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Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research®

Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research®

Editor-in-Chief: Seth S. Leopold

ISSN: 0009-921X (print version)
ISSN: 1528-1132 (electronic version)

Journal no. 11999

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CORR Artwork Guidelines

For the best quality final product, it is highly recommended that you submit all of your artwork – photographs, line drawings, etc. – in an electronic format. Your art will then be produced to the highest standards with the greatest accuracy to detail. The published work will directly reflect the quality of the artwork provided.

Electronic Figure Submission 

  • Supply all figures electronically.
  • Indicate what graphics program was used to create the artwork.
  • For vector graphics, the preferred format is EPS; for halftones, please use TIFF format. MS Office files are also acceptable.
  • Vector graphics containing fonts must have the fonts embedded in the files.
  • Name your figure files with "Fig" and the figure number, e.g., Fig1.eps.

Line Art 

  • Definition: Black and white graphic with no shading.
  • Do not use faint lines and/or lettering and check that all lines and lettering within the figures are legible at final size.
  • All lines should be at least 0.1 mm (0.3 pt) wide.
  • Line drawings should have a minimum resolution of 1200 dpi.
  • Vector graphics containing fonts must have the fonts embedded in the files.

Halftone Art 

  • Definition: Photographs, drawings, or paintings with fine shading, etc.
  • If any magnification is used in the photographs, indicate this by using scale bars within the figures themselves.
  • Halftones should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi.

Combination Art 

  • Definition: a combination of halftone and line art, e.g., halftones containing line drawing, extensive lettering, color diagrams, etc.
  • Combination artwork should have a minimum resolution of 600 dpi.

Color Art 

  • Color art is free of charge for online publication.
  • If black and white will be shown in the print version, make sure that the main information will still be visible. Many colors are not distinguishable from one another when converted to black and white. A simple way to check this is to make a xerographic copy to see if the necessary distinctions between the different colors are still apparent.
  • If the figures will be printed in black and white, do not refer to color in the captions.
  • Color illustrations should be submitted as RGB (8 bits per channel).

Figure Lettering 

  • To add lettering, it is best to use Helvetica or Arial (sans serif fonts).
  • Keep lettering consistently sized throughout your final-sized artwork, usually about 2–3 mm (8–12 pt).
  • Variance of type size within an illustration should be minimal, e.g., do not use 8-pt type on an axis and 20-pt type for the axis label.
  • Avoid effects such as shading, outline letters, etc.
  • Do not include titles or captions into your illustrations.

Figure Numbering 

  • All figures are to be numbered using Arabic numerals.
  • Figures should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order.
  • Figure parts should be denoted by uppercase letters (A, B, C, etc.).
  • If an appendix appears in your article and it contains one or more figures, continue the consecutive numbering of the main text. Do not number the appendix figures, "A1, A2, A3, etc."

Figure Legends 

  • Each figure should have a concise legend describing accurately what the figure depicts.
  • Figure legends begin with the term Fig. in bold type, followed by the figure number, also in bold type.
  • Identify all elements found in the figure in the figure legend; For figures with multiple parts (eg, 1A, 1B, 1C) each part should make a distinct point and each should be described separately within the figure legend. For example: Fig. 2A-B. The graph shows a Kaplan-Meier survival curve for (A) men and (B) women.
  • Use boxes, circles, etc., as coordinate points in graphs.
  • Identify previously published material by giving the original source in the form of a reference citation at the end of the figure legend.

Figure Placement and Size 

  • When preparing your figures, size figures to fit in the column width.
  • The figures should be 39 mm, 84 mm, 129 mm, or 174 mm wide and not higher than 234 mm.

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  • Aims and Scope

    Aims and Scope


    Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research®

    Aims and Scope


    Devoted to disseminating new and important orthopaedic knowledge, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research® is a leading orthopaedic journal and a publication of the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons®.  We bring readers the latest clinical and basic research, as well as columns, commentaries, and interviews with authors. Generalists and specialists depend on CORR® to identify emerging trends and new approaches. With contributions from leading clinicians and researchers around the world we aim to be the premier journal providing an international perspective advancing knowledge of the musculoskeletal system.   Our bedrock of excellence is the collection of rigorously reviewed and closely edited scientific manuscripts that give our readers the best possible opportunity to practice evidence-based medicine.


    CORR® publishes content of value to both generalists and specialists on all aspects of musculoskeletal research, diagnoses, and treatment. Each month in print and online we publish:


    • Original articles focusing on timely clinical issues,


    • Manuscripts highlighting the latest basic biological or engineering research on musculoskeletal diseases,


    • Symposia devoted to a single topic or a society’s meeting proceedings offering the generalist reader an overview of a field, but providing the specialist current in-depth information, 


    • Columns written and edited by the thought leaders in our specialty, focused on contemporary topics including healthcare systems, patient safety, education, medicolegal issues, history, and art in medicine,


    • Editor’s Spotlight and a Take-5 interview, in which a CORR® Senior Editor highlights an article containing an important general-interest message, and goes “behind the discovery” with an author of that article,


    • CORR Insights® that provide expert commentaries on our original scientific content to provide readers with answers to the questions “Where are we now,” “Where do we need to go,” and “How do we get there” on the themes raised by the source article, and


    • Clinical Faceoff (quarterly), in which respected authorities respond to questions on controversial topics and to one another on issues that matter to surgeons and scientists.

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