The South African Orthopaedic Journal (SAOJ) was started in 2002 and was the initiative of the South African Orthopaedic Association. It is the only peer reviewed orthopaedic journal published on the continent of Africa. Most articles are of a clinical nature and many are of practical importance to practising orthopaedic surgeons and senior registrars.  

The targeted readership of the Journal is orthopaedic surgeons and registrars in South Africa and Africa, as well as internationally. All journals are supplied free of charge. Close to two hundred copies are distributed to 15 countries in Africa.

SAOJ focuses on orthopaedic surgery and is published 4 times per year in April, July, October and January the following year.

The first editor was Prof R P Gräbe, the previous Head of the Department of Orthopaedics and at present the Senior Consultant and Reader of the Department of Orthopaedics, University of Pretoria, South Africa. The current editor is Prof Len Marais. Its abbreviated title is SA orthop. j., which should be used in bibliographies, footnotes and bibliographical references and strips. SAOJ committees.