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Aims and Scope

The AAO Journal (AAOJ), the official journal of the American Academy of Osteopathy, is a peer-reviewed publication on the science and art of neuromusculoskeletal medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine (NMM/OMM). It is directed toward osteopathic physicians, residents, interns, and students, , particularly toward those with a special interest in osteopathic principles and practice (OPP) and osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT).

The mission of The AAO Journal is to ensure the opportunity for the present osteopathic community and its supporters to honor its osteopathic history, promote the osteopathic tenets, philosophy, and practice, and advance osteopathic research and its influence within medicine.

The AAO Journal offers a means where new and original techniques, procedures, and concepts in osteopathy may be presented to the profession along with original, abstracted, or reprinted material aimed at promoting a better understanding of osteopathic philosophy and principles and their application on diagnosis and treatment of disease.

The AAOJ welcomes contributions in the following categories:

  • Original Contribution: Clinical, applied, or basic science research or other content related to the clinical practice, history, or educational principles of NMM/OMM.
  • Clinical Practice: Articles about practical applications for general practitioners or specialists.
  • Case Report: Unusual clinical presentations, newly recognized situations, or rarely reported features.
  • Special Communication: Items related to the art of osteopathic medical practice, such as poems, essays, vignettes, short fiction, or artwork (photography, drawing, pastels, or paintings).
  • Letter to the Editor: Comments on articles published in the AAOJ or new information on clinical topics. Letters must be signed by the author(s). Letters will not be published anonymously, under pseudonyms, or using pen names.
  • Article Reprint: An article of historical importance eligible for reprinting with a short introduction describing its importance.
  • Book Review: Reviews of publications related to osteopathic manipulative medicine and to manipulative medicine in general.

Disclaimer: The AAO Journal is not responsible for statements made by any contributor. Opinions expressed in The AAO Journal are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect viewpoints of the editors or official policy of the American Academy of Osteopathy or the institutions with which the authors are affiliated, unless specified.

Contributions are accepted from members of the AAO, AAO Component Societies, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), faculty members in osteopathic medical colleges, osteopathic residents and interns, and students of osteopathic colleges. Contributions by others are accepted on an individual basis. Osteopathic medical students are invited to submit manuscripts under any of the preceding categories and must have a faculty member or attending osteopathic physician as co-author.

The AAOJ does not accept manuscripts that have been published elsewhere in print or online, or manuscripts that are under consideration by any other print or electronic publication. The AAOJ does accept and will consider manuscripts that have been posted to a preprint server (see Preprint Policy).

The AAOJ employs a double-anonymous review process, which means that both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process. (see Peer Review)

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