Journal of Karnataka Orthopaedic Association (JKOA) is the official Journal of Karnataka Orthopaedic Association ( started in the year 2013 (Print version Volume 1 Issue 1) and the online version started in 2018, Volume 6 Issue 1 as the first online publication in line with print version. It is a double-blind peer-reviewed biannual journal from 2018, published by Karnataka Orthopaedic Association and publishing is overlooked by the Indian Orthopaedic Research Group (IORG). Although the editors welcome submissions from all over the world, the journal primarily aims to publish research from Karnataka and India. The stress is on the latest research in the field of Orthopaedics including aetiopathology, clinical and radiographic outcomes, surgical technique and implant design, biomechanics, and biomaterials.

Karnataka Orthopaedic Association

The idea of the formation of Karnataka Orthopaedic Association (KOA) was started by Dr. H.K. Srinivas Murthy in summer of 1972 with Dr. T.D. Ram and Dr. J.S. Hegde as conveners. A series of meetings of handful of orthopaedic surgeons was called at Bangalore. Dr. M.Y. Rai was elected as the first President of the Association and Dr. J.S. Hegde as the Secretary. The first annual conference was held in the year 1974 at Bangalore. Dr. M.Y. Rai and Dr. J.S. Hegde continued as President and Secretary. In the year 1976 Dr. V. Chako of Manipal hosted the second annual conference at Manipal on a grand scale.
In the year 1978 under the leadership of Dr. A.M. Kulkarni, rejuvenation of the Association was brought about by a handful of orthopaedic surgeons at Hubli. With Dr. A.M. Kulkarni as President, Dr. B.S. Kanaka Reddy as Vice-President, Dr. J.S. Hedge continued as Secretary of the Association. Dr. V.D. Sapare was Organising Secrertary of the Conference. A few changes in the bylaws were made. KOA was registered in the year 1982-83 under Dr. H.K. SrinivasMurthy’s regime.


ISSN 2454-9010 Journal of Karnataka Orthopaedic Association (Print)

Index Copernicus (ICV 71.48)

Aim of the Journal

There are two main Aims of the Journal of Karnataka Orthopaedic Association; to produce a body of literature that is clinically relevant and to make this knowledge freely accessible to all. Journals have shown a trend to move towards a more rigid framework of scientific publications, meanwhile losing the focus that Journals are meant to directly influence and improve patient care. Charging for downloading articles imposes another limitation on dispersion and use of knowledge. Journal of Karnataka Orthopaedic Association intends to counter these two issues by creating a journal that is intelligent, interactive, and clinically relevant and at the same time completely Open Access.

The Journal of Karnataka Orthopaedic Association was first published in 2013, the online version was made online in 2018. Journal will now (from 2018) continue as a biannual online journal. The online version will be an open-access source. The journal publishes original articles, systematic reviews and meta-analyses, instructional lectures, case reports, technical notes and letters to the editor.

Scope of the Journal

Journal of Karnataka Orthopaedic Association will publish research in the field of Orthopaedics including aetiopathology, clinical and radiographic outcomes, surgical technique and implant design, biomechanics, biomaterials, and Congenital disorders.

Submission Formats

Journal of Karnataka Orthopaedic Association accepts the following formats of articles

  1. Perspectives
  2. Insights
  3. Interviews
  4. Master Class
  5. Innovations
  6. Burning Questions
  7. Case Reports
  8. Original articles
  9. Reviews, meta-analysis, systematic reviews
  10. Case Study /Series
  11. Case Image
  12. Technical Note
  13. Video Technique
  14. Surgical Tips and tricks
  15. Case Approach
  16. Clinical Perspective
  17. Letter to Editor
  18. Letter to Experts

Description of various formats is provided below

Perspectives – A clinical overview of a common topic with aim to share with reader the recent update and current state of affairs

Insights – Invited article from an Expert in the Field specially focusing on their area of Research or Interest

Interviews – Academicians and Researchers across the world will get a chance to feature in our interview section and share their views

Master Class – In this feature we will invite a ‘Master’ to demonstrate videos or pictorial demonstrations of surgical techniques or concepts.

Innovations: An innovative concept or an Idea that provides a new perspective. This needs to send directly to editorial email and after editorial review it will be send for peer review. 1000 words article describing the new concept, implant, protocol or surgical modification should be accompanied with a note of how this will be clinically relevant.

Burning Questions: Opinion/Counter opinions from experts or a group of experts on selected topics

Original Articles: include case series, comparative trials, epidemiological studies and RCT’s

Case Reports: Have been detailed below and all the remaining formats follow similar guidelines as case reports

Case Image: is a description of a single Image which has a unique learning point

Technical Note and Video Technique: detailed description of a new technique or improvisation of an old technique

 Surgical Tips: Small surgical tips and pearls are invited for this section. Pictures are essential and video will be preferable

Case Study: This new format combines the level V evidence with Clinical Decision Making (CDM). It focuses on getting the thought process of the treating surgeon when dealing with a complex/complicated case

Case Approach: This is a new but invited only section. We will invite an expert to describe to his approach to a particular case scenario with literature and rationale behind the approach

Clinical Perspective: this special section will publish specific learning points or experiences which the authors can share with the readers. The only essential point is that this perspective should be clinically relevant and rationally acceptable. This need not be with details of management or follow up of the case. The idea is to provide a platform for publication of these important and clinically relevant learning points. A single page writeup of less than 1000 words will be accepted.

Letter to Editor: on articles in Journal of Bone and Joint Diseases. Letters should be typed double-spaced and limited to 1000 words. A copy of the letter will be sent to the previous article’s author(s) to invite a response.

Letter to Experts:  Journal of Karnataka Orthopaedic Association will soon be creating an Expert panel of surgeons. Readers of JKOA can ask queries regarding their cases to our Experts. These queries will be answered by experts and the Orthopaedic Research Group will add a literature review to this expert opinion and article will be peer-reviewed and published in 15 days.

Photo-Article: Pictorial articles are easy to read and the most important message is highlighted.


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Dr. Anil K. Bhat
Journal of Karnataka Orthopaedic Association
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