Journal Information


The Western Journal of Orthopaedics (WJO) is a peer-reviewed publication by The University of New Mexico’s (UNM) Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation that publishes articles focused on orthopaedic-related surgery and engineering. WJO includes a wide variety of topics, including orthopaedic surgery and innovative techniques for correcting orthopaedic-related injuries. WJO provides an extensive, double-blinded review process to ensure high quality of content and thus encourages medical students, residents, and physicians to submit their original articles for consideration.

Aims and Scope

WJO provides professionals in orthopaedics with up-to-date information on surgery, innovative techniques for correcting orthopaedic-related injuries, and evidence-based research to enhance the quality of life for patients.
The submission deadline for WJO is November 1 every year. Manuscripts submitted afterward will be considered for next year’s volume. Please view the Author Guidelines (link to author guidelines page) for submission details. Email any questions to WJO@salud.unm.edu. Thank you for considering WJO as an avenue to feature your research.
Contributions from anywhere in the world are welcome and considered on their merits. The manuscript must be written in English and should be submitted as outlined in the Author Guidelines.


In 2012, WJO was initially created as The University of New Mexico Orthopaedics Research Journal to showcase exceptional research from the University of New Mexico’s Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation. In 2017, WJO incorporated a formal, external, and double-blinded peer-review process. In 2020, WJO released its first volume under the new name.

Rights and Permissions

Permission must be obtained to publish any tables, figures, or text that have been previously published. Permission must also be obtained if an adaptation of a previously published table or figure is to be published in a new article. Rights are guaranteed to the original authors and publisher. Thus, authors looking to use their work or a portion of their work must obtain their written permission.

Editorial Policies and Ethical Considerations

The WJO Editorial Team strives to constantly improve the journal, meet the needs of readers and authors, and maintain the integrity of the academic record. We have instituted the below peer-review process and publication ethics protocol to maintain our intent.

Peer Review and Acceptance

All submitted manuscripts are briefly reviewed by the Co-Editors for quality, scientific importance, and relevance to the journal’s general readership. Manuscripts with insufficient priority for publication or those that are outside the scope of the journal are rejected promptly. Manuscripts are then reviewed by two to three external peer reviewers and one Co-Editor. In most cases, the authors are requested to make changes to their manuscript after reviewing comments from reviewers. Upon receiving the revised manuscript, reviewers will make a decision on the manuscript.
WJO employs a double-blinded review process in which peer-reviewers and author identities are kept confidential. The existence of a manuscript under review is not revealed to anyone other than the editorial staff. Peer reviewers are required to maintain confidentiality about the manuscripts they review and must not divulge any information about a specific manuscript or its content to any third party without prior permission from the journal editors. All authors will be sent notification of the receipt of manuscripts and editorial decisions by email.
Manuscripts judged worthy of further consideration are sent to two to three external peer reviewers and one Co-Editor.


Authors should list all funding sources in the “Funding” section. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of their funder designation.


The journal follows the ICMJE definition of authorship, which indicates that authorship be based on the following:

  • Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
  • Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
  • Final approval of the version to be published; AND
  • Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

Publication Ethics

We investigate all instances of alleged scientific misconduct identified in submitted manuscripts and published papers, including, but not limited to, plagiarism, fabrication, falsification, and duplicate publication. We follow the Committee on Publication Ethics’ Core Practices (https://publicationethics.org/core-practices) as well as The University of New Mexico’s Research Misconduct Protocol (https://grad.unm.edu/aire/handling-misconduct.html) in the management of investigations of possible misconduct.
Depending on the outcome of our investigation, we may reject the manuscript, ask the author to retract the manuscript or publish a correction. In instances of rejection or retraction due to misconduct, the corresponding author’s institution and funding agency will be notified.