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This journal is a platinum Open Access journal. This means the journal is published Open Access and if your article is accepted for publication, you will not have to pay an article-processing charge (APC). All published articles are freely available on the journal website without any charge.
The Journal of Spine Practice follows the ICMJE Recommendations for the Criteria of Authors. All of the following criteria must be fulfilled to be considered an author:
The Journal of Spine Practice has implemented the following policies to ensure transparency around who contributed to the work and in what capacity:
The Journal recommends reading the COPE guide for researchers on how to prevent and resolve authorship disputes among them. The Journal implements the strategies suggested by COPE to recognize potential authorship problems. More specifically, the Journal follows the corresponding flowcharts suggested by COPE for different scenarios of author disputes:
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Before submitting your manuscript, please read the guidelines below and make sure your work complies with them all. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned. Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Journal of Spine Practice will be reviewed.
Types of publications
The Journal of Spine Practice accepts the following types of research focusing on spine disorders: original research, systematic reviews and meta-analyses, review articles, clinical practice guidelines, evidence-based reviews, technical reports, surgical techniques, case reports, editorials, letters to the Editor, and videos.
The Journal of Spine Practice has no restrictions on the length of manuscripts, provided that the text is concise and comprehensive. Full experimental details must be provided so that the results can be reproduced. The Journal requires that authors publish all experimental controls and make full datasets available where possible.
Manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Spine Practice should neither have been published before nor be under consideration for publication in another journal.
The main article types are as follows:
Accepted file formats
Authors must use the Microsoft Word template or LaTeX template to prepare their manuscript in American English language. Using the template file will substantially shorten the time to complete copyediting and publication of accepted manuscripts. In case of technical problems, please contact the Journal’s Editorial Office at JSP@saudispine.org.
Accepted file formats are:
We recommend that all manuscripts include line numbers and follow the structure below:
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Abstract and keywords
The manuscript should contain an abstract. The abstract should be self-contained, citation-free, and should not exceed 400 words.
Keywords should be a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 8 words.
This section should be succinct, with no subheadings.
Materials and Methods
The methods section should provide enough detail for others to be able to replicate the study. If you have more than one method, use subsections with relevant headings (e.g., different models, in vitro and in vivo studies, statistics, materials and reagents, etc.).
Results and Discussion
This section may be divided into subsections or may be combined.
This should clearly explain the main conclusions of the article, highlighting its importance and relevance.
This section is not mandatory but may be added if there are patents resulting from the work reported in this manuscript.
Data Availability (excluding review articles)
This statement should describe how readers can access the data supporting the study's conclusions and clearly outline why unavailable data cannot be released.
Conflicts of Interest
Authors must declare all relevant interests that could be perceived as conflicting. The authors should explain why each interest may represent a conflict. If no conflicts exist, the authors should state this. Submitting authors are responsible for co-authors declaring their interests.
Authors must state how the research and publication of their article were funded, by naming financially supporting body(s) (written out in full), followed by associated grant number(s) in square brackets (if applicable).
All acknowledgments (if any) should be included at the very end of the manuscript before the references. Anyone who made a contribution to the research or manuscript, but who is not a listed author, should be acknowledged (with their permission).
Authors are encouraged to list the contributions made by each author towards the manuscript.
The Journal of Spine Practice uses the Vancouver refencing style. Authors are responsible for ensuring that the information in each reference is accurate. All references must be numbered sequentially. All references mentioned in the references list must be cited in the text, and vice versa. Citations of references in the text should be identified using numbers in square brackets (e.g., “as discussed by Walker ”; or “as explained in [3, 8]”).
Units of measurement
Units of measurement should be presented simply and concisely using the International System of Units (SI).
Preparing figures and tables
Supplementary materials, data deposit and software source code
In order to maintain the integrity, transparency and reproducibility of research records, authors must make their experimental and research data openly available, either by depositing them into data repositories or by publishing the data and files as supplementary information in this journal. Authors will need to provide a Data Availability Statement.
Computer code and software
For work where novel computer code was developed, authors should release the code either by depositing it in a recognised, public repository or uploading it as supplementary information to the publication. The name and version of all software used should be clearly indicated.
Additional data and files can be uploaded as Supplementary Files during the manuscript submission process. These will be available to the reviewers as part of the peer-review process. Any file format is acceptable; however, we recommend that common, non-proprietary formats are used where possible.
Restrictions on data availability should be noted during submission and in the manuscript. "Data not shown" should be avoided: authors are encouraged to publish all observations related to the submitted manuscript as Supplementary Material. "Unpublished data" intended for publication in a manuscript that is "in preparation" or "submitted but not yet accepted”, should be cited in the text and a reference should be added in the References section.
Data may be deposited with specialised service providers or institutional/subject repositories, preferably those that use the DataCite mechanism.
References in supplementary files
Citations and references are permitted in Supplementary Files provided that they also appear in the reference list of the main text.
The Journal of Spine Practice follows the following EQUATOR guidelines:
To facilitate proper peer reviewing of your manuscript, it is essential that it is submitted in grammatically correct English. If you are not a native English speaker, we recommend that you have your manuscript professionally edited before submission or read by a native English-speaking colleague. The Publisher offers Language Editing Services.
Qualification for authorship
Each author is expected to have made substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data; the creation of new software used in the work; and/or writing or substantively revising the manuscript. In addition, all authors must have approved the submitted version (and any substantially modified version that involves the author’s contribution to the study); AND agrees to be personally accountable for the author’s own contributions and for ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work, even those in which the author was not personally involved, are appropriately investigated, resolved, and documented in the literature. Note that acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group do not, by themselves, justify authorship. Those who contributed to the work but do not qualify for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgements section.
More detailed guidance on authorship is given by the International Council of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). The journal also adheres to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) standards that "all authors should agree to be listed and should approve the submitted and accepted versions of the publication. Any change to the author list should be approved by all authors including any who have been removed from the list.”
Submitting your manuscript is simple with our online submission system. But to make sure the process is as easy as possible, read through the below checklist to ensure you have everything you need ready.
Manuscripts should be submitted via our submission system by the corresponding author.
You will be asked to create a personal account. Please remember to note down your username and password as you will need these to check on the status of your manuscript and to respond to editorial enquiries.
The submitting author, who is generally the corresponding author, is responsible for the manuscript during the submission and peer-review process. The submitting author must ensure that all eligible co-authors have been included in the author list.
If accepted, the manuscript will then undergo the following steps:
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