Spine: Quick facts and submission tips

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Spine: Quick facts and submission tips

Aims and scope

Spine, as the title suggests, is a subspecialty journal and focuses on spinal disorders. Please note that The Spine Journal, the official journal of the North American Spine Society, is a different journal.


Wolters Kluwer

Frequency of publication

Every two weeks (26 issues in a year)

Editorial information

Currently, the Editor-in-Chief is Dr James N Weinstein, a renowned spine surgeon and researcher and, since 2011, the CEO and President of Dartmouth-Hitchcock, a not-for-profit academic health system in New Hampshire, USA. The chief editor is supported by a large editorial board. 

More information here:


Spine considers only those contributions that are based on original clinical and basic research. Contributions to the journal are published under the following categories:


  • Imagery
  • Randomized Trial
  • Basic Science
  • Cervical Spine
  • Clinical Case Series
  • Deformity
  • Diagnostics
  • Health Services Research
  • Outcomes
  • Historical Perspective
  • Case Report



Contributions must be submitted at: www.editorialmanager.com/spine/default.aspx. New authors need to register themselves, then log in as authors, and begin by choosing the option “Submit New Manuscript.



The journal follows the standard reviewing process. Authors may have the option to suggest possible reviewers and even those whom the authors would NOT like to serve as reviewers (this feature is referred to as "Oppose Reviewers"). Far more detailed information is available to authors once they log in.



Detailed instructions for authors are available here: http://edmgr.ovid.com/spine/accounts/ifauth.htm. The author instructions offer guidelines on issues of publication ethics, such as patient anonymity, informed consent, and copyright permissions. Apart from detailed manuscript formatting instructions they also provide a brief manuscript submission checklist.

Also be sure to read about the journal's open access options and provisions for compliance with accessibility requirements of the NIH, RCUK and other research funding agencies. 

The journal also publishes "Collections" of its highly cited and high impact articles on specific focus areas within spinal disorders: http://journals.lww.com/spinejournal/Pages/collections.aspx?Collection=T...



The impact factor for 2013/14 was 2.447. In a recent paper (May 2015) titled ‘The top 100 classic papers in lumbar spine surgery,’ its authors used the Web of Science database to retrieve papers published from 1900 to 2014 using the search term  “lumbar spine surgery”—63 of those 100 papers had been published in Spine.



Journal homepage: http://journals.lww.com/spinejournal/pages/default.aspx

For submissions: www.editorialmanager.com/spine/default.aspx

instructions for authors: http://edmgr.ovid.com/spine/accounts/ifauth.htm 

Tutorial for authors on how to use the submission system: http://edmgr/ovid.com/lww-final/accounts/autthT.pdf

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Published on: Sep 08, 2015

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