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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published by another journal or conference proceeding.
  • Submission is not under consideration by another journal.
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • When available, URLs for the references are provided.
  • Manuscript text is 12 point, double-spaced, and all Figure legend and Table title are placed within the text at the appropriate location rather than at the end.
  • Figure format is JPEG, TIFF, or PDF and uploaded separately.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines section of the CPOJ website.
  • All authors are required to reveal any financial and personal relationships with organizations or individuals that might have inappropriately influenced their research.
  • References must be entered in the “Vancouver” style.

Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines

Canadian Prosthetics & Orthotics Journal promotes unrestricted access to articles for prosthetics and orthotics professionals, researchers, and rehabilitation teams. The scope of the journal includes prosthetics, orthotics, rehabilitation sciences, mobility assistive technology (MAT), Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the Prosthetics and Orthotics field.

Authors are required to submit a short summary for non-expert readers along with their manuscript file. Please describe (not exceed 250 words) the nature of the problem the project addresses, goals and project outcomes using language understandable by a non-expert.

 Authors are invited and encouraged to submit their original and unpublished manuscripts to this journal. At the CPOJ we publish the following research types:

Research article, Case Study/Case Series, Professional Opinion, Editorials, Review Article, Clinical Note, and Symposium Articles.

Research Article:

The main body of a research article should not exceed 3000 words with a limit of 7 figures/tables in total. The main body must include the following sections: Introduction, Methodology, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgments and References. The abstract has a 300 words limit and should contain the following subheadings: Background, Objectives, Methodology, Findings, and Conclusions.

Case Study/Case Series:

The main body of a single Case study or a Case series should not exceed 2000 words with a limit of 5 figures/tables in total. The main body must include the following sections: Introduction (including case description, assessment, and aim of the study), Methodology, Findings, and Discussion. The Case study or a Case series should have a 200 word limit abstract and should include the following subheadings: Case Description, Aim, Methods, Findings, and Conclusion.

Professional Opinion

The Editor-in-Chief only invites professionals and clinicians to provide contributions of this type (Interview, technology insight, product reviews, commentary).

Review Article:

The main body of a review paper should not exceed 6000 words with a limit of 8 figures/tables in total. The main body must include the following sections: Introduction, Methodology, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgments and References. The abstract has a 200 word limit and should contain the following subheadings: Study design, Introduction, Methodology, Findings, and Conclusions.

Technical/Clinical Note:

The technical note should provide a brief summary of innovative technological approaches or procedures used in the field of prosthetics and orthotics. The main body of a technical/clinical note should not exceed 1500 words with a limit of 4 figures/tables in total. The main body must include the following sections: Background, Objective, Methodology, Discussion, Acknowledgments, and References. The abstract has a 200 word limit and should contain the following subheadings: Background, Objective, Methodology, and Discussion.


At CPOJ we follow the ICMJE's Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals. For more information please visit ICMJE's website (Preparing for Submission).

Submission title should be informative and clearly describes the research work.

The Abstract of a research work is critically important and should be brief and clearly describe the content of the manuscript.

In the Introduction section, authors must clearly state the problem(s) being explored in their research study and clarify previous findings in the literature, if applicable.

We highly recommend our authors to consider the following items in the Methodology section:

1) The research design must be appropriate for solving the problem(s) stated in the introduction section.

2) Authors must provide sufficient information in order for their research to be replicable. Moreover, the method for all forms of data collection must be clearly explained in this section.

3) Proper in-text citation and reference (Vancouver style) to previous research work.

4) Suitable and reliable equipment and/or software for collecting and analyzing the data.

In the Result section, authors must report their findings in words, tables, or figures. Presented tables, and figures must be original and comprehensible with informative and appropriate captions.

In the Discussion and Conclusion sections, authors must support their findings with intelligible explanations. New findings or results should not be presented in these sections. Moreover, the authors should compare their findings with relevant literature and state their study’s limitations at the end of the discussion section.

References:

Authors must indicate references to the literature by using in-text citations in the “Vancouver” style. References must be listed in numerical order (1,2,3,...), and in the same order in which they are cited in the article. The reference list must appear at the end of the manuscript. For additional information regarding Vancouver style referencing as outlined in the ICMJE sample references.

 Plagiarism:

Plagiarism in all its forms is unacceptable and unethical. Canadian Prosthetics & Orthotics Journal (CPOJ) takes seriously matters of plagiarism and copyright infringement. Appropriate citation and acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Submitted manuscript may be checked with duplication-verifying software such as iThenticate. In case of plagiarism, or even if the authorship of the manuscript is disputed, CPOJ reserve the right to take proper and legal action such as retracting the published article.

Article Processing Charge (APC)

All articles published by CPOJ are permanently available online to the public without any restriction or subscription fees. All articles are free to be used, cited, and distributed with the appropriate acknowledgements. There is no charge for submitting your manuscript to the journal. Your paper will be peer-reviewed (double-blind system) by two or three experts without any charge. This process may take up to 6-8 weeks. Based on the comments provided by the reviewers, our editorial team will then decide to accept, reject or send back to you for initial revision (Review process).

We cover the journal costs (i.e., electronic archiving, administrative, membership, journal development, etc.), through Article Processing Charge/fee (APC). Authors are required to pay an article processing charge (APC) only after their manuscript has been accepted for publication. APC will not be refunded when article is retracted. In case of plagiarism, or even if the authorship of the manuscript is disputed, CPOJ reserve the right to take proper and legal action such as retracting the published article.

Article Processing Charge would be based on article type. However, for the first year only, the APC has been waived. We also waive APC for invited article. We will provide a waiver or discount if Authors are based in a country which is classified by the World Bank* as a low-income or a lower-middle-income economy. For more information, please contact CPOJ Editorial office.

Article Processing Charges:

Research Article, Review Article: CAD XXXX (the APC has been waived for the first year)
Case Study/Case Series, Clinical Note: CAD XXXX (the APC has been waived for the first year)
Professional Opinion, Editorial:  The APC has been waived
Special Issue Article: CAD XXXX (the APC has been waived for the first year)

Publication Ethics

At CPOJ, we follow the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Best Practice Guidelines: https://publicationethics.org/resources/code-conduct
Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing.pdf

Declaration of Conflicting Interests:

All authors are required to reveal any financial and personal relationships with organizations or individuals that might have inappropriately influenced their research.
Medical Ethics: In research studies involving human subjects, the research protocol must be submitted for consideration, comment, and approval to an appropriate research ethics committee and must be declared in the manuscript under the methodology sections.

At CPOJ we follow the ICMJE's Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals.

Conflict of Interest Form: At CPOJ we use the ICMJE Conflict of Interest form. Please visit ICMJE website and download the confilict of interest form and fill it out. You should submit the signed form to the CPOJ along with your manuscript files.

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