The Bone & Joint Journal (J BONE JOINT SURG BR)

Publisher: British Editorial Society of Bone and Joint Surgery, British Editorial Society of Bone and Joint Surgery

Journal description

The Bone & Joint Journal (BJJ) formerly known as The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery (British Volume), is published by The British Editorial Society of Bone & Joint Surgery, a registered charity (No. 209299). The Society was established with the object of: 'The advancement and improvement of education in orthopaedic surgery and allied branches of surgery and the diffusion of knowledge of new and improved methods of teaching and practising orthopaedic surgery in all its branches'. BJJ is the flagship publication under the Bone & Joint umbrella, a major provider of content and services for the orthopaedic community.

Current impact factor: 3.31

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 3.309
2013 Impact Factor 2.801
2012 Impact Factor 2.689
2011 Impact Factor 2.832
2010 Impact Factor 2.351
2009 Impact Factor 2.655
2008 Impact Factor 2.196
2007 Impact Factor 1.868
2006 Impact Factor 1.79
2005 Impact Factor 1.565
2004 Impact Factor 1.33
2003 Impact Factor 1.503
2002 Impact Factor 1.457
2001 Impact Factor 1.467
2000 Impact Factor 1.612
1999 Impact Factor 1.551
1998 Impact Factor 1.501
1997 Impact Factor 1.543
1996 Impact Factor 1.518
1995 Impact Factor 1.16
1994 Impact Factor 1.264
1993 Impact Factor 1.18
1992 Impact Factor 0.986

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 3.48
Cited half-life >10.0
Immediacy index 0.00
Eigenfactor 0.02
Article influence 1.27
Website Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, British Volume website
Other titles Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery - British Volume
ISSN 0301-620X
OCLC 1754474
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

Publisher details

British Editorial Society of Bone and Joint Surgery

  • Pre-print
    • Author can archive a pre-print version
  • Post-print
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  • Conditions
    • On author's personal website or institutional repository
    • Publisher's version/PDF cannot be used
    • Must link to publisher version
    • NIH funded authors will have their article deposited in PubMed Central 12 months embargo
    • Publisher last contacted on 16/06/2014
  • Classification
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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: This article is a systematic review of the published literature about the biomechanics, functional outcome and complications of intramedullary nailing of fractures of the distal radius. We searched the Medline and EMBASE databases and included all studies which reported the outcome of intramedullary (IM) nailing of fractures of the distal radius. Data about functional outcome, range of movement (ROM), strength and complications, were extracted. The studies included were appraised independently by both authors using a validated quality assessment scale for non-controlled studies and the CONSORT statement for randomised controlled trials (RCTs). The search strategy revealed 785 studies, of which 16 were included for full paper review. These included three biomechanical studies, eight case series and five randomised controlled trials (RCTs). The biomechanical studies concluded that IM nails were at least as strong as locking plates. The clinical studies reported that IM nailing gave a comparable ROM, functional outcome and grip strength to other fixation techniques. However, the mean complication rate of intramedullary nailing was 17.6% (0% to 50%). This is higher than the rates reported in contemporary studies for volar plating. It raises concerns about the role of intramedullary nailing, particularly when comparative studies have failed to show that it has any major advantage over other techniques. Further adequately powered RCTs comparing the technique to both volar plating and percutaneous wire fixation are needed.
    The Bone & Joint Journal 10/2015; 97(B):1370-6. DOI:10.1302/0301-620X.97B10.35297
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    ABSTRACT: Wrist block has been used to provide pain relief for many procedures on the hand and wrist but its role in arthroscopy of the wrist remains unexplored. Chondrotoxicity has been a concern with the intra-articular infiltration of local anaesthetic. We aimed to evaluate and compare the analgesic effect of portal and wrist joint infiltration with a wrist block on the pain experienced by patients after arthroscopy of the wrist. A prospective, randomised, double-blind trial was designed and patients undergoing arthroscopy of the wrist under general anaesthesia as a day case were recruited for the study. Levo-bupivacaine was used for both techniques. The effects were evaluated using a ten-point visual analogue scale, and the use of analgesic agents was also compared. The primary outcomes for statistical analyses were the mean pain scores and the use of analgesia post-operatively. A total of 34 patients (63% females) were recruited to the portal and joint infiltration group and 32 patients (59% males) to the wrist block group. Mean age was 40.8 years in the first group and 39.7 years in the second group (p > 0.05). Both techniques provided effective pain relief in the first hour and 24 hours post-operatively but wrist block gave better pain scores at bedtime on the day of surgery (p = 0.007) and at 24 hours post-operatively (p = 0.006). Wrist block provides better and more reliable analgesia in patients undergoing arthroscopy of the wrist without exposing patients to the risk of chondrotoxicity. Cite this article: Bone Joint J 2015;97-B:1250-6. ©2015 The British Editorial Society of Bone & Joint Surgery.
    The Bone & Joint Journal 09/2015; 97(9):1250. DOI:10.1302/0301-620X.97B9.35096
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    ABSTRACT: The long term biological effects of wear products following total hip arthroplasty (THA) are unclear. However, the indications for THA are expanding, with increasingly younger patients undergoing the procedure. This prospective, randomised study compared two groups of patients undergoing THA after being randomised to receive one of two different bearing surfaces: metal-on-polyethylene (MoP) n = 22 and metal-on-metal (MoM) n = 23. We investigated the relationship between three variables: bearing surface (MoP vs MoM), whole blood levels of chromium (Cr) and cobalt (Co) and chromosomal aberrations in peripheral lymphocyte pre-operatively and at one, two and five years post-surgery. Our results demonstrated significantly higher mean cobalt and chromium (Co and Cr) blood levels in the MoM group at all follow-up points following surgery (p < 0.01), but there were no significant differences in the chromosomal aberration indices between MoM and MoP at two or five years (two years: p = 0.56, p = 0.08, p = 0.91, p = 0.51 and five years: p = 0.086, p = 0.73, p = 0.06, p = 0.34) for translocations, breaks, loss and gain of chromosomes respectively. Regression analysis showed a strong linear relationship between Cr levels and the total chromosomal aberration indices in the MoM group (R2 = 0.90016), but this was not as strong for Co (R2 = 0.68991). In the MoP group, the analysis revealed a poor relationship between Cr levels and the total chromosomal aberration indices (R2 = 0.23908) but a slightly stronger relationship for Co (R2 = 0.64292). Across both groups, Spearman’s correlation detected no overall association between Co and Cr levels and each of the studied chromosomal aberrations. There remains no clear indication which THA bearing couple is the most biocompatible, especially in young active patients. While THA continues to be very successful at alleviating pain and restoring function, the long-term biological implications of the procedure still require further scrutiny.
    The Bone & Joint Journal 09/2015; 97-B(9):1183-1191. DOI:10.1302/0301-620X.97B9.34824
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    ABSTRACT: This study investigates and defines the topographic anatomy of the medial femoral circumflex artery (MFCA) terminal branches supplying the femoral head (FH). Gross dissection of 14 fresh-frozen cadaveric hips was undertaken to determine the extra and intracapsular course of the MFCA's terminal branches. A constant branch arising from the transverse MFCA (inferior retinacular artery; IRA) penetrates the capsule at the level of the anteroinferior neck, then courses obliquely within the fibrous prolongation of the capsule wall (inferior retinacula of Weitbrecht), elevated from the neck, to the posteroinferior femoral head-neck junction. This vessel has a mean of five (three to nine) terminal branches, of which the majority penetrate posteriorly. Branches from the ascending MFCA entered the femoral capsular attachment posteriorly, running deep to the synovium, through the neck, and terminating in two branches. The deep MFCA penetrates the posterosuperior femoral capsular. Once intracapsular, it divides into a mean of six (four to nine) terminal branches running deep to the synovium, within the superior retinacula of Weitbrecht of which 80% are posterior. Our study defines the exact anatomical location of the vessels, arising from the MFCA and supplying the FH. The IRA is in an elevated position from the femoral neck and may be protected from injury during fracture of the femoral neck. We present vascular 'danger zones' that may help avoid iatrogenic vascular injury during surgical interventions about the hip. Cite this article: Bone Joint J 2015;97-B:1204-13. ©2015 The British Editorial Society of Bone & Joint Surgery.
    The Bone & Joint Journal 09/2015; 97-B(9):1204-1213. DOI:10.1302/0301-620X.97B9.34704
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    ABSTRACT: Knee arthrodesis is a potential salvage procedure for limb preservation after failure of total knee arthroplasty (TKA) due to infection. In this study, we evaluated the outcome of single-stage knee arthrodesis using an intramedullary cemented coupled nail without bone-on-bone fusion after failed and infected TKA with extensor mechanism deficiency. Between 2002 and 2012, 27 patients (ten female, 17 male; mean age 68.8 years; 52 to 87) were treated with septic single-stage exchange. Mean follow-up duration was 67.1months (24 to 143, n = 27) (minimum follow-up 24 months) and for patients with a minimum follow-up of five years 104.9 (65 to 143,; n = 13). A subjective patient evaluation (Short Form (SF)-36) was obtained, in addition to the Visual Analogue Scale (VAS). The mean VAS score was 1.44 (SD 1.48). At final follow-up, four patients had recurrent infections after arthrodesis (14.8%). Of these, three patients were treated with a one-stage arthrodesis nail exchange; one of the three patients had an aseptic loosening with a third single-stage exchange, and one patient underwent knee amputation for uncontrolled sepsis at 108 months. All patients, including the amputee, indicated that they would choose arthrodesis again. Data indicate that a single-stage knee arthrodesis offers an acceptable salvage procedure after failed and infected TKA
    The Bone & Joint Journal 05/2015; 97-B(5):649-653.
  • The Bone & Joint Journal 04/2015; 97-B:520-526.
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    ABSTRACT: This study demonstrates a significant correlation between the American Knee Society (AKS) Clinical Rating System and the Oxford Knee Score (OKS) and provides a validated prediction tool to estimate score conversion. A total of 1022 patients were prospectively clinically assessed five years after TKR and completed AKS assessments and an OKS questionnaire. Multivariate regression analysis demonstrated significant correlations between OKS and the AKS knee and function scores but a stronger correlation (r = 0.68, p < 0.001) when using the sum of the AKS knee and function scores. Addition of body mass index and age (other statistically significant predictors of OKS) to the algorithm did not significantly increase the predictive value. The simple regression model was used to predict the OKS in a group of 236 patients who were clinically assessed nine to ten years after TKR using the AKS system. The predicted OKS was compared with actual OKS in the second group. Intra-class correlation demonstrated excellent reliability (r = 0.81, 95% confidence intervals 0.75 to 0.85) for the combined knee and function score when used to predict OKS. Our findings will facilitate comparison of outcome data from studies and registries using either the OKS or the AKS scores and may also be of value for those undertaking meta-analyses and systematic reviews.
    The Bone & Joint Journal 04/2015; 2015(97-B):503-509. DOI:10.1302/0301-620X.97B4.34867
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    ABSTRACT: Pigmented villonodular synovitis (PVNS) is a rare proliferative process of the synovium which most commonly affects the knee and occurs in either a localised (LPVNS) or a diffuse form (DPVNS). The effect of different methods of surgical synovectomy and adjuvant radiotherapy on the rate of recurrence is unclear. We conducted a systematic review and identified 35 observational studies in English which reported the use of surgical synovectomy to treat PVNS of the knee. A meta-analysis included 630 patients, 137 (21.8%) of whom had a recurrence after synovectomy. For patients with DPVNS, low-quality evidence found that the rate of recurrence was reduced by both open synovectomy (odds ration (OR) = 0.47; 95% CI 0.25 to 0.90; p = 0.024) and combined open and arthroscopic synovectomy (OR = 0.19, 95% CI = 0.06 to 0.58; p = 0.003) compared with arthroscopic surgery. Very low-quality evidence found that the rate of recurrence of DPVNS was reduced by peri-operative radiotherapy (OR = 0.31, 95% CI 0.14 to 0.70; p = 0.01). Very low-quality evidence suggested that the rate of recurrence of LPVNS was not related to the surgical approach. This meta-analysis suggests that open synovectomy or synovectomy combined with peri-operative radiotherapy for DPVNS is associated with a reduced rate of recurrence. Large long-term prospective multicentre observational studies, with a focus on both rate of recurrence and function, are required to confirm these findings. Cite this article: Bone Joint J 2015;97-B:550-7. ©2015 The British Editorial Society of Bone & Joint Surgery.
    The Bone & Joint Journal 04/2015; 97-B(4):550-7. DOI:10.1302/0301-620X.97B4.34907
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    ABSTRACT: Hypovitaminosis D has been identified as a common risk factor for fragility fractures and poor fracture healing. Epidemiological data on vitamin D deficiency have been gathered in various populations, but the association between vertebral fragility fractures and hypovitaminosis D, especially in males, remains unclear. The purpose of this study was to evaluate serum levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25-OH D) in patients presenting with vertebral fragility fractures and to determine whether patients with a vertebral fracture were at greater risk of hypovitaminosis D than a control population. Furthermore, we studied the seasonal variations in the serum vitamin D levels of tested patients in order to clarify the relationship between other known risk factors for osteoporosis and vitamin D levels. We measured the serum 25-OH D levels of 246 patients admitted with vertebral fractures (105 men, 141 female, mean age 69 years, sd 8.5), and in 392 orthopaedic patients with back pain and no fractures (219 men, 173 female, mean age 63 years, sd 11) to evaluate the prevalence of vitamin D insufficiency. Statistical analysis found a significant difference in vitamin D levels between patients with vertebral fragility fracture and the control group (p = 0.036). In addition, there was a significant main effect of the tested variables: obesity (p < 0.001), nicotine abuse (p = 0.002) and diabetes mellitus (p < 0.001). No statistical difference was found between vitamin D levels and gender (p = 0.34). Vitamin D insufficiency was shown to be a risk factor for vertebral fragility fractures in both men and women. Cite this article: Bone Joint J 2015;97-B:89-93. ©2015 The British Editorial Society of Bone & Joint Surgery.
    The Bone & Joint Journal 01/2015; 97-B(1):89-93. DOI:10.1302/0301-620X.97B1.34558
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to document the survivorship and patient reported outcome of the Avon patello-femoral replacement in a consecutive series with follow up of 10 years or more. All cases performed in Bristol from 1996 onwards were prospectively recorded. Follow up was at 1,2,5,7,10,12 and 15 years with the Bristol Patella Score, the Oxford and WOMAC scores and SF12. Implant survival was analysed using the Kaplan-Meier method. There were 323 PFJ replacements (280 individuals). Follow up was available for 286 cases in 250 patients (89% follow up). The 10 year survival rate was 77%, falling to 67% at 15 years. The most common reason for revision was tibio-femoral progression (45/74 revisions), with loosening or polyethylene wear recorded in 8 cases. The best results were seen in the youngest and the oldest patients. Good improvements were seen in PROMs, with the mean OKS improving from 19.5 to 34.1 at 2 years and 32.7 at the 15 years. The Avon patello-femoral knee replacement is a successful long-term treatment for isolated patello-femoral knee osteoarthritis, although further improvements are expected in subsequent series, particularly as indications for surgery have evolved over time.
    The Bone & Joint Journal 01/2015; 97-B(Supp 7).
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