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American Orthoptic Journal Information for Authors

The American Orthoptic Journal is published once each year. The Journal contains articles dealing with all aspects of ocular motility and visual physiology that are of a clinical nature. Final acceptance and subsequent publication of each manuscript submitted to the Journal depends on favorable review from the editorial board. Any paper that is accepted or rejected will have been reviewed by at least two members of the editorial board. Peer reviewers are required to disclose financial, intellectual, academic, or other conflicts of interest relating to the assigned manuscript or authors. Reviewers are encouraged to recuse themselves if such conflicts affect their objectivity.


Each issue of the American Orthoptic Journal will contain those papers presented at the joint symposium of the American Orthoptic Council and the American Association of Certified Orthoptists during the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The Richard G. Scobee Memorial Lecture will also be published annually. An abstract department will include selections from the current literature. The remainder of the Journal will consist of papers that are selected from those submitted for review. Original scientific work, brief case reports, descriptions of new instruments and procedures, and timely reviews of pertinent topics will be considered appropriate for the Journal, and will be judged on their merit. All essayists at the regional and national orthoptic meetings are urged to consider the American Orthoptic Journal for publication.


Each manuscript must conform to the editorial policy of the Journal regarding spelling, punctuation, and typographic construction. As a guide, “The Stylebook and Editorial Manual,” prepared by the Scientific Publication Division of the American Medical Association, may be used. Note: All submissions to AOJ must be made electronically as Word™ documents; all electronic figures must be in TIF or JPG format. Submit manuscripts and figures via email to Each manuscript should contain a title page that includes the author(s)’ address and the institution where the principal work was carried out; the remaining pages should be anonymous. An address where reprints can be requested should also be included. The paper must include a 200- word abstract that will precede the paper in its published form. Please arrange your abstract into four sections: Background and Purpose, Patients and Method, Results, and Conclusion. Margins should be 1½ inches on all sides and double spacing should be used throughout. A list of key words and three or four multiple-choice questions (with answers keyed) should accompany the manuscript. A Statement of Financial Disclosure should be listed at the end of the manuscript and include specifics on financial or proprietary interest in the subject matter or materials discussed in the manuscript, e.g., employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria. All funding or financial support for the paper received through grants or sponsorship must also be provided here. The AOJ ethics statement is available online:


Suitable scientific papers will be published at no cost to the authors. This will include reproducing illustrations, charts, tables, and diagrams as approved by the editorial board. The board, however, reserves the right to limit the number and type of illustrations. (For artwork guidelines, see The editors will be responsible for cropping when appropriate. Figures should be numbered and their identifying numbers placed in the text for approximate position. Concise legends typed on an accompanying separate sheet must explain fully the important points of the illustrations. Illustrations that have been published elsewhere cannot be used in the American Orthoptic Journal without the permission of the author or publisher. Proper credit is to be given to the source of any republished material.


References, which should be limited in number to eighteen if possible, are to be placed on a separate sheet and numbered in the order in which they are cited in the text. The appropriate number should appear in the text following the reference. References must not be listed that do not appear in the text. The following forms are to be used:



Stegall FW: Orthoptic aspects of nystagmus. American Orthoptic Journal 1973; 23:30–42.



von Noorden GK. Burian and von Noorden’s Binocular Vision and Ocular Motility. St. Louis: CV Mosby Co.; 1980. pp. 88–91.


The author should retain a copy of the manuscript and of all illustrations. All manuscripts become the property of the American Orthoptic Journal when they are submitted. A copyright transfer will
be sent to the senior author of all accepted papers. These must be signed and returned by mail to the editors.


American Orthoptic Journal

c/o James D. Reynolds, M.D., Editor
Ross Eye Institute, 1176 Main St.
Buffalo, NY 14209


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James D. Reynolds, M.D., Editor
Kyle Arnoldi, C.O., Associate Editor
Jason DeBoer, Managing Editor

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James Reynolds, M.D. Buffalo, NY

Associate Editor
Kyle Arnoldi, C.O.

Editorial Office
Dr. James Reynolds
Ira G. Ross Eye Institute University at Buffalo
1176 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14209