Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

CPOJ promotes unrestricted access to articles specifically for prosthetics and orthotics professionals, researchers, and global rehabilitation teams. CPOJ encourages international scholars and researchers to submit their original and unpublished manuscripts, theses abstracts and/or research posters in order to disseminate internationally.

At the CPOJ we publish the following research types:
-Research article,

-Case Study/Case Series,
-Editorials,
-Professional Opinion,
-Review Article,
-Clinical Note,
-Symposium Articles,
-Poster/Thesis

The scope of the journal includes:
-Prosthetics,
-Orthotics,
-Rehabilitation sciences,
-Mobility assistive technology (MAT),
-Internet of Things (IoT),
-Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the Prosthetics and Orthotics field.

Publication Frequency:
Articles accepted for online publication will be published on a rolling basis and will be posted online immediately after appropriate proofreading and formatting. Publishing articles on a rolling basis has many advantages, such as assisting journals and publishers in meeting the requirement of short publication wait times desired by modern researchers. The volume and issue numbering will be based on a yearly volume publication comprised of two issues. All published articles will be assigned a DOI number (Digital Object Identifier) and will be maintained and searchable using the LOCKSS system.

 

Section Policies

Research Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Case Study/Case Series

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Review Article

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Clinical / Technical Note

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Editorials

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Professional Opinion

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Symposium Articles

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Poster & Thesis

indexed (Google Scholar)

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

Upon receipt of the paper, the editorial office will assign a manuscript number and send confirmation email to the corresponding author within three to five days. Please contact our Editorial office if you have not received this confirmation.
At Canadian Prosthetics & Orthotics Journal we use a double-blind system for peer-review. Your paper will be peer-reviewed by two or three experts. This process may take up to 6 to 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. After you submit the revised manuscript, our editorial board will decide to accept the manuscript or to send back for the second review. After acceptance, your article will be published (online) on the journal’s webpage.

 

Publication Frequency

Articles accepted for online publication will be published on a rolling basis and will be posted online immediately after appropriate proofreading and formatting. Publishing articles on a rolling basis has many advantages, such as assisting journals and publishers in meeting the requirement of short publication wait times desired by modern researchers. The volume and issue numbering will be based on a yearly volume publication comprised of two issues. All published articles will be assigned a DOI number (Digital Object Identifier) and will be maintained and searchable using the LOCKSS system.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

 

Publication Ethics

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. Medical ethics approval must be declared in the manuscript under the methodology sections.

At CPOJ, we adhere to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Best Practice Guidelines:

Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Best Practice Guidelines
https://publicationethics.org/resources/code-conduct
Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing.pdf
Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals.

Declaration of Conflicting Interests:

At CPOJ, we use the ICMJE Conflict of Interest form. Please download and complete the ICMJE conflict of interest form. The signed form must be submitted along with the manuscript files. All authors are required to reveal any financial and personal relationships with organizations or individuals that might have influenced their research.

 

Indexing & Abstracting

As soon as the required application criteria are met, CPOJ will apply for indexing in main databases such as Google Scholar, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), and PubMed. CPOJ will also apply to be a member of Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). 
All published articles will be assigned a DOI number (Digital Object Identifier). Articles will be maintained and searchable using the LOCKSS system.

LOCKSS

CPOJ uses Open Journal Systems 3.1.0.0, which is an open source journal management and publishing software developed, supported, and freely distributed by the Public Knowledge Project. Open Journal Systems supports the LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) system to ensure a secure and permanent archive for the journal. LOCKSS is open source software developed at Stanford University Library that enables libraries to preserve selected web journals by regularly polling registered journal websites for newly published content and archiving it. Each archive is continually validated against other library caches, and if content is found to be corrupted or lost, the other caches or the journal is used to restore it.

 

Article Processing Charge (APC)

All articles published by CPOJ are permanently available online to the public without any restrictions or subscription fees. All articles are permitted to be used, copied, and distributed, on condition that appropriate acknowledgement is included. There is no charge associated with submitting a manuscript to the journal. Submitted manuscripts will be peer-reviewed (double-blind system) by two to three experts. This process may take up to seven weeks. Based on the comments provided by the reviewers, our editorial team will proceed to accept, reject, or return the submission for initial revision. (Review process).

Authors are required to pay an Article Processing Charge (APC) after their manuscript has been accepted for publication. The APC covers several journal costs (i.e. electronic archiving, administrative, membership, journal development, formatting articles, disseminating the content of the journal, etc). APC will not be refunded during instances of article retraction. In cases of plagiarism, or disputed authorship, CPOJ reserves the right to retract the published article and if necessary, take legal action.

Article Processing Charge is based on article type. However, for the first year of publication only, the APC has been waived. There is no APC for invited articles. CPOJ will provide a waiver or discount if authors are based in a country 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: USD 1800 (APC has been waived for the first year of publication)
Case Study/Case Series, Clinical Note: USD 1500 (APC has been waived for the first year of publication)
Professional Opinion, Editorial:  No APC
Special Issue Article: USD 1800 (APC has been waived for the first year of publication)
Poster/Thesis: No APC

*World Bank Country and Lending Groups “For the current 2018 fiscal year, low-income economies are defined as those with a GNI per capita, calculated using the World Bank Atlas method, of $1,005 or less in 2016; lower middle-income economies are those with a GNI per capita between $1,006 and $3,955. You can download the current classification by income in XLS format

 

Plagiarism

Plagiarism in all its forms is unacceptable and unethical. Canadian Prosthetics & Orthotics Journal (CPOJ) considers all forms of plagiarism and copyright infringement a serious offence. Appropriate author acknowledgement must be clearly indicated in the submitted manuscript. In-text citations must be inserted appropriately and citations must be correctly associated with a corresponding reference list. Manuscripts submitted for publication will be checked using duplication-verifying software. In cases of plagiarism, or disputed authorship, CPOJ reserves the right to retract the published article and if necessary, take legal action.

 

Manuscript Template

CPOJ manuscript template is designed to simplify manuscript preparation and specifies placement and presentation for common article elements. Download the manuscript template file here.

For all new submission or revision, author(s) must submit two separate manuscript files, one with author(s) name and affiliation and one without (Blind version). In Blinded version the author(s) should replace any information in the manuscript that would identify them with “XXXXX” as a place-holder. Please remove the Acknowledgements from the blinded version as this could also potentially compromise the double-blind review process.

 

Reviewer Guidelines

Before reviewing an article please consider the following:

Confidentiality: All submissions to Canadian Prosthetics & Orthotics Journal are confidential; please do not discuss any parts of the submission with a third party.
Time to review the submission: The reviewer should finish evaluating the article within three weeks. If additional time is required to review the article please contact the editor as soon as possible, or feel free to recommend alternative reviewer/s.
Potential conflicts of interests: Please disclose all conflicts of interest to the editor before reviewing the article.


We really appreciate if you could provide detailed comments and make suggestions (if needed) to our authors to improve quality, and clarity of their research work. When reviewing an article, please consider the following issues:
Plagiarism: If an article is a substantial copy of another research work, or if you suspect that the results to be untrue, please contact the editor as soon as possible.
Medical Ethic: 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. For more information please visit ICMJE's website (Preparing for Submission).

You should have the following questions in mind when reading the manuscript:
We recommend our Reviewers to read CPOJ Author’s guidelines to find out if the paper is suitable for the journal and meets the submission criteria such as article length, scope, clarity and novelty.
Submission Title should be informative and clearly describe the research work. Please make suggestions to help author/s to improve the title (if needed).
The Abstract of a research work is critically important and should be brief and clearly describe the content of the manuscript. Please check Author guidelines for abstract words limit and subheadings.

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.

Please check to see if the Authors have considered the following items in their 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 analysing the data.

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

After reading and assessing the quality of the paper, please make a recommendation (Accept, Minor Revision, Major revision, Reject).
Accept: The paper is suitable for publication in its current form.
Minor Revision: The paper is suitable for publication after minor revisions.
Major Revision: The paper has potential for publication after major revisions.
Reject: The paper is not suitable for publication with this journal due to fundamental issues.

(Download Review Form Here- PDF File)
(Download Review Form Here-Word File)

 

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Poster & Thesis Abstract

Canadian Prosthetics & Orthotics Journal (CPOJ) also provides unrestricted access to theses abstracts and student posters in the field of prosthetics, orthotics, and rehabilitation sciences.
CPOJ encourages international scholars and researchers to submit their theses abstracts and/or research posters in order to disseminate internationally. These scientific and engineering contributions could become an excellent source of knowledge for clinicians, prosthetists, orthotists, researchers and people with disabilities.

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. All Posters and Theses abstracts are permanently publicly available online without restrictions or subscription fees. CPOJ’s published Posters and Theses abstracts are permitted to be used, copied, and distributed, on condition that appropriate acknowledgement is included. Authors are the copyright holders of their original contributions and grant the Canadian Prosthetics & Orthotics Journal (CPOJ) a license to publish their Posters & Theses Abstracts. The published Theses abstracts and posters are simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons (CC) Attribution License.

There is no formal review process or article processing charge (APC) for the poster and thesis abstract submission. Please download and complete the Thesis Abstract form and submit the completed form here (Submission page).