SICOT-J updates ethical standards for authors, ensuring continued academic integrity

Since the journal was founded, SICOT-J has been committed to preserving the highest level of academic integrity.

Recently, several updates have been posted to the Ethical Standards page on the journal website, furthering this commitment. The updates are summarised below for clarity:


Call for Papers – Bone and joint infections

Guest Editors: Sebastien Lustig and Andreas Mavrogenis

Bone and joint infections are an important problem encountered in the care of orthopaedic patients. They vary in regard to pathogenesis, diagnostic investigation and treatment. They frequently result in high mortality rates. Early detection and treatment are paramount for optimal eradication of the infection. Treatment often involves a multidisciplinary approach including several specialists such as orthopaedic surgeons, infectious diseases specialists, plastics and vascular surgeons, as well as PRM physicians and physical therapists.


New CiteScore for SICOT-J shows a significant increase

Following the release of the latest CiteScores by Scopus, we are pleased to report that the 2021 CiteScore for SICOT-J is 2.9 – an increase from 1.7 in 2020. It is now ranked 162/469 in Surgery and 116/284 in Orthopedics and Sports Medicine (Q2). We are happy to see the high-quality content published by SICOT-J in open access continuing to make an impact in the orthopaedics surgery and traumatology community and proud of the journal’s continued growth.


“Writing for SICOT-J” – editorial offers authors advice and tips to maximise the chances of successful publication

Earlier this summer, Andreas F. Mavrogenis and Jacques H. Caton, Editors-in-Chief of SICOT-J, together with Isabelle Auffret Babak, Senior Editor, EDP Sciences, took the time to write a gem of an editorial with the title “Writing for SICOT-J”. Now that the academic year is well underway, this is a good moment to consider the editorial, the issues it addresses and the help it can offer to prospective authors. Indeed, the invaluable tips on medical writing could apply to any author and any journal.


Doctor Jacques Caton, founding member and Editor-in-Chief of SICOT-J, becomes a Knight of the Order of the Legion of Honour

On 2 July 2021, the highly-distinguished title of “Knight of the Order of the Legion of Honour” (“Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur au grade de chevalier”) was bestowed upon Doctor Jacques Caton in recognition of 50 years of service to Orthopaedics and Traumatology surgery, and his role as spokesperson for the specialty in France. Doctor Caton was Secretary General, then President, of the National Trade Union of Orthopaedics and Traumatology Surgeons for over 20 years.


SICOT-J receives the new Journal Citation Indicator

We are pleased to announce that SICOT-J has received the new Journal Citation Indicator as part of this year’s Journal Citation Reports (JCR)™ from Clarivate. With a Journal Citation Indicator of 0.66, SICOT-J is proving to be a trusted source of high quality research and its reputation continues to grow within the field of orthopaedics and traumatology.


Introducing the new Editorial Board of SICOT-J – improved structure and new appointments

In January 2021, Dr. Andreas F. Mavrogenis was appointed as the new co-Editor-in-Chief of SICOT-J alongside Dr. Jacques Caton, who continues to serve as co- Editor-in-Chief. As dedicated and responsible Editors-in-Chief, one of their duties is to increase the quality of their journal and to raise interest in it. Part of caretaking the journal, its reviewers and authors effectively, has been to look for established, well connected scientists within the orthopaedic surgery and traumatology community to join the journal as Deputy, Associate or Section Editors.


SICOT-J indexed in Scopus – Editors-in-Chief “very proud”

In July 2020, we were pleased to announce that SICOT-J had been accepted for indexation in Scopus, widely recognised as one of the world’s leading science databases. SICOT-J has now been listed under “Orthopedics and Sports Medicine” and “Surgery” and all content from 2020 to date has been included. The process of listing articles from 2015-2019 is in progress and we expect all content to be fully indexed by Scopus shortly.


Helmet use linked to more arm and hand injuries in motorcycle crash patients, not less

The unexpected finding may be linked to how riders fall during accidents

Maybe parents are right to bristle when their infatuated offspring brings home a motorcycle rider: despite only making up 10% of vehicles on US roads, motorcycle riders comprise 40% of all traffic accident trauma patients. It’s risky business – even, it appears, when you do the right thing and wear a helmet. A new study published in the Open Access journal SICOT-J has found that, while it protects from the most severe injuries, wearing a helmet during a crash is associated with more arm and hand injuries.


Instructions for authors updated as part of an active quality improvement process

SICOT-J is continually striving to improve in order to meet the expectations of its readers and authors.

As part of this ongoing development, we have recently updated the instructions for authors with new compulsory sections to be completed or inserted within article submissions.