AAOS Now Writer's Guidelines

is an official membership publication of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. It presents timely news and in-depth reviews of orthopaedic practice and risk management, socioeconomic trends, regulatory issues, clinical and subspecialty topics, continuing medical education, technology updates, AAOS activities and other relevant information of interest to orthopaedic surgeons. It has a controlled circulation of approximately 28,000 readers.

AAOS Now welcomes feature articles, particularly those that focus on the activities or interests of AAOS members; short news items about grants, fellowships, and society meetings; opinion and point/counterpoint articles on regulatory, socioeconomic, clinical, and technology issues, as well as occasional articles for specific columns or departments. Articles must be written by orthopaedic surgeons and others who have knowledge of topics that directly affect orthopaedic surgeons and the practice of orthopaedic surgery. AAOS Now does not accept scientific manuscripts or articles of fiction. AAOS Now does not pay for articles submitted by outside authors. Articles should not have been previously published in another publication.

Article Length
Articles in AAOS Now range from 300 to 1500 words in length. If your article is accepted for publication, a staff editor will work with you to decide the appropriate length. Submissions must be in electronic format (i.e., as a Microsoft Word document or within an e-mail message). Submissions made via e-mail should be sent to: aaoscomm@aaos.org.

encourages authors to submit photographs, radiographs and other original illustrative material with manuscripts. Such materials can be submitted as hard copy versions or electronic files (jpg or tif format). Materials must be in high resolution (minimum 300 dpi) format, suitable for reproduction purposes. Illustrations taken or adapted from a source such as a book, journal, or Web site must be identified so that permission to reprint can be determined and obtained.

To be considered for publication, material should be submitted at least three months in advance to enable editorial review and scheduling (i.e., submit an article for the April issue by January 1).

A Word About Style
In general, articles published in AAOS Now employ a journalistic approach and follow the Associated Press Style Manual, rather than scientific journal style. Avoid a didactic tone; feel free to use personal examples and quotes.

Please keep references to a minimum. However, if you are submitting an article with references, please include them at the end of the article. References should be listed sequentially (not alphabetically). Extensive references may only be published online. If you include charts, graphs or other statistics, please include the source(s) with them. Listing additional resources is encouraged; please be sure to include the correct URL when listing a Web resource.

What to Expect if Your Article Is Accepted
An editor will work with you to finalize your article for publication. Articles will be edited for length, clarity, and style; final copy will be provided to you before the design process begins. Authors are responsible for all statements made in their articles, so please be sure to check your final draft with care.

If your article is accepted for publication, you will need to complete and sign a release form transferring copyright of the article to the AAOS. The release form will be sent with the final draft of the article and must be received before the article can be published. An electronic signature is acceptable.

Articles accepted for publication become the property of AAOS and AAOS Now unless other arrangements have been agreed upon in writing by both the author and AAOS Now. Two copies of the issue in which your article is published will be provided to you with our thanks for your participation in a developing dialogue that advances the specialty of orthopaedic surgery.

Not Sure About Your Story Idea?
Send your idea to us with a brief outline (abstract) of what you intend to cover and how you will approach the material. If the idea sounds promising for publication in AAOS Now, we will contact you. If you would like to see samples of previously published articles, visit the AAOS Now Web site.

Manuscript Accessories
With your manuscript, please submit the following:

  • Contact information. If you are a physician, please include your name, academic or professional degrees, title or position, practice affiliation, phone number, and e-mail address. If you are a consultant, please include your firm’s name, location, phone number, e-mail address, Web site address, and a brief description of the business.
  • References. As previously stated, please keep references to a minimum; the AAOS Now is not a scientific journal. Do supply sources for tables, graphs, charts, and statistics. References should be provided in numeric order, sequentially as they appear in the text.
  • Graphics. All illustrative materials must be submitted electronically. Sources for all graphic materials must be provided; see “Illustrations” above for specific guidelines.

Editorial Guidelines regarding Content from Commercial Sources

  • A “commercial source” shall be understood to be a business entity or organization whose primary purpose is providing goods or services to or for the field of orthopaedics with the goal of financial gain.
  • AAOS Now reserves the rights to accept, reject, and edit any content from a commercial source in any manner it wishes, without exception.
  • Any content from such a source must, in the opinion of AAOS Now, have true informational value or be newsworthy in nature.
  • Content from such a source should be primarily generic in nature, particularly with respect to products or services that might be part of the source’s commercial operations.
  • Content from such a source must be non-promotional in nature with respect to the products or services offered by the source.
  • Content from such a source shall not contain verbiage that, in the opinion of AAOS Now, is self-serving.
  • Authors shall adhere to the standard AAOS Now writers’ guidelines (above)
  • Guidelines regarding word count, graphics, and other issues that apply to staff-generated content shall apply also to content from commercial sources, but without further restriction or expectation.
  • Acceptance of content from a commercial source shall be entirely independent of any financial support provided in any manner to AAOS Now or the AAOS. In particular, decisions to accept such content shall be independent of any purchase of display advertising space by the source in AAOS Now.

Questions or for more information
Contact AAOS Now at:

Attn: Dennis Coyle, Managing Editor
9400 W. Higgins Rd.
Rosemont, IL 60018
Phone: (847) 384-4118
Email: coyle@aaos.org