET OrthopaedicsOne, authors may then add to or edit that material. Every entry from a Content Source is assigned to, and must be approved by, at least one Section Editor.

Every article from a Content Partner or a free and open Content source carries this disclaimer:

Who are the authors of original content in

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OrthopaedicsOne?

Authors are medical students, residents, fellows, surgeons and allied health professionals with an interest in musculoskeletal health. Many authors are experts in their fields as judged by their peers and by their track record of distinguished research, teaching, writing, training, and public outreach within their area of expertise. This community of scholars includes scientists and educators at major academic universities as well as private practice surgeons, industry representatives, government agencies and professional organisations who are appropriately qualified. You can view the current list of members here.

Who decides who can contribute?

The Managing Editors of the Orthopaedia.NET OrthopaedicsOne review the qualifications of all applicants to the Orthopaedia.NET OrthopaedicsOne community. We hope to expand this role to a committee comprised of a diverse group of respected scientists and educators, and the organizations, agencies, and institutions for which they work.

How do I know I can trust the information in

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Orthopaedia.NET OrthopaedicsOne is working towards a rigorous content-review process that insures that its articles are up-to-date, fair, and accurate.

  • Authors are restricted to individuals who have applied to, and been approved by, the Managing Editors or invited by an approved Orthopaedia.NET OrthopaedicsOne member.
  • The actual content of an article is determined by groups of individuals working together on the wiki. An article may start with an individual or small team, but once up in the wiki, the content can, and will, be edited by other individuals who have an interest in the subject and the motivation to improve the article. An article eventually will have many more topic editors, authors, and copy editors than when it began. This process will produce an article that is far superior to what any single individual could possibly create.
  • A Section Editor must review an article released to the public. A Section Editor reviews an article for general content, accuracy, clarity, and adherence to Orthopaedia.NET OrthopaedicsOne guidelines. A Section Editor also resolves content-level disputes authoritatively and coherently, though with input from the contributors, and determines the appropriateness of deleting mediocre work.
  • All work in Orthopaedia.NET OrthopaedicsOne is attributed to an individual, not an IP address or a user name. This motivates individuals to do their very best work, as it does in traditional scholarly work, and will discourage the explicit acts of sabotage that plague other electronic resources where anonymity is the norm.

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What about controversial topics?

Orthopaedia.NET OrthopaedicsOne has an explicit policy regarding neutrality and fairness, the details of which can be found here. In a nutshell, the policy requires that:

  • Orthopaedia.NET OrthopaedicsOne articles, when touching upon any issue of controversy, must represent every different view on a subject that attracts a significant portion of adherents, with each such view and its arguments or evidence being expressed as fairly and sympathetically as possible.
  • Orthopaedia.NET OrthopaedicsOne itself does not advocate positions on┬ápolitical issues; it is both non-partisan and non-sectarian.
  • Orthopaedia.NET OrthopaedicsOne does not use phraseology or tone that elevates or deprecates particular perspectives or people holding a particular perspective.
  • Orthopaedia.NET OrthopaedicsOne recognizes uncertainties in data, assumptions, interpretation, and understanding.
  • As access to the broadest array of knowledge has many salutary effects, Orthopaedia.NET OrthopaedicsOne shall be strongly disposed to include rather than exclude content.
  • When some content both has no discernible and unique benefit to the advancement of knowledge, and has significant potential to harm the health or moral character of individuals, or human society at large, it may be excluded.

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Lead Author status is given to someone who starts a truly excellent article, or who significantly expands a previously incomplete article, making it into an excellent, usable, and complete article. Contributing Authors are those who write or significantly rework the content. Section Editors are those who review an entry and decide if it is ready to be published, arbitrate disputes, and help set overall editorial policy.

Can I use material published in the

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OrthopaedicsOne?

The text in Orthopaedia.NET OrthopaedicsOne is meant to be freely available to users who may copy, modify and distribute that content, so long as the new version grants the same freedoms to others and attributes the content to the authors of the Orthopaedia.NET OrthopaedicsOne article used. To achieve this goal, the text contained in Orthopaedia.NET OrthopaedicsOne is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons license known as Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 . This license permits anyone to (1) copy, distribute, and display your work, (2) work remix, tweak, and build upon your work, without commercial use of your work, subject to these conditions:

  • Attribution. You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor.
  • Noncommercial. You may not use this work for commercial purposes.
  • Share Alike. If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under a license identical to this one.
    The full text of the Creative Commons license is available here.

How is

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OrthopaedicsOne different than Wikipedia?

  1. Virtually anyone can add, delete, or change content in Wikipedia. In Orthopaedia.NET OrthopaedicsOne, this privilege is restricted to medical students, residents, fellows, surgeons and allied health professionals with an interest in orthopaedic surgery and musculoskeletal health, many of whom are judged by their peers to be experts in their fields.
  2. Content on Wikipedia is determined by the equally-weighted voices of all those who want and choose to contribute. Orthopaedia.NET OrthopaedicsOne is part scholarly-democracy and part rigorous-meritocracy. Orthopaedia.NET OrthopaedicsOne is democratic in the sense that many content and governance decisions are made with input from many diverse scholars. But, Orthopaedia.NET OrthopaedicsOne is also a rigorous meritocracy in the sense that important, overreaching editorial decisions are made by the Managing Editors and the Section Editorsand applied to each and every article.
  3. In Wikipedia, there is a view that the involvement of scholars is not necessary to produce an authoritative article. Orthopaedia.NET OrthopaedicsOne is based on the premise that input from scholars is essential to produce trustworthy information about orthopaedic surgery and musculoskeletal health.
  4. Authorship in Wikipedia is anonymous. All work in Orthopaedia.NET OrthopaedicsOne is attributed to the individual who did it.
  5. Changes to Wikipedia articles are viewable by the public instantly. Changes to Orthopaedia.NET OrthopaedicsOne are viewable instantly, but article versions must be reviewed by a Section Editor.
  6. The restricted access nature of Orthopaedia.NET OrthopaedicsOne in combination with the content review process significantly reduces the opportunity and means for bad entries to start in the first place, as well as the length of time they could go undetected.
  7. The taxonomy of OrthopaediaOrthopaedicsOne organizes articles according to a logical structure developed by experts.

How will

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OrthopaedicsOne avoid the quality control problems associated with Wikipedia?

  1. We restrict access to the wiki, and hence all authorship, to experts who have been vetted by other members of the editorial workgroup and the Managing Editors .
  2. With the freedom and ability to have entries written and edited by multiple authors, there should be strong self-policing and quality control. The incremental and iterative work on entries by a group of self-organizing experts should produce a higher quality product than a single author could ever produce.
  3. All articles published have to be reviewed and approved by a Section Editor(s).
  4. All work in Orthopaedia.NET OrthopaedicsOne is attributed to an individual, not an IP address or a user name as is the policy in Wikipedia. This will motivate individuals to do their very best work, as it does in traditional scholarly work, and will it discourage the explicit acts of sabotage that plague other electronic resources where anonymity is the norm.