Journal of the AAOS

The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS) is the #1 clinical review journal of musculoskeletal education in the world. The peer-reviewed articles presented each month in JAAOS critically evaluate and synthesize current information regarding the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal conditions and document the current state of orthopaedic practice.

The editorial board of JAAOS represents every subspecialty within orthopaedic medicine: Sports Medicine, Trauma, Pediatric Orthopaedics, Hip and Knee, Spine, Shoulder and Elbow, Hand and Wrist, Foot and Ankle, and Musculoskeletal Oncology, as well as areas of general orthopaedic interest. This diversity of topics is reflected in every issue of the Journal.

In addition to providing readers and members with the best peer-reviewed articles in every subspecialty, JAAOS provides readers with a variety of article types.

JAAOS is recognized for excellent review articles, which present readers with a balanced approach to the current state of knowledge on a topic of interest, be it “Physeal Arrest of the Distal Radius” or “Pelvis Resection: Current Concepts.” No other journal in the field comes close to providing comprehensive and cohesive reviews on topics that are intriguing for the practicing orthopaedic surgeon.

Orthopaedic Advances articles provide objective appraisals of recent or controversial techniques and new developments in orthopaedic surgery. These special articles address current trends or advances of relatively short clinical experience and with few well-documented studies. Examples include “The Quest for the Bionic Arm” and “Patient-specific Instruments for Total Knee Arthroplasty.”

On the Horizon from the ORS offers brief, quarterly updates on basic science research presented by the Orthopaedic Research Society. These “works in progress” from the “lab bench” offer insight into potential future clinical orthopaedic benefits. Recent articles have included “Optimizing Stem Cell Engineering for Orthopaedic Applications” and “Update on Biologics in the Treatment of Rotator Cuff Disease.”

JAAOS publishes the highly anticipated summaries of AAOS Evidence-based Clinical Practice Guidelines and AAOS Appropriate Use Criteria.

Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) are developed by Academy work groups composed of volunteer physicians, interdisciplinary clinicians, and staff researchers who evaluate empirical evidence and conduct systematic reviews to provide recommendations to guide physicians in using the best available evidence in their clinical decision making. These guidelines are updated approximately every five years. The summaries presented in JAAOS provide the recommendations of each CPG as well as the rationale behind the work group’s decision making. Hypothetical case study scenarios are presented with each CPG summary article.

Appropriate Use Criteria (AUCs) are derived from the Academy’s Clinical Practice Guidelines, which, as noted, establish the effectiveness of various procedures for a given disease, disorder, or condition. AUCs then address the patients in which these procedures are appropriate given the nuances of daily clinical practice. AUCs are developed to ensure the highest quality of care for patients undergoing musculoskeletal procedures. As with the CPGs, hypothetical case study scenarios are presented with each summary. These criteria are also made available to physicians on the Academy’s AUC app.

In addition, throughout the year, JAAOS offers other matters of concern or interest to its readership, such as publishing the annual address made by the incoming President of the AAOS during the Academy’s Annual Meeting. The Journal also makes available information presented each January at the ongoing series of Extremity War Injuries symposia, through either summary articles or separate journal supplements. These symposia, conducted by the Academy in association with other orthopaedic professional organizations, address exclusively the management of, and rehabilitation following, traumatic injuries incurred by US armed forces personnel. Other occasional supplements, such as that published recently on femoroacetabular impingement; editorials written by the editor-in-chief and guest editorials presented by members of the JAAOS editorial board or other Academy members; and the Journal’s Correspondence section, provide further information and discussion of merit to the practicing orthopaedic professional.